Undergraduate Director’s Fellow

Director's Fellow 2020
Yale College

Jessica Bae is a junior in Davenport majoring in American Studies with a Concentration in Politics and the American Communities. Her interests include racial justice, immigration, and civil rights law. In the past, she has worked on issues of affordable housing, voting rights, and immigrant rights as a Civic Engagement Fellow in Flushing, NY, and volunteered with the ACLU of Washington State. At Yale, Jessica is the Co-President of Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, and works as a research assistant for Professor Daniel Martinez HoSang.

Yale College

Bessie Bauman is a junior in Ezra Stiles College majoring in Economics. At Yale, Bessie is the Co-President of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and she conducts research with the Yale Law School Community Economic Development clinic. She is interested in how public policy, specifically tax policy, can assist underserved communities to build wealth and alleviate wealth inequality in the United States.

Yale College

Serena Cho is a junior majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics. She is interested in philosophy of language and communication, and how these ideologies bear on arguments about free speech and information regulation. She hopes to research ani-fake news initiatives and regulations for social media platforms. Serena enjoys reporting and serves as the managing editor of the Yale Daily News.

Jason Contino
Yale College

Jason Contino is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College majoring in sociology with a concentration in health. He is mainly interested in drug policy, with a focus on studying the effects that different treatment modalities have on people who use opioids, as well as labor policy and legislation protecting and empowering the right to collective bargaining in the workplace. Jason is currently Co-President of A Leg Even (a first-generation/low-income student group on campus), and has previously been involved with Matriculate.

Stella FitzGerald, Director's Fellow 2020
Yale College

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.

Kahlil Greene, Director's Fellow 2020
Yale College

Kahlil Greene is a junior from outside of Washington D.C. majoring in History with a specific focus on United States policies affecting Black Americans. Currently, he is the student body president of Yale College and is the first Black student to ever hold this title. Kahlil has also served as an executive board member of the Yale Black Men’s Union, an advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Director's Fellow 2020
Yale College

CJ Irsfeld is a junior studying History with a concentration on social change and social movements. His research interests include the logistical challenges of rural infrastructure policy, the political relationships between progressivism and marginalized communities, and the history and development of farmer-labor movements. CJ works as the chief of staff to New Haven Alder Darryl Brackeen and coordinates the Dwight Hall Urban Fellows program, in addition to working on program and funding development with EMERGE Connecticut.

LaRonde-King, Director's Fellow 2020
Yale College

Makayla LaRonde-King a junior in Benjamin Franklin College studying Political Science. She is also a Human Rights Scholar through Yale Law School’s Schell Center. She is interested in the implications of Black feminist theory for studying U.S. law and policy, particularly surrounding criminal and reproductive justice. On campus, she works as a research assistant in the Departments of Sociology and African American studies, where she has conducted research on lynching, police violence, and white supremacy. 

Director's Fellow 2020

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.

Yale College

Brian Reyes is a junior majoring in History and Ethnicity, Race and Migration.  He is interested in race and class in urban environments, especially concerning the racial wealth gap and the rise of austerity policies since the 1970s. During his time at Yale, he has done research at the University of Chicago, currently conducts research as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and has worked on several legislative and community campaigns at the state advocacy organization Connecticut Students for a Dream. 

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