Director's Message


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Center for Policy Research website. The Center supports Rockefeller College’s goal of maintaining excellence in the field of public policy by emphasizing research on both methodological and substantive issues. CPR serves multidisciplinary, cross-departmental, and University-wide needs, and works toward increasing the University's level of sponsored research activity. Within its broad mission, the Center provides support for research in the fields of international affairs, political science, public administration, and public policy.

Two research efforts tied to the center, the Project on Violent Conflict (PVC) and the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) have significantly deepened the Center’s research and outreach profile in the areas of international security and conflict. The Center also provides support to University faculty in obtaining research funding for policy research.

The Center for Policy Research is eager to assist any faculty member in submitting grant proposals and administering projects. Furthermore, our experienced staff is able to handle any administrative or financial needs related to your project(s) by liaising with the Office for Research, The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, and numerous funding agencies. If you have any questions at all, I encourage you to contact me or one of our administrators. You can reach us at:

Victor Asal, Center Director - [email protected] or 518-591-8729
Lois Brando Pownall, Lead Administrator - [email protected] or 518-442-3852
Jim Levy, Associate Administrator - [email protected] or 518-442-3850

We look forward to helping Rockefeller College faculty, students and staff, and the entire UAlbany community, with proposal needs.


Victor Asal
Center for Policy Research
Rockefeller College for Public Affairs & Policy