2008

Elisabeth Jacobs

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2008.
Senior Director for Policy and Academic Programs, Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow (2008-2009).
Senior Policy Analyst, US Congress Joint Economic Committee (2009-2011).
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution (2011-2014).

Who Cares?Who Cares? Public Ambivalence and Government Activism from the New Deal to the Second Gilded Age, by Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S. Jacobs, has been published by Princeton University Press (2010).

Jason Lakin

Jason Lakin

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
Head of Research, International Budget Partnership.


Jason Lakin joined IBP in May 2009 as a Program Officer covering Ghana and East Africa, and then worked as IBP’s Kenya Country Coordinator through 2013, where he set up IBP Kenya (based in Nairobi) as a locally registered entity.  Prior to taking on his current role, Jason was the Country Manager for IBP Kenya from 2014-2017.

He is the co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Democratic Century (2004).

Ryan T. Moore

Ryan T Moore

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
Associate Professor of Government, American University.
Senior Social Scientist, The Lab @ DC.


Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, 2010-2012.

Francis X. Shen

Francis X. Shen

JD / PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2006 and 2008.
Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota.
Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior.


Francis X. Shen directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab at the University of Minnesota: "Every story is a brain story, and we focus our attention on the ways in which law and public policy can be improved through integration of brain science." He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach activities for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

The Casualty GapFrancis X. Shen is co-author (with Douglas L. Kriner) of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities, Oxford University Press (2010).

Zoua M. Vang

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2008.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University.

National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania (2008-2010).