Who We Are

Robert C. Lieberman is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State and Shaping Race Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspective, and the co-editor (with Suzanne Mettler and Richard Valelly) of the Oxford Handbook of American Political Development.

Suzanne Mettler John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. Her most recent book, The Government-Citizen Disconnect (Russell Sage 2018), won the 2019 Alexander George Book Award of the International Society of Political Psychology. She was awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships in 2019.

Tom Pepinsky is Professor of Government at Cornell and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books and essays on comparative politics, political economy, and identity in Southeast Asia, including most recently Piety and Public Opinion: Understanding Indonesian Islam (Oxford) and “Elections as Causes of Democratization?” (Comparative Political Studies).

Ken Roberts is the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University, and a specialist in Latin American and comparative politics. His research explores the intersection of parties, populism, and social movements. His most recent book is Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2014.)

Rick Valelly is Claude C. Smith ’14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and a specialist in American political parties, national institutions, and public policy. His scholarship focuses on democratic development and enfranchisement in the U.S. His best known work is The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement (Chicago, 2004.)