Visiting Scholars and Research Affiliates

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...

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...

Sarah Bohn

PPIC Research Affiliate
Public Policy Institute of California

Sarah Bohn is vice president and John and Louise Bryson chair in policy research and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. She is also a member of the PPIC Higher Education Center. As vice president and chair in policy research, she works with PPIC staff to bring high-quality, nonpartisan research to important policy issues in California. Her own research focuses on the role of social safety net policy and education policy in alleviating poverty and enhancing economic mobility. Her other areas of expertise include immigration policy, the workforce skills gap, and...

Patricia Malagon

PPIC Research Affiliate

Patricia Malagon is a research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she focuses on social safety net programs. Before joining PPIC, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, where she analyzed racial disparities in program access and employment outcomes for CalWORKs participants. She holds a BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gokce Sencan

PPIC Research Affiliate

Gokce Sencan is a research associate at the PPIC Water Policy Center. Her research interests include water markets and climate-water policy interactions. Prior to joining PPIC, she worked on several projects, including water purchasing opportunities for environmental flows from retiring coal-fired power plants and the financial benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions through land-use interventions in California. She previously worked as an intergovernmental affairs intern at the United Nations Environment Programme in New York and as a climate change research intern at Istanbul...

Heather Harris

PPIC Research Affiliate
Public Policy Institute of California

Heather Harris is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she examines criminal justice programs, practices, and policies. She has published research on the impact of cellmate relationships on reoffending and on the effects of domestic violence arrests on mortality in Criminology and the Journal of Experimental Criminology, respectively. Prior to joining PPIC, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where her work focused on young men undergoing the transition to adulthood after prison. She and David J. Harding coauthored a...

Darriya Starr

PPIC Research Affiliate

Darriya Starr is a research associate at the PPIC Higher Education Center, where she researches K–12 education policy. Her work focuses on the challenges and achievements of California’s education system, as well as opportunities for improving the future for Californians. Prior to joining PPIC, she was a research assistant at the Harvard University Kennedy School Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation, the Harvard University Economics Department, and the Harvard University Institute of Politics. Her past research has focused on students’ access to...

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.

Tess Thorman

PPIC Research Affiliate

Tess Thorman is a research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she studies poverty, inequality, and the social safety net. Recent projects have also focused on California’s stake in the 2020 Census. Before joining PPIC, she worked as a consultant with the Center for Migration Studies of New York, where she researched capacity for implementing a large-scale legalization program for undocumented immigrants. She holds an MPP from the University of Southern California and a BA with majors in English and musical studies from Oberlin College.

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.