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Board of Directors (as of January 2019)


  • Executive Director (2019-2021): Cyrus Samii, New York University
  • Methods Director (2018-2020): Jake Bowers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Trainings Director (2018-2020): Maarten Voors, Wageningen University

Thematic Working Groups 

Elections, Representation, & Participation

Poverty & Inequality

Institutions & Governance


Staff Members

  • Managing Director: Ingrid Lee
  • Senior Methods Manager: Matthew Lisiecki
  • Director of Research: Jaclyn Leaver
  • Membership & Meetings Manager: Max Méndez-Beck
  • Predoctoral Fellow: Tara Slough

Past Officers

  • Executive Director (2012-2015): Macartan Humphreys, Columbia University
  • Executive Director (2016-2018): Susan Hyde, University of California, Berkeley

Meet our Directors

Thad Dunning

Thad Dunning is Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and directs the Center on the Politics of... Read More

Jessica Gottlieb

Jessica Gottlieb is an assistant professor in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She earned her PhD... Read More

Cyrus Samii

Cyrus Samii is Associate Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics of New York University and Executive Director (elect) of the Evidence... Read More

Maarten Voors

Maarten Voors (PhD Wageningen, 2011) is an Associate Professor in Development Economics at Wageningen University. His main field is development... Read More

Matthew Lisiecki

Matt is the Senior Methods Manager at EGAP, where he oversees organizational programming related to standards and methods, including the research... Read More

Claire Adida

Claire Adida is an associate professor of political science at the University of California San Diego, and co-director of the UCSD Center on... Read More

Tara Slough

Tara Slough is EGAP’s Predoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. She is currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the... Read More

Jaclyn Leaver

Jaclyn is the Director of Research at EGAP, where she manages the "Metaketa Initiative," a grantmaking model for coordinated clusters of studies... Read More

Ingrid Lee

Ingrid Lee is Managing Director for EGAP, overseeing its operations, strategies, and goals. She has managed a variety of global development... Read More

Rosario Aguilar

Rosario Aguilar is associate professor of political science at Newcastle University. Her research interests are in identity politics, focusing on... Read More

Rebecca Wolfe

Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. She is a lecturer at the Harris School for Public... Read More

Godber Tumushabe

Godber Tumushabe is Associate Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS), He is the founding Executive... Read More

Max Méndez-Beck

Max Méndez-Beck is the Membership & Meetings Manager for EGAP, where he helps organize yearly conferences that bring together EGAP members and... Read More