2018/2019 Cohort

To participate in the Faculty Fellows Program during 2018-2019, the ISS selected 15 Cornell faculty members from seven colleges and schools — Agriculture and Life Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Computing and Information Science; Human Ecology; the Law School; the SC Johnson School of Business; and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Their research projects and interests are described below. For more on the accomplishments of prior cohorts to date, please see publications, subsequent funding, and press coverage.

bateman, davidDavid Bateman 
Government (Fall 2018)
218 White Hall
(215) 510-7102

Research Project: “The Politics of American State Constitution-Making”

David Bateman’s research interests include the cross-national analysis of the relationship between democratization and the restriction of voting rights; American state constitutions and constitutional conventions; the development of party positions on black suffrage and civil rights; the estimation of ideal points in legislative settings; and the role of the southern members of Congress in shaping the federal state and national policy.

byrne, saharaSahara Byrne
Communication (Spring 2019)
82 Mann Library Building
(607) 255-8058
Research Project: “Predicting the Boomerang Effect”

Sahara Byrne’s current research focus aims to explain and predict when unintended effects occur in response to persuasive and strategic messages, especially those that are designed to be pro-social – such as health campaigns. She is especially interested in testing when and why youth resist campaigns, interventions, and policies designed to protect them from engaging in risky behaviors.

fisher, geoffGeoff Fisher 
Dyson School (Spring 2019)
742 Rhodes Hall
340C Warren Hall
Research Project: “Self-Control, Attention, and Cognitive Modelling”

Geoff Fisher’s research is in marketing and neuroeconomics and focuses on how individuals make multi-attribute choices. Specifically, he is interested in how we estimate and then weight attributes when perceiving value. To address this question, Geoff designs cognitive models of multi-attribute choice that make quantitative predictions about what individuals choose, how long it takes them to make a choice, and how these variables are correlated with attentional deployment throughout the choice process. He then tests these models in laboratory experiments that often make use of eye-tracking data. Several related ongoing projects investigate whether differences in attention can explain the variance in behaviors across a variety of choice domains, how visual saliency of products and underlying preferences can interact to influence search behavior, and whether eye-tracking data can complement and extend existing computational techniques.

gleeson, shannonShannon Gleeson
Labor Relations, Law, & History (Fall 2018)
379 Ives Hall
(607) 255-5223
Research Project: “The Role of Local Governments and Civil Society in Advancing Equity and Justice for Immigrant Communities”

Shannon Gleeson’s research focuses on workplace rights, the experiences of immigrant workers, and the role of advocacy organizations in holding government bureaucracies accountable.

Anna Haskins
Sociology (Spring 2019)
745 Rhodes Hall
354 Uris Hall
(607) 255-1416
Research Project: “School Engagement and Avoidance among Criminal Justice-Involved Families with School-Aged Children”

Anna Haskins’ interests are broadly in the areas of educational inequality, social stratification, race and ethnicity, and the intergenerational social consequences of mass incarceration. Her current research assess the effects of paternal incarceration on children’s educational outcomes and engagement in schooling. She is a former elementary school teacher and current affiliate of the Center for the Study of Inequality, the Cornell Prison Education Program, the Institute for the Social Sciences, and the Cornell Population Center.

levy, karenKaren Levy 
Information Science (Spring 2019)
743 Rhodes Hall
207 Gates Hall
(607) 255-8013
Research Project: “Data Driven: Truckers and the New Workplace Surveillance”

Karen Levy researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of Dr. Levy’s research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.

margolin, drewDrew Margolin
Communication (Spring 2019)
740 Rhodes Hall
472 Mann Library
Research Project: ” The Spread of Misinformation: Motivations and Remedies”

Drew Margolin’s  research focuses on understanding these dynamics through the quantitative aggregation of collective communication behavior. In particular, his approach emphasizes the role that accountability, credibility, and legitimacy within social networks and communities play in shaping observable discourse.

michener, jamilaJamila Michener
Government (Spring 2019)
741 Rhodes Hall
305 White Hall
(607) 255-4332
Research Project: “Outputs to Outcomes: Poverty, Race and Transformative Public Policy”

Jamila Michener’s research focuses on poverty and racial inequality in American politics. More specifically, her work explores two overarching themes: the conditions under which economically and racially disadvantaged groups engage in the political process, and the role of the state in shaping the political and economic trajectories of marginalized communities.

pei, zhuanZhuan Pei 
Policy Analysis & Management (Fall 2018)
134 MVR Hall
(607) 255-2503
 Research Project: “(1) The Effects of Employment Incentives and Cash Transfers on Parent and Child Outcomes: Evidence from the Long Run Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments; (2) Further Education during Unemployment”

In Zhuan Pei’s research, he investigates the effect and design of social and employment programs and studies applied micro-econometric methods in causal inference.

perry, jamieJamie Perry
Hotel School (Fall 2018)
565D Statler Hall
(607) 255-6419
Research Project: “Meta-Analytic Evidence and Critical Contingencies of Resource-Based Subgroup”

Jamie Perry’s research focuses on team effectiveness, with an interest in how compositional factors and conflict influence team dynamics. Specifically, she explores how power and status impact interactions within the workplace and broader society. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Personnel Psychology, American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, and Academy of Management Annals. Professor Perry received the 2015 Rutgers Business School Academic Excellence Award. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award.

rissing, benBen Rissing 
Org. Behavior (Spring 2019)
747 Rhodes Hall
Ives Hall, Room 393
Research Project: “Immigrant Work Authorizations and Presidential Discourse”

Ben A. Rissing studies employment-relevant decisions in organizations, including businesses, government, and academic institutions. His past research has examined inequality and bias in immigrant work authorization decisions, the effectiveness of government regulation, and the functioning of social capital in employment assessments. Ben’s work has been published the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, ILR Review, and the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Sunita Sah
Johnson Graduate School of Management (Fall 2018)
326 Sage Hall

Research Project: “1. The Potential and Pitfalls of Conflict of Interest Disclosure; 2. The Professionalism Paradox”

Sunita Sah’s research focuses on institutional corruption, ethical decision-making, bias, transparency, improving decisions, influence and advice – in particular how professionals who give advice alter their behavior as a result of conflicts of interest and disclosure policies. Using a multi-method approach of lab and field experiments as well as qualitative analysis and utilizing large real-world archival data sets, Dr. Sah incorporates organizational behavior, psychology and behavioral economics theory to study different aspects of giving, and reacting to, biased or over-confident advice.

stiglitz, jedJed Stiglitz
Law School (Spring 2019)
739 Rhodes Hall
212 Myron Taylor Hall
(607) 255-9415
Research Project: “The Reasoning State”

Jed Stiglitz’s research focuses on administrative law, with an emphasis on the relationship between judicial review and the values of trust and accountability in the administrative state. He also studies legislation and other areas of public law.

Vivian Zayas
Psychology (Spring 2019)
737 Rhodes Hall
238 Uris Hall
Research Project: “Implicit Ambivalence”

Vivian Zayas’ research examines the cognitive-affective processes that regulate behaviors within close relationships. Her work takes a multidisciplinary approach—spanning social, personality, cognitive, and developmental psychology, and neuroscience and information sciences—and utilizes diverse methodologies—including behavioral, cognitive, neurophysiological, and statistical tools. Her research addresses questions, such as: How does the emotional complexity of relationships shape mental representations of self and other, and vice versa? How does the presence of others, actual or symbolic, shape emotional experience, including buffering against or promoting resilience from negative emotional experiences? How do past relationship experiences shape impressions of and interactions with novel others? And how do mental representations of self and others evolve as a relationship develops from being strangers to a bonded pair?

ziewitz, malteMalte Ziewitz 
Science & Technology Studies (Fall 2018)
Morrill Hall, Room 313
Research Project: “Inscrutable Algorithms: Decoding the Paradox of Computational Authority”

Malte Ziewitz studies the changing role of governance and regulation in, of, and through digitally networked environments – the dynamics at work, the values at stake, the design options at hand. His recent work explores evaluative practice in healthcare and search engine optimization (SEO); algorithmic ordering; the history and performativity of internet governance; and computational approaches to privacy. As Principal Investigator, he headed the ESRC-funded ‘How’s My Feedback?’ project, a collaborative design experiment to rethink and evaluate online review and rating websites.