Team directory

Team directory

Ian Turner, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ian Turner is Assistant Professor of Political Science, a Resident Fellow in the Institution of Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Political Institutions/Political Behavior Research Program at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St.
ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Samuel Turner, ISPS Director's Fellow, 2021

Samuel Ralph Turner is a junior in Trumbull College from Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and pursuing a certificate in Global Health Studies. At Yale, Samuel plays on the varsity men’s squash team and serves as a site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. He has conducted health policy research — related to cancer legislation, hospital consolidation, and Covid-19 testing —and is interested in how legal and public policy tools can improve the American healthcare system. 

Director's Fellow, 2022

priya v., ISPS Director's Fellow, 2022

priya v. is a junior majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and community college transfer student who holds two Associate’s degrees in Sociology and Social Justice Studies from Foothill College. At Foothill, priya grew passionate about the community college system as the Student Trustee for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where they advocated for racial justice initiatives, affordable housing, and other student needs.

ISPS Faculty Fellow

Nisheeth Vishnoi, A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Computer Science

Professor Nisheeth Vishnoi’s research spans several areas of theoretical computer science: from approximability of NP-hard problems, to combinatorial, convex and non-convex optimization, to tackling algorithmic questions involving dynamical systems, stochastic processes, and polynomials.

Jacob Wallace, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Jacob Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) at the Yale School of Public Health. His research is focused on the economics of health insurance markets with particular emphasis on the impact of managed care in public insurance programs. This area of research is growing in importance, as the government is increasingly contracting with managed care plans to deliver benefits in Medicaid and Medicare.

Professor of Econ, Ebonya Washington

Ebonya Washington, Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics

Ebonya Washington is the Samuel C. Park Jr.  Professor of Economics. She received her PhD in economics at MIT in 2003. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Steven Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson, Senior Fellow

Mr. Wilkinson served as Connecticut’s Chief Performance Officer, a cabinet level role in which he set up interagency data sharing and performance management systems to build a more effective government.  In a previous role, as head of the White House Office of Social Innovation under President Obama, he led efforts in favor of results-driven government and the use of data and data science for the public good.

Jennifer Wu, Graduate Student, Political Science

Jennifer Wu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. She is interested in political behavior, public opinion, and representation of voter preferences. Her MSc thesis examined the issue of voter suppression and preferences for franchise extension via a game theoretic framework. Prior to starting the PhD, Jen worked as a statistician in ISPS Health studying the political economy of healthcare. Jen holds a MSc Economics from University College London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Manager of the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab. 

ISPS Dahl Scholar 2021 - 2022

Kevin Xiao, Dahl Scholar, 2021 - 2022

As a Dahl Scholar, Kevin Xiao works with Assistant Professor of Political Science Christina Kinane on a project developing a theory of political appointments during presidential transitions. Kevin is studying Political Science and is in the Yale class of 2023. He is also president of the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court team. He is interested in executive branch politics, especially its effects upon bureaucratic organization and state capacity.