Laura Tach is Project 2Gen co-director and a sociologist who studies poverty and family life. Her research examines the effects of economic inequality for families and communities and how public policy can disrupt the transmission of inequality across generations.
Elizabeth Day is a Project 2Gen postdoctoral fellow with training in human development and family studies and expertise in the use of research by policymakers.
Rachel Dunifon is Project 2Gen co-director and a human development and social policy expert who researches child and family policy with a focus on factors influencing the development of less-advantaged children.
Erin Mathios is a Project 2Gen program assistant with a background in human development and health policy. Her research interests include the impact of family, health, and education policy on families and children, with a particular focus on the opioid epidemic.
Kimberly Kopko is Project 2Gen parenting and extension liaison and a developmental psychologist who studies parenting and family processes. Her research and outreach efforts focus on parenting in various contexts and the use of research and evidence-based parenting programs to strengthen families.
2017-2018 Faculty Research Fellows
For more information on specific research projects, see our Research page.
Marianella Casasola, Human Development
Creating Family Learning Partnerships to Promote Early Learning
Anna Haskins, Sociology
School Engagement & Avoidance among Criminal Justice-Involved Families with School-Aged Children
John Sipple, Development Sociology
Capacity for Two-Generation Care in Rural Communities: Implications of Educational Policy and Community Characteristics on Head Start Program Trends
2018 Cornell 2Gen Scholars
Emily Bramhall is a junior studying Policy Analysis and Management with a minor in Inequality Studies. She is interested in applied research and outreach with a focus on social policy, specifically pertaining to education.
Jenny Chan is a junior Policy Analysis and Management major with minors in Business, Law & Society, and Inequality Studies. She is interested in understanding the best practices for bridging research and policy, particularly in the field of healthcare.
Sharon Glick is an undergraduate student in the College of Human Ecology. She is excited to combine her studies of human development and policy analysis towards working on comprehensive family programming.
Julia Greenberg is an undergraduate student in Urban and Regional Studies interested in how affordable housing and other urban planning and policy initiatives can reduce spatial inequality.
This summer, Amy is partnering with My Brother's Keeper in Ithaca. Amy is a junior studying Policy Analysis and Management with a minor in Inequality Studies and Business. She is interested in applied research and outreach with focus on social policy, specifically pertaining to poverty alleviation and education. With abundant volunteer experiences in the hospital and legal internships, she has developed a keen interest in developing poverty and education policy solutions.
Frances Robinson is a public administration graduate student focused on moving policy, programming, research, and funding to better support whole-family outcomes.
Nora Smithhisler is a first year masters student in the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, focusing in government, politics, and policy. Previously working in public schools has inspired her to research and develop poverty and education policy solutions.
This summer, Pearlanna is partnering with the William George Agency. Pearlanna is a sophomore studying Global and Public Health Sciences with a minor in Health Policy. She is interested in community outreach, specifically pertaining to the opioid crisis and youth prevention. With many years' experience volunteering with at-risk youth, she has developed a desire to construct preventative and tertiary interventions that would aid the opioid crisis.