• Anna Rama

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Drugs, Security and Democracy Program
    Contact
    rama@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3656
    Staff
  • Elsa Ransom

    Elsa Ransom joined the SSRC in June 2007 as the program coordinator for the IDRF program. She received her BA in political science and Russian studies from UCLA and her MA in Russian and Central Asian studies from Harvard. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia as an English teacher and Tashkent, Uzbekistan as an intern for the US Embassy and then again as a graduate student conducting research on water resource management. Prior to joining the SSRC, Elsa worked at the Open Society Institute on a fellowship program that brought students from the former Soviet Union to the United States for graduate studies.

    Title
    Assistant Director
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program
    Contact
    ransom@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3642
    Staff
  • Marina Recio

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    recio@ssrc.org, 718-517-3720
    Staff
  • Natalie Reinhart

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
    Contact
    reinhart@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Jason Rhody

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Digital Culture
    Contact
    rhody@ssrc.org, 718-517-3717
    Staff
  • Fernando Rojas

    Title
    Fellowships Coordinator and Special Projects Associate
    Department
    Abe and Sloan Programs
    Contact
    rojas@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3640
    Staff
  • Lucio Rojas

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Mellon Mays
    Contact
    lrojas@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3705
    Staff
  • Mona Saghri

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    InterAsia Program
    Contact
    saghri@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3695
    Staff
  • Daniella Sarnoff

    Daniella Sarnoff is program director of the International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Before joining the Council she taught European History, most recently at NYU and Fordham University. Sarnoff received her doctorate in History from Boston College in 2001. Her work focuses on extremist politics in the interwar years and the intersections of culture and politics, especially gender ideology, domesticity and consumption. Her manuscript, Women, Family, and Gender in French Fascism, 1919-1939 is currently under review. Her most recent article, "French Fascism and Female Suffrage," appeared in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques (Summer 2008).

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program
    Contact
    sarnoff@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3641
    Staff
  • Renata Segura

    Renata Segura is currently the Associate Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, which she joined in September 2002. As such, she has overseen dozens of research projects and workshops on challenges to democratic governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on topics ranging from drug policy and food security to gender policies in the continent. Her research focuses on constitutionalism and constitution building, in particular comparing recent constitution making exercises in the Andes. She has also written on democratization processes, conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy. She recently published a chapter entitled "Conflict Prevention and Resolution: Lesson from Latin America" in the book “Polarization and Conflict in Latin America” (in print). Prior to coming to the United States, she worked for the research center CINEP in Bogotá, where she was a researcher on several projects related to civil society, conflict and political crisis. In addition to her academic background, Renata worked for several years as a reporter for a nationally televised news program and a widely-read news magazine. Renata received her Ph.D. from the political science department, New School for Social Research. At the New School, she was a Louis Fischer Fellow, an Inter-American Foundation Fellow, and a Colfuturo grant recipient. She holds an M.A. in comparative politics from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    segura@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3653
    Staff
  • Seteney Shami

    Seteney Shami has been with the Social Science Research Council since July 1999 and is director of the Middle East and North Africa program as well as the Inter-Asia Program. She also currently serves as founding director of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), a regional nonprofit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Shami's most recent publication is an edited volume, Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa (SSRC Books, 2010), and her most recent article (coauthored with Nefissa Naguib) is "Occluding Difference: Ethnic Identity and the Shifting Zones of Theory on the Middle East and North Africa," which will appear in Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: The State of the Art (Indiana University Press, 2012). Shami has served on the editorial boards of several publications, including Central Asian Survey, The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, and International Migration Review.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Middle East North Africa; Inter-Asia
    Contact
    shami@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3660
    Staff
  • Leon Sigal

    Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York. His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, published by Princeton University Press, was one of five nominees for the Lionel Gelber Prize as the most outstanding book in international relations for 1997-98 and was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy. His most recent book, Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics, was published by Routledge in 2006. Sigal was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times from 1989 to 1995. He served in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in 1979 as International Affairs Fellow and in 1980 as Special Assistant to the Director. He was a Rockefeller Younger Scholar in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 1972-1974 and a guest scholar there in 1981-1984. From 1974 to 1989 he was a professor of government at Wesleyan University. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2000 and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1988 and 2000. Sigal is also the author of Reporters and Officials: The Organization and Politics of Newsmaking, Alliance Security: NATO and the No-First-Use Question (with John Steinbruner), Nuclear Forces in Europe: Enduring Dilemmas, Present Prospects, Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945, and Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994, as well as numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others. He edited The Changing Dynamics of U.S. Defense Spending.

    Title
    Director
    Department
    Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project
    Contact
    sigal@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3688
    Staff
  • Laura Sitkin

    Laura Sitkin, MEd, language and literacy, Harvard University, and BA, Latin American studies, University of Miami, has been with the Council since July 2010 and is executive coordinator to the executive director.

    Title
    Executive Coordinator and Manager of Program Relations
    Department
    Executive Director's Office
    Contact
    sitkin@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3621
    Staff
  • John St. Bernard

    Title
    NTA Onsite Travel Agent
    Contact
    travel@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Sabrina Stein

    Sabrina joined CPPF in May 2012. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude in August 2012. She was the recipient of the College of Graduate Studies Provost Fellowship and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while she completed her program. Her research focused on the work of international organizations. Her graduate thesis focused on the UN mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL) and the UN mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA). She has contributed a chapter to the book The Politics and Policies of Relief, Aid and Reconstruction (ed. Fulvio Attinà) titled "The UN and Genocide: A Comparative Analysis of Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia." As a graduate student, she presented research at both national and international conferences. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in French also from the University of Central Florida, where she graduated cum laude and with honors in the major. Sabrina was born and raised in Uruguay and speaks fluent Spanish.

    Title
    Program Coordinator
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    stein@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3674
    Staff
  • Adriana Stephan

    Adriana Stephan is a Program Assistant for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program (IDRF) at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated from New York University with a BA in International Relations and French in 2015. Her bachelor's thesis examined the recent success of the far-right political party the Front National in France. Prior to joining the SSRC, Adriana worked for the French American Cultural Exchange and as a journalist for the International Affairs Forum.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program
    Contact
    stephan@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3644
    Staff
  • Anoush Terjanian

    Anoush Fraser Terjanian directs the Council’s expanding Anxieties of Democracy program. A tenured associate professor of history at East Carolina University, Terjanian’s research and teaching have focused on eighteenth-century France -- birthplace of political and economic theories under renewed critical evaluation, namely modern democracy and capitalism. She earned her PhD at Johns Hopkins University, following degrees in political science and history at Cambridge and McGill Universities. Terjanian’s interest in democratic institutions and politics is longstanding: she is an alumna of Canada’s Parliamentary Internship Programme, where she worked for Members of Parliament from both sides of the House and collaborated with the Congressional Fellows Program in the United States, as well as with counterparts in the United Kingdom and Japan. She also served on Canada’s delegation for the G7 Summit. Terjanian’s first book, Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013), will be released in paperback on August 4th, 2016.

    Title
    Director
    Department
    Anxieties of Democracy
    Contact
    terjanian@ssrc.org, 718.517.3714
    Staff
  • Takuya Toda-Ozaki

    Takuya Toda-Ozaki is the program manager of the SSRC Tokyo Office. He has been with the Abe Fellowship Program since 1994. He studied contemporary philosophy at theUniversity of Tsukuba and received a BA in comparative cultural study from the National Institution for Academic Degree and University Evaluation, Japan. His current intellectual interests include politics and nationalism in Japan.

    Title
    Program Manager
    Department
    Abe Fellowship Program, Tokyo Office
    Contact
    tozaki@gol.com, +81-3-5369-6085
    Staff
  • Van Bich Tran

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    Vietnam
    Contact
    tran@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3683
    Staff
  • Nirali Vyas

    Title
    Fellowships Assistant
    Department
    Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
    Contact
    vyas@ssrc.org, (718)517-3669
    Staff
  • Cally Waite

    Cally Waite is program director of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. Waite comes to the SSRC after eight years of service as program coordinator and associate professor of history and education at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her distinguished list of publications includes numerous articles on race and the history of the American academy, as well as the book Permission to Remain Among Us, a study of education for black students at Oberlin College at the end of the nineteenth century. Her current book project, The Journey Thus Far: Black Southern Scholars and Northern Institutions, 1896-1954 (with Margaret Smith Crocco), considers the experiences and challenges of southern black scholars who earned their doctoral degrees at northern research universities during legalized segregation in the United States.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program
    Contact
    waite@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3676
    Staff
  • Penelope Weber

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Digital Culture
    Contact
    weber@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Jennifer Wright

    Title
    Senior Accountant
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    wright@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Lisa Yanoti

    Lisa Yanoti worked at the Council for 7 years prior to her return to the position of SSRC Budget Manager. She worked for Saks Fifth Avenue for 1 year in the interim as an Inventory Control Manager. Lisa has a Bachelors degree in Finance.

    Title
    Senior Grants and Budget Manager
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    yanoti@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3624
    Staff
  • Jing Zhang

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    China Environment and Health Initiative
    Contact
    zhang@ssrc.org,
    Staff