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Team directory

Team directory

Julia Adams, Professor of Sociology

Office Location: 115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall Room 446
Phone:  203-432-3332

Mohit Agrawal,

Mohit Agrawal is a Ph.D. candidate in the economics department at Yale University. Mohit is an applied microeconomist and uses structural techniques to study US healthcare, education, and politics. He is currently researching campaign finance reform–specifically,how public financing of elections influences who chooses to run for office, who chooses to donate to candidates, and who chooses to vote.

Rene Almeling, Associate Professor of Sociology

Office Location: 493 College Street, Room 309
Phone : 203-432-3340
Email :

Joseph Altonji

Joseph Altonji, Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics

Joseph G. Altonji is currently the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods.

Noriko Amano Patino, Graduate Student, Economics

Noriko Amano is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Yale. Her research focuses on inequality and in particular, explores the effect that different policies have on the well-being of individuals in the long run. Noriko studied a masters in Economic Theory at ITAM and received her B.A. in mathematics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Peter Aronow, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Peter M. Aronow is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research interests include quantitative methods and political economy. His work has appeared in Biometrika and the Journal of Politics.

Curriculum Vitae

Vivekinan Ashok, Graduate Student, Political Science


Vivekinan (Vivek) L. Ashok is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He studies American politics, political economy, and methodology. In addition, Vivek manages the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab.

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kate Baldwin is an assistant professor of political science. She studies the political economy of developing countries, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research projects analyze politics in weak states. In these contexts, she is interested in how community-level institutions – such as traditional leaders and NGOs – interact with the national state to affect development, democracy and conflict.

Deborah Beim

Deborah Beim, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Deborah Beim is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Resident Faculty Fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies and Center for the Study of American Politics. She studies judicial politics and applied formal theory.  Her current research focuses on communication and doctrinal development in the Courts of Appeals. She is on leave Fall 2015.

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Pranav Bhandarkar, Yale College, EP&E Major

Pranav Bhandarkar is a sophomore at Yale majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. His interests include macroeconomic policy, the domestic effects of international political economy, energy and climate policy, and quantitative methodology in the social sciences.