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.
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. He has held previous communications positions with USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy, UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and 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 Red Sox fan. Communications director alter ego: Malcolm Tucker.
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.
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.
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.
Zachary Ugolnik is a program director, joining the staff in 2020. He helps manage the many programs and projects at CASBS, including Creating a New Moral Political Economy. Zachary earned his PhD from the department of religion at Columbia University in 2018 and his master’s from Harvard University in 2009. He has taught courses in ethics, religion, and philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy, Mount Allison University, and Columbia University, where he served as a Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). He enjoys hiking and biking.
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.