ISERP Executive Committee

  • Ex-Officio, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Science Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Alondra Nelson is an interdisciplinary social scientist. In her lectures, books, and articles, she explores the intersections of science, technology, and social inequality. Her widely anticipated book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, was published in January. She is also author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination, and an editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History; Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life; and “Afrofuturism,” an influential special issue of Social Text.

  • Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Department of Anthropology
    Elizabeth A. Povinelli is the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Her first two books, Labor's Lot: The Power, History and Culture of Aboriginal Action (The University of Chicago Press, 1994) and The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism (Duke University Press, 2002), examine the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. Her last two books, Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2011) and The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Geneology, and Carnality. A Public Planet Book. (Duke University Press, 2006), examined the same from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Her ethnographic analysis is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory.
  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe is a professor of economics in the Department of Economics at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. Before joining Columbia in 2008, she taught at Duke University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was a staff economist in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington. She has held visiting positions at the European Central Bank, Goethe University in Frankfurt, and Princeton University. Her research and writings have primarily focused on macroeconomic issues, in particular monetary and fiscal policy in the open and closed economy. Her work has been honored with the Bernácer Prize, which is awarded annually to a European economist under the age of 40, who has made outstanding contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance. She is a native of Germany and received her doctorate in economics in 1994 from the University of Chicago.

  • Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government

    Robert Y. Shapiro (Ph.D., Chicago, 1982) is a professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and he served as acting director of Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) during 2008-2009. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award in 2012 and in 2010 the Outstanding Achievement Award of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR). He specializes in American politics with research and teaching interests in public opinion, policymaking, political leadership, the mass media, and applications of statistical methods. He has taught at Columbia since 1982 after receiving his degree and serving as a study director at the National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago).

  • Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

    Wojciech Kopczuk is a professor at SIPA and the Department of Economics. Kopczuk's research focus is on issues related to tax policy and income and wealth inequality. His work has been published in top economics journals, including American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics and associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Click here for a full list of publications.

    Kopczuk holds a BA in Economics and an MSc in Computer Science from Warsaw University, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.

  • Giddings Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of ISERP

    Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center. DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Columbia. DiPrete’s research interests include social stratification, demography, education, economic sociology, and quantitative methodology. A specialist in comparative research, DiPrete has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Social Science Research Center – Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam. His recent and ongoing projects include the study of gender differences in educational performance, educational attainment, and fields of study, the determinants of college persistence and dropout in the U.S., a comparative study of how educational expansion and the structure of linkages between education and the labor market contribute to earnings inequality in several industrialized countries, and the study of how social comparison processes affect the compensation of corporate executives.

  • Professor of History and Co-Director of ISERP

    Matthew Connelly, associate professor, works on the history of eugenics, migration, and birth control. His most recent book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, has just been published by Harvard University Press. His research articles have appeared in such journals as Population and Development Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The American Historical Review, Journal of Global History, and Past & Present. He has also published commentary on international affairs in The Atlantic Monthly and The National Interest. He received his B.A. from Columbia(1990) and his Ph.D. from Yale (1997).

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