Visiting Scholars and Research Affiliates

Martin Bisgaard

Research Affiliate
Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
Martin Bisgaard is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark. He studies the electoral link between voters and politicians and his current project deals with how politicians think about voter behavior. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. Martin will usually be around IGS in January and August.

Paulette Cha

PPIC Research Affiliate
Public Policy Institute of California

Paulette Cha is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her research focuses on the health of underserved populations, especially children and immigrants, and her recent projects address the effects of public insurance expansions for these groups. She has also evaluated programs for low-income individuals at MDRC and Innovations for Poverty Action. She completed a joint postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA and the University of Southern California, and she holds a PhD in health policy/health economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Herrera

PPIC Research Affiliate
Public Policy Institute of California

Kellie Hogue

Research Associate

Kellie Hogue is a Research Associate of the Institute of Governmental Studies, mentoring Jo Freeman Women in Politics Cal-in-Sac Fellows conducting research on public policies that affect women, and a Senior Researcher at California Research Bureau, where she effectively combines qualitative and quantitative approaches with data science tools and methods to provide optimal research and information-based solutions for a legislative and gubernatorial clientele.

Her current research projects, in partnership with the California Commission on the Status of Women and...

Julien Lafortune

PPIC Research Affiliate

Julien Lafortune is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he specializes in K–12 education. His primary areas of focus include education finance, school capital funding policy, and educational tracking and stratification. He has published research on the impacts of school finance reforms on student achievement in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tonya D. Lindsey

Senior Researcher

Tonya D. Lindsey is a senior researcher at the California Research Bureau where she uses
her expertise in research methods to analyze a wide variety of policy questions at the
request of legislators, the governor’s office, and their staff. Her publications include
analyses of inequity, open government principles, race in California prisons for men, and
mass media ownership among other policy-related topics. She is a lecturer in the sociology
department at California State University, Chico where she teaches social statistics,
research methods, and public sociology. Her...

Thomas E. Mann

Resident Scholar

Thomas E. Mann is Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He held the W. Averell Harriman Chair at Brookings between 1991 and 2014 and was Director of Governmental Studies between 1987 and 1999. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association.

Born on September 10, 1944, in Milwaukee, he earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Florida and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He first came to...

Eric McGhee

PPIC Research Affiliate
Public Policy Institute of California

Eric McGhee is a senior fellow at PPIC, where he focuses on elections, legislative behavior, political reform, and surveys and polling. His research on elections and electoral reform has appeared in numerous academic journals, and his work has been profiled on National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Economist. He is the creator of the “efficiency gap”—a widely used measure of gerrymandering—and coauthor of a legal test based on the measure that has been presented before the US Supreme Court in recent high-profile litigation. He is an occasional contributor...

Kathleen Morris

Resident Scholar

Professor Kathleen Morris is the founder of California Public Counsel, a private law firm specializing in representing public entities. She taught for over a decade at Golden Gate University Law School, where she was a tenured professor, and has also taught at Yale, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and Rutgers law schools. In 2006, she co-founded (with Dean Heather Gerken) Yale Law School’s “San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project,” which flourishes today.

Professor Morris is a proud graduate of U.C. Berkeley Law School (J.D....

Daniel Payares-Montoya

PPIC Research Affiliate

Daniel Payares-Montoya is a research associate at the PPIC Higher Education Center. His research focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on California’s community colleges, English as a second language, and the relation between labor markets and higher education in California. Before joining PPIC, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank, concentrating on green growth and green finance in developing countries, and as a researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of California Berkeley, focusing on the socio-economic and political impact of globalization and...