Board of Directors

The SSRC is governed by a board of directors made up of social scientists and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines and institutions. The board elects the SSRC president and regularly reviews the Council’s intellectual program. An executive committee of the board oversees financial and operational aspects.

List of Board Members

Jonathan Aronson
Professor of Communication
Professor of International Relations
University of Southern California

John Seely Brown
Visiting Scholar
Advisor to the Provost
University of Southern California
Independent Cochairman
Deloitte’s Center for the Edge

Teresa P. R. Caldeira
Professor of City and Regional Planning
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley

Sandra Dawson (Chair, Executive Committee)
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Management Studies
University of Cambridge

Mamadou Diouf (Chair, Board of Directors)
Leitner Family Professor of African Studies
Director of the Institute of African Studies
Columbia University

Michael Gellert
General Partner and Cofounder
Windcrest Partners

Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Alfred Gusenbauer
President
Renner Institut

William H. Janeway
Senior Advisor
Warburg Pincus

Ira Katznelson (Ex Officio)
President
SSRC

Michael D. Kennedy
Professor of Sociology and International Studies
Brown University

Margaret Levi
Professor of Political Science
University of Washington
Professor of Politics
University of Sydney

Ellen Levy
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Connect

Helen V. Milner
Director, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Princeton University

Thandika Mkandawire
Chair in African Development
London School of Economics

Peter Nager
Senior Managing Director
Egret Capital Partners

Walter W. Powell
Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, Communication, and Public Policy
Codirector, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Stanford University

John Shepard Reed
Chairman of the Corporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Barbara Stallings
Professor of International Studies [Research]
Watson Institute
Brown University

Michael J. Watts
Director of Development Studies
Professor of Geography
University of California, Berkeley



Jonathan Aronson

Jonathan Aronson is professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, professor of International Relations, and director of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication (ARNIC), at the University of Southern California. His research interests include international communications, international communications policy, and global governance. He investigates how communication and network developments related to privacy, equity, standard setting, competition policy, cybersecurity, and international intellectual property shape the path of globalization. His book (with P. Cowhey) Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation (MIT, 2009) explains how innovation in information and communication technology (ICT) fuels the growth of the global economy. Previously he was director of the USC School of International Relations, executive director of the Annenberg Center of Communication, and co-director of the European Union Center of California. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Professor Aronson received his degrees from Stanford (1976) and Harvard (1971). He received an honorary doctorate from Saint Petersburg State University in 2000.

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John Seely Brown

Executive Committee Member

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent cochairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. He was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and also the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000—a position he held for twelve years. While head of PARC, Dr. Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and nanotechnology. His personal research interests include digital culture and rich media, ubiquitous computing, institutional innovation, and organizational and individual learning. He has published over one hundred papers in scientific journals and is coauthor of The Social Life of Information, with Paul Duguid (HBS Press, 2000); The Only Sustainable Edge, with John Hagel (HBS Press, 2005); and The Power of Pull, with John Hagel (Basic Books, 2010). His current book, The New Culture of Learning, coauthored with professor Doug Thomas at USC, was released January 2011. Dr. Brown serves on the boards of Amazon.com, Corning Inc., and Varian Medical Systems.

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Teresa P. R. Caldeira

Teresa P. R. Caldeira is professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on predicaments of urbanization and reconfigurations of spatial segregation and social discrimination, mostly in cities of the global south. She has been especially interested in studying the relationships between urban form and political transformation, particularly in the context of democratization. An anthropologist by training, she has been especially interested in reshaping ethnographic methods for the study of cities and political action, a perspective exemplified in her award-winning book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo. In 2012, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow and received the UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities to work on a research project on new urban practices (from graffiti and tagging to skateboarding and motorcycling) that are transforming São Paulo and its public spaces. These practices not only give the subaltern new visibility but also express new forms of political action. Caldeira was educated at the University of São Paulo (BA in social sciences and MA in political science) and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD in anthropology). She worked as a professor and researcher in the Brazilian university system between 1980 and 1996. She was a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), one of Brazil’s most important research centers in the social sciences, for fifteen years. She was also a professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, before joining the University of California, Irvine. She became a member of the UC Berkeley faculty in 2007. Her work has been published in several languages.

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Dame Sandra Dawson

Executive Committee Chair

Dame Sandra Dawson is KPMG Professor of Management Studies at Judge Business School. She has served as a deputy vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge (2007–2012); master of Sidney Sussex College (1999–2009), the first woman to hold such an office in one of the Cambridge colleges, founded originally for men; and director of Judge Business School (1995–2006). Dawson’s research focuses on leadership, knowledge sharing, organizational change, and health management and policy. She serves as a board member of DRS PLC, the Institute for Government, and the Financial Services Authority. Previous board memberships include Oxfam, Barclays Bank, and an investment trust. She is a member of an advisory group for Aga Khan University on the establishment of a management school to serve the needs of emerging economies, the UK-India Round Table, and the British prime minister’s Council for Science and Technology. Prior to her appointment at Cambridge University, Dawson was professor of organizational behavior and deputy director of the Management School at Imperial College, London University. She holds a BA from Keele University and an MA from the University of Cambridge. She has been awarded an honorary DSc from Keele as well as fellowship status from City and Guilds and was honored with the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Mamadou Diouf

Chair • Executive Committee Member

Mamadou Diouf is Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University, where he also leads the Institute of African Studies. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and before that at Cheikh Anta Diop University in his native Senegal. Educated primarily in France, Dr. Diouf is a renowned West African scholar who has guest lectured at many European and American universities. He holds a PhD from the University of Paris–Sorbonne. His research interests include urban, political, social, and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal (2013); Les arts de la citoyenneté au Senegal: Espaces contestés et civilité urbaine, edited with Rosalind Fredericks (2013); Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World: Rituals and Remembrances, edited with I. Nwankwo (2010); New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power, and Femininity, edited with Mara Leichtman (2009); La construction de l’État au Sénégal, with M. C. Diop and D. Cruise O’Brien (2002); Histoire du Sénégal: Le modèle islamo-wolof et ses périphéries (2001); Les jeunes: Hantise de l'espace public dans les sociétés du Sud (2001); and Les figures du politique en Afrique: Des pouvoirs hérités aux pouvoirs élus (1999). He is also a member of the editorial boards of several professional journals, including African Studies Review and la vie des idées.fr. His volume Une histoire du Sénégal: Les contestations et reconfigurations du modèle islamo-wolof is forthcoming with Karthala in 2014. He is editor of the Présence Africaine history book series.

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Michael Gellert

Michael Gellert is a general partner of Windcrest Partners, which he cofounded in 1968, a director of Dalet Technologies, and a director emeritus of Seacor Holdings. Gellert is active in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Carnegie Institution for Science, the New School, Human Rights Watch, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the New York City Opera. He received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Edward Glaeser

Investment Committee Member

Ed Glaeser is Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he has taught since 1992. He serves as director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities and has written on scores of urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. Dr. Glaeser has written numerous journal and op-ed articles. His books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008), Rethinking Federal Housing Policy (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008), and Triumph of the City (Penguin Press, 2011).

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Alfred Gusenbauer

Alfred Gusenbauer, born in 1960, was federal chancellor of the Republic of Austria and member of the European Council between January 2007 and December 2008. He led Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreich (SPÖ) between 2000 and 2008. Gusenbauer studied law, philosophy, political science, and economics at the University of Vienna and there obtained a PhD in political science in 1987. He was a member of the Austrian Parliament from 1993 to 2007; member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1991 to 2007; and chairman of the Social, Health, and Family Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe from 1995 to 1998. He has been actively engaged in the Party of European Socialists (PES) as the party’s vice president, and in the Socialist International as its vice president since 1989. Gusenbauer has been a professor-at-large at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a visiting scholar at Harvard University and James Leitner Fellow for Global Affairs at Columbia University. He is chair of the FEPS “Next Left” Political Research Programme, president of the Renner Institut, president of the Austrian-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, CEO of Gusenbauer Projektentwicklung und Beteiligung GmbH, and chairs several boards, including STRABAG SE and Signa Prime Select. He holds an honorary doctorate from Herzliyah University in Israel and is senator of the European Academy of Sciences. Gusenbauer speaks German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian and commands a global network of contacts in politics, business, and academia.

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William H. Janeway

Investment Committee Chair • Executive Committee Member • Secretary

William H. Janeway is senior advisor at Warburg Pincus. He joined Warburg Pincus in 1988 and was responsible for building the firm’s information technology investment practice. Previously, he was executive vice president and director at Eberstadt Fleming. He is a director of Magnet Systems, Nuance Communications, and O’Reilly Media and a member of the board of managers of Roubini Global Economics. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of Cambridge in America, University of Cambridge, and a member of the board of managers of the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF). Dr. Janeway is a member of the board of governors of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and of the advisory boards of the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance and the MIT-Sloan Finance Group. He is the author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State (Cambridge University Press, October 2012). Dr. Janeway received his doctorate in economics from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was valedictorian of the class of 1965 at Princeton University.

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Michael D. Kennedy

Treasurer • Executive Committee Member • Audit Committee Member

Michael D. Kennedy is professor of sociology and international studies at Brown University where he explores the relationship between knowledge practices and global transformations. Beginning with studies of intellectuals and professionals in East European social movements and systemic change (e.g. Professionals, Power and Solidarity (1991), Cultural Formations of Postcommunism (2002)), Kennedy now works on how transformations in the communicative capacities of intellectuals and their institutions articulate alternative futures around extensions of democracy, peace, and sustainability with particular places in mind. His most recent publications have addressed the public university, area studies and energy security in these terms. He has also explored these relationships in academic administration; he served as the University of Michigan's first Vice Provost for International Affairs and founding director of its Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; director of its Center for Russian and East European Studies, Center for European Studies/European Union Center for Excellence, and Program for the Comparative Study of Social Transformations; as well as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Professor Kennedy has received awards in recognition of his teaching, including the University of Michigan's Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award and the University Teaching Award. Poland's President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, presented Professor Kennedy with the Gold Cross of Merit to recognize the contributions he made to scholarship and education about Poland.

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Margaret Levi

Audit Committee Chair • Executive Committee Member

Margaret Levi is the director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and professor of political science, Stanford University, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. Her books include the sole-authored Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988) and Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); and the coauthored Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998) and Cooperation without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). Her most recent book is In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), with John Ahlquist. She serves as general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and cogeneral editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) in Madrid, and the Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project.

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Ellen Levy

Ellen Levy is founding managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Additionally, she is an active angel investor, advisory board member for a number of startups, and public speaker. Last year, Dr. Levy concluded her nine years of working with LinkedIn, including having served as vice president of strategic initiatives, head of Corporate and Business Development, and her original role as advisory board member when the company was first founded. Prior to LinkedIn, Dr. Levy spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the university research community by championing questions having to do with people, technology, and innovation. Over her career, she has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital, NeoCarta Ventures, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson); startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; and LinkedIn, now publicly traded); technology think tanks (Interval Research); large corporations (Apple Computer and PriceWaterhouse Coopers); foundations (Clinton Global Initiative); and universities (Harvard and Stanford). Recently referred to as the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley,” Dr. Levy now focuses much of her time on the dynamics of social networks within “the enterprise,” social productivity and the consumer Internet, and innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA/PhD from Stanford University in cognitive psychology, with a focus on information management.

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Helen V. Milner

Helen V. Milner is B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. She has written extensively on issues related to international political economy; the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization, and regionalism; and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. In addition to numerous articles, her writings include the volumes Resisting Protectionism (1988); Interests, Institutions, and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations (1997); The Political Economy of Regionalism (coedited with Edward Mansfield, 1997); Internationalization and Domestic Politics (coedited with Robert Keohane, 1996), and Votes, Vetoes, and the Political Economy of International Trade Agreements (coauthored with Edward Mansfield, 2012). Milner is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the "digital divide" and the global diffusion of the Internet, and the relationship between globalization and democracy. Another strand of her recent research deals with American foreign policy and the so-called grand strategy of liberal internationalism, and she is investigating the sources of public and elite preferences for engagement with the international economy in the areas of international trade, foreign aid, and immigration. Milner is president of the International Political Science Association.

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Thandika Mkandawire

Thandika Mkandawire is professor and the first chair of African development at the London School of Economics. He was formerly director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen. He has taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe and currently holds the Olof Palme Professorship for Peace at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm. Of Malawian origin, Mkandawire is an economist with particular expertise on development issues. His research interests are mostly in development theory, economic policy and development, social policy in developing countries, and the political economy of development in Africa. In 2011 and 2013, he was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Helsinki and Ghana, respectively.

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Peter Nager

Investment Committee Member

Peter Nager is senior managing director at the investment firm Egret Capital Partners. He is a former partner of the corporate advisory and investment banking firm James D. Wolfensohn. Following the sale of Wolfensohn to Bankers Trust (BT), he became a partner and senior managing director at BT and assumed the same positions with Deutsche Bank upon its merger with BT. Earlier in his career, he was a lawyer at the firm Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Nager has advised the boards, CEOs, and other senior executives of such noteworthy companies as Dupont, Unisys, Lubrizol, Johns Manville, Major League Baseball, John Labatt, Northern Telecom, Ault Foods, and Nova Chemicals. His advisory work encompassed traditional transactional mergers-and-acquisitions work as well as financing assistance and corporate strategy. Nager is involved in numerous charitable endeavors. He is a member of the board of trustees and of the executive committee of the Caramoor International Music Festival, held every summer in Westchester County, NY, as well as of the Boards of Trustees of the Beaver Dam Sanctuary, also in Westchester County, and the City Parks Foundation in New York City. He also is a member of the NYU-Poly Incubator Advisory Board. Previously, Nager served as president of Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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Walter W. Powell

Executive Committee Member • Audit Committee Member

Walter W. Powell is professor of education and sociology, organizational behavior, management science and engineering, public policy, and communication at Stanford University. He works in the areas of organization theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of science. His interests focus on the processes through which knowledge is transferred across organizations, and the roles of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation and of institutions in codifying ideas. He is the author or editor of Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, with Lewis Coser and Charles Kadushin (Basic Books, 1982); Getting into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing (University of Chicago Press, 1985); The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, with Paul DiMaggio (University of Chicago Press, 1991); Private Action and the Public Good, with Elisabeth Clemens (Yale University Press, 1997); and The Nonprofit Sector, with Richard Steinberg (Yale University Press, 2006). His most recent book, with John Padgett, is The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (Princeton University Press, 2012). He received his PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University and previously taught at Yale, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He holds honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and the Helsinki School of Economics and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science.

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John Shepard Reed

John Shepard Reed was born in Chicago in 1939. He was raised in Argentina and Brazil. He went to college in the United States and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 under a joint degree program, earning a BA and a BS degree. He served as a lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1962 to 1964 and then returned to MIT for his MS. Mr. Reed spent thirty-five years with Citibank/Citicorp and Citigroup, the last sixteen years as chairman. He retired in April 2000. Mr. Reed returned to work as chairman of the New York Stock Exchange from September 2003 until April 2005 and is currently serving as chairman of the Corporation of MIT. Mr. Reed is a trustee of MDRC, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Athenaeum, and the NBER and an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society. Mr. Reed and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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Barbara Stallings

Barbara Stallings is William R. Rhodes Research Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and editor of Studies in Comparative International Development. Before arriving at Brown in 2002, she was director of the Economic Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile (1993–2002), and professor of political economy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1977–1993). She has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Berkeley, the University of Tokyo, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, the Institute for Fiscal and Monetary Affairs of Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and a number of universities and research centers in Latin America. She has doctorates in economics (University of Cambridge) and in political science (Stanford University) and is a specialist in development economics, with an emphasis on development strategies and international finance. In addition, she works on issues of economic relations between Asia and Latin America and comparisons between the two regions. Her most recent books are Finance for Development: Latin America in Comparative Perspective (Brookings Institution, 2006) and Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim (Palgrave, 2009). She is currently completing a book on Asian foreign aid.

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Michael J. Watts

Michael J. Watts is Class of ‘63 Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught for thirty years. He served as the director of the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley from 1994 to 2004. His research has addressed a number of development issues, especially food security, resource development, and land reform in Africa, South Asia, and Vietnam. Over the last twenty years he has written extensively on the oil industry, especially in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea; his most recent book is The Curse of the Black Gold: Fifty Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (Powerhouse Books, 2008), with photographer Ed Kashi. Professor Watts was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003 and was awarded the Victoria Medal by the Royal Geographical Society in 2004. He has consulted for a number of development agencies, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and other development organizations and has provided expert testimony for governmental and other agencies. He was educated at University College London and the University of Michigan and has held visiting appointments at the Smithsonian Institution and at the universities of Bergen, Bologna, and London. He serves on the boards of advisors for a number of nonprofits, including Food First and the Pacific Institute.

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