Team directory

Team directory

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.

Director's Fellow Coordinator/Law School Student

Sam Kuhn, Co-Director of the Director's Fellows Program

Sam Kuhn is a second-year law student at Yale. Before YLS, Sam was a Field Adviser with the National Network for Safe Communities. At NNSC, he led a multi-city Department of Justice pilot police reform project called the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and developed and implemented strategies to reduce urban gun violence and violence in prisons.

Graduate Policy Fellow Navin Kumar

Navin Kumar,

Navin Kumar is currently a PhD student in the Sociology Department. He has used altruism to increase uptake of gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among gay and bisexual men in China. He also seeks to understand how social networks affect treatment retention and patient engagement among people receiving treatment for opioid use disorder, to better tailor services for people at higher risk of treatment failure. He is currently exploring the views of major organizations in the US legal cannabis space, to craft better cannabis policy.

Pam Lamonaca, Senior Administrative Assistant

Office Location: 89 Trumbull Street
Phone: 203-432-3234
Email: pamela.lamonaca@yale.edu

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.

Jim Levinsohn, Director, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs & Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs, Professor of Economics and Management

Levinsohn heads the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the home of Yale University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Global Affairs.  He is also the co-Chair of the University Budget Committee, the university-wide committee advising the Provost on budgetary matters. In the classroom, Levinsohn teaches in both the Global Affairs programs as well as at the School of Management.

Demar Lewis, Grad Policy Fellow

Demar Lewis,

Demar Lewis is a PhD student in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale. Broadly, Demar is interested in analyzing how communities that have experienced historical and contemporary forms of violence—as a consequence of structural racism and/or state-sanctioning—are associated with communities where trauma, crime, and social inequities are most resilient today. His research focuses on investigating the national phenomena of 19th and 20th Century U.S. lynchings and 21st Century fatal police-citizen encounters.

2019 Director's Fellow

Gabriel Malek, Yale College

Gabriel Malek is an American Studies and Environmental Anthropology double major in Timothy Dwight college. He is interested in studying how metropolitan public policy can encourage investment in urban climate adaptation, and has investigated city resilience as an intern at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. At Yale, Gabriel explores the intersection of sustainable finance and municipal governance in leading the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund and the Yale Roosevelt Institute, Yale’s undergraduate public policy think tank.

Dan Markovits

Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Daniel Markovits is the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics.