Team directory

Team directory

Julia Adams, Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies

Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state formation; gender and family; social theory; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying large-scale forms of patriarchal politics and the historical sociology of agency relations. She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Director's Fellow, 2022

Atia Ahmed, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Atia Ahmed is a junior in Berkeley College, majoring in Political Science. She is from Queens, New York and she is very interested in education policy, specifically in regards to accessibility, resource disparities, and curriculum reform. On campus, she has previously served as the Advocacy Director for the Migration Alliance at Yale, and she is currently a volunteer with the Yale Prison Education Initiative.

Joseph Altonji

Joseph Altonji, Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics

Joseph G. Altonji is currently the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods.

ISPS Director's Fellow

Talat Aman, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Talat “T” Aman is a junior in Ezra Stiles College from the Greater Boston area. He is studying political science and is on the pre-medical track. Mr. Aman is particularly passionate about understanding how systems of education and incarceration have been utilized to serve the needs of the capitalist state. At Yale, T is co-chair of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, a computer science tutor for New Haven Public Schools students, and a volunteer at Havenly Treats.

Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar

Akhil Amar,

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than forty cases—tops in his generation.

P. M. Aronow, Associate Professor of Political Science

P. M. Aronow is Associate Professor, with tenure, in the Department of Political Science. Professor Aronow’s research considers theory, methods, and practice in the study of human behavior.

Curriculum Vitae

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kate Baldwin is the Peter Strauss Family assistant professor of political science. She studies the political economy of developing countries, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research projects analyze politics in weak states. In these contexts, she is interested in how community-level institutions – such as traditional leaders and NGOs – interact with the national state to affect development, democracy and conflict.

Graduate Policy Fellow 2022

Alexandra Bray, ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow

Alexandra Bray is a PhD candidate in Organizations & Management at the Yale School of Management. Her research explores how healthcare organizations and the actors within them respond to intra- and extra-organizational pressures. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, she will investigate the effects of team dynamics on healthcare worker turnover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she earned a BA in Sociology from New York University.

Operations Manager, ISPS

Christina Butler, Operations Manager

Office address: 238 Prospect Street

ISPS Faculty Fellow

Elisa Celis, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Elisa Celis is an assistant professor in the Statistics & Data Science department at Yale University. She studies the manifestation of social and economic biases in our online lives via the algorithms that encode and perpetuate them. Her research leverages both experimental and theoretical approaches, and her work spans multiple disciplines including data science, machine learning, fairness in socio-technical systems and algorithm design.

At Yale she co-founded the Computation and Society Initiative.