Yale Bulletin and Calendar

June 15, 2001Volume 29, Number 32Two-Week Issue

Donald Green

Political scientist Donald Green
is Whitney Griswold Professor

Donald Green, the newly appointed A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science, is an expert on hate crimes and racial bias whose work has also examined such issues as how and when material incentives shape political and social behavior, and the nature of political motivation.

Green, who is director of Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), also has investigated the interplay between public opinion and public policy and the statistical analysis of survey data.

Green is the coauthor, with Yale colleague Ian Shapiro, of the book "Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science," which was translated into German and Chinese. He is also a coauthor of the forthcoming Yale University Press book "Partisan Hearts and Minds: Political Parties and the Social Identities of Voters."

In other published works the political scientist has addressed such issues as campaign spending in Congressional elections, political party identification, presidential leadership and public trust, and public opinion toward immigration reform. He has written extensively about hate crime and received grants from both the Guggenheim and Russell Sage foundations to study the causes of racial bias incidents. In 1993 he was awarded a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation for his research on hate crimes in America. Green's other studies have explored such issues as the effects of canvassing, direct communication and telephone contact on voter turnout; public response to court-ordered busing; and the influence of self-interest on public opinion.

Last year, Green and two Yale colleagues developed a new software called "Samplemiser," which filters sampling errors and inconsistencies in polling and survey data. The free software was posted on the internet just prior to the 2000 presidential election.

A member of the Yale faculty since 1989, Green earned his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He became a full professor at Yale in 1994 and has been director of ISPS since 1996.

The political scientist's honors include grants from Yale, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Berkeley Survey Research Center and the Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies.

Green recently was awarded a patent for a popular board game he invented in 1998 called OCTI, which was named Best Abstract Strategy Game of the Year by Games Magazine in 1999. "OCTI-for-Kids," an easier version of the game he created for children, was voted as the "Best of Zillions" by Zillions of Games earlier this year. Now marketed nationwide by the Great American Trading Company, OCTI will soon be available in Germany and Israel.


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