Team directory

Team directory

Ellie Hurd, ISPS Staff

Elizabeth Hurd, Senior Administrative Assistant

Office location:  238 Prospect Street
Mail: PO Box 208293, New Haven, CT 06520-8209

ISPS staff, Kierstin Jones

Kierstin Jones, Administrative Assistant

Office Location: 238 Prospect St | New Haven, CT 06520

Phone: (203) 432-0589


Please contact Kierstin directly for classroom scheduling inquires in ISPS.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Josh Kalla

Joshua Kalla, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Joshua Kalla is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (2018). His research studies political persuasion, prejudice reduction, and decision-making among voters and political elites, primarily through the use of randomized field experiments.

Edward Kaplan, William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Professor of Public Health & Professor of Engineering

Professor Kaplan’s research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post,  editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas, and discussed in many other major media outlets. The author of more than 125 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards.

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Sari Kaufman, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Sari Kaufman is a sophomore in Davenport majoring in Political Science. Sari attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and was a sophomore when the shooting occurred. After experiencing the shooting, Sari became a voter education and gun violence prevention activist. She was one of the lead organizers of the March For Our Lives in Parkland. Sari recently started the Yale chapter of Students Demand Action, which focuses on preventing gun violence in New Haven and across the country.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Vijay Keswani ,

Vijay Keswani is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. His research studies the interactions between society and automation, and the various questions around the potentially discriminatory impacts of artificial intelligence applications.

Christina Kinane

Christina Kinane, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Christina M. Kinane is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at the Institution of Social and Policy Studies. Broadly, she studies the role of legislatures, executives, and the bureaucracy in policymaking. In particular, her current research examines how presidents strategically use vacancies in top appointments to promote their policy priorities within the framework of interbranch bargaining. Professor Kinane teaches courses on American politics and U.S. executive politics.

ISPS Director's Fellow 2022

Julianna Lai, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Julianna Lai is a senior in the Ethics, Politics, & Economics program concentrating in histories and theories of social oppression. She’s an advocate for treating gender and racial inequalities as asset-building issues and hopes to research the effects of racial capitalism and barriers to mobility on the functioning of democratic institutions. She has worked in both local and international development for the City of New Haven, the United Nations in Burma, and in the private sector.

Joseph LaPalombara, Arnold Wolfers Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Professor Emeritus of Management

Joseph LaPalombara is the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Management Emeritus, and a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Comparative Research. He is a member of the American and the Connecticut Academies of Arts and Sciences, and has held fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Twentieth Century Fund, the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Program.

Stephen Latham, Director Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Senior Lecturer Political Science; Lecturer School of Management

Stephen R. Latham became Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics in 2011, having been Deputy Director since 2008.  For the previous nine years, he had been Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Quinnipiac University School of Law; during that time, he also taught business ethics at the Yale School of Management each year. Before entering academia full-time, Latham served as Director of Ethics Standards at the American Medical Association, and as secretary to its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.