Undergraduate Director’s Fellow

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Marco Chaidez is a junior in Berkeley College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and Economics. He lives just outside of Chicago, and is especially interested in labor migration and transnational communities and identities in the United States, as well as the role of education in these communities. At Yale, he is an undergraduate research assistant at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy, a Recruitment Coordinator at the Yale College Undergraduate Admissions office, and a member of Yale’s MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan).

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Patrick Chappel is a Sophomore in Davenport College from Columbus, GA majoring in Political Science. Broadly, Patrick is interested in the function of the federal bureaucracy and execution of executive policy. As legislative gridlock continues to plague Washington, he seeks to answer how policymakers can respond to fast moving crises using existing statutory authority. At Yale, Patrick works as a research assistant for Professor Christina Kinane and is the student head of LuMin at Yale. 

ISPS Director's Fellow
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Durel Crosby is a junior majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. At Yale Durel serves as Co-President of the Urban Improvement Corps, and conducts research with the Policy Lab’s Segregation and Education student working group. He is interested in efforts to define education as a public versus a private good and prioritizing democratic equality. To that end, he is eager to learn more about education history and how policy and reform efforts have helped or hindered our democratic viability.

Stella FitzGerald, Director's Fellow 2020
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Stella FitzGerald is a sophomore majoring in American Studies with a Concentration in Politics and American Communities. Stella’s policy and advocacy focii are sex trafficking legislation, income inequality, NYC tenant protection rights, and criminal justice reform. At Yale, Stella is a legislative researcher as a member of the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project’s Advocacy Team, and is tracking state by state Use of Force regulations for the pending report “Mapping Use of Force Policies in U.S.

Director's Fellow 2021
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Lucy McCurdy is a Junior in Berkeley college from Washington, DC. She is majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics and is specifically interested in issues of procedural justice and American executive branch politics. At Yale, Lucy has served as a board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and as the Vice President of Every Vote Counts.

Gabby Ortega, 2021 Director's Fellow
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Gabby Ortega is a junior in Jonathan Edwards from Houston, Texas. She is studying political science and is interested in criminal justice, including policing practices, mass incarceration, and their effects on individuals and communities at large. On campus, she is involved in the Academic Strategies Program, Yale Legal Aid Association, and the Yale cheerleading team.

2021 Director's Fellow
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Jennifer Qu is a junior majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Growing up in Queens, New York along immigrant and low-income families, she is interested in examining the impacts of immigration policy, labor regulatory policy, and safety net programs on vulnerable workers. She currently performs scholarly research on policing and on race- and sex-selective abortion policies, co-authoring two papers. Jennifer also serves as a volunteer for Matriculate and Co-Head of the Asian American Cultural Center. 

2021 Director's Fellow
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Shannon Sommers is a junior majoring in Political Science and History, as well as a Human Rights Scholar at Yale Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. She is interested in public policy around women’s health and reproductive rights, as well as judicial politics. She spent the past two summers interning for the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she focused primarily on communications strategy for the Center’s most recent Supreme Court case, June Medical Services v. Russo (2020).

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Samuel Ralph Turner is a junior in Trumbull College from Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and pursuing a certificate in Global Health Studies. At Yale, Samuel plays on the varsity men’s squash team and serves as a site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. He has conducted health policy research — related to cancer legislation, hospital consolidation, and Covid-19 testing —and is interested in how legal and public policy tools can improve the American healthcare system. 

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Kevin Xiao is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College from just outside Philadelphia. A political science major, Kevin is interested in democratic political theory, and how policy can guide the actions of unelected institutions of government, like the judiciary and administrative agencies. At Yale, Kevin competes on the Moot Court team and works as a research assistant for Professor Christina Kinane. 

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