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.
Penelope Weber is the program associate 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.
Olivia Whitener is the program assistant for the Religion and the Public Sphere program and the editorial assistant for the program's online forum for secularism, religion, and the public sphere, The Immanent Frame. 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. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked as an editorial assistant for an advocacy non-profit in Washington, DC.
Nisreen Yonis is the Program Assistant for the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative (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 Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, and Syria. A Distinguished Delegate at American University’s School of International Studies, Nisreen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University, having studied International Justice with a concentration 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 was responsible for monitoring, compiling, and reporting 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 currently doing a study on the Architecture of Occupation for the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Program and has written on the relationship between political regime type, the logic of violence, legitimacy, state fragility, and ethnic fractionalization. Nisreen won the 2017 University Research Award and 2017 Best Undergraduate Paper Award. She is currently reading Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman.".
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.