Team directory

Team directory

Benjamin Polak, Provost; 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.

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.

2019 DIrector's Fellow

Akhil Rajan, Dahl Scholar, 2018 - 2019

As a Dahl Scholar, Akhil Rajan works with Assistant Professor of Political Science Fredrik Savje on a project developing an institutional design for fair redistricting. Akhil is studying Ethics, Politics and Economics and is in the Yale class of 2021. He is also a Human Rights Scholar at Yale Law School’s Schell Center. He is interested in empirical democratic theory, especially applications in redistricting and voting behavior.

Brian Reyes, Yale College

Brian Reyes is a junior majoring in History and Ethnicity, Race and Migration.  He is interested in race and class in urban environments, especially concerning the racial wealth gap and the rise of austerity policies since the 1970s. During his time at Yale, he has done research at the University of Chicago, currently conducts research as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and has worked on several legislative and community campaigns at the state advocacy organization Connecticut Students for a Dream. 

Jennifer Richeson

Jennifer Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology

Professor Richeson’s research examines multiple psychological phenomena related to cultural diversity. Her work generally concerns the ways in which sociocultural group memberships such as race, gender, and socio-economic status impact the way people think, feel, and behave, especially during interactions with members of different sociocultural groups.

Laila Robbins, Yale College, History

Laila Robbins is a junior at Yale studying History with a focus on pathologization. At Yale Law School, she currently researches discretionary sentencing enhancements for repeat drug offenders. Previously, Laila interned for Honorable Katherine B. Forrest (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York). On campus, as Vice President of the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, Laila mentors inmates at a Connecticut prison and facilitates re-entry initiatives in New Haven.

John Roemer, Elizabeth S & A Varick Stout Professor of Political Science & Economics

John Roemer is the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Professor of Political Science and Economics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research concerns political economy, and distributive justice. He is currently teaching Political Competition and a Workshop in Political Economy.

Director's Fellow 2020

Henry Rosas Ibarra, Yale College

Henry Rosas is a junior majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration with a concentration in Latinx Studies. As a Mellon Mays fellow, he researches Arizona immigration policy and Latinx community organizing in south and west Phoenix. He is passionate about working on advancing progressive immigration policy, servicing immigrant communities, and working for elected officials dedicated to migrant justice. At Yale, he is heavily involved in the Latinx community, serving as the President of De Colores and Outreach Chair for Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale.