Marta Tienda
President

Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology, Emerita, and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she directed the Office of Population Research from 1997 until 2002 and was co-founding director of the university’s Program in Latino Studies from 2009 to 2018. She has held appointments at the University of Chicago, where she served as Chair of Sociology; the University of Wisconsin; and Stanford University (as visiting professor).

Dr. Tienda received a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Michigan State University (Honors College) (1972) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Texas at Austin (1977). – See more…

Tom Kecskemethy
Executive Director
thomask@asc.upenn.edu
Telephone: 215.746.7321

Tom came to AAPSS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where he was the Assistant Dean and Director of Communications for over a decade. He holds a BA from Penn State and MS.Ed and Ed.D degrees in higher education management from Penn. His academic interests include organizational change in higher education and the nature of effective leadership as a collective practice. Prior to his career in higher education, Tom was a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy.

Emily Babson
Associate Director | Managing Editor
emily.babson@asc.upenn.edu

Emily came to the American Academy of Political and Social Science from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she was the editorial associate and publications coordinator for the Program on Intrastate Conflict. At HKS, Emily primarily edited books in political science and public policy, with a special focus on African affairs. Emily joined the Academy in April 2010 as the managing editor of its bi-monthly journal, The ANNALS. In December 2011, Emily was also named the Associate Director of the Academy. Emily holds a BS in psychology from Union College and an MA in publishing and writing from Emerson College.

Jessica Erfer
Program Coordinator
jessica.erfer@asc.upenn.edu

Jessica joins the AAPSS as a Program Coordinator after ten years in the federal civil service, most recently as a Congressional Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the AAPSS, she is responsible for event planning, social media, and other administrative needs. Jessica holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and spent time studying politics at the University of Copenhagen.

Sherry Wert
Digital Coordinator

Sherry came to the American Academy as its Digital Coordinator in fall 2018. As the Digital Coordinator, she is responsible for website and newsletter content. She has an extensive background in scholarly editing for university presses and was coordinator of an educational nonprofit before joining the AAPSS. Sherry holds an AB in Classics from Princeton University and an MS in Education from St. Joseph’s University with teaching certification in Latin.