Team directory

Team directory

Rourke O'Brien, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Rourke O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of social and economic inequalities with substantive interests in household and public finance, economic mobility and population health.

Gabby Ortega, 2021 Director's Fellow

Gabby Ortega, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Gabby Ortega is a junior in Jonathan Edwards from Houston, Texas. She is studying political science and is interested in criminal justice, including policing practices, mass incarceration, and their effects on individuals and communities at large. On campus, she is involved in the Academic Strategies Program, Yale Legal Aid Association, and the Yale cheerleading team.

Photo: Dan Renzetti, OPAC

Rohini Pande, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics

Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University.

Limor Peer, Associate Director for Research

Office Location: 238 Prospect Street
Phone: 203-432-0054
Email: limor.peer@yale.edu

Danielle Petrafesa, Senior Administrative Assistant

Address: 238 Prospect Street
Phone: 203-432-9736
Email: danielle.petrafesa@yale.edu

Benjamin Polak, William C Brainard Professor of Economics; Professor of Management

Professor Polak is an expert on decision theory, game theory, and economic history. His work explores economic agents whose goals are richer than those captured in traditional models. His work on game theory ranges from foundational theoretical work on common knowledge, to applied topics in corporate finance and law and economics. Most recently, he has made contributions to the theory of repeated games with asymmetric information. Other research interests include economic inequality and individuals’ responses to uncertainty.

Maxime Pradier, Dahl Scholar

Maxime Pradier, Dahl Scholar, 2017 - 2018

As a Dahl Scholar, Maxime Pradier’s project aimed at determining whether local economic contexts have an impact on the local enrollment rate of a federal assistance program seeking to support unemployed disabled people. 
 
Currently, Maxime is working on his senior thesis: he is hoping to find out whether prosecutors in Louisiana are justified in thinking that seeking the death penalty rather than a life-without-parole sentence in first degree murder cases enhances prosecutorial success. 
Gwen Prowse

Gwen Prowse, Graduate Student, Political Science & African American Studies

Gwen Prowse is a joint doctoral student in political science and African American studies. She currently serves as the co-director for the ISPS Policy Fellows program.  Gwen’s research focuses on historical and contemporary issues of urban inequality in general, and for Black Americans in particular.  She uses a mixed methods approach to investigate how these inequalities shape political behavior. Prior to coming to Yale, Gwen worked in education and community development, both as a high school teacher and instructional coach in southeastern Arkansas and Delaware.

2021 Director's Fellow

Jennifer Qu, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Jennifer Qu is a junior majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Growing up in Queens, New York along immigrant and low-income families, she is interested in examining the impacts of immigration policy, labor regulatory policy, and safety net programs on vulnerable workers. She currently performs scholarly research on policing and on race- and sex-selective abortion policies, co-authoring two papers. Jennifer also serves as a volunteer for Matriculate and Co-Head of the Asian American Cultural Center. 

Kelly Rader, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kelly Rader is an assistant professor of political science and a resident fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies and Center for the Study of American Politics.  She received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University (2012) and her B.A. in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University (2002).  Her research interests include U.S.