THE SAMUELS CENTER STAFF
Director Marilyn Gittell
Marilyn Gittell, the Director of the Samuels Center, also serves as a professor of Political Science at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
Under the Center’s mandate, Professor Gittell has produced an enormous body of scholarly work, trained scores of graduate students, received numerous awards and served as a consultant to several private and voluntary sector institutions.
Ms. Gittell has written extensively on the politics of education, higher education for low-income women, state politics, and community development. Her books include: Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling;
The New Federalism in State Politics; Limits of Citizen Participation;and her most recent book, Strategies
for School Equity: Creating Productive Schools in a Just Society, Yale University Press, 1998. She most recently was co-editor and author of a chapter in a special edition of the American Behavioral Scientist entitled Higher
Education Today: The Impact of State Politics and Policies on Access and Economic Development, Sage Publications, April 2000. In August 2001 Ms. Gittell received the Norton Long Career Achievement Award in Urban Politics
from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
Organizations, published in September 1999.
Deputy Director Bill McKinney
Dr. Bill McKinney is the Deputy Director at the Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from
Temple University and an M.A.A. (Masters of Applied Anthropology) from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to participating in all of the center's different projects, Dr. McKinney is spearheading
efforts to involve the center in research addressing Youth Organizing/Civic Engagement, as well as the role of Public Libraries as points of civic engagement. Prior to coming to the Samuels Center Dr. McKinney
was the director of Ethnomatters a research/evaluation group in Philadelphia. Dr. McKinney has been actively involved in a diverse array of research for the past 10 years on topics such as: Youth Organizing,
Violence (Youth Violence Reduction Partnership), Public Libraries (Urban Libraries Project), Public Health (Children’s Futures and the Cultural Systems Analysis Group), and Settlement Houses (the Lighthouse).
Dr. McKinney is the author of Policy and Power: The Role of the Neighborhood Library in the Community and the Forces that Add to or Detract from
it's Efficacy (forthcoming manuscript) and "The Public Library an Exploration of Policy, Evaluation, and the Relationship of Neighborhoods to Institutions" (forthcoming article).
Senior Research Associate Tracy Steffy
Tracy Steffy is a senior research associate at the Howard Samuels Center and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her projects
at the Samuels Center include a two-year field research based study of women in community development and two case studies of students at CUNY community colleges. She is a co-author of three studies, “Women
Creating Social Capital and Social Change: A Study of Women-led Community Development Organizations” (1999), “The Benefits of College Attendance: A Case Study of BMCC” (1998), “Community Colleges Addressing
Students' Needs: A Case Study of LaGuardia Community College” (2000). The studies include a focus on low-income populations and highlight some of the impacts of welfare reform on women and children. She worked on
the research design, interview and data analysis phases of all three studies. Ms Steffy will serve as a project coordinator focusing on study design, research and analysis.
Senior Research Associate Charles Reavis Price
Dr. Charles Price is a senior research associate at the Howard Samuels State Management & Policy Center and a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at the CUNY
Graduate Center. During 1999 he served as the New York-based coordinator for the National Conference "Welfare Reform and the College
Option." He has conducted research into state policy on welfare reform, access to higher education, and coalition-building. He has authored two reports for the Center: “State Politics and Coalition-Building:
Confronting the TANF Regulations” (1999), and proceedings from “Welfare Reform and the College Option: A National Conference” (2000).
Senior Research Associate Bernd Reiter
Bernd Reiter is a research associate at the Samuels Center and a Ph.D. graduate in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has written
his dissertation on racial inequalities, democracy, and civil society in Brazil, and carried out postdoctoral research on nationalism and the exclusion of minorities in Lisbon, Portugal. Before joining the Howard Samuels
Center, he worked as a NGO activist and consultant in Germany, Colombia, and Brazil.
Research Associate Michael Sharpe
Michael Sharpe is a research assistant at the Samuels Center and a PhD student in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a Masters
of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a Graduate Diploma in International Law and Organization for Development from the Institute of Social Studies
in The Hague, The Netherlands. His research interests concern looking comparatively at racism and the exclusion of immigrants around the world. Prior to coming to the Samuels Center, he was employed as a political
analyst for the Consulate General of Japan in New York where he provided research and analysis on local and state government for officials and before that he worked in Tokyo as a project coordinator for the International
Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR). He is currently wrapping our project on democratic education reform and exclusion in several countries.
Research Associate Sean Richey
Sean Richey is an A.B.D. Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science, with a focus in American Politics. His research specialties are voting and elections,
public opinion, civic engagement, state and local politics, and quantitative methodology. He has worked at the Howard Samuels Center for one year. He has written on Mobilization and the 2002 elections, and
the impact of term limits on gubernatorial elections, among other projects. His dissertation is on the vote by mail system in Oregon, and he will defend in January, 2004.
Research Associate Effie MacLachlan
Effie MacLachlan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science program. Her dissertation explores the extent to which the international human rights discourse
has influenced the formulation of a common European Union immigration policy, with a particular focus on the ways in which immigration legislation in Europe has been gendered to the detriment of third country immigrant women.
Her research interests include international relations, immigration policy, European Union studies, feminist political theory, international political economy, international human rights, and comparative public policy. At the HSC,
She is currently performing background research and exploring funding opportunities for a project investigating the social and political exclusion of immigrants in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
Research Associate Kristin Prince
Kristin Prince received a B.S. in Art from Northeastern University in 1990. She is currently matriculated in the MA program in Public Policy at the
CUNY Graduate Center. Her areas of interest include US health care policy,
economic policy and the policy making process
Research Assistant Mitchell Glodek
Mitchell Glodek is Marilyn Gittell’s personal assistant and a research assistant at the Samuels Center. He helped coordinate the National Conference
"Welfare Reform and the College Option” in 1999.
In 1998, he provided research assistance for “The Benefits of College Attendance: A Case Study of BMCC.”
He also provided editorial assistance for “The
Benefits of College Attendance: A Case Study of
BMCC,” “Community Colleges Addressing Students' Needs: A Case Study of LaGuardia Community College,” the Welfare Conference summary and the forthcoming study of
state and local level school politics.
Center Administrator Georgina Pierre-Louis
Georgina Pierre-Louis is the Office Manager of the Howard Samuels Center. In addition to managing all of the Samuels Center’s grants, Georgina Pierre-Louis handles all of the
Center’s administrative duties, including budget, personnel and purchasing, assuring the smooth and efficient operation of the Center.