• 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
    (718) 517-3608
    Staff
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  • Anthony Jackson

    Anthony Jackson is the Digital Communications Associate for the Social Science Research Council. He focuses primarily on digital content creation, social media engagement, online audience acquisition, and web analytics management. Prior to joining the SSRC, Anthony served as the Digital Marketer at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. He graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Government and Africana Studies in 2015. As an alumnus, Anthony serves as president of the Delta Chi (Hamilton chapter) Alumni Board of Trustees, as well as a member of advisory committees at his alma mater.

    Title
    Digital Communications Associate
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    (718) 517-3678
    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
    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
    Staff
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  • Gail Kovach

    Gail Kovach joined the staff of the Council’s finance office in 1986 as assistant to the controller and later served as assistant to the chief financial officer. In 1996 she was appointed fellowship accountant, responsible for the payment, maintenance, and taxability of all the Council’s fellowship awards while handling various other financial and administrative tasks. In July of 2000, Ms. Kovach was promoted to director of administrative services, a position that included management of the Council’s facilities, supervision of the travel office, risk management, contract review, oversight of office space build-out and the SSRC’s relocation to Brooklyn, as well as acting as staff liaison to the Council’s Executive, Audit, and Investment Committees, and plan administrator for the Council’s 403(b) retirement plans. She was promoted to director of operations in July 2010, adding supervision of the IT department to her existing responsibilities. In 2014, Ms. Kovach moved to Florida and changed to senior advisor status, maintaining many of her current roles while providing guidance to executives, management, and program staff on a variety of topics. She works remotely from her Florida home office and makes frequent trips to the SSRC throughout the year.

    Title
    Senior Advisor, Operations
    Contact
    (212) 377-2700
    Staff
  • Laura Laderman

    Laura Laderman, data analyst, performs quantitative analysis and creates data visualizations for Measure of America. She holds a BA in physics and a minor in statistics from Swarthmore College. She was previously a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, where she conducted geospatial analysis for nonprofit organizations. In addition to making maps, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and growing vegetables.

    Title
    Research Associate
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    (718) 517-3715
    Staff
  • Vikki Lassiter

    Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation. Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

    Title
    Partnerships Specialist
    Department
    Measure of America
    Staff
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  • Nicole Levit

    Nicole Restrick Levit is the manager of the fellowships office and the assistant director of the Abe Fellowship Program and the Japan Program. She holds a B.A. in modern literary studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Council in 2006, Nicole worked in the field of international education, exchange and outreach for five years, first as associate director of the National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies, Indiana University, and then as an international programs officer at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

    Title
    Fellowships Manager; Associate Director
    Department
    Abe Fellowship Program
    Contact
    (718) 517-3639
    Staff
  • Kristen Lewis

    Kristen Lewis 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 well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Before founding Measure of America with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What will it take? (Earthscan, 2005). She previously worked at the United Nations for many years, first with UNIFEM and then as in UNDP's policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality issues for numerous international development organizations, including UNICEF and UNFPA. Kristen contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, research cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and frequent newspaper and radio interviews. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

    Title
    Director
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    (718) 517-3689
    Staff
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  • Clare McGranahan

    Clare McGranahan is the editor for the SSRC’s Communications Department. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a BA in religion and philosophy. Before working at the Council she interned for Island Press’s Production Department in Washington, DC. She joined the SSRC as editorial assistant in 2015.

    Title
    Editor
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    (718) 517-3709
    Staff
  • Branden Miles

    Branden Miles is an evaluation program associate for the SSRC’s Atlantic Fellows Strategic Learning and Evaluation program. He graduated from Hamilton College in 2017 with a B.A in World Politics and a minor in Africana Studies. Before joining the SSRC he interned for U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office and the Criminalization of Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Branden is a recipient of the POSSE Foundation’s full-tuition leadership scholarship and an Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center Social Innovation Fellow. In addition to working at the Atlantic Fellows Strategic Learning and Evaluation program, he enjoys traveling, African-American literature, and jazz music.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Evaluation
    Contact
    (718) 517-3605
    Staff
  • Mike Miller

    Mike Miller is senior program officer for the SSRC's Media & Democracy program. He joins the SSRC on a two-year postdoc as part of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. He received his PhD in political science from the City University of New York, where he studied the effect of innovations in media technology on state efforts to control political speech in China. Prior to joining the SSRC he taught courses in political science at Hunter College and Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.

    Title
    Senior Program Officer
    Department
    Media & Democracy
    Contact
    (718) 517-3650
    Staff
  • Amanda Morrison

    Amanda is a human resources associate and administration manager. She graduated from the University of Georgia with her bachelor's of social work in 2012.

    Title
    Human Resources and Administration Manager
    Department
    Human Resources
    Contact
    (718) 517-3628
    Staff
  • Alondra Nelson

    Alondra Nelson is the fourteenth president of the Social Science Research Council. Widely known for her research at the intersection of science, politics, and social inequality, she holds the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent research center in Princeton, New Jersey. She was previously professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural dean of social science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As dean, she led the first strategic planning process for the social sciences at Columbia, working with faculty to set long-term research priorities. Nelson began her academic career on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for interdisciplinary teaching excellence. Nelson’s work offers a critical and innovative approach to the social sciences that is conducive to a fruitful dialogue with many disciplines. Her major research contributions are situated at the intersection of racial formation and social citizenship, on the one hand, and emerging scientific and technological phenomena, on the other. She connects these dimensions in award-winning and acclaimed books, including The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome; Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination; Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee); and Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh Tu). Her recent publications also include a symposium in the British Journal of Sociology on the history of slavery, genetic genealogy, and the #GU272, and articles with collaborators in the journals PLOS: Computational Biology, Genetics in Medicine, and the The Du Bois Review. She is currently completing a book on science and technology policy in the Obama administration. Nelson’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She has been a visiting fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the BIOS Centre at the London School of Economics, the Bavarian-American Academy, the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Nelson is chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Hastings Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Data and Society Research Institute, the Teagle Foundation, and the Center for Research Libraries, as well as the board for African American programs at Monticello. Nelson also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a Harlem-based youth development organization. Raised in Southern California, Nelson received her BA from the University of California, San Diego, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her PhD from New York University in 2003.

    Title
    President
    Staff
  • Cleia Noia

    Cleia Noia is the program manager of the Drugs, Security and Democracy Program. She received her law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Brazil and her master's degree in law and diplomacy, with a focus on international development and human security, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Council in February 2014, Cleia worked as a corporate lawyer in Brazil and consulted on Brazil's drug policy for the Open Society Foundations.

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    Drugs, Security and Democracy Program
    Contact
    (718) 517-3710
    Staff
  • Cyril Obi

    Cyril Obi is program director for the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, bringing his extensive research, networking, and publishing experience on African peace, security, and development to the Council. After completing his doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he joined the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and was promoted to associate research professor in 2004. That same year, Dr. Obi was awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. From 2005 to 2011, he was a senior researcher and led the research cluster on “Conflict, Displacement and Transformation” at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala. He has received academic awards and fellowships from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal; the Social Science Research Council (SSRC); Africa Studies Center (ASC), Leiden; St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; 21st Century Trust; Salzburg Seminar; and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). Dr. Obi is currently a research associate of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; a visiting scholar to the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Columbia University; and an adjunct professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Obi serves on the editorial boards of several reputable journals, including African Affairs, African and Asian Studies, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, African Security Review, Brazilian Journal of African Studies, International Political Science Review, Governance in Africa, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, and Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation. He is also an international contributing editor to the Review of African Political Economyand serves on the Zed Books Africa editorial advisory board. Dr. Obi is also a member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the International Advisory Board of the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV), Paris. His publications include The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions (Zed Books, 2010), with Fantu Cheru; Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-Violence (Zed Books, 2011), with Siri Aas Rustad; and a special issue of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) (Indiana University Press, 2014), with T. Tieku and L. Scorgie-Porter. He has also contributed articles to the following peer-reviewed journals: Review of African Political Economy (2014), Extractive Industries and Society (2014), and South African Journal of International Affairs (2015). Dr. Obi recently contributed a chapter, “Understanding the Resource Curse Effect: Instability and Violent Conflict in Africa,” to Minding the Gap: Conflict Management in a Time of Change, edited by Pamela Aall and Chester Crocker (CIGI, 2016).

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    The Africa Initiatives
    Contact
    (718) 517-3673
    Staff
  • Duncan Omanga

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    African Peacebuilding Network
    Contact
    0787959411
    Staff
  • Fred Palm

    Fred Palm is vice president of administration and operations at the Social Science Research Council, overseeing the Council’s administrative division, including finance, operations, human resources, and IT. As a member of the executive leadership team, he provides guidance on the Council’s organizational development and strategic direction. From 2007 to 2019, Palm held roles at Columbia University, most recently as chief administrative and academic affairs officer for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and lecturer-in-discipline in the School of Professional Studies, and previously as senior associate dean for faculty and administrative affairs in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Palm has also served as an officer for the Faculty Resource Network, a consortium dedicated to faculty development at New York University. Palm holds an EdD from Fordham University in education, administration, and leadership, an MA from New York University in higher education administration, and an MS from Columbia University in construction administration. Palm’s research interests focus on organizational effectiveness, specifically related to issues of diversity, inclusion, and career advancement.

    Title
    Vice President of Administration and Operations
    Contact
    (718) 517-3634
    Staff
  • Aaron Pangburn

    Aaron Pangburn is the Senior Program Manager of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict program. Previously, he served as a program coordinator for SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum’s special projects in Africa, including the Justice and Security Research Programme, DRC Affinity Group, and Accommodation of Justice for Displaced in DRC research consortium. He joined CPPF in January 2013 and also supports CPPF’s Africa programming with the United Nations. His research interests include the mechanisms of conflict management and international peace processes, and he has developed a regional expertise on the Horn and Great Lakes regions of Africa. In recent years, Aaron has completed consultancies for the Center on International Conflict and the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University on peace operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of his graduate capstone project with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, he also coauthored “The Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Electoral Processes,” a systematic look into the support provided by the department’s substantive units in preparation for, during, and after a national vote. He received his Master of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), concentrating in international security policy and international conflict resolution, and his BA in political science with minors in both human rights and legal studies from Trinity College (CT). Aaron was born and raised in Vermont but has also lived in Spain and Kenya.

    Title
    Senior Program Manager
    Department
    Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)
    Contact
    (718) 517-3693
    Staff
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  • Elsa Ransom

    Elsa Ransom joined the SSRC in June 2007 and is now the Assistant Director of 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 (IDRF) Program
    Contact
    (718) 517-3642
    Staff