ISS has a small full-time research staff that operates under the direction of a faculty member. The director is Jennifer Widner, Professor of Politics and International Affairs. The program also works with several short-term affiliates and Ph.D. candidates.
Pallavi Nuka, Associate Director - Prior to coming to ISS, Pallavi was a Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a Research Coordinator in the Department of Politics prior to joining ISS. She has a background in impact evaluation and has conducted research on governance, environment and development. She worked with the World Bank-Global Environment Facility's Evaluation Office for six years, assessing the design, performance, and impact of projects implemented in developing countries with a focus on climate change adaptation, conservation of biodiversity, and land degradation. She has also worked with the World Bank's Financial and Private Sector Development group and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangolo, Cote d'Ivoire (1999-2001). Pallavi holds a B.S. from MIT and a M.P.A. from Princeton University.
Rachel Jackson, ISS Researcher - Before coming to ISS, Rachel worked as a reporter at the legal news website Main Justice in Washington, DC covering U.S. and international anti-corruption enforcement. She holds a bachelor's degree in politics with a certificate in African Studies from Princeton. She conducted independent research in Botswana and Somaliland on the role of traditional leaders in national politics. Her academic interests are in African politics, with a particular emphasis on post-conflict governance-building.
Elena Lesley, ISS Researcher - Elena came to ISS with a background in both journalism and social science research. She recently completed a master's in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, where she served as a Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and conducted research for her thesis on memorial sites in Rwanda and Cambodia with funding from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Prior to pursuing graduate study, she spent a combined two and a half years in Cambodia as a Fulbright Fellow and Henry Luce Scholar. During that time, she created a blog following the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, while writing for publications such as The Phnom Penh Post and the online version of Granta. She has also worked as a story editor at Tunisia Live and reporter at the St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Bay Times in Florida. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's in Political Science.
Robert Joyce, ISS Researcher - Before joining ISS Robert worked as an editor with Tunisia Live, a news outlet based in Tunis. At TL, he covered Tunisia's post-revolution transition including the passage of a new constitution, youth unemployment, and ongoing police violence. Robert graduated Princeton University with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. At Princeton, he studied Arabic, MENA history, politics and journalism and interned with ISS, Human Rights First and World Policy Journal. His thesis covered the influence of Palestinian solidarity activism in Egyptian political history and its impact on the 2011 revolution, involving fieldwork in Cairo. Robert has lived in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Hong Kong.
Maya Gainer, ISS Researcher - Before coming to ISS, Maya worked as a Princeton in Africa Fellow at the International Rescue Committee in Kenya, where she supported programming for refugees in the Dadaab camps and urban areas. She holds a bachelor's degree in Politics with a certificate in African Studies from Princeton. Maya has conducted independent research on out of country voting in post-conflict elections, and her academic interests include forced migration, elections, and conflict management, with a focus on Africa.
Judith Welling is a lawyer who has specialized in human rights, democracy, governance and rule of law development. She holds a juris doctor degree from Indiana University's Michael Maurer School of Law and a masters degree in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before her year at Princeton, Judith worked within the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC. There she served as a founding program officer on an initiative to support human rights defenders at heightened risk of political persecution. Before this, Judith was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Center for International Law at Cambridge University, where she conducted research on the benefits of developing international indicators for economic, social and cultural rights. She has held other positions concerned with human rights and rule of law development.
Doug Hulette, Program Editor - Doug Hulette is a veteran of The Wall Street Journal copy desk, where he edited articles for the Asian and European editions as well as the U.S. publication. Besides newspapers, he also worked on wire services and websites for Dow Jones and other organizations. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's in English.
Sarah Torian, Communications Specialist and Editor - Sarah Torian has been involved in issues of civil rights and social and economic justice professionally for the past fifteen years. For six years, she served as communications coordinator at the Southern Regional Council, writing and editing articles for the organization’s quarterly journal Southern Changes. Since 2002, she has worked with a number of nonprofits and foundations as the principal of Torian+Whitley Consulting. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has been a client throughout that time and Sarah has assisted the Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site and Center for Community and Economic Opportunity in the qualitative evaluation, documentation, and communication of their programs, initiatives and results. Sarah earned a BA in History from the University of Virginia and a MA in the interdisciplinary study of the American South at the University of Mississippi.
Elizabeth Samios, Program Manager - Elizabeth Samios joined the ISS pogram in the summer of 2013 as the program manager. She holds a B.A and M.B.A. from Duke University. Prior to joining the ISS program, Elizabeth worked in product management at a pharmaceutical company, and more recently for the Admissions Office at Princeton University.
Jim Golder, Production/Finance - Jim Golder is a graduate of Rider University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He joined Princeton in 1998 working in the Woodrow Wilson School Finance Office. Before that, he worked in the Woodrow Wilson School as the grants manager. As ISS production specialist, he is responsible for logistical planning and data management associated with the oral history program, as well as budget and finance for the program.
Lina Saud is a rising senior in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies and a concentration in development. With a fervent interest in public policy and global development, she has worked as an intern for Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12), and as a writer for a global poverty NGO. She has spent time during the past few summers in the Middle East and will be returning in August to conduct research for her senior thesis. She is excited to be involved in ISS's fascinating work on international development.
Jacqueline Gufford is a New Jersey native and sophomore at Princeton University intending to major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. Her academic interests include foreign relations, policy and international development, particularly in Latin America. At Princeton, she has written for the Daily Princetonian and works as a content editor for American Foreign Policy magazine. She is currently an intern at ISS where she hopes to broaden her understanding of development issues around the globe.
Suchita Mandavilli is an undergraduate at Princeton University. Her academic focus is in political philosophy, but she has strong interests in editing and foreign policy. At Princeton, she has worked on various publications, including The Daily Princetonian and American Foreign Policy magazine. She is currently an intern at ISS, primarily working on formatting case studies, as well as running all social media accounts.
Drew McDonald is an undergraduate student in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Drew's broad academic interests are in conflict, institutions, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He hopes to further explore these topics and their intersection at ISS.
Harriet Kiwanuka is Princeton Class of 2015, where she is majoring in Politics with a concentration in Comparative Politics. She is also Pre-Medicine, and has worked as a research trainee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the summers of her freshmen and sophomore year. She is very interested in democracy in developing countries and the measures being taken to aid post-conflict/post-authoritarian regimes; with a particular interest in African politics.
Caroline Davidsen is an undergraduate politics major in the class of 2014. Originally from Washington, D.C., she has had a global focus after a semester abroad studying in Madrid and two summer internships for international organizations: one with an NGO in Santiago, Chile and the other with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe located in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is excited to be a part of the ISS team applying her interests in research, editing, and writing for the case study method.