Sara Miller McCune Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Margaret Levi (CASBS fellow, 1993-94) is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, professor of political science at Stanford, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the department of political science at the University of Washington. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2002-03) and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the National Academy of Sciences (2015), the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2016), and the American Philosophical Society (2018). She served as president of the American Political Science Association in 2004-05. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. In 2019 she was named the 25th laureate of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. The prize was awarded to Levi for “having laid the foundations of our understanding of why citizens accept state coercion, by combining theoretical acumen and historical knowledge.
Sally Schroeder is associate director, overseeing the administration, budget, operations and fellows program. Schroeder joined the staff in 2013. At Stanford University since 1989, her previous positions include deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program, deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and assistant director at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Schroeder has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dana College in Nebraska.
Drina Adams is the finance associate. Adams has been with the Center since 2010 and works to provide financial assistance to staff and fellows. Prior to joining CASBS, Adams spent 19 years in several administrative roles with Stanford Property Administration under the Controller’s Office. Adams holds a BS in business management from University of Phoenix. In her spare time she enjoys decorating and traveling to Panama with family.
Federica Carugati is a program director, joining the staff in 2018. At CASBS, Federica manages a number of projects, including Creating the New Moral Political Economy of the Future, The Future of Work and Workers, and the Ethics and Governance of AI. Prior to joining Stanford, Federica was a visiting assistant professor in political science and law at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the associate director of the Ostrom Workshop. She holds a PhD in classics and an MA in political science from Stanford. Federica’s own research focuses on the development of political, legal, and economic institutions in the pre-modern world, and on the lessons that the emergence, configuration, and breakdown of such institutions hold for institution building today.
Administrative Associate/Assistant to the Director and Associate Director
Megan Deason joined the Center in 2014 as an administrative associate. In this capacity she provides administrative support to the director and associate director. She came to CASBS from San Jose State University, where she worked for six years as an academic assistant for the International Gateways program. She is a huge fan of Disney and her favorite place is Disneyland.
Paola Dios joined the Center in 2018 as an administrative associate and you can find her at the front desk. Her role includes offering support for fellows and staff as well as other administrative tasks. She graduated from California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She worked as a copy editor and technical writer for Apple in addition to a variety of freelance work. Her interests include reading and writing fiction, going to the beach, playing with her dog, and discussing popular sitcoms (e.g. Friends, The Office, Parks & Rec.).
Special Initiatives Program Manager
Christy Duignan is the special initiatives program manager, which entails organizing all of the Center’s workshops and social gatherings along with the symposia and other special events. Duignan joined the staff in 1996. She enjoys snow boarding, hiking and golfing in her spare time.
As communications director, Mike Gaetani spearheads efforts to promote the Center’s fellows, projects and initiatives, events, accomplishments, and overall vision and mission. Prior to joining CASBS he served as a communications manager for the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). He held previous communications positions with UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. His education background involves social science research, having earned a M.A. in international relations from USC and completed doctoral course work in political science at UCLA. Originally from the Boston area, Mike is a genetically-programmed, obsessive Red Sox fan.
Jason Gonzales is the information manager, joining the staff in 2015. In this role, he provides library services to the fellows and staff which includes retrieving materials from the Stanford library system, as well as fulfilling research requests on specified topics. He also maintains the Ruth H. and John G. Neukom Reading Room at CASBS, including the Ralph W. Tyler collection, the accumulated works of CASBS fellows. He earned an MLIS at San Jose State University and previously worked as a copywriter and editor in pharmaceutical marketing, a position he accidentally entered as the result of his research background. When he is not doing research and collection management, he spends much of his time playing drums and recording music.
Teresita Heiser is development director, joining the staff in 2019. She manages major gifts, the annual fund, and stewardship, and supports the board of directors. Having started her career with the Peace Corps in Kenya, Teresita’s experience includes work with the World Bank, Frank Russell Company and ONE the campaign to end extreme poverty. She has worked in sustainability, global health and economic development throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Teresita has experience designing and participating in dialogue with global investors and policy makers and has implemented corporate citizenship programs in the health and investment sectors. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), she is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus on integral ecology. Teresita is a big fan of a wide range of music and has volunteered as a radio program host. She enjoys dancing and being in the outdoors.
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Ting Liu joined the Center in February 2019 as the fellowship program coordinator. In this role she provides administrative support to the operations of the fellowship program, workshops, and other program initiatives. Ting holds a master's degree in inter-cultural studies and a bachelor's degree in French language and literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and playing piano.
Phil Main is the facilities coordinator, overseeing the maintenance and repair of the facilities and equipment, as well as the safe operation of the entire Center site. Prior to joining the staff in 2013, Main owned and operated a remodel business from 1999 to 2011. During that time he remodeled many kitchens and bathrooms in and around the Silicon Valley.
Fatma Massoud is the library assistant, joining the staff in 2019. She works closely with the information manager in library services at CASBS to fulfill requests from fellows and staff, and to retrieve materials from the Stanford library system. She holds two master’s degrees in computer science from Yarmouk University in Jordan, and Texas A&M University. Fatma previously worked for 10 years as an instructor in the department of computer science at Yarmouk University, and she has prior work experience in the South Bay public library system. She is currently pursuing an MA in Library Science at University of Arizona. Fatma enjoys drawing, painting, jewelry making, and other creative arts.
Dining Program Coordinator
Barbie Mayock is the dining program coordinator and oversees the dining program for fellows. Mayock joined the staff in 2014, and prior to working at the Center she was employed for 20 years at The Napkin Ring Catering, Inc. A native Californian, she has been in the restaurant and catering field for more than 35 years.
Betsy Rajala is a program director, joining the staff in 2018. She helps to create and manage the many programs and workshops held at CASBS. She completed her undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Minnesota and is currently completing her PhD in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Finance and Research Analyst
Angela Schroeder is the finance and research analyst, joining the staff in 2015. She is responsible for financial management and sponsored project administration. Schroeder has significant experience in analyzing financial data, budgeting, forecasting, and creating financial reports in her past work capacities at an investment bank, a CPA firm, and an internet communications firm. She holds a BS in finance and business economics from the University of Southern California. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and study dance.
Technical Support Specialist
Ravi Shivanna is a technical support Specialist and has worked at the Center since 2005. In this role he provides computer and IT support to staff and fellows. Shivanna started his engineering career as an electronics test engineer at a startup in the 1990’s where he took on the network administration and Oracle database administration and programming responsibilities. He eventually moved on to Fairchild Semiconductor as senior programmer analyst.
Information Technology Manager
Bruce Young is the information technology manager, responsible for end-user support and the overall hardware, software and networking needs of the Center. He joined the staff in 2017. He has a BA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in cybersecurity and information assurance from Western Governors University.