Dan Feder, a director in Benenson Strategy Group’s New York office, recently completed his PhD in political science at Yale University. His dissertation focused on citizens’ perceptions of government competence and made use of a wide range of survey, behavioral, and administrative data. At Yale, he was a member of the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) strategic planning team and helped spearhead projects designed to enhance ISPS’s reputation as the hub for public policy-oriented research and teaching at Yale. He also led ISPS’s Graduate Policy Fellows Program, which helps graduate and professional students conduct and drive public attention to research projects with demonstrable impacts on American politics and policy. Dan was involved in additional research projects relating to early voting and voters’ reactions to candidate traits.

Before beginning his doctoral studies, Dan earned a Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner, where he focused on public policy analysis and public finance. There, he was awarded the Martin Dworkis Prize for academic achievement, community engagement, and public service, and he worked as an intern in the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s business development group. From 2004-2008, Dan worked at Doubleday Books, a division of Random House, rising to associate editor. He worked closely with authors on non-fiction book projects (including 6 New York Times bestsellers) in categories ranging from history to science to current affairs.

A Chicago native, Dan currently lives in Manhattan with his partner.