Graduate Student

John Dearborn, ISPS Graduate Student Resident
Graduate Student, Political Science

John Dearborn is Ph.D. Candidate studying American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. His principal research interests are in the field of American Political Development, particularly the institutions of the Presidency and Congress.

 
Graduate Student, Political Science
Sophie Jacobson is a PhD student in political science focusing on the politics of inequality in the United States. Her research centers on American social policy, incorporating historical institutionalist and comparative political economy approaches. Outside the US, Sophie studies the political economy of child poverty in OECD countries. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, she is conducting a political ethnography of single mothers in New Haven for insight into their perceptions and experiences of democratic governance.
 
Graduate Student, Political Science

Torey McMurdo is a Ph.D. student in political science, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international security. Her interests lie at the nexus of international relations, American politics and comparative politics. Her ISPS research examines Congressional oversight of the NSA, and whether this differs from the rest of the Intelligence Community. In addition to ISPS, McMurdo also serves as a Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a Graduate Affiliate at Davenport College.

Graduate Student, Political Science
Molly Offer-Westort is a doctoral student in political science. Her research is on quantitative methodology for social science research. Her substantive interests are in social identity and redistributive preferences, with a regional focus on West Africa and the Sahel. She has worked with the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Initiative on evaluations in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Gambia, and for Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
Graduate Student, Sociology

Celene Reynolds is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include social change, law, educational organizations, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation, which recently received funding from the National Science Foundation, examines how and why the implementation of Title IX has shifted from an emphasis on gender equity in athletics to sexual harassment on college campuses.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Jennifer Wu is a first-year in the Department of Political Science. She is interested in political behavior, public opinion, and representation of voter preferences. Her MSc thesis examined the issue of voter suppression and preferences for franchise extension via a game theoretic framework. Prior to starting the PhD, Jen worked as a statistician in ISPS Health studying the political economy of healthcare. Jen holds a MSc Economics from University College London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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