• 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
    (718) 517-3613
    Staff
  • Kris-Stella Trump

    Kris-Stella Trump is program director for the Anxieties of Democracy program. Together with Jason Rhody (program director for the Digital Culture program), she also co-leads the Media & Democracy project. Kris-Stella is a political scientist with a specialization in political psychology, and her research agenda focuses on perceptions of deservingness, public reactions to income inequality, and the consequences of public policy. She received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University in 2013, and holds an M.Phil in European Politics from Oxford University and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. Her work has appeared in journals including The Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science. Prior to joining the SSRC, Kris-Stella worked at the Office of Evaluation Sciences, where she designed and ran behavioral science field experiments to improve public policy. She has also held positions as research associate at IMPAQ, Int., and as college fellow at Harvard University.

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Anxieties of Democracy
    Contact
    (718) 517-3714
    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
    (718) 517-3684
    Staff
  • Prachi Vyas

    Prachi joined CPPF in July 2017. She is a graduate of the George Washington University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in Security Policy. Prior to joining CPPF, Prachi worked as a Research Associate at the Program on Extremism in Washington, D.C. At the Program, she was primarily responsible for publishing the GW Extremism Tracker, a monthly update detailing terrorism-related activities and legal proceedings in the United States. In July 2017, she published a Lawfare article titled "The Islamic State's Married Ideology: Something Borrowed, Something New," in which she profiled and examined Islamic State enthusiasts who were inspired primarily by al-Qaeda ideologues. Prachi also worked at The Antiquities Coalition, another D.C.-based think tank, where she examined the effects of Islamic State-perpetrated cultural racketeering. She contributed to the Coalition’s project of building a geopolitical heat map to track antiquity looting across the MENA region. .

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    (718) 517-3671
    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
    (718) 517-3676
    Staff
  • Heather Waters

    Heather Waters has over 20 years' experience working in nonprofit finance and administration in New York City. She was a finance manager for NICHE, NYU College of Nursing, and the New York Open Center. International nonprofits she has worked for include the Rainforest Alliance, Cornell University Medical College, and the Ford Foundation. Waters wrote theater reviews as a sideline in 2017 and 2018. Several of her poems have been published in small journals.

    Title
    Accounting Manager
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    (718) 517-3702
    Staff
  • Penelope Weber

    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.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Digital Culture
    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
    Staff
  • Lauren Weinzimmer

    Lauren Weinzimmer is program officer for the Social Data Initiative. She comes to SSRC from Minneapolis, where she completed her PhD in communication studies with a concentration in critical media studies. Her dissertation focused on the professionalization of beauty vlogging across social media platforms. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin, and was a junior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

    Title
    Program Officer
    Department
    Social Data Initiative
    Contact
    (718)517-3623
    Staff
  • Olivia Whitener

    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.

    Title
    Editorial Associate
    Department
    Religion Program
    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
    (718) 517-3624
    Staff
  • Nisreen Yonis

    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.".

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)
    Contact
    (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
    (718) 517-3637
    Staff