Students at the Roper Center play important roles in data management, data cleaning, data entry, file format migration, administration, translation, and other essential work within the archive. Current student staff include:

Graduate Staff

Raja Rafi-Ullah

Rafi is a MPA student at Cornell University majoring in Economic and Financial Policy. His latest professional experience was interning at the World Bank in D.C. Before coming to Cornell he was in Pakistan working on disaster relief and management projects. He likes to lift weights, cook, and follow numerous sports. He still doesn’t get American sports though!


Undergraduate Staff

Francine Barchett

Francine Barchett

Francine Barchett is double-majoring in International Agriculture and Rural Development + Development Sociology. She is passionate about the intersections of food security, agriculture, and policy. Outside of class she stays busy running, doing yoga, keeping up with current events, and traveling wherever she can.

Gaby Maurice

Gaby is a Communication major who is passionate about connecting technology and people.  She also enjoys watching soccer and reading.

Tristan Engst

Tristan is a rising sophomore studying computer science in Cornell’s College of Engineering. He’s also dabbling in mathematics and physics, but he spends his free time reading international news and finding interesting things to do with computers.

Amanda Newman

Amanda Newman

Amanda is a sophomore majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations and double minoring in Business and Real Estate. On campus, she is also involved in ILR Student Government Association, Sports Business Society, and Society for Human Resource Management.

Peter Sanderson

Peter is a junior at Cornell, studying Government and Music. In addition to working with the Roper Center’s marketing department, he serves as the VP of Finance and Management for the Cornell Fashion Collective and as the Philanthropy Chair of his social fraternity.

Chasen Richards

Chasen Richards

Chasen Richards is a junior majoring in Government and Economics. He likes politics, free plane tickets, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Evelyn Shan

Evelyn Shan

Evelyn is a senior studying Government and History, with a minor in Education. On campus, she is also involved in Chinese Bible Study, AIESEC Cornell, and International Justice Mission. Evelyn is one of the recipients of the Roper Center’s 2018 Kohut Fellowship Program.

Daye Shin

Daye Shin is a senior studying Information Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. Daye is interested in product/user experience design and exploring different cultures through the media and entertainment industry.

Allison Washburn

Allison is going into her senior year at Binghamton University studying Human Development. Outside of school she fills her time visiting parks and waterfalls around Ithaca, traveling, and volunteering. In addition to working at the Roper Center, she will be spending three weeks this summer on a service learning program in Cusco, Peru!

Wentao Zhang

Wentao is a sophomore majoring in economics. He is interested in the application of data science in finance and politics, and is also the founder of the Invest in China club on campus.

Hayley Timmons

Hayley is a junior majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and minoring in Applied Economics and Law & Society. On campus, she is involved in the Red Carpet Ambassadors, Human Ecology Ambassadors, Pi Sigma Alpha, Human Ecology Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, and Phi Sigma Sigma.