• Johnathan Appel

    Johnathan Appel assists the Measure of America team with qualitative research, quantitative analysis, and report writing. He also works on program management, the budget, and Measure of America's social media presence. He graduated with honors from Amherst College with a BA in political science, concentrating in the study of institutions and the reproduction of inequalities. He was previously a Fulbright English Teaching Fellow in Taiwan and an Education Fellow and Teaching Artist with Story Pirates, a children's literacy and theater nonprofit. He also writes satire which has been published in the New Yorker and McSweeney's.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    appel@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • 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. 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.

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

    Title
    Administrative Assistant
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program
    Contact
    bahe@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Elizabeth Bazile

    Title
    Intern
    Department
    President's Office
    Contact
    bazile@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Dewey Blanton

    Dewey Blanton joined the SSRC in August 2016 as Director of Strategic Communications. He has led communications strategy for both for-profit and non-profit organizations and agencies in the fields of professional sports, public broadcasting, advertising and public relations, and museums. His SSRC portfolio includes overall internal and external communications strategy, media relations, public relations and supporting team efforts in editing, writing, events and project management.

    Title
    Director of Strategic Communications
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    blanton@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3721
    Staff
  • Briyanna Brinson

    Briyanna (Bree) Brinson is a program assistant for the Abe Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council. Brinson earned her BA in political science and international affairs with a minor in linguistics and cultural studies from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in June 2018. During her time at SPU, Brinson interned with Parvati Swayamojgar and developed a Financial Literacy Training program for the organization while conducting field research. Brinson has also previously traveled to Israel and the West Bank with Millennial Voices for Peace to help collect qualitative data on the impact of the ongoing conflict on Palestinian communities. Prior to joining the Council in 2018, Brinson simultaneously served as a grant writer for Pilgrim Africa and an office assistant at the John Perkins Center for Community Development.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Abe
    Contact
    brinson@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Eddie Byrnes

    Eddie Byrnes graduated from Baruch College and earned his BBA degree in accountancy. Before Byrnes became an accountant, he had worked as an electrician for a private contractor. Eventually, he decided on a career change and now has nearly 20 years of accounting experience working at various not-for-profit organizations.

    Title
    Senior Accountant
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    byrnes@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Tatiana Carayannis

    Tatiana Carayannis is director of the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program and director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). She also leads the Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project and has a visiting appointment at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Africa Centre and Department of International Development, where she also serves as a research director for the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID). Until recently, she convened the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and served as the Congo research director of the Conflict Research Programme,  an international research collaboration. A scholar of UN peace operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Central Africa more generally, her current research focuses on war networks and the shaping of public authority in Central Africa, 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), global-local dynamics of violence, international justice, democratic processes and elections, UN peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy, and on the agenda-setting role of UN human rights and development ideas. She is frequently invited for press interviews. 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 (co-edited) is Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). Her third book, The Third UN: How Knowledge Brokers Help the UN Think (with Thomas G. Weiss) will be published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. Two other book projects are in the early stages:  Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; Anatomy of Rebellion: JP Bemba and the Mouvement de Liberation du Congo. 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.     View all publications by Tatiana Carayannis.

    Title
    Director
    Department
    Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) and Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    carayannis@ssrc.org, (212) 377-2700 x3652
    Staff
  • Amanda Catton-Johnson

    Amanda Catton-Johnson is the accounts payable coordinator for the Social Science Research Council. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked in the nonprofit sector for Habitat for Humanity NYC. She graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a BA in journalism.

    Title
    Accounts Payable Coordinator
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    catton-johnson@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • MaryAnn Celis

    Title
    Program Manager
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives
    Contact
    celis@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Reina Chelberg

    Title
    Program Coordinator
    Department
    Abe Fellowship
    Contact
    Chelberg@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Calvin Chen

    Title
    IT Specialist
    Department
    IT
    Contact
    chen@ssrc.org
    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 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.

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

    Holly Danzeisen is associate director of the InterAsia Program. Since joining the Council, she has worked on a number of projects focused on international and area studies, including multiple fellowship programs designed to support international and transregional research, and a research project focused on the globalization of higher education and the relationships between American universities and the study of particular world regions. She is currently working on the development of transregional collaborative research initiatives, the first of which will be focused on media, social movements, and accountability. She holds a BA in political science from Wellesley College.

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    InterAsia Program
    Contact
    danzeisen@ssrc.org
    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, 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).

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program; Migration
    Contact
    dewind@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3657
    Staff
  • Adriana DiSilvestro

    Adriana DiSilvestro is the program assistant for the Media & Democracy program, where she works on the Disinformation Research Mapping initiative. DiSilvestro graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University in 2018 with a BA in environmental studies. Her bachelor’s thesis focused on the ways that online media discourse shapes responses to environmental degradation. During her time at Bucknell, she served as a Presidential Research Fellow, spent a semester in Northern Tanzania on a Political Ecology program, and completed a Swahili Critical Language Scholarship.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Media & Democracy
    Contact
    disilvestro@ssrc.org, 718-517-3695
    Staff
  • Alexa Dietrich

    Alexa S. Dietrich is program director for the Council’s Scholarly Borderlands initiative, and codirector of the Program on Religion and the Public Sphere. 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, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Rockefeller Archives. 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 over 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 projects focus on comparative environmental health vulnerabilities, preparedness, decision-making, and resilience in New York City, Portland, OR, and Puerto Rico. She sits on the Board of Directors of La Colmena, Staten Island’s community jobs and immigration resource center, and maintains an appointment as associate professor of anthropology at Wagner College.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Scholarly Borderlands
    Contact
    dietrich@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3708
    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 University in 2004 and an MPH in health policy and management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2009.

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

    Mamasa Dukureh is the program assistant for the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa  program and joined in summer 2018.  Prior to joining the council, Mamasa served as a 2016-2017 ELLA Fellow at The Sadie Nash Leadership Project, where she founded Shades of Blackness, a community-based intervention workshop series for high school girls in Newark, NJ.  She holds a BA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.  Her primary research interests include the intersections of race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality in the areas of social and political violence, and culture and identity formation across sub-Saharan Africa.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Next Generation Social Sciences
    Contact
    dukureh@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3663
    Staff
  • Cole Edick

    Cole Edick is a program associate 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.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Education Research Program and Anxieties of Democracy
    Contact
    edick@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3646
    Staff
  • Julia Fernandez

    Julia L. Fernandez joined the SSRC in May 2018 as a program assistant of the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. She recently graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College with a BA for her double major in Puerto Rican & Latinx studies and psychology. During her undergraduate career, she assisted her mentor in research that focused on the history of slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century, and how the relationship between slavery and space defined a legacy of housing inequality and racism which directly impacts black Cubans to this day. This research was funded partially by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Transfer Student Research Fund, as well as the Tow Undergraduate & Graduate International Research Stipend. She continues to aid her mentor in this research and uses the knowledge gained to formulate her own theoretical questions regarding race, space, and politics in the Caribbean and in Central and South America. She hopes to one day earn her PhD and publish her own works in the general field of Latinx and Latin American/Caribbean studies.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program
    Contact
    fernandez@ssrc.org, 718-517-3609
    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
  • Alma Granado

    Alma M. Granado is the program director 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.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Sloan
    Contact
    granado@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3640
    Staff
  • Linda Grove

    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.

    Title
    Consulting Director
    Department
    Tokyo Office
    Contact
    grove@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Alejandra Gutierrez

    Alejandra Gutierrez is the program assistant for the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) at the Social Science Research Council. Gutierrez graduated from Rice University in 2019 with a BA in political science (with a concentration in international relations), a minor in business, and a certificate in French language and intercultural communication. Research topics during her undergraduate career included the political environment of business in the US and China, the state of democracy in Venezuela, and various case studies and policy analyses in conflict and multilateralism, with a focus on the United Nations. While at Rice, she was a legal intern at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She also enjoyed serving as a teaching assistant for business communications and spending a semester at Sciences Po in Paris, France, studying international relations.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum
    Contact
    gutierrez@ssrc.org
    Staff