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 the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, which offers fellowships to support emerging researchers across African institutions of higher education. He has led projects related to international development, international education, and international affairs, including one on public engagement and politics in the Middle East and another supporting architects and social scientists in order to galvanize more inclusive urban design in urban Africa, Asia, and North America. He serves on global advisory boards for the African Centre for Cities (Cape Town) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), and chairs the board of the Reagent Project. He currently is writing a series of interconnected articles on Kibera, an area of densely concentrated poverty in Nairobi, in which he is exploring informal economies and development concepts in a site of accelerating growth. 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 in urban India. He speaks Hindi and lived in Delhi and Mumbai 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 executive director of Food Aid Management, a food security organization. Tom Asher joined the SSRC 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.
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 director of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative and deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. She also leads a project on China’s engagement in Africa, The China-Africa Knowledge Project, convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and serves as a research director of the Conflict Research Programme and senior 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 public authorities and war networks 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. Her first book (coauthored) is UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2005) and her second (coedited) is Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). She is currently completing three book projects: Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; Authorities in Conflict in DRC (coedited); and a monograph on Jean-Pierre Bemba and the MLC rebel movement. All are scheduled for publication in 2017-2018. A sixth book, The Third UN (with Thomas G. Weiss) is currently in the early stages. She holds a PhD in political science (international relations and comparative politics) from The City University of New York Graduate Center, and an MA in political science from New York University. 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 the project coordinator 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.
Alethea Cook graduated from Grinnell College in 2016 with a dual degree in economics and Chinese studies and a concentration in global development studies. Prior to joining the SSRC, Alethea served as a Princeton in Asia fellow in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she worked with the global health nonprofit Population Services International.
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).
Alexa S. Dietrich is program director for the Council’s Scholarly Borderlands initiative and tenured associate professor of anthropology at Wagner College. She is trained in medical anthropology and epidemiology, earning both a PhD and MPH from Emory University, with research funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Her interests lie at the intersections of culture and health, technology and the natural environment, and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She conducted community action research for seven years in the northern pharmaceutical corridor of Puerto Rico, published in the monograph The Drug Company Next Door: Pollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico (NYU Press, 2013), winner of the Julian Steward Award for the best book in environmental anthropology in 2015. Her current research focuses on comparative environmental health vulnerabilities, preparedness, decision-making, and resilience within multigenerational Staten Island families and communities of Latino immigrants in New York City and Portland, OR. She has been recognized with faculty awards in teaching and service, as well as the Rudolf Virchow Award from the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus of the Society for Medical Anthropology. She sits on the Board of Directors for La Colmena, Staten Island’s community jobs resource center, where she also reports meeting minutes in both English and Spanish.
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.
Marika Dunn is the Deputy Director for the Dissertation Proposal Development Program and Interim Negotiating Agreement in Congress (NAC) Grant Officer for the Anxieties of Democracy 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.
Cole Edick is a program assistant for both the Education Research and Anxieties of Democracy programs at the Social Science Research Council. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social anthropology and a secondary field in Theater, Dance & Media. His honors thesis, "BINJworthy: Rethinking Truth as Authenticity in a Boston News Landscape" was an ethnography of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, a freelance journalism incubator. During his time at Harvard, Cole was an actor, director, and lighting designer for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, as well as a volunteer for Harvard CIVICS, teaching a once-weekly 5th-grade civics curriculum in Boston Public Schools.
Tamara C. Fox is senior advisor for learning and strategy at the SSRC. She has held the position of director for research, monitoring, and evaluation at both the Helmsley Charitable Trust (where she also launched a grant-making program to assist people in need in New York City) and the ELMA Philanthropies Services (which invests in improving education and health outcomes for children in Africa). In both these roles she worked with program staff to create targeted strategic plans and to track the impact of grants and programs. Prior to these two posts, Fox spent a decade at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation managing grants portfolios focused on strengthening social science research and graduate training programs in Africa and globally, expanding basic and secondary education in developing countries, studying international migration, conducting evidence-based advocacy, and promoting greater access to data. Her previous work at the World Bank and the Urban Institute examined healthcare worker training and migration, and healthcare financing in developed and developing countries. She is the chair of the board for the African Population and Health Research Center and serves on the boards of the Global Fund for Children and Impact Matters. Tamara holds a BS from Cornell University in genetics and biomedical ethics, an MSc from the London School of Economics in health planning and financing, and a PhD in agricultural and resources economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Francesca Freeman is a program assistant for the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in anthropology and comparative race and ethnic studies and a minor in human rights. While at the University of Chicago, she worked for STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities as the student director.
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.
Alma M. Granado is the program officer of the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network. She joined the Council in September 2016 after completing an Andrew W. Mellon Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Postdoctoral Fellowship at Williams College, where she established professional development groups and a yearlong speaker series. She received her master’s and PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and she holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UC Berkeley, she was active in educational recruitment and retention programs targeting underrepresented minorities. Her doctoral work focused on US immigration and contemporary American literature and was supported by the Ford Foundation.
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.
Linda Grove, senior advisor to the Abe Fellowship Program, received a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at Sophia University in Tokyo and served as both a dean and vice president, responsible for international programs and research management. She has published books and articles on Chinese rural industrialization and social change, East Asian trade history, and Chinese women’s history and has translated and edited Japanese studies on Chinese history. Grove has been a member of the boards of several Japanese academic associations; serves on the editorial boards of Modern China, International Journal of Asian Studies, Textile History, and Gender History (in Japanese); and was a member of the local organizing committee for the 2015 World Economic History Congress in Kyoto. She is currently working on a book based on extensive fieldwork in rural China that traces the histories of five villages over the twentieth century.