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Leadership History


Margaret Levi by Mike Nakamura

Margaret Levi

Sara Miller McCune Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Phone: (650) 736-0100

Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington.
She is the winner of the 2019 Johan Skytte Prize. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, the Robert Dahl Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2017, and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2018. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science, in 2017 gave the Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture, and in 2018 received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.  She was 2020 winner of the Falling Walls Foundation Prize for breakthrough of the year in social sciences and humanities for her work on an expanded and inclusive community of fate.
Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and seven books, including Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Cooperation Without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), co-authored with John Ahlquist, explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest. In other work, she investigates the conditions under which people come to believe their governments are legitimate and the consequences of those beliefs for compliance, consent, and the rule of law. A Moral Political Economy: Present, Past, Future (Cambridge University Press, 2021), co-authored with Federica Carugati, continues to explore how to build a better society.
She was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the: Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid; Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project, and the Berggruen Institute. Levi and her husband, Robert Kaplan, are avid collectors of Australian Aboriginal art. Ancestral Modern, an exhibition drawn from their collection, was on view at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in 2012 and is traveling in the U.S. and Canada in 2017-19. Yale University Press and SAM co-published the catalogue, which is now available online. There was also a 2017 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "On Country: Australian Aboriginal Art from the the Kaplan-Levi Gift." Her fellowships include the Woodrow Wilson in 1968, German Marshall in 1988-9, and the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1993-1994. She has lectured and been a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the European University Institute, the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Juan March Institute, the Budapest Collegium, Cardiff University, Oxford University, Bergen University, and Peking University.

Sally Schroeder

Deputy Director

Phone: (650) 736-0114

Sally Schroeder is deputy 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

Drina Adams

Finance Associate

Phone: (650) 736-0154

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.

Janzen Alejo

Executive Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0104

Janzen Alejo is the executive assistant supporting the director and deputy director at the center, joining the staff in 2022. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and a Bachelor of Science in anthropology. A Southern California native, Alejo moved to the Bay area with AmeriCorps supporting afterschool education in East Side San Jose in 2019. He enjoys board games with friends as well as Dungeons and Dragons.

Paola Dios

Paola Dios

Administrative Associate

Phone: (650) 736-0100

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.).

Christy Duignan

Christy Duignan

Special Initiatives Program Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0134

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.

Mike Gaetani

Mike Gaetani

Communications Director

Phone: (650) 736-0119

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.

Jason Gonzales

Jason Gonzales

Information Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0178

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.

Ericka Johnson

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Phone: (650) 736-0225

Ericka Johnson is the fellowship program coordinator.  She joined CASBS in 2022.  She was previously the scholarship coordinator for the Michiana Family YMCA in South Bend, Indiana.  A Hoosier by birth, she moved to California in 2018.  She has a passion for genealogy and family history research, and enjoys spending her free time in nature.

Douglas Kiman

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0225

Douglas Kiman is the administrative associate at the center, joining the staff in May 2022. He previously held administrative positions at Wesleyan University and the French Department of Foreign Affairs. He has a BA in philosophy and MA in music history from Sorbonne University, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. In his spare time, he likes playing tennis, listening to music, reading, and going to farmer’s markets.

Fatma Massoud

Library Assistant

Phone: (650) 736-0917

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.

Barbie Mayock

Dining Program Coordinator

Phone: (650) 736-0140

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.

Manuel Pulido

Facilities Coordinator

Phone: (650) 736-0141

Manny Pulido is facilities coordinator, joining the staff in 2021.  He has managed projects as a facilities coordinator at Apple, Facebook and non-profits.  He studied political science at SFSU and received his BA in theology at IABC.  He enjoys traveling with his family and playing sports.

Betsy Rajala

Betsy Rajala

Program Director

Phone: (650) 723-2070

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. 

Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder

Finance and Research Analyst

Phone: (650) 725-3580

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 teach group fitness classes.

Wayne Thomas

Computing Support Analyst

Phone: (650) 736-0149

Wayne Thomas is the computer support analyst, responsible for end-user support, IT asset management and audio/visual technologies at the Center.  He joined the staff in 2022.  He has a BS in information technology from Western Governors University.  In his free time he enjoys the culinary arts, gardening and spending time with his family.

Zachary Ugolnik

Program Director

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.

Bruce Young

Bruce Young

Information Technology Manager

Phone: (650) 736-0146

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.