Team directory

Team directory

Stephen Skowronek, Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political & Social Science

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University.  He is currently the Wynant Visiting Professor at the Rothermere American Institute, Balliol College Oxford.  He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has held the Chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Philip Smith, Professor of Sociology; Associate Director Center for Cultural Sociology

Philip Smith is responsible for a dozen books and over sixty articles and chapters. Most recently he is co-author of Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (Cambridge 2010). He is also author of Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War and Suez (Chicago, 2005), Punishment and Culture (Chicago, 2008). His textbook Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell 2001) has been translated into several languages and is now available in a second edition.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Samuel Solomon,

Samuel Solomon is a PhD student in the Economics Department at Yale. Sam is a labor and development economist studying social mobility, including the mechanisms underlying mobility as well as its implications for both economic inequality and growth. In particular, he is studying how individuals make educational and occupational choices, how they are influenced by their socioeconomic background, and how they affect their labor market outcomes. In addition to his work in the United States, Sam also conducts research in Rwanda and Tanzania on similar labor topics.

Stephanie Spangler, Deputy Provost for Health Affairs; Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Lecturer in Public Health

Dr. Spangler joined the Office of the Provost in 1995 and serves as provostial liaison for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, Yale University Health Services, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and other health and biomedical units. She also oversees the Provost’s Office of Academic Integrity, established in 2011, working with colleagues throughout the University to fortify and consolidate programs and procedures relating to academic integrity. Additionally, she is charged with leadership of University-wide Title IX compliance and related initiatives.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Hannah Srajer,

Hannah Srajer is a PhD student in the Department of History and is pursuing a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Broadly, their research explores the relationship between scientific and medical technologies and the US carceral state in the later half of the 20th century.

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Cameron Steger, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Cameron Steger is a junior in Silliman College from Southern California. He majors in economics and political science, and is interested in examining the impact of competition policy on economic inequality and healthcare prices. At Yale, Cameron is the co-president of YULAA and head of YPI’s Public Health Center

Milan Svolik, Professor of Political Science

Milan Svolik is a professor of political science at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory.

He has authored and co-authored articles on the politics of authoritarian regimes and democratization in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.

Peter Swenson, C.M. Saden Professor of Political Science

Peter  A. Swenson is Yale’s C.M. Saden Professor of  Political Science. He specializes in the comparative political economy of labor  markets and social welfare in Europe and the United States. He teaches graduate  and undergraduate courses on the economic, political and social foundations of  social policy and market regulation in developed capitalist democracies.

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Katie Taylor, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Katie Taylor is a junior in Branford College from Somers, New York. As a History major, Katie studies the creation and preservation of representative political institutions in the United States. She has served as a legislative intern in Congress and worked full-time for Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, while on leave in the fall of 2020. On campus, she is an editorial intern for the Yale Law Journal and an undergraduate learning assistant for the Directed Studies Program.

ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Jennifer Tegegne, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

Jennifer (Jenny) Tegegne is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) and Education Studies. She lives in Chicago and is interested in questions of citizenship, migration, and resistance – especially as they relate to critical refugee studies and systems of social control (through schooling and incarceration).