Executive Director – Peter K. Enns
Peter K. Enns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is the author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World and editor (with Christopher Wlezien) of Who Gets Represented? His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation and has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Peter received his PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Prior to graduate school, he taught high school for three years in Baltimore, MD, through Teach for America. Email Peter.
CISER Director – William C. Block
William Block has been Director of CISER (Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research) since 2008. Prior to coming to Cornell, he worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of capacities on multiple data infrastructure projects at the Minnesota Population Center, including IPUMS-USA, NHGIS, and IHIS. Bill is the Core Director of the Cornell Population Center (CPC), and Executive Director of Cornell’s Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC). He was recently elected to the Executive Board of Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and is past-president of the International Association of Social Science Information, Service, and Technology (IASSIST), and Executive Director of the Social Science History Association. Bill is also co-PI on Cornell’s $3M NSF-Census Research Network (NCRN) project and co-PI on a NEH grant project to gather runaway slave ads from 19th century United States. Email Bill.
Associate Director – Brett Powell
Brett Powell is the Associate Director of the Roper Center. His many years of marketing experience include serving as Senior Director of Marketing and Fan Experience at International Speedway Corporation at Watkins Glen International and as Director of Business Development and Client Services at the marketing and communications firm Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc. In 2015, Powell was recognized on the Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Brett has been an adjunct professor at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College as well as Corning Community College and holds an MS in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Email Brett.
Director of Data Operations and Communications – Kathleen Weldon
Kathleen Weldon is the Director of Data Operations and Communications at the Roper Center. She joined the Roper Center in 2014 as Research Coordinator. Kathleen manages data provider relations, oversees the data curation process, plans archival development, and works closely with the IT development team in building new user tools. She also uses the Center’s rich data collection to write overviews of the history of public opinion on a wide range of topics for the Roper website and Huffington Post. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in English, she started her career in public opinion at Harvard University designing surveys with media and foundation partners. Email Kathleen.
Member Relations and Marketing Manager – Kavi Kardos
Kavi Kardos is the Member Relations and Marketing Manager at the Roper Center. A native of Texas, she has served in traditional and digital marketing roles with a national entertainment company and several Austin-based startup firms. Kavi focuses on the Roper Center’s relationships with existing and prospective members, developing branding and marketing campaigns across the Center’s website, social media, newsletter and conference appearances. She holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and an MS in Publishing from the University of Houston-Victoria. Email Kavi.
Membership Assistant – Alexis Bortle
Alexis Bortle is the Membership Assistant at the Roper Center. As a seasoned sales, business development, and marketing professional, Alexis is experienced in the development of strategic communications and events for both the private sector and nonprofit organizations. A former journalist, Alexis has a deep relationship with her Tioga County community and is an active volunteer with several organizations, including the Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She currently holds a BA in Corporate Communications from Lycoming College and a New York State Real Estate Salespersons license. Email Alexis.
iPOLL Acquisitions Manager – Carl Brown
Carl Brown is the iPOLL Acquisitions Manager. He has been with the Roper Center since 1999, and currently collects and prepares new polls for entry into the iPOLL system and selects poll questions for our daily Twitter and Facebook feeds. He previously worked on the JPoll system of Japanese poll questions and prepared Elmo Roper’s papers at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. He has a BA in Modern European History and an MA in American History from the University of Connecticut. Email Carl.
Systems Administrator – Brandon Cruz
Brandon Cruz is the Systems Administrator for the Roper Center computing infrastructure. Brandon has been working in IT since 2002, starting as a Client Tech before moving to Cornell as a Systems Administrator. He is currently attending Western Governors University for a BS in IT Network Administration and has earned various CompTIA certifications including A+, Project+, Network+, and Security+. He is currently studying for his CCNA certification as well as MCSA: Server Infrastructure from Microsoft. Email Brandon.
Software Engineer – Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the lead Software Engineer at the Roper Center, and is responsible for designing, guiding, and implementing new technology at the Roper Center. Before the Roper Center, Tim was employed at a software development company for five years where he gained valuable experience in creating and maintaining large applications. His primary focuses when creating new products are to use standards where possible, create reusable components, and keep data secure. Tim has a BS in Computer Science as well as Computer Information Systems from the College at Brockport. Email Tim.
Data Manager – Rachel B. Schlass
Rachel B. Schlass is the Data Manager at the Roper Center. She works closely with the Director of Data Operations and Communications to maintain well-managed strategies that enable the sustainability of sharing the Roper Center Data Archive. She trains students and employees on best practices for data management and is Project Manager for the Latin American Databank. She completed IMPALLA in 2016, and graduated with Distinction in Research from Cornell University in 2014. Email Rachel.
Applications Programmer – Gene Wang
Gene Wang is an Applications Programmer at the Roper Center. He is responsible for designing and implementing software systems to support the goals and vision of the Center. Prior to Roper, Gene spent three years as a developer and technical lead at a software company in the retirement industry. He currently holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo. Email Gene.
Software Developer – Emily Ablin
Emily Ablin is an Applications Programmer at the Roper Center. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and just graduated from Cornell University in December 2017 with a BS in Operations Research and Information Engineering. Emily has experience as a Data Engineer with Amazon Robotics. Email Emily.
Data Processor – Anna Arzrumtsyan
Anna Arzrumtsyan is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with the other members of the data team to process, maintain and share various datasets. Anna previously worked at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University on a variety of GIS projects. Anna has an MA in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University, and an MA in Geography (Geographic Information Science) from SUNY Albany. Email Anna.
Data Processor – Jessica Riggs
Jessica Riggs is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with other members of the data team to process, maintain, and share various datasets. Jessica previously worked at the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect and Cornell University Library. She currently holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University. Email Jessica.
Data Processor – Kelsie Norek
Kelsie Norek is a Data Processor at the Roper Center. She works closely with the other members of the data team to process, maintain, and share various datasets. Kelsie currently holds an MA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo. Email Kelsie.
Collections Specialist – Joe Schill
Joe Schill is a Collections Specialist at the Roper Center, focusing on items donated to the Center by Andrew Kohut. He grew up in Syracuse and lived in Washington, DC before returning to Ithaca and working in archiving at the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass. He has a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Frances. Joe holds an MAT from Binghamton University in social sciences education, an MA in history from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oswego State. Email Joe.
Administrative Assistant – Stacie Mann
As the Roper Center’s Administrative Assistant, Stacie coordinates the administrative nuts and bolts that keep the staff and the Center running. Prior to joining the Roper team, Stacie worked a wide variety of positions including customer service for the IRS, ombudsman for a Coast Guard base, and high school teacher (art, social studies, and English). She earned her BA in history from the University of Maine and completed a Masters-level program in secondary education at the University of Alaska SE. Email Stacie.