• Richard Arum

    Richard Arum is Senior Academic Advisor of the Social Science Research Council's Education Research Program, current chair of the Sociology Department at NYU, and incoming dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Arum has led a range of projects related to K–12 and higher education, including the CLA Longitudinal Study, a comparative study of school discipline in nine countries, and a project that led to the creation of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Cur…

    Title
    Senior Academic Advisor
    Department
    Education Research Program
    Contact
    arum@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3646
    Staff
  • Thomas Asher

    Thomas Asher is director of several programs related to international education and international affairs. These include a grants program that promotes collaboration between area studies experts and journalists on the topic of Islamic traditions and Muslim societies, a collaborative grants program undertaken with the British Council to strengthen world-history curriculum reform, and a fellowship program to support the next generation of African social scientists working on peace, security, and development…

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Academia in the Public Sphere, Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
    Contact
    asher@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3661
    Staff
  • Jennifer Blackman

    Title
    Human Resources Director
    Department
    Human Resources
    Contact
    blackman@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3627
    Staff
  • Eleanor Blair

    Eleanor Blair is program assistant for the Education Research Program. Prior to joining the SSRC, Blair worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, and a client advocate at the Community Law Office in Birmingham, Alabama. Most recently, she worked at a progressive elementary school in Brooklyn. Blair graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 with a focus in sociology.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Education Research Program
    Contact
    blair@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Molly Buckley

    Molly Buckley is the program assistant for the Anxieties of Democracy program. She graduated from Vassar College with a BA in media studies and a correlate in political science. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of information, technology, and politics, and she has a particular passion for the study of the First and Fourth Amendments. Before joining the Council, she completed internships at WNYC’s On the Media, media reform organization Free Press, and Beijing magazine the World of Chinese.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Anxieties of Democracy
    Contact
    mbuckley@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Sarah Burd-Sharps

    Sarah Burd-Sharps is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to this position, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic, governance, and gender equity. Before she left the UN in 2007 to found Measure of America,…

    Title
    Codirector
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    sarah@measureofamerica.org, (718) 208-8966
    Staff
  • Tatiana Carayannis

    Tatiana Carayannis is deputy director of the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and leads the forum’s Africa programs, including a project on China’s engagement in Africa, The China-Africa Knowledge Project. She also convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and is a research director of the Justice and Security Research Programme and fellow at the London School of Economics. A specialist on UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Central Afric…

    Title
    Deputy Director
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    carayannis@ssrc.org, (212) 377-2700 x3652
    Staff
  • Emily Carroll

    Emily Carroll is a program assistant for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in sociology and women’s studies in 2014. Prior to joining the SSRC, Carroll worked with the National Women’s Studies Association in 2013 and 2014. During this time, she also was an intern within the fellowships and grants department of the American Association for University Women where she worked on alumni…

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship
    Contact
    carroll@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3643
    Staff
  • Deborah Cheng

    Deborah Cheng joined SSRC in December 2014 as Program Officer of the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where her research focused on the politics of urban water access in Manila. Her work was funded in part by SSRC's International Dissertation Research Fellowship and has been published in Geoforum, Water Alternatives, and Environment and Urbanization. Prior to joining the Council, Cheng was a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA’s In…

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    Mellon Mays
    Contact
    cheng@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3677
    Staff
  • Holly Danzeisen

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    Eurasia; Inter-Asia
    Contact
    danzeisen@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3662
    Staff
  • Josh DeWind

    Josh DeWind is Director of the Migration Program and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Programs. Since receiving his PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1977, his research and writing has focused internationally on issues of migration. Under his leadership since 1994, the Council's activities related to migration have evolved from an initial focus on fostering the interdisciplinary development of immigration studies within the United States -- through research fellowships…

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF); Migration
    Contact
    dewind@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3657
    Staff
  • Margaret Deason-Coughlin

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Mellon Mays
    Contact
    deason-coughlin@ssrc.org, 718-517-3681
    Staff
  • Sarah Doty

    Sarah Doty is project director of the Cuba Program and has worked at the Council since July 2005. She has over eighteen years of experience working in Cuba and has helped organize academic and cultural programs for the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, Princeton University, and Colorado College. She holds a BA in international studies from the School for International Training, where she worked and studied in Cuba, Samoa, and Venezuela. She received an MA in international relations from Boston Universi…

    Title
    Cuba Project Director
    Contact
    doty@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3680
    Staff
  • Victoria Drescher

    Victoria Drescher, MA, sociology, the New School for Social Research, and BA, sociology and gender studies, Georgia State University, joined the Council as administrative assistant to the president and executive director in 2011.

    Title
    Administrative Assistant
    Department
    President's and Executive Director's Office
    Contact
    drescher@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3694
    Staff
  • Marika Dunn

    Marika Dunn is the Deputy Director for the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Prior to SSRC, she served as a fellowship advisor in the Office of Graduate Student External Support within the Graduate School at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She also worked at the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund for several years, coordinating its Case Support Program and Legal Referral Network, and…

    Title
    Deputy Director
    Department
    Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
    Contact
    dunn@ssrc.org, (718)-517-3645
    Staff
  • Mignonne Fowlis

    Mignonne Fowlis joined CPPF in August 2014. She received her MA in human rights from Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, where she concentrated on the gender dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa, and her BA (with honors) in philosophy and politics from the University of Manchester, England. Her graduate thesis focused on the impact of displacement on gender-based violence in South Sudan. She has developed a strong regional focus on Sudan and South Sudan…

    Title
    Program Coordinator
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    fowlis@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3707
    Staff
  • Rebecca Gluskin

    Rebecca Tave Gluskin, Chief Statistician, leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America. She has served as the Director of Data Analysis and Data Services in the Bureau of Informatics at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She conducted post-doctoral work at Boston Children's Hospital with the HealthMap.org. Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and PhD in Epidemiology both from New York University.

    Title
    Chief Statistician
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    rebecca@measureofamerica.org,
    Staff
  • Katharine Grantz

    Kate Grantz is Executive Coordinator and Manager of Institutional Relations in the President’s Office. In addition to supporting the activities and new initiatives of the president, Kate manages the University Fund for the Social Sciences, the Hirschman Prize and other development efforts and events. She holds a master’s in political science from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she focused on urban politics and American philanthropy. Prior to joining the Council in 2010, Kate was a program consultant…

    Title
    Executive Coordinator and Manager of Institutional Relations
    Department
    President's Office
    Contact
    grantz@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3613
    Staff
  • Linda Grove

    Title
    Training Director
    Department
    New Voices of Japan, Tokyo Office
    Contact
    lgrove@gol.com,
    Staff
  • Kate Herman

    Kate Herman is the program assistant for the Council’s new initiative Scholarly Borderlands, as well as providing support for the reintroduction of the Council’s publication Items. She graduated with distinction from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a BA in anthropology and government and legal studies.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Scholarly Borderlands
    Contact
    herman@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Jennifer Holdaway

    Jennifer Holdaway is a Program Director whose work spans several fields related to development, including migration, environment and health. She has a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She has taught in the political science departments at Brooklyn College and at Barnard College. Holdaway is also the Council's China Representative and since 2008 she has been based in Beijing, where she is co-director…

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    China Environment and Health Initiative
    Contact
    holdaway@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3659
    Staff
  • Paige Holt

    Title
    Program Associate
    Contact
    holt@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Ronald Kassimir

    Ron Kassimir is executive program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), supporting the development of new program initiatives as well as the deepening of cross-program connections. He also provides leadership for the Scholarly Borderlands initiative and Religion program, works closely on the Council’s Africa-focused activities, and is editor of the SSRC’s digital forum Items. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he…

    Title
    Executive Program Director
    Contact
    kassimir@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Ira Katznelson

    Ira Katznelson has been Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University since 1994 and, since 2012, president of the Social Science Research Council. He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 2005–06, as chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2002, and as president of the Social Science History Association in 1997–98. His most recent book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (Liveright, 2013), has be…

    Title
    President
    Contact
    katznelson@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Mary Kelly

    Title
    Front Desk Administrative Assistant
    Department
    Human Resources
    Contact
    kelly@ssrc.org,
    Staff