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OHIO Trustee, alumna Anna Harvey named president and CEO of the Social Science Research Council

Published: May 6, 2021 Author: Samantha Pelham

Ohio University Trustee and 1988 Honors Tutorial College alumna Anna Harvey has been named the 15th president and CEO of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), an independent and international research nonprofit organization. 

“I am deeply honored to have been asked to lead the SSRC as it approaches its centenary,” Professor Harvey said in a release from the SSRC. “The SSRC was founded to support social science in the public interest, with the ultimate goal of more effective and more equitable public policy. There is much important and hard work to be done to reach that goal, and the SSRC is uniquely positioned to unite the research, policy, and philanthropic communities in the work of understanding how our societies can better support human well-being around the globe. I look forward to contributing to that work.” 

Harvey, a political scientist and affiliated professor of data science and affiliated professor of law at New York University, is the founding director of the Public Safety Lab at New York University, a community-engaged research initiative that draws on the dual lenses of social science and data science to provide insight into mass incarceration and recommendations for improvement of the criminal justice system. 

She was appointed as a national trustee to the Ohio University Board of Trustees in October 2019. She also served on the Board of Visitors for the Honors Tutorial College from 2013-2016 and earned the 2011 Outstanding Alumna Award for the college and the 1996 Outstanding Alumna Award from the Ohio University Department of Political Science.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am confident that Trustee Harvey’s extensive leadership experience will serve her well,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “Her alma mater is extremely proud of all that she’s accomplished.”

Harvey, an Athens native, received her Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 1995. While studying in the Honors Tutorial College at OHIO, she also received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, in recognition of academic excellence and commitment to public service.

The SSRC builds networks, working with partners in the United States and around the world to link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information. Whether confronting emerging issues, like the global pandemic, or persistent challenges, such as inequality and climate change, the SSRC challenges established knowledge pathways and builds new ones to a better world.