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. Currently, he leads the SSRC's Measuring College Learning Project, an initiative that engages faculty in consensus-driven discussions about field-specific learning outcomes and assessment in higher education. Arum is coauthor, with Josipa Roksa, of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which examine patterns of student learning in college and the relationship between college experiences and postcollege outcomes. He is also coeditor of Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective, a comparative study in nine countries (Stanford University Press, 2012); coeditor of Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007), which examines expansion, differentiation, and access to higher education in fifteen countries; and author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2003), which analyzes variation in court decisions and how these decisions have affected public school disciplinary practices across jurisdictions and over time. Arum received his doctorate in sociology in 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley.
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 issues. At the SSRC, he also has convened senior university researchers to explore the implications of Department of Defense funding of social scientists and with the Rockefeller Archive Center has established a working group exploring the relationship between the historical development of the social sciences and philanthropic funding. He served on an advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities during two phases of the Bridging Cultures Initiative, first a grants competition and later the Digital Bookshelf. He also has written on participatory politics, the effects of economic liberalization on political life in South Asia, and implications of a transition from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge economy. He speaks Hindi and lived in India for several years as a child and later to undertake his dissertation research. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago and previously served as a research fellow at Human Rights Watch–Africa and acting executive director of Food Aid Management, a food security organization. Tom Asher joined the SSRC, initially as a program officer, in November 2007.
Rupsha Basu, Program Assistant, assists with qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America’s work. Among her other duties, she tends to the budget, logistics, and online presence of Measure of America. She recently graduated from Emory University with a BA in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science. In addition to working at Measure of America, she enjoys traveling, philosophy, and blues music.
Eleanor Blair is program associate 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.
Laura Blyler is fellowships alumni manager at the Social Science Research Council, in which she is coordinating efforts to strengthen the council’s relationship with former fellowships recipients. Prior to joining SSRC, she was the program manager for fellowships, grants, and global programs at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She managed the alumnae network of AAUW's fellowship and grants programs, one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. She also coordinated AAUW's global programming working with AAUW's representatives to the United Nations. In her spare time, Laura volunteers with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area where she currently serves as the Co-chair of the Young Professionals Board of Directors. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University.
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, she was Deputy Director of the UN Development Program's Human Development Report Office, where she worked on three global Human Development Reports (Oxford University Press) and led the UN's work on national human development reports on every continent. Sarah has worked in 14 African countries and is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Chinese. Sarah contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the New York Times, The Nation, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and more, and research cited by Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and many more. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
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 Africa/DR Congo, her current research projects focus on hybrid public authorities in the border regions of DRC and the Central African Republic and the impact of interventions for justice and security on local communities, including those displaced. A seasoned researcher, Carayannis has written widely on political mobilization, rebel governance (the MLC rebel movement in particular), international justice, democratic processes and elections, UN peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy in Central Africa, and on the agenda-setting role of UN human rights and development ideas. Before joining the SSRC, she directed a research and publication program on the intellectual history of the United Nations at The City University of New York’s Ralph Bunche Institute for International Affairs. In 1998, she served as rapporteur for the UN secretary-general’s Resource Group on the DRC. She coauthored UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2005) and coedited Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). She is currently completing three book projects: Public Authority and Justice and Security in Central Africa (coauthored); Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; and Authorities in Conflict in DRC (coedited). All are scheduled for publication in 2017. A sixth book, The Third UN (with Thomas G. Weiss) is currently in the early stages. She holds an MA in political science from New York University and a MPhil in international relations and comparative politics from The City University of New York Graduate Center. She was a USIP Jennings Randolph Fellow and Mellon Fellow for Security and Humanitarian Action and has lectured at The City University of NY, the University of Edinburgh, Columbia University, and Adelphi University. Carayannis is fluent in French and Greek, grew up in Central and West Africa, and travels frequently to the region.
Emily Carroll is a program associate 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 profiling and outreach.
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 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where she examined the fragmentation of water governance in LA County. She grew up in Manila and has degrees in environmental engineering from MIT and Stanford.
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, thematic working groups, and a national conference -- to promoting migration studies internationally through collaborative working groups and research about relations between internal and international migration to development and about other international aspects of migration, including religion and education. The DPDF Program assists graduate students based at American universities in preparing dissertation and funding research proposals in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields of study. He is co-editor with Charles Hirschman and Philip Kasinitz of the Migration Program's "flagship" publication, The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience (Russell Sage Foundation, 1999) and, most recently, he co-edited with Jennifer Holdaway, Migration and Development Within and Across Borders: Research and Policy Perspectives on Internal and International Migration (International Organization on Migration, 2008).
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 University in 2004 and an MPH in health policy and management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2009.
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.
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 later helped manage programs at the New Jersey Center for Civic Education. In her own research, Marika has examined processes and outcomes of political representation within US metropolitan areas as well as Americans' political attitudes toward immigration. Her more recent research explores a constitutional right to political representation with regard to noncitizens and incarcerated individuals.
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, and her broader research interests include Women, Peace and Security, displacement, and conflict prevention. Prior to joining CPPF, Fowlis served as a consultant for the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at UN Women and as senior program administrator at the Institute for International Education. She was also a policy research intern at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, where she contributed substantive research and analysis to the 2011–2012 report Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council. Fowlis also spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, conducting human rights advocacy work on adolescent girls’ rights and LGBT rights in the Manenberg and Khayelitsha townships. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom with dual Gambian nationality and has a working knowledge of French.
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.
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 to the Promoting Transparent, Effective and Accountable Government initiative at the Ford Foundation and a program coordinator in the Working Communities program at the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also worked with the Center for Community Change, the North Star Fund, Unbound Philanthropy, and Public Agenda.
Kim Habib is Communications Associate. She focuses on graphic design, branding, illustration, and takes part in the creation of audiovisual material for the SSRC. She also assists with the development of e-newsletters and user-experience design of microwebsites. In addition, she provides web strategy support to the communications team. A dual French-US citizen, Kim graduated from the Institut Français de Presse (Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris) with a Masters of Digital Communications. She holds a LLB (Law) from the University of Essex, England, and has completed a year-long course in Comics and Illustration at a Fine Arts school in Paris. Passionate about both art direction and digital platforms, her Master's degree final project resulted in the creation of the website http://backbn.fr/, focusing on raising awareness of the Internet's environmental impact in an accessible way, while her graduate thesis focused on the adaptation of the comic book industry to digital formats. Prior to joining the SSRC, Kim worked for a number of comics festivals in Europe, freelanced as a designer and illustrator, and was a part of Sony Music France's digital team. She spent time working all around Europe and speaks fluent French, English, Italian, and Spanish. Her portfolio is accessible at http://yukuleyley.net.
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.