Team

LIS Directors

Janet Gornick

Janet Gornick

Director
Email jgornick@gc.cuny.edu
Tel +1 (212) 817-1872
Fax +1 (212) 817-1674

Janet Gornick is a political economist and sociologist. She is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) in the United States. She holds a BA in Psychology and Social Relations, a Masters in Public Administration, and a PhD in Political Economy and Government, all from Harvard University. She has held various positions at LIS for over twenty years, and has served as Director since 2006. As Director, she oversees all aspects of LIS’ work, including its administrative, management, development, and data production functions. She is also Director of the Luxembourg Income Study Center, a satellite office of LIS, located at The Graduate Center of CUNY.

Most of her research is comparative, across the industrialized countries, and concerns social welfare policies and their impact on family well-being and gender equality.

Markus Jäntti

Markus Jäntti

Research Director
Email markus.jantti@sofi.su.se
Tel +46 8 162645
Fax +46 8 154670

Markus Jäntti is an economist. He is Professor of Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University in Sweden. He holds a PhD in Economics from Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. After a long association with LIS, he became Research Director in 2005. As Research Director, he advises the LIS data staff on data harmonisation, data quality, data production planning, and research methods.

His research centers on income and wealth inequality, and poverty and socio-economic mobility, with a focus on cross-national comparisons. He is especially interested in the importance of family background in the distribution of economic resources.

LIS Staff - Luxembourg

Thierry Kruten

Thierry Kruten

Director of Operations and IT Director
Email kruten@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 22
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Thierry Kruten is an operations manager. He holds an MSc in Economics and an MSc in Information Technology, both from the University of Nancy in France. Prior to his time at LIS, he worked as an independent consultant for Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU). He provided assistance in the development of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) and conducted organisation / IT projects for consulting firms. At LIS, he is responsible for managing IT operations and overseeing day-to-day operations.

Caroline de Tombeur

Caroline de Tombeur

Administrator
Email admin@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 20
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Caroline has been at LIS since its early years. She is on sabbatical from 2013 – 2014.

Kerstin Medinger

Kerstin Medinger

Administrative Officer
Email admin@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 20
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Kerstin has a background in foreign languages. She holds a Master’s degree in Hispanic literature and civilization, and another one in Publishing from the University Paris-Sorbonne IV. Before joining the LIS team, she worked as a copyright specialist in Paris.

Teresa Munzi

Teresa Munzi

Data Team Manager and Research Associate
Email munzi@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 23
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Teresa Munzi has a background in economics. She earned a degree in Economics from the University of Rome and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Before coming to work at LIS in 2002, she served as an economist at the Economics Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels, at the Chief Economist Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Investment in London, and at the UK Department for Education and Employment. At LIS, Teresa is mainly responsible for coordinating the work of LIS’ data team; in that role, she develops methodological guidelines, oversees harmonisation, and supports the data team in its daily tasks.

She also carries out research using the LIS data. Her research interests include the comparative study of welfare systems and their impact on poverty, inequality, and family well-being; and gender differences in employment and earnings.

Paul Alkemade

Paul Alkemade

Data Expert and Statistician
Email alkemade@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 24
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Marco Lilla

Marco Lilla

Data Expert and Research Associate
Email lilla@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 27
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Marco Lilla is an economist. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics CORIPE Piemonte (Turin, Italy) and a PhD in Economics from the Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona, Italy), where he has been Research Fellow since 2006 and Lecturer in Microeconomics since 2009.

His main research interests are in labour economics, well-being issues and applied econometrics focusing mainly on income and wage inequalities issues related to education as well as labour market entrance of young workers. As an expert consultant, he gave courses for several institutions in applied economics, statistics and econometrics with Stata©.

Jörg Neugschwender

Jörg Neugschwender

Data Quality Coordinator and Research Associate
Email neugschwender@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 26
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Jörg is an economic sociologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Bremen, Germany and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Before joining the LIS data team,  he worked as a Research Associate in a research project on governance of supplementary pension systems across Europe.

His research focuses on institutional path developments of old-age income systems and its effects on inequalities among current retirees, particularly how these interactions vary across socioeconomic and sociodemographic groups within and across countries.

Piotr Paradowski

Piotr Paradowski

Data Expert and Research Associate
Email paradowski@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 21
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Piotr Paradowski is a political economist. He has comprehensive knowledge of quantitative social science methods, including panel data analysis, survival analysis, multilevel models, and categorical and limited dependent variables models. At LIS, he serves as a member of the data staff; he also conducts research using the LIS data.

Piotr conducts interdisciplinary research with the focus on income and wealth distributions as they relate to economic inequality, welfare state politics, and voting behaviour.

Carmen Petrovici

Carmen Petrovici

Data Expert and Research Associate
Email petrovici@lisdatacenter.org
Tel +352 26 00 30 25
Fax +352 26 00 30 30

Carmen is a social policy analyst specialised in labour market. She holds a PhD from Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Faculty of Social Sciences, Methodology and Statistics department and has a background in comparative social policy (MA in International Social Policy Analysis from Leuven University, Belgium), public policy and governance as well as political sciences.

Her research is focusing on labour market participation from a gender perspective, institutional, life course and cultural determinants of the labour market participation in later life and early retirement from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Anne Franziskus

Anne Franziskus

Anne Franziskus has a background in Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Linguistics and an MA in European Studies. She completed her PhD at the University of Luxembourg. Her thesis dealt with the linguistic practices of cross-border workers in Luxembourg, as well as the ways in which these are influenced by language norms and ideologies.

She has a qualitative (ethnographic) research focus. At LIS and in cooperation with STATEC, Anne is in charge of developing a new indicator for measuring poverty in Luxembourg. More particularly, the aim of this project is to define a reference budget for Luxembourg in close cooperation with actors from the field. Before integrating the LIS, she was a research fellow at the Institute of Luxembourgish Linguistics and Literatures.

LIS Staff - New York

Caroline Batzdorf

Caroline Batzdorf

Director of Development
Assistant Office Director – LIS Center

Email cbatzdorf@gc.cuny.edu
Tel +1 (212) 817-1874
Fax +1 (212) 817-1674

Caroline has a background in comparative literature and investment banking.  She holds an M.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. At LIS, Caroline is responsible for fundraising, outreach, and development. In addition, she oversees the administrative and financial matters at the LIS Center at The Graduate Center of the City of New York.

Natascia Boeri

Natascia Boeri

Research Associate and Project Coordinator
Email nboeri@gc.cuny.edu
Natascia is a doctoral student in Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). Natascia is on leave, doing research in India.

Sarah Kostecki

Sarah Kostecki

Research Associate and Documentation Specialist
Email skostecki@gc.cuny.edu
Sarah is a doctoral student in Political Science at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

Emily Nell

Emily Nell

Research Associate
Email enell@gc.cuny.edu
Emily is a doctoral student in Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir

Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir

Research Associate
Email bragnarsdottir@gc.cuny.edu
Berglind is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

Affiliated Scholars

Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic

LIS Center Senior Scholar
Email bmilanovic@gc.cuny.edu

Branko Milanovic is a leading scholar on income inequality who joined The Graduate Center as Visiting Presidential Professor and Senior Scholar in the LIS Center. Before coming to the LIS Center, he was Lead Economist in the World Bank’s research department. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality and numerous articles on the global income distribution.

Hicham Ait Mansour

Hicham Ait Mansour

Fulbright Scholar
Email hmansour@gc.cuny.edu

Hicham Ait Mansour is a visiting researcher (Fulbright Scholar) at the LIS Center in New York. Hicham is a Sociology PhD Candidate at Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco; he will be working on his PhD dissertation on child poverty in Morocco, using a multidimensional approach, as well as contributing to a LIS Center research project on measuring child poverty in middle-income countries. This project is being implemented in partnership with the UNICEF Policy and Strategy Division.

LIS Predoctoral Scholars

Laurie Maldonado

Laurie Maldonado

Predoctoral Scholar
Email maldonado@lisdatacenter.org
Laurie is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at UCLA, and is a recipient of the Predoctoral Grant by the Luxembourg National Research Fund.

LIS Directors Emeriti

Lee Rainwater

Lee Rainwater

Founder and Research Director Emeritus

Tim Smeeding

Tim Smeeding

Founder and Director Emeritus