• Francisca Aguayo

    Francisca Aguayo Armijo is the Senior Program Officer of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees with honors from Sorbonne Law School, specializing in international law and international organizations. Her Ph.D. dissertation explored the coordination among international organizations in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, providing an in-depth analysis of past and current initiatives, and delivering policy recommendations. During her Ph.D. program, she held an appointment as a lecturer in international law and international relations at Sorbonne Law School and co-directed the Global Current Affairs Forum of the Sorbonne Research Institute in International and European Law. In addition, she held a position as visiting research scholar at Columbia University and completed academic programs at the University of Bologna and The Hague Academy of International Law. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Francisca joined the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations as a Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. She represented Chile at multiple high-level negotiations, including on the reform of the United Nations and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. She also coordinated the participation of Chile within the Group of 77 and China – the largest negotiating group at the United Nations comprising 134 developing countries. Prior to her Ph.D. program, she also gained practical insight into public policy and high-level decision-making through professional experiences at the Corporation for Latin American Studies in Santiago (CIEPLAN) and the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Throughout her career, Francisca has conducted research on a wide range of topics, regularly contributing, among others, to the book review section of the French Yearbook of International Law. She has received scholarships and awards from various institutions, including the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, the French Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defense, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, the European Union, The Hague Academy of International Law, Sorbonne Law School, Columbia University, and the University of Chile. Francisca’s academic and professional work has encompassed different fields related to international affairs, such as international peace and security, human rights, gender equality, climate change, and inequalities. Her research combines theoretical and practical approaches, giving specific attention to interdisciplinary collaboration as a means to address increasingly complex challenges at the local, regional, and global levels. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

    Title
    Senior Program Officer
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum
    Contact
    aguayo@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Juni Ahari

    Juni Ahari is the communications and editorial assistant at the SSRC. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a BA in English. Her previous experience includes internships at JSTOR and the Modern Language Association (MLA), where she assisted with social media and communications.

    Title
    Communications and Editorial Assistant
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    Ahari@ssrc.org
    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
  • 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 Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program. 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 intervention efforts and 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 conducted extensive field work in Central Africa, and 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. Before joining the SSRC, she managed 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 has been interviewed by the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Financial Times, France 24, among others. Carayannis holds a PhD and MPhil 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 English, French and Greek, grew up in Central and West Africa, and travels frequently to the region.    View all publications by Tatiana Carayannis.

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

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

    Reina Chelberg is the program coordinator for the Abe Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council’s Tokyo office. She was previously employed as an account executive at SAP Japan, project consultant at APCO Worldwide, lead manager of the flagship event series and public liaison at the United Nations University, and project intern at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation. Chelberg graduated from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy with a master of public policy, and from the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University with a bachelor of arts. She is fluent in Japanese and English, and learned intermediate French as an exchange student at Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the Universite Catholique de l’Ouest.

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

    Calvin Chen is the IT specialist at the Social Science Research Council. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2019 with a BS in computer science. Previously, he worked for the Stony Brook University Audio Visual Services team, serving the university's faculties and professors with day-to-day lecture issues. Besides information technology and computer science, he is also interested in magic and biking.

    Title
    IT Specialist
    Department
    IT
    Contact
    chen@ssrc.org
    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
  • 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 coordinator for the Just Tech, Anxieties of Democracy, and Media & 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. Cole helped found Persist Brooklyn, an electoral activism group in Brooklyn, and is a regular volunteer for New Sanctuary Coalition, which assists migrants and asylum seekers navigating the immigration system in the United States.

    Title
    Program Coordinator
    Department
    Just Tech, Anxieties of Democracy, Media & 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
  • Carrie Hamilton

    Carrie Hamilton is a program assistant for the Social Data Initiative. She graduated with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 with a BS in environmental science and geography. At UNC, she conducted independent research projects through the National Science Foundation and Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program and spent a year living and working in Ecuador through UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked as a research technician at the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience at Duke University.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Social Data Initiative
    Contact
    hamilton@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3608
    Staff
  • Saarah Jappie

    Dr. Saarah Jappie is program officer for the Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean. Trained formally in history, her interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches to histories of the Indian Ocean world with a focus on cultural mobilities across islands of Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. She has studied and worked in Australia, South Africa, the United States, Indonesia, and Jordan. She holds an MA and PhD in history from Princeton University, an MA in historical studies from the University of Cape Town, and a bachelor of international studies (languages) from the University of New South Wales. She is an associate member of the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South Initiative and an executive committee member of the Islam in Africa Studies Group. Prior to joining the Council, she lectured in histories of the Global South at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean
    Contact
    jappie@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Jonas Johnson

    Jonas Stark Johnson, program assistant, aids in qualitative and quantitative research to support Measure of America’s reports, in addition to coordinating the program’s finance, logistics, and social media. Previously, he taught World History at a public school in his home state of Mississippi through Teach for America. Jonas earned a BA in anthropology and political science from Brown University, where he wrote an ethnographic honors thesis on gun culture in the Deep South.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    johnson@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Ronald Kassimir

    Ron Kassimir is vice president of programs at the Social Science Research Council, providing strategic planning for and fostering coherence across the Council’s programs while also supporting the development of new program initiatives. He also provides leadership for the Religion and the Public Sphere program, works closely on the Council’s Africa-focused activities, and is managing editor of the SSRC’s digital forum Items. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he managed the Africa Program and, from 2000 to 2005, the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program. In 2005, Kassimir became associate dean at the New School for Social Research and associate professor in the Department of Politics, and in 2007 he moved to the New School’s Office of the Provost, where he worked for six years as associate provost for research and special projects. From 2011 to 2013, he cochaired the university committee that produced an institutional self-study as part of the New School’s reaccreditation process. He returned to the Council in 2013 as senior adviser, and then executive program director. Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa, as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007).

    Title
    Vice President of Programs
    Contact
    kassimir@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Mary Kelly

    Mary Kelly is the human resources and administrative assistant at the Council. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in acting.

    Title
    Human Resources and Administrative Assistant
    Department
    Human Resources
    Contact
    kelly@ssrc.org
    Staff