• Daniella Sarnoff

    Daniella Sarnoff is the director of the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program (IDRF) at the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Sarnoff holds a PhD in European history and works on extremist politics in the interwar years and the intersections of culture and politics, especially gender ideology, domesticity, and consumption. Before joining the Council in 2008, Dr. Sarnoff taught at Xavier University, Fordham University, and New York University. She has published in journals and in edited volumes on the topics of French fascism, women’s suffrage, and gender and fascism. Her most recent piece is “An Overview of Women and Gender in French Fascism” published in The French Right Between the Wars: Political and Intellectual Movements from Conservatism to Fascism (Berghahn Books, 2014).

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program
    Contact
    sarnoff@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3641
    Staff
  • Tara Shukla

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Contact
    Shukla@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Rajat Singh

    Rajat Singh is executive assistant for the President’s Office. Singh earned his BA in Latin from Boston University and an MA in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Prior to joining the Council, Singh was a graduate assistant to Ann Laura Stoler (the New School) and Neni Panourgiá (Columbia). Most recently, he served as assistant to the dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, as well as program administrator for the graduate programs in the school. Singh writes creative nonfiction and is assembling a collection of essays that explore South Asian culture as a site of queer melancholy. His work appears in StoryQuarterly, Lapham’s Quarterly, LitHub, The Offing, The Millions, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He is a contributor for Catapult magazine. His work has been longlisted for the Notting Hill Editions 2017 essay prize. He has fellowships from the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Lambda Literary Writing Retreat and was an artist resident at the Spruceton Inn.

    Title
    Executive Assistant
    Department
    President's Office
    Contact
    singh@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3613
    Staff
  • Laura Sitkin

    Laura Sitkin, MEd, language and literacy, Harvard University, and BA, Latin American studies, University of Miami, has been with the Council since July 2010 and is executive coordinator and manager of special projects in the Office of the President.

    Title
    Executive Coordinator and Manager of Special Projects
    Department
    President's Office
    Contact
    sitkin@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3621
    Staff
  • Sam Spies

    Samuel Spies is program officer in the Media & Democracy program and heads its Disinformation Research Mapping Initiative. He has a PhD in anthropology from Temple University. For his dissertation fieldwork, he studied responses to censorship at online media outlets in Jordan. Before turning to the social sciences, he worked in newspaper, online, and wire-service journalism.

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    Media and Democracy
    Contact
    spies@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3623
    Staff
  • Line Sidonie Talla Mafotsing

    Line Sidonie Talla Mafotsing is a communications and editorial assistant in the Communications department. She graduated from New York University with a BS in media, culture, and communication. Line has interned for both the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization in their communications department and was also an editorial intern at Simon and Schuster. While at university she wrote and edited for two online publications, Fresh U NYU and Her Campus NYU. Her main interests lie in understanding how narrative storytelling through print and digital media advocate for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

    Title
    Communications and Editorial Assistant
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    mafotsing@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Rubén Tarajano

    Rubén Tarajano is a program assistant for the Measure of America program at the Social Science Research Council. Previously, they worked in public health outreach focusing on HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ populations, and tobacco-free lifestyles. They graduated with honors from Florida International University with a BA in liberal studies with a focus on health & human concerns. In the future, Rubén hopes to earn a PhD in sociology and publish their own research on social inequality and incarceration.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    ruben@measureofamerica.org
    Staff
  • Isha Tendolkar

    Isha Tendolkar is a program associate for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) and Fostering Liberal Arts Knowledge and Connections (FLAKC) programs. Tendolkar graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in public health, focusing on health disparities. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked at a political advocacy nonprofit assisting on projects related to clean water legislation, environmental justice, and health equity. Her primary interests include humanitarian law and the interactions between both civil and human rights and health.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    IDRF
    Contact
    tendolkar@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Patrice Thomas

    Patrice Thomas graduated from the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York with a bachelor’s in accounting in 2018, with a minor in business administration. She has held finance positions at various nonprofits, including amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, Common Ground, and the Institute for Community Living and Services for the Underserved.

    Title
    Budget and Payroll Coordinator
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    thomas@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3625
    Staff
  • Vina Tran

    Vina Tran is chief of staff in the Office of the President. She has over a decade of experience working in higher education. Prior to joining the Council, she was the executive director for decanal affairs in the Division of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. At Columbia, she worked at the Women Creating Change initiative at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; and the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research on women and girls of color. She holds master’s degrees in public administration from Columbia and in gender, sexuality and cultural studies from the University of Manchester.  .

    Title
    Chief of Staff
    Department
    President's Office
    Contact
    vtran@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3613
    Staff
  • Rodrigo Ugarte

    Rodrigo Ugarte is the editorial associate of Items: Insights from the Social Sciences. He has written about deported undocumented veterans, Jewish Argentine troops during the Falklands War, World War II female aviators, and various other topics for Remezcla and War Is Boring. Ugarte graduated with a BA in writing from Ithaca College.

    Title
    Editorial Associate
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    ugarte@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3684
    Staff
  • Catalina Vallejo

    Catalina Vallejo is the consulting program officer for the Social Science Research Council's Just Tech program. She also supports the Anxieties of Democracy program and the Virtual Research Center on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences. Catalina holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in cultural studies from Universidad de los Andes, and a B.A. in sociology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her doctoral work focused on post-conflict reparations for victims of armed conflict in Colombia and Peru and was funded by the SSRC and the National Science Foundation. Before joining the SSRC, she worked in development consulting. She is fluent in English and Spanish, grew up in Bogotá (Colombia), and travels frequently to the region.

    Title
    Consulting Program Officer
    Department
    Just Tech, Anxieties of Democracy
    Contact
    vallejo@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Gino Vlavonou

    Dr. Gino Vlavonou is the Program Officer with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). He obtained his PhD from the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and his master’s degree from the Institut Québécois des Hautes Études Internationales at Université Laval in Québec. His dissertation focuses on discourses of autochthony in the Central African Republic, where he conducted fieldwork in 2017. Gino worked as a Junior Research Fellow in the Nairobi office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and as a research assistant for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) in 2017-2019. He also worked as a research associate with the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC). Gino has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and blogs. His work has appeared in Africa Today, African Security, Revue Tiers Monde, African Identities, and Glocalism, among others. Gino has received scholarships and awards from various institutions, including the Canadian federal agency Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He is fluent in Goun, French and English.    .

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum
    Contact
    Vlavonou@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Cally Waite

    Cally Waite is program director of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. Waite comes to the SSRC after eight years of service as program coordinator and associate professor of history and education at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her distinguished list of publications includes numerous articles on race and the history of the American academy, as well as the book Permission to Remain Among Us, a study of education for black students at Oberlin College at the end of the nineteenth century. Her current book project, The Journey Thus Far: Black Southern Scholars and Northern Institutions, 1896-1954 (with Margaret Smith Crocco), considers the experiences and challenges of southern black scholars who earned their doctoral degrees at northern research universities during legalized segregation in the United States.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program
    Contact
    waite@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3676
    Staff
  • Penny Weber

    Penelope Weber is the projects coordinator for the SSRC’s Digital Culture program. She graduated with distinction from Bard College in 2014 with a BA in historical studies, focusing primarily on American and feminist history.

    Title
    Projects Coordinator
    Department
    Digital Culture
    Contact
    weber@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Catherine Weddig

    Catherine Weddig is a program associate for the Media & Democracy Program and Disinformation Research Mapping Initiative. She formerly worked on the Social Data Initiative. She graduated with honors from Rhodes College in 2018 with a BA in history.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Media and Democracy
    Contact
    weddig@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Olivia Whitener

    …  Olivia Whitener is the project coordinator for the Religion and the Public Sphere program, a role that includes editorial work with the program's award-winning digital forum, The Immanent Frame. Prior to joining the Council in September 2016, she served as an editorial assistant for an advocacy nonprofit in Washington, DC, spent multiple summers as a program director for a youth summer camp, and has worked as a communications consultant for nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. Olivia graduated with her BA in anthropology, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 2015, where she also minored in psychology and health and human services.    .

    Title
    Project Coordinator
    Department
    Religion Program
    Contact
    whitener@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Lisa Yanoti

    Lisa Yanoti is the director of finance. She joined the Council in 1999 as a junior accountant and went on to become the budget manager in 2007. She holds a BS in finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a certificate in accounting principles from Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.

    Title
    Director of Finance
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    yanoti@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3624
    Staff
  • Autumn Zellers-Leon

    Autumn Zellers-Leon is a research assistant with the Media and Democracy program. She graduated from Temple University with a Ph.D. in anthropology in 2018. Her dissertation research, partly funded by the SSRC’s Drug, Security and Democracy Fellowship, focused on the impact of the drug trade on indigenous communities in Latin America. Since graduating, Autumn has taught undergraduate anthropology in the Philadelphia area.  .

    Title
    Research Assistant
    Department
    Media and Democracy
    Contact
    azellers@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Zachary Zinn

    Zachary Zinn is Director of Technology and Digital Operations at the Social Science Research Council. A project manager, web developer/designer, systems administrator, and general technology enthusiast, he has worked on a wide variety of SSRC information technology projects and digital publications since joining the Council in December 2006. In addition to his work at the Council, Zinn provides technological consulting for nonprofit institutions and manages NoPro Sports, an organization that he co-founded with SSRC staff in 2009 towards developing casual sports leagues and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals in New York City. He holds a BA in government from Hamilton College and an MBA from CUNY-Baruch Zicklin School of Business, specializing in Computer Information Systems.

    Title
    Director of Technology and Digital Operations
    Department
    IT / Communications
    Contact
    zzinn@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3637
    Staff
  • Ryan Zohar

    …  Ryan Zohar is a program assistant for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship. He is a graduate of the Dual BA Program Between Sciences Po and Columbia University, where he studied Middle East politics and languages, focusing on the history of Jewish communities in the Middle East. Prior to joining the SSRC, he served as a fellow with the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan. He is also currently studying towards a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies at New York University and a Master of Science in Library & Information Science at Long Island University.  .

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    IDRF
    Contact
    zohar@ssrc.org
    Staff