Team directory

Team directory

Lara Chausow, Graduate Student, Political Science

Email: lara.chausow@yale.edu

Lara Chausow is a graduate student who studies American Politics, with a focus on Congress, lobbying, and interest groups. Prior to entering graduate school, she conducted research and advocacy for government ethics and campaign finance reform at Public Citizen in Washington, DC.

Xi Chen, Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Professor Chen is a health and development economist. He recently completed his Ph.D. in applied economics at Cornell. His research seeks to better understand how social interactions affect health behavior and outcomes, how socioeconomic status drives social competition. Most of his current work draws on primary data from China.

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Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor

Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Internal Medicine & Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Nicholas Christakis is Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Internal Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, and he conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. Dr. Christakis was recently recruited to Yale from Harvard, where he is the Director of the Human Nature Lab and the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. His current work involves the application of network science and mathematical models to understand the dynamics of health in longitudinally evolving networks.

Zack Cooper, Associate Professsor

Zack Cooper, Associate Professor of Public Health and Economics

Zack Cooper is an Associate Professor of Public Health and of Economics and serves as director of Health Policy at the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Professor Cooper is a health economist whose work is focused on producing data-driven scholarship that can inform public policy.

Alexander Coppock, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Alexander Coppock is Assistant Professor of Political Science and a resident fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies and Center for the Study of American Politics. He received his Ph. D. in political science from Columbia University (2016). His principal research interest lies in political persuasion and its implications for the malleability of public opinion in the context of elections. His interests extend beyond persuasion to the design and analysis of randomized experiments.

Ana De La O

Ana De La O, Associate Professor of Political Science

Ana L. De La O, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is  also affiliated with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies  and the Institution of Social and Policy Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include causes  and consequences of redistribution, politics of public goods provision, effects  of anti-poverty programs on the political behavior of recipients in developing  countries and the use of field experimental research methods.

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Alessandro Del Ponte, Postdoctoral Associate

Alessandro Del Ponte is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for the Study of American Politics in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. His work lies at the intersection of behavioral political economy and political psychology, with a focus on cooperation, morality, and group identity. His research explores the question: How do citizens and governments respond to global crises?

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Wisteria Deng,

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,

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. 

Kellianne Farnham, Registrar, Ethics, Politics & Economics

Office Location: 31 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 109
Phone: 203-436-3699
Email: kellianne.farnham@yale.edu