Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
David Yokum

David Yokum

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David Yokum

Adjunct Associate Professor in International and Public Affairs
Director, The Policy Lab

Areas of Interest: Field experimentation, behavioral science, the politics and psychology of science


David Yokum is the director of The Policy Lab at Brown, which applies public policy research with state and local governments across the United States, including a special focus on Rhode Island. He was  the founding director of The Lab @ DC in the D.C. Mayor’s Office and, before that, the White House’s Social and behavioral sciences team. An example of his work — a randomized evaluation of a police body-worn camera program—is at bwc.thelab.dc.gov. David earned a JD/PhD (psychology: cognition and neural systems) from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in bioethics and medical humanities from the University of South Florida, and a BS in biology from Birmingham-Southern College.


MPA 2605 How do you conduct research that changes Public Policy?