Team directory

Team directory

Sophie Jacobson, Graduate Student, Political Science

Sophie Jacobson is a PhD student in political science focusing on the politics of inequality in the United States. Her research centers on American social policy, incorporating historical institutionalist and comparative political economy approaches. Outside the US, Sophie studies the political economy of child poverty in OECD countries. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, she is conducting a political ethnography of single mothers in New Haven for insight into their perceptions and experiences of democratic governance.
 

Paola Jimenez-Read, Dahl Scholar, 2020-2021

As a Dahl Scholar, Paola Jimenez-Read is working with Professor Christina Kinane, a resident fellow of the ISPS. Her research project focuses on the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ identities within sexual education policy and curricula at the state level. Through her research, she wishes to support LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts that push for comprehensive and inclusive sex ed. Paola is a Yale undergrad in the Class of 2022 majoring in Political Science.

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.

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.

Doris Kwon, Graduate Policy Fellow 2021

Doris Kwon,

Doris Kwon is a Ph.D. student at the Yale School of Management. She is interested in examining the evolution of jobs and its effect on economic inequality. Her current research focuses on how the transferability of skills has changed across different occupations. Prior to joining Yale, Doris worked at Deutsche Bank as a financial analyst. She received a B.A. and M.S. in Business from Seoul National University.

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.