Caitlin Adkins is the program associate for the SSRC Abe Fellowship Program Tokyo Office. Prior to joining the Council in 2017, she worked in a Japanese advertising and marketing firm in global outreach and media management. Caitlin completed an M.A. with the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies, and has interned with Kyodo News and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. She holds a B.A. in Japanese Studies from University of Findlay and is an alumnus of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. .
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.
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.
Jennifer Blackman is the director of human resources at the Social Science Research Council. In her role as director, she oversees staffing, organizational development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, and performance management. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in psychology and has received her SPHR from the HR Certification Institute in 2013 and her SHRM-SCP from the Society of Human Resources Management in 2015.
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.
Laura Blyler is the fellowships alumni manager at the SSRC, in which she is creating a community engagement strategy to strengthen the Council’s relationship with former fellowship recipients. Prior to joining the 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. Laura currently serves on the board of directors for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area as Vice President of Young Professionals. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University.
Arooj Butt is a finance assistant at the SSRC. She joined the team in September 2018. Arooj graduated from a state-certified program consisting of 150 undergraduate credits with a BS in public accounting and business, management and finance at CUNY Brooklyn College.
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.
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 has a visiting appointment at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Africa Centre and Department of International Development. Carayannis leads the Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and is a research director of two international research collaborations: the Conflict Research Programme and the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) based at the LSE. 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 (coedited) is Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). She is currently completing two book projects: Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; Anatomy of Rebellion: JP Bemba and the Mouvement de Liberation du Congo. Both are scheduled for publication in 2019-2020. A fifth 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. View all publications by Tatiana Carayannis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jemma Giberson is a program assistant for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated from Emory University with a BA in international studies and French in 2017. Her bachelor’s thesis explored the connections between patriarchal ideology and the usage of sexual violence in civil conflicts. Prior to joining the SSRC, Jemma worked in resource development for International Rescue Committee in Atlanta and as the company manager and marketing coordinator for Theater Emory.
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.