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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Summer Program in Turin

May 28-July 8, 2017


Robin Best (GOVT 3323) joined the political science faculty at Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2013 after holding positions at the University of Missouri, Leiden University (the Netherlands), and Syracuse University. Her research and teaching interests include political parties, elections, electoral rules, voting behavior, and representation in democratic systems of government.

Matt Hall (PAM 3620) is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses broadly on racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, and neighborhood change. In addition to research efforts, Hall teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in demography, immigration policy, and statistics.

Jason Hecht (GOVT 3323) is the associate director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies. He received his PhD in government from Cornell in 2014. His research and teaching interests encompass the politics of inequality and recessions, as well as how economic, political, and social contexts shape citizens' behavior and attitudes.

Sharon Sassler (PAM 3620) is a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. A social demographer, Sassler's research examines factors shaping the activities of young adults and their life course transitions into school, work, relationships, and parenthood. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2005, Sassler taught at Wellesley College, Hunter College (CUNY), and Ohio State University. She holds a PhD in sociology from Brown University.

Paolo Silvestri (GOVT 3323 & PAM 3620) is a research fellow in the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" at the University of Turin and a professor of business history at its Cuneo campus, where he presides over the Luigi Einaudi Seminar program. He serves as the representative to the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi for the Cornell in Turin program.

Kora B├Ąttig von Wittelsbach (GOVT 3323 & PAM 3620) completed her graduate studies in Italian studies at Brown University and is a senior lecturer in Cornell's Department of Romance Studies. Her interests include the study of linguistic and ethnic minorities in Italy, the politics of language standardization, eighteenth-century Franco-Italian cultural exchanges, the intellectual and political history of Italian Jews, and the cross-cultural influences in northern Italian border zones. She is a recipient of the John M. and Emily B. Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Kendall S. Carpenter Award for Distinguished Advising.

Christopher Way (GOVT 3323) is an associate professor of government at Cornell University. His research and teaching interests include international and comparative political economy, international relations, and nuclear proliferation. He teaches courses on comparative political economy and the causes of war.