Program director, Kora Bättig von Wittelsbach (GOVT 3323 & PAM 3620) teaches in Cornell's Department of Romance Studies and Jewish Studies Program. She co-founded the Cornell in Turin Program in 2012. Some of her research interests are the intellectual and political history of Italian Jews, the history of Turin and its role in the Italian Risorgimento, the 18th century in Italy and France, and modern Italian literature. 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.
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 at the University of Washington 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.
Sharon Sassler (PAM 3620) is a sociologist and demographer who studies young adult transitions into school, work, relationships, and parenthood. She received her PhD in sociology and demography from Brown University and joined Cornell in 2005. Sassler teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in population, family policy, and race and ethnicity. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Chair of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association, and winner of the 2018 Goode Book Award.
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.
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.