_mg_0227I joined the faculty at Yale in 2012 and am currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies and the Director of the ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality.
I received my PhD in Government and Social Policy from the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality at Harvard University. My research aims to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, how state policies and institutions shape political life and identity, and broad changes in the racial order. My recent work is concerned with the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for black citizens. I currently serve on the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Community Corrections, the Center for Community Change’s Good Jobs for All initiative, the Yale Faculty Senate, the APSA Presidential Taskforce on Racial Inequality in the Americas.  

My research has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institution.  My vita is here though my recent scholarly endeavors can be found within these pages.  

Email:  vesla.weaver@yale.edu  Twitter: @VeslaWeaver