SSRC Staff

The Social Science Research Commons is staffed by a director and several undergraduate and graduate student assistants, as well as consultants from a range of different campus groups.

Dr. Emily Meanwell


(812) 855-6661

Emily Meanwell (she/hers) is a sociologist and has been the director of the Social Science Research Commons since 2014. She also serves as the SSRC's qualitative research methods and tools consultant. Her own research has focused on intersections of inequality, culture, and education.

Jack Bishop

SSRC Front Desk

Jack (he/him) is a senior undergraduate student majoring in History and Anthropology with a Minor in Central Eurasian Studies. He has worked all over campus during his time as a student and is glad to spend his semester with the SSRC. His research interest includes historical newspapers, local graffiti, and the history of dental health. After graduation he hopes to work in a museum's education department or at a National Park.

Eric Chen

SSRC Front Desk

Eric is a PhD student in Second Language Studies from Tainan, Taiwan. His research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and L2 phonetics and phonology. He received his M.A. in Linguistics from National Chengchi University (Taiwan). Before that, he completed his B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature and a High School Teacher Certification from National Chi Nan University (Taiwan). He has taught English in Taiwan for eight years and also was an English Assessment Researcher at the Language Training & Testing Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

Robert Gallagher

SSRC Front Desk

Robert is a third year graduate student in the sociology program and he is also pursuing a Masters in Applied Statistics. His research interests center around gender, sexualities, and mental health. Research methods is one of Robert's favorite parts about being a sociologist, so he's excited to work for the SSRC!

Lauren Johnson

SSRC Front Desk

Lauren is an undergraduate student here at IUB and is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology! Her career goal after graduation is to become a Pediatric Psychiatrist. She is also a member of IU's Run Club!

Pei-Jung Li

SSRC Front Desk

Pei-Jung Li (she/her) came from Taiwan and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology (QQRM) program at IU. She cares about international students' experiences in the U.S., issues with research ethics, and researcher-participant relationships. In her leisure time, she loves cooking (in her words: "I love feeding people!") and is a figure-skater wannabe. She also works as a qualitative methodology consultant at the School of Education since 2021. 

Sarah Pritchett

Front Desk

Sarah Pritchett (she/hers) is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She divides her free time amongst community and international organizing on climate and environmental issues as well as spending time with friends and family along with reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

John Stanko

SSRC Front Desk

John C. Stanko (thon/thon’s) is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. John’s broad research area is the use of non-coercive influence by authoritarian regimes to achieve foreign policy objectives. More specific interests include Russia-China geopolitical relations, international higher educational cooperation and policies within Eurasia, and the application of network analysis to understanding soft power resources. John earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from the University of Kansas before spending 2 years working in Moscow. Thon has previously been a Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) Fellow, an IU Russian Studies Workshop Fellow, and has also received FLAS funding for studying both the Chinese and Kazakh languages.