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Kohut Research Fellows

The Kohut Fellowship honors the memory of Andrew Kohut and his numerous contributions to the science and art of survey research. Read more about Andrew and his work.

Kohut Fellows will (1) engage in their own original public opinion-focused research project using data from the Roper Center archives; (2) learn about the methods and techniques of survey research and other forms of public opinion research, analysis, and dissemination; and (3) participate in Roper Center supervised projects at a level appropriate to their abilities, training and educational goals (10 hours/week). Kohut Fellows will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer.

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2020 Kohut Fellows

Kwelina Thompson

Kwelina Thompson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Cornell University. She specializes in U.S. economic history with a particular focus on the influence of technology on work processes and gender stratification. Her research explores the ways in which institutions of higher education, government policies, and professional organizations have transformed labor market outcomes in the post-World War II era.


Colin Cepuran

Colin Cepuran is a Ph.D. candidate in the Government Department of Cornell University, where he studies the role of policy in political attitude and identity formation. His dissertation examines how DACA shaped the political attitudes and racial/ethnic identities of the Dreamers. More broadly, his work sits at the intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Policy Studies, and American Political Development. Prior to studying at Cornell, he worked in local politics.  He has consulted for multiple local races in Southwestern Michigan and managed a State Representative's re-election campaign.

Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang is a Cornell junior pursuing a double major in Government and Information Science, with a concentration in Data Science. He is interested in using data-driven research to examine what factors affect public opinion as well as how electoral systems shape political outcomes. His Kohut Fellowship research project explores whether the degree of public concern related to climate change is correlated with the location of natural disasters in the U.S. over the past twenty years.


2019 Kohut Fellows

Nina Obermeier

Nina is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Her research focuses on public opinion toward different aspects of international economic integration and toward global governance. Prior to starting her PhD studies, Nina has worked at a trade association in Brussels and at the University of Oxford. To read Obermeier's issue brief on "Attitudes Toward the U.S. in Cold War West Germany, click here

George Spisak

George is a doctoral student in Development Sociology. His dissertation work focuses on the changing relations of sovereignty that are embodied in three distinct areas: maritime piracy, intellectual property law, and international hazardous waste disposal. George's work for the Kohut Fellowship examined American public opinion about important problems and the effect this had on voter participation. Before graduate school, George worked as a commodities broker and later coordinated annual collection of faculty data for Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

2018 Kohut Fellows

Jessica Zarkin Notni

Jessica is a third-year PhD student in Comparative Politics at the Cornell Government Department. Her research focuses on democratic development, insecurity, policing, public opinion, and political behavior in Latin America. Before coming to Cornell, she was a data analyst at Data4, a Mexican firm that works to make data accessible to more people and provides data solutions to an array of clients including media outlets, NGOs, and government branches. Her Kohut Fellowship project focuses on support for policies that go against individual interests in a Latin American context.

Evelyn Shan

Evelyn is a junior 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. Her Kohut Fellowship research project explores mass attitudes toward immigration in America.

2017 Kohut Fellows

José Tomás Sánchez Gómez

José Sánchez Gómez is a second-year PhD student in the Government Department at Cornell University. His research interest is on comparative politics of Latin America. He focuses on contentious politics and constitutional change, social movements and party politics. In 2015, he finished his Master of Public Administration at CIPA, Cornell. Before coming to Cornell, he served as a public official in the Civil Service Department of Paraguay, and worked for NGOs in programs for social and democratic development. His Kohut Fellowship research project focuses on economic sentiments and major political changes in Chile between 1966 and 2016.

Claire Liu

Claire Liu is a rising junior pursuing a double major in Government and independent study, focused on persuasion and propaganda through the Arts and Sciences College Scholar program, and a minor in French. She is fascinated by topics of modern mass misinformation, campaign messaging and the roles and responsibilities assigned to social networks and corporations by the American public. Her Kohut Fellowship research project explores the “fake news” phenomenon in the 2016 presidential election.