• Eugene Pak

    Eugene Pak is the IT support specialist at the SSRC. He holds a BS in biology from West Virginia University and a BS in computer science from Oregon State University.

    Title
    IT Support Specialist
    Department
    IT
    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
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  • Beth Post

    Beth Post is the creative and design associate for the Communications Department at the SSRC. Prior to joining the Council, Post earned her BFA in visual communications from the University of Kansas and her MFA in graphic design and art direction from the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. While working on her master's, Post spent time in eastern Ukraine and Berlin researching culture and its impact on design and typography, as well as collaborating with local design students and organizations.

    Title
    Communications Associate, Creative and Design
    Department
    Communications
    Staff
  • Devon Provan

    Title
    Chief Development Officer
    Department
    Development
    Staff
  • 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
  • Marina Recio

    Marina Recio, 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 Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a BA in Political Science and Communication and Media Studies. She was previously an intern at MSNBC and TIME Inc., and has contributed to NBC News Latino and The Fordham Observer.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    (718) 517-3720
    Staff
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  • Elizabeth Rilling

    Elizabeth Rilling is the new program assistant for Scholarly Borderlands. Elizabeth has her bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies from Adelphi University. She recently completed an energy and climate change internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Scholarly Borderlands
    Contact
    (718) 517-3679
    Staff
  • Lucio Rojas

    Lucio Rojas graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in information management and technology in 2009. He is a program assistant for the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. He joined the SSRC in 2015.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program
    Contact
    (718) 517-3705
    Staff
  • Sarah Safaie

    Sarah Safaie joined the SSRC in May 2017 as executive assistant in the Executive Director’s Office. She double majored in psychology and jazz saxophone performance at the New School, where she obtained her BA and MA, and worked in the cognitive neuroscience and cognitive science labs. Her master’s research centered around the phenomenon of involuntary musical imagery, a.k.a.“earworms.” In addition to her work at the Council, Safaie is a musician and plays baritone sax in the avant-noise quartet, Wavetable.

    Title
    Assistant to the Executive Coordinator
    Department
    Office of the Senior Vice President for Strategic Learning and Special Initiatives
    Contact
    (718) 517-3694
    Staff
  • 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
    (718) 517-3641
    Staff
  • Renata Segura

    Renata Segura is currently the Associate Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, which she joined in September 2002. As such, she has overseen dozens of research projects and workshops on challenges to democratic governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on topics ranging from drug policy and food security to gender policies in the continent. She has written on constitutionalism, conflict prevention and resolution, drug policy, mining and diaspora politics, among other topics. Her most recent publication is the report “Made in Havana: How Colombia and the FARC decided to End the War”, published by IPI. She is also the editor, together with Josh DeWind, of the book “Convergent Interests? How Diaspora–Government Relations Shape United States’ Foreign Policy”. Prior to coming to the United States, she worked for the research center CINEP in Bogotá, where she was a researcher on several projects related to civil society, conflict and political crisis. In addition to her academic background, Renata worked for several years as a reporter for a nationally televised news program and a widely-read news magazine. Renata received her Ph.D. from the political science department, New School for Social Research. She also holds an M.A. in comparative politics from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

    Title
    Associate Director
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    (718) 517-3653
    Staff
  • Seteney Shami

    Seteney Shami has been with the Social Science Research Council since July 1999 and is director of the InterAsia Program as well as the Middle East and North Africa Program. She also currently serves as founding director of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), a regional nonprofit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Shami's most recent publication is an co-edited volume (with Cynthia Miller-Idriss) entitled Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (SSRC and NYU Press 2016). A forthcoming volume is co-authored with Mitchell Stevens and Cynthia Miller-Idriss entitled Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities make Knowledge in a Global Era (Princeton University Press 2018). Seteney Shami has taught at Yarmouk University, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and Stockholm University. She served on the editorial boards of several publications, including Central Asian Survey, The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, and International Migration Review.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Middle East North Africa; InterAsia Program
    Contact
    (718) 517-3660
    Staff
  • Jennifer Sherys-Rivet

    Jennifer Sherys-Rivet is the program assistant for the African Peacebuilding Network program. She received her BS in global studies with a minor in health from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has worked twice in Ghana and participated in a language immersion program in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to joining the SSRC, Jennifer worked with the American Friends Service Committee’s Peace and Economic Security Program, the Lesley University Women’s Center, and Horizons Children’s Center. Her primary research interests include the effects of conflict and peacebuilding on public health, particularly women’s health.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    African Peacebuilding Network
    Contact
    (718) 517-3669
    Staff
  • Leon Sigal

    Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York. His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, published by Princeton University Press, was one of five nominees for the Lionel Gelber Prize as the most outstanding book in international relations for 1997-98 and was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy. His most recent book, Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics, was published by Routledge in 2006. Sigal was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times from 1989 to 1995. He served in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, in 1979 as International Affairs Fellow and in 1980 as Special Assistant to the Director. He was a Rockefeller Younger Scholar in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 1972-1974 and a guest scholar there in 1981-1984. From 1974 to 1989 he was a professor of government at Wesleyan University. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2000 and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1988 and 2000. Sigal is also the author of Reporters and Officials: The Organization and Politics of Newsmaking, Alliance Security: NATO and the No-First-Use Question (with John Steinbruner), Nuclear Forces in Europe: Enduring Dilemmas, Present Prospects, Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945, and Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994, as well as numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic Monthly, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others. He edited The Changing Dynamics of U.S. Defense Spending.

    Title
    Director
    Department
    Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project
    Contact
    (718) 517-3688
    Staff
  • Rajat Singh

    Rajat Singh joins the Council as executive assistant for the President’s Office. Rajat 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, Rajat 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 Parson School of Design, as well as program administrator for the graduate programs in the school. Rajat 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
    (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 program relations in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Strategic Learning and Special Initiatives.

    Title
    Executive Coordinator and Manager of Program Relations
    Department
    Office of the Senior Vice President for Strategic Learning and Special Initiatives
    Contact
    (718) 517-3621
    Staff
  • Samuel 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
    (718) 517-3623
    Staff
  • John St. Bernard

    John St. Bernard is a travel professional handling the SSRC Travel Desk. He has earned a degree in hospitality management, as well as a bachelor of arts in African studies from Hunter College. He has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and several American states. Europe, Asia, and African are on his bucket list. John is very active in his community, and supports two community gardens and is the president of his building tenants association. In his spare time he loves attending concerts, dancing, and cooking.

    Title
    NTA Onsite Travel Agent
    Staff
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  • 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
    (718) 517-3625
    Staff
  • Mwangi Thuita

    Mwangi Thuita is the communications and editorial assistant for the African Peacebuilding Network. He recently received his BA from Cornell University, where he majored in political science and philosophy, and is particularly interested in African political institutions, development economics, intellectual history, and political philosophy. While in college he wrote for and edited multiple campus publications including Ezra’s Archives and the Cornell Claritas. Prior to joining the SSRC, Mwangi was an intern for the APN, and has previously worked as a research assistant in Cornell’s Philosophy Department on projects at the intersection of global health, business ethics, and human rights.

    Title
    Communications and Editorial Assistant
    Department
    African Peacebuilding Network
    Contact
    (718) 517-3655
    Staff
  • Takuya Toda-Ozaki

    Takuya Toda-Ozaki is the program manager of the SSRC Tokyo Office. He has been with the Abe Fellowship Program since 1994. He studied contemporary philosophy at the University of Tsukuba and received a BA in comparative cultural study from the National Institution for Academic Degree and University Evaluation, Japan. His current intellectual interests include politics and nationalism in Japan.

    Title
    Program Manager
    Department
    Abe Fellowship Program, Tokyo Office
    Contact
    +81-3-5369-6085
    Staff
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