Graduate Policy Fellow

Graduate Policy Fellow 2022
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.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Wisteria Deng [she/her] is a PhD student in the clinical psychology program, where she studies emotional and cognitive factors underlying mental health risk and resilience. As an ISPS fellow, she will investigate how emotion regulation strategies may help improve belief flexibility and inform public health policy in a pandemic era. 

Ajua Duker, Policy Graduate Fellow

Ajua Duker (BSc, MS, MPhil) is a PhD Candidate in Social Psychology at Yale University whose research expertise focuses on how the psychology of emotions and emotion regulation can be used to improve the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral health outcomes of members of marginalized communities (e.g., racial minorities, sexual minorities, women). She particularly focuses on understanding and testing the efficacy of these strategies in the context of contending with discrimination. Additionally, she studies human perceptions of discrimination perpetrated by algorithms. 

ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow 2022

Jack Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale. He is chiefly interested in the American presidency and interbranch relations over time. His dissertation research concerns presidential prioritization, the process by which presidents and their teams move from a campaign agenda to a governing agenda.  Additionally, he has ongoing projects concerning congressional delegation of power to the executive and presidential self-restraint. Originally from New Haven, he returned to the Elm City after graduating from Williams College in June 2018.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Vijay Keswani is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. His research studies the interactions between society and automation, and the various questions around the potentially discriminatory impacts of artificial intelligence applications.

ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, 2022

Paul Lendway is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale University studying inequality, populism, and social movements. His research has been published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and he has presented his research at a wide range of organizations, including the American Political Science Association, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, he will explore the social-psychological microfoundations of how populist appeals affect public policy preferences. 

ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, 2022

Clara Mejía Orta is a PhD student in the Department of History. Her research centers immigrant workers and Latinx labor leaders in the service sector and food processing industries in the United States. As an ISPS Fellow, she will investigate how immigration enforcement in meatpacking plants in the Midwest impact the workplace by deconstructing the lived experiences of meat packing workers from a policy standpoint. Prior to Yale, Clara was a worker organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers in Los Angeles. 

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Sandra Okonofua is a PhD student in Sociology at Yale University. Her research interests sit at the intersection of social stratification, social policy, race, class, gender and education. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the connections between local government laws, policies and educational inequality across race and class. Before coming to Yale, Sandra worked as a school counseling intern in Massachusetts, a high school science teacher in Philadelphia and as a ghostwriter for industry leaders. Sandra is a proud daughter of Nigerian immigrants and a DMV native.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Belisa Pang is a Ph.D. student at Yale School of Management and a J.D. student at Yale Law School. Her research primarily focuses on empirical studies of consumer and corporate bankruptcy. As an ISPS fellow, Belisa will use statistical methods to analyze the effect of childcare on success in bankruptcy.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Samuel Solomon is a PhD student in the Economics Department at Yale. Sam is a labor and development economist studying social mobility, including the mechanisms underlying mobility as well as its implications for both economic inequality and growth. In particular, he is studying how individuals make educational and occupational choices, how they are influenced by their socioeconomic background, and how they affect their labor market outcomes. In addition to his work in the United States, Sam also conducts research in Rwanda and Tanzania on similar labor topics.

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