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.
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.
Laura Tach (PAM 3620) is a sociologist who studies urban poverty and family life. Her mixed-methods research examines how neighborhoods and families reproduce inequality and how public policy affects these processes. She received her PhD in sociology and social policy at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, Tach was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kora Bättig 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.