Laura Tach

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

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

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

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

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

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Maria Fitzpatrick, Policy Analysis & Management

The Opioid Epidemic and Child Maltreatment: Two Generations at Risk

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Matthew Hall, Policy Analysis & Management

Left Behind: Deportations, Child Welfare, and Foster Care Placements

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Anna Haskins, Sociology

School Engagement & Avoidance among Criminal Justice-Involved Families with School-Aged Children

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John Sipple, Development Sociology

Capacity for Two-Generation Care in Rural Communities: Implications of Educational Policy and Community Characteristics on Head Start Program Trends

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Maureen Waller
Policy Analysis & Management

Child Support Debt and Father-Child Relationships

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2018 Cornell 2Gen Scholars


Emily Bramhall

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

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

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

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.


Amy Kim

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.


Basirat Owe

Basirat Owe is a sophomore studying Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology; she is pursuing minors in Human Development, Law and Society, as well as Demography. She hopes to dedicate her career to creating practical and effective policy solutions to national issues concerning poverty, social mobility, and race relations.


Frances Robinson


Frances Robinson is a public administration graduate student focused on moving policy, programming, research, and funding to better support whole-family outcomes.


Nora Smithhisler


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.


Pearlanna Zapotocky

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.