Faculty Fellows

Sterling Professor of Political Science; Henry R Luce Director of the MacMillan Center; Adjunct Professor of Law

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004.

Jody Sindelar ISPS Faculty Fellow
Professor of Epidemiology/Public Health and Economics

Dr. Sindelar is a professor of public health and a health economist at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management within YSPH. In addition, she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research, is a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) an Associated Faculty at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale, and has been the President of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political & Social Science

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University.  He is currently the Wynant Visiting Professor at the Rothermere American Institute, Balliol College Oxford.  He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has held the Chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Professor of Sociology; Associate Director Center for Cultural Sociology

Philip Smith is responsible for a dozen books and over sixty articles and chapters. Most recently he is co-author of Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (Cambridge 2010). He is also author of Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War and Suez (Chicago, 2005), Punishment and Culture (Chicago, 2008). His textbook Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell 2001) has been translated into several languages and is now available in a second edition.

Professor of Political Science

Milan Svolik is a professor of political science at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory.

He has authored and co-authored articles on the politics of authoritarian regimes and democratization in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.

C.M. Saden Professor of Political Science

Peter  A. Swenson is Yale’s C.M. Saden Professor of  Political Science. He specializes in the comparative political economy of labor  markets and social welfare in Europe and the United States. He teaches graduate  and undergraduate courses on the economic, political and social foundations of  social policy and market regulation in developed capitalist democracies.

ISPS Faculty Fellow
A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Computer Science

Professor Nisheeth Vishnoi’s research spans several areas of theoretical computer science: from approximability of NP-hard problems, to combinatorial, convex and non-convex optimization, to tackling algorithmic questions involving dynamical systems, stochastic processes, and polynomials.

Steven Wilkinson
Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Steven Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies, professor of political science and international affairs, Henry R.

Asst. Prof Emma Zang
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Biostatistics

Emma Zang’s research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. Her work aims to improve the understanding of 1) how early-life conditions affect later-life health outcomes; 2) social stratification and health; 3) spillover effects within the household exploiting policy changes.

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