• Rajat Singh

    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
  • 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
    Contact
    travel@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Line Sidonie Talla Mafotsing

    Line Sidonie Talla Mafotsing is the communications and editorial assistant for the African Peacebuilding Network and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. 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 finding ways in which print and digital media can be used to advocate for marginalized and underrepresented communities.

    Title
    Communications and Editorial Assistant
    Department
    African Peacebuilding Network
    Contact
    mafotsing@ssrc.org
    Staff
  • Isha Tendolkar

    Isha Tendolkar is a program assistant for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship program. Tendolkar graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in public health, a certificate in health disparities, and minor in psychology. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked in the development division of a medical research and women’s rights advocacy nonprofit and interned at a political advocacy nonprofit working 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 Assistant
    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 assistant 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 Assistant
    Department
    Items
    Contact
    ugarte@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3684
    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 assistant for the Social Data Initiative. She graduated with honors from Rhodes College in 2018 with a BA in history, where she focused on international political history. During this time, Catherine also studied abroad at Oxford University on a European studies program.

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Social Data Initiative
    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
  • Nisreen Yonis

    Nisreen Yonis is the Program Associate for the Social Science Research Council’s Understanding Violent Conflict Program (UVC). Building on the SSRC's work in international peace and security, in partnership with other international policy and academic research institutions, Nisreen supports the delivery of experience-based findings, operationally relevant evidence, and policy-oriented research outputs conducted on the complexities of violent conflict, the political marketplace, and public authority in Africa and the Middle East. Nisreen also supports the management of the Conflict Research Fellowships and Small Grants Programmes, the China-Africa Peace Fellowship, and the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). A Distinguished Delegate at American University’s School of International Studies, Nisreen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a BA in International Justice, concentrating in Conflict and Development Studies. Prior to joining the SSRC in New York, Nisreen served a tour with the Homeland Project at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camps in the Palestinian Territories and before that, in the Refugee Resettlement Programs at the International Rescue Committee. While in Washington, D.C. Nisreen collected research data from the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) on Israeli settler violence and projectile launches from Gaza for the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center’s Settler Violence Project. An Orin Kramer & Hillary Ballon Scholar, Nisreen is the recipient of the 2017 University Research Award and the 2017 Best Undergraduate Paper Award.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)
    Contact
    yonis@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3707
    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