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.
Neil Fowler, Associate Director, Innovations for Successful Societies
Before coming to ISS, Neil was an adviser to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in Afghanistan, where he previously supported the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Counter Narcotics. Neil's work has centered on the design and implementation of reform in developing and conflict-affected countries. He created mechanisms to support international NGOs in Indonesia, following the Asian Tsunami of 2004, helped to establish a National Minerals Agency in Sierra Leone, and played a key role in public financial management reforms in Afghanistan. Neil also managed a UNDP program supporting economic reform in Vietnam. Prior to his career in the development sector, Neil was a management consultant with Accenture.
Rachel Jackson, Senior Research Specialist, ISS
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Kuris, Senior Research Specialist, ISS
Gabriel Kuris has worked to promote human rights and legal reforms in the Philippines, Cambodia, and the Solomon Islands. In addition, he has practiced corporate law in London and New York and served in congressional and executive offices of the US government. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in creative writing and his publications include stories in the New Yorker, the Harvard Review, and Next American City. email@example.com
Rushda Majeed, Senior Research Specialist, ISS
Rushda Majeed came to ISS from her position as program director of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow program at the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Rushda also reported on women's rights in Syria, served on a team specializing in international conflict resolution and completed a project assessing community-based law and development initiatives in Southern Zambia. She has a master's from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and a bachelor's in computer science from Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of culture, religion and politics . firstname.lastname@example.org
Elena Lesley 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.
Anna Levy, Senior Research Specialist, ISS
Prior to joining ISS, Anna served as project manager for a study on transparency and accountability in foreign aid programs in Colombia, Sri Lanka and Liberia with Transparency International. She has worked in the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Jordan on poverty policy, sustainability planning and corruption related issues. She has conducted research on human rights in transnational supply chains and served as rapporteur for institutes related to conflict and historical memory in Cambodia and New York. In 2007, she was program director for a Washington, D.C. based youth education non-profit and has since consulted several non-profit and social enterprise start-ups on strategy. She holds a Master’s from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she focused on economic and political transitions and oral history. Since 2006, Anna has designed and facilitated more than ten service learning programs in the Navajo and Hopi Nations, Mexico, Nicaragua, Jordan and Washington, D.C. She graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University in 2006.
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, ISS
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 Specialist, ISS
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. email@example.com
Katherine Doyle, Story/Style Editor
Kathy Doyle holds a B.A. from The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an M.A. in English from University College Cork, Ireland. She worked in business consulting and investment management before focusing her energy full time on editing and writing.
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.
Madhu Ramankutty is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School, and she is also pursuing a certificate in Values and Public Life. Most interested in issues of legal systems and social justice, she spends much of her time at Princeton as editor-in-chief of the Princeton Progressive Nation. However, Madhu is also very interested in learning about comparative approaches to problem solving in a global context—a theme she has already begun exploring during her summer abroad at the Ministry of Education in Chile and a semester abroad at the University of Oxford in England.