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 the Project 2Gen Assistant Director for Policy Engagement 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.
Mary Beth Morrissey
Mary Beth Morrissey is a Sociology PhD student and Project 2Gen Graduate Research Assistant with interests in gender, emotion, inequality, family, and qualitative methods.
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.
Francesca Vescia is a Project 2Gen program assistant with a background in sociology and data science. Her research interests include family, health, inequality, and their many intersections.
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
Fall 2019 Cornell 2Gen Scholars
Rohit Agrawal is a first-year studying Healthcare Policy. Previously, he worked with at-risk youth through and internship with his local foster care network. His work interviewing foster children and using their stories to organize outreach efforts to find youth in need of mental health and rehabilitation resources was recognized by the New Jersey Senate. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge of how to better improve the living conditions of families in New York State.
Youssef Aziz is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in Sociology and a minor in Inequality Studies (Health Equity track). In addition to being a 2Gen Scholar, Youssef does research under Professor Kim Weeden in the Sociology department to study the racial disparity in top Ph.D. graduate schools and their effects on later income earnings. Over the summer, Youssef co-founded a non-profit to host free admission workshops at the Los Angeles Church Diocese to help navigate lost immigrant parents around the college admission process. Most of Youssef's work and involvement on and off campus lies around educational inequality and attempting to level the playing field for disadvantaged minorities who have been deprived of those opportunities.
Adelina Branescu is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Information Science and Sociology. She hopes to attend law school after finishing her undergraduate degree. In her free time, she likes cooking, writing, and hiking!
Rose Ippolito is a Senior majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences with minors in inequality studies and health policy. She is interested in how research, policy, and community programming can work together to improve public health, particularly to reduce health and social disparities.
Manavii Kumar is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Society. Her interdisciplinary classes and her involvement with on-campus service-learning organizations have inspired her to think critically about how our institutions, infrastructure, and policies perpetuate systems of oppression and inequality and how these translate into the context of community health. She hopes to use community-engaged research to better understand and address health and social disparities.
Muyang Li is a senior majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society. She is interested in improving human capital through health and education to narrow the gap in inequality and help individuals achieve their potential and well-being. She hopes to start on individual levels and incorporate these insights to work on larger programs.
Rachel Milone is a sophomore studying human biology, health, and society with an anticipated minor in health care policy. She is interested in many aspects of health including public health, community health, and nutrition. Upon graduation she plans on attending medical school.
Pearlanna Zapotocky is a junior studying Global and Public Health Sciences with minors in Health Policy and Inequality Studies. She is interested in bringing research-based practices to community organizations and implementing policies that combat adverse childhood experiences.