Decker

Charles Houston Decker

PhD Candidate in Political Science, Yale University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice
  • State & Local Government

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Decker researches mass incarceration and criminal justice supervision as a public policy problem. The tremendous rise in incarceration, probation and other forms of state supervision of offenders is not simply a product of crime rates or “root causes” of criminality. He examines the paths chosen by policymakers that led to our current carceral state. He also studies business power in American politics and seeks to understand the sources and results of employers’ influence in the policy process, and how this influence changes over time. His dissertation will examine this question by tracing the development of Right to Work policy in the United States. Decker is currently Director of the Policy Fellows program at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

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Charles Houston Decker quoted in David Dayen, "Yale University under the Spotlight for Its Investment in Puerto Rico Debt " The Intercept, February 20, 2018.
Charles Houston Decker quoted on the push for a collective bargaining agreement with the university in Gabriella Milian, "Student Teachers at Yale on 'Indefinite' Hunger Strike" ABC, May 1, 2017.
"A Deafening Silence," Charles Houston Decker, Yale Daily News, November 18, 2015.