DirectorJenny Trinitapoli • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Jenny Trinitapoli’s work bridges the fields of social demography and the sociology of religion. She has written extensively about the role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008, she has been the principal investigator of Tsogolo la Thanzi, an ongoing longitudinal study of young adults in Malawi, which asks how young adults negotiate relationships, sex, and childbearing in the midst of a severe AIDS epidemic. Trinitapoli is the co-author of Religion and AIDS in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Faculty BoardEmily Lynn Osborn • Associate Professor, Department of History
Emily Lynn Osborn's first book, Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule (Ohio, 2011) is a history of gender and state-craft in Guinea-Conakry. She is currently working on a book on technology transfer and diffusion in West Africa that focuses on artisans who work with aluminum; she has also published articles on colonial intermediaries, the history of containerization in West Africa, and the role of the color red in the slave trade.Paul Poast • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Paul Poast’s research uses quantitative analysis and diplomatic history to understand international relations. Specifically, he is interested in how anarchy can complicate the ability of sovereign actors to make credible commitments, such as repaying debt, honoring an alliance, or upholding a bargain. His research is presently focused on four projects: the political economy of international security, alliance politics, research methods for international relations, and the international politics of the American Civil War. Poast is the author of The Economics of War (McGraw Hill-Irwin, 2006) and the developer of NewGene, a data management tool for creating data sets for use in the quantitative analysis of political science.
Manuel Viedma • Associate Director
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As Associate Director of CISSR, Manuel works to create an environment where research can flourish by developing the Center’s initiatives and activities formulated by the Director and Faculty Board. He also maintains CISSR’s relationships with different constituencies. Before joining CISSR, Manuel received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Political Science and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas. He is currently working on a book about revolutions and their outcomes in Bolivia and Mexico.
Teresa Rodriguez • Administrator
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As the CISSR Administrator, Teresa is responsible for administering CISSR’s financials to ensure compliance with University requirements and program goals. Before joining CISSR, Teresa worked for the City of Chicago where she developed and managed multi-million dollar budgets for various City agencies. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University where she majored in Political Science and minored in Sociology. In addition, Teresa completed Project Management training through Loyola University’s School of Business Administration as well as Strategic Planning and TQM training through the City Colleges of Chicago.