Faculty Affiliates

The Berger Institute is currently supporting the following faculty in their research:

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Frederick R. Lynch, Ph.D. – Dr. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government at CMC and specializes in workforce diversity management, organization of health care, inequality and public policy, political and social movements, juvenile delinquency and public policy. Together with his research assistant Scott Sonneborn ’17, he has been working on an upcoming book, The Crisis of Political Correctness: A Cultural Revolution Meets Resistance, Ridicule, and New Realities, and was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Carthage Foundation last fall.

Scott Sonneborn grew up in a suburb of Chicago. Scott is a senior at CMC and is majoring in economics. He is currently researching diversity in Silicon Valley under Professor Lynch’s guidance. In addition to his work at the Berger Institute, he works for the Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes reading about the latest technology trends and spending time with his friends.

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Minju Kim, Ph.D. – Dr. Kim is currently working with Seungho (Samuel) Lee ’19 on a project that illuminates how personal, social, and institutional identities are variably created and negotiated through subtle shifts in the one-to-one matches among honorific form, higher status, and formality. Using Korean TV drama series, this studies examines devices of linguistic indexicality at Korean workplaces, where a relative hierarchy is clear. Samuel is a CMC sophomore from Seoul, Korea, and is a prospective Economics major with Computer Science Sequence. He is also a writer for the Vanguard Magazine (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

The Berger Institute is also fortunate to be working with the following external researchers, who lend their talent and expertise to develop and enrich our campus-wide, ongoing, work-family dialogue:


Benjamin Uel Marsh, Ph.D. –  Dr. Marsh received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. His research interests include bilingualism, biculturalism, episodic memory, and autobiographical memory focused on personal agency or familial/social interactions. Also, he studies how mental representations of culture are linked to lexical structures in individuals who are bilingual and bicultural.

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Kenneth Matos, Ph.D. – As Vice President of Research at Life Meets Work, Dr. Matos conducts research on a wide range of workforce and workplace issues, including diversity, mentoring, work-life alignment, wellness, engagement and workplace effectiveness. Before joining Life Meets Work, he was the Senior Director for Research at Families and Work Institute, where he identified emerging employment issues and trends, through client records, original company surveys, and national studies. Experienced in speaking to the academic, business and media communities, Dr. Matos has been frequently quoted in a variety of media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, and NPR.

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Lisa Kim Davis, Ph.D., MPH – Visiting Faculty Affiliate Dr. Davis studies the evolution of built environments and how the work of women and their households influences and is influenced by neighborhood, community, and residential characteristics. Her interdisciplinary research draws upon urban geography and gendered historical analysis. She is working on a manuscript on housing in South Korea, exploring how urban renewal, gentrification, and displacement affect families over the life course, resident organizations, architectural norms, and participatory planning, in the context of historical comparisons in the west and Asia. Another on-going project involves tracing the residences of Koreans in California in the early 1900s to show how labor imperatives, household survival strategies and residential patterns intertwine to produce urban communities.


Jonathan Wai, Ph.D. – Jonathan Wai is a research scientist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and a visiting researcher at Case Western Reserve University. He did his postdoctoral work at Duke University, holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He studies how individual and contextual factors collectively impact the development of achievement and expertise across a variety of domains. Some of his work has focused on helping disadvantaged and neglected students in the current school system. His work has started international conversations, and has been discussed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNBC, Financial Times, The Economist, Scientific American, Wired, Nature, Science, and many others.

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