Undergraduate Dahl Scholar

Dahl Scholar, Katharine Berman
Dahl Scholar, 2018 - 2019

As a Dahl Scholar, Katharine Berman works with Assistant Professor of Political Science Kate Balwin on the influence of religion on climate policy debates. Kat is a political science major in the Yale Class 2020. Her independent project asks “under what conditions do religious organizations advocate for the environment?” and she hopes to address how different theologies and different environmental or geographic differences connect to environmental advocacy.

Rachel Diaz, Dahl Scholar
Dahl Scholar, 2019 - 2020

Rachel Diaz is currently conducting research with Zack Cooper, the director of Health Policy at Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Her research mainly focuses on claims analysis in the ambulance services industry to determine how ambulance provider ownership impacts billing practices and provider behavior. Rachel hopes to offer a window into the pricing of sectors with inelastic demand, and seeks to better understand whether market forces are applicable to a sector as quintessential as the U.S. ambulance industry.

Dahl Scholar, 2020-2021

As a Dahl Scholar, Paola Jimenez-Read is working with Professor Christina Kinane, a resident fellow of the ISPS. Her research project focuses on the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ identities within sexual education policy and curricula at the state level. Through her research, she wishes to support LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts that push for comprehensive and inclusive sex ed. Paola is a Yale undergrad in the Class of 2022 majoring in Political Science.

First cohort ISPS Dahl Scholar
Dahl Scholar, 2015 - 2016

As a Dahl Scholar, Will McGrew helped ISPS Director Jacob Hacker with the research, sourcing, and editing for his book American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper.  He also completed an independent research project on the effects of social segregation by gender in American colleges on intergroup biases, rates of sexual violence on campus, and professional disparities after graduation. 

ISPS Dahl Scholar Sarah Merchant
Dahl Scholar, 2016 - 2017

As a Dahl Scholar, Sarah Merchant worked with ISPS Director Jacob Hacker and built off of the research she did for her thesis where she studied the Black-white wealth gap in the US over time and looked at how the gap was affected by the 2008 housing crisis.  She then extended this national analysis to the state-level by looking at the racial differences in foreclosures in Connecticut and describing the role of racial differences in high-cost loans in creating racial disparities in foreclosures.

Dahl Scholar Minasyan
Dahl Scholar, 2020 - 2021

As a Dahl Scholar, Hovik Minasyan will work with Professor Ian Shapiro to see if changes in tangible economic indicators such as disposable income, unemployment, and rent costs lead to higher rates of voting for populists during Congressional and Presidential primaries in the United States. Hovik is a junior studying political science and wishes to pursue a career in public policy and academia.

Margaret Moor, Dahl Scholar 2017-2018
Dahl Scholar, 2017 - 2018
As a Dahl Scholar, Maggie Moor worked with Professor Alexander Coppock on a meta-analysis of the list experiment survey method. Their work is in the process of being published (link to most recent draft here). 
Currently, Maggie is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in New York City.  She graduated Yale in 2018 with a B.A. in Global Affairs.
Maxime Pradier, Dahl Scholar
Dahl Scholar, 2017 - 2018
As a Dahl Scholar, Maxime Pradier’s project aimed at determining whether local economic contexts have an impact on the local enrollment rate of a federal assistance program seeking to support unemployed disabled people. 
Currently, Maxime is working on his senior thesis: he is hoping to find out whether prosecutors in Louisiana are justified in thinking that seeking the death penalty rather than a life-without-parole sentence in first degree murder cases enhances prosecutorial success. 
2019 DIrector's Fellow
Dahl Scholar, 2018 - 2019

As a Dahl Scholar, Akhil Rajan works with Assistant Professor of Political Science Fredrik Savje on a project developing an institutional design for fair redistricting. Akhil is studying Ethics, Politics and Economics and is in the Yale class of 2021. He is also a Human Rights Scholar at Yale Law School’s Schell Center. He is interested in empirical democratic theory, especially applications in redistricting and voting behavior.

Andrew Sorota, Dahl Scholar
Dahl Scholar, 2020-21

As a Dahl Scholar, Andrew Sorota works with Professor Jennifer Richeson on a project about collective responses to increasing national diversity. Specifically, his research examines the relationship between racial demographic shifts and democratic precarity in the United States, looking at how support for democracy may fluctuate among White populations. Andrew is a junior studying Political Science, interested in the nexus of political thought and affect theory.

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