Current visiting scholars

Makram Abbès Makram Abbès, FIG visiting scholar, is a Professor (Professeur des Universités) of Arabic Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where he teaches moral and political Philosophy in Islam. From 2011 to 2015, he was appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). His publications include books and numerous papers on moral and political philosophy, particularly on war in judicial and historical treatises, art of governing in the Arabic Mirrors for Princes tradition, and the link between politics and religion in Islam. He has also written on the history of Islamic philosophy (Leo Strauss's lectures on thinkers like Alfarabi, Maimonides or Averroes, and the study of the Andalusian philosophical milieu). Concerning the relationship between politics and religion, his focal point of research efforts attempt to clarify the various levels of the theologico-political problem, from the question of the religious diversity and pluralism to the issues raised by the interpretations of the holy texts and their political implications.
Kevin BartigKevin Bartig, Buffett Institute visiting scholar, is associate professor of musicology at Michigan State University. Broadly stated, his research explores both intersections between music and politics in the Soviet Union and US-Soviet cultural exchange. He is the author of Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film (Oxford University Press, 2013) and has been awarded grants and fellowships by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Olivier Borraz
Olivier Borraz, FIG visiting scholar, is a CNRS research professor at Sciences Po in Paris. He is the current director of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO), a joint Sciences Po-CNRS research center. A sociologist and political scientist, his work is related to risk and crisis, and more generally, the transformation of the state. His current research focuses on the introduction of risk-based approaches to regulation in four European countries (with a particular interest in inspections), contingency plans and exercises in preparation for a nuclear accident, and how states govern crises in Europe.
Dominique CombeDominique Combe, FIG visiting scholar, is a Full Professor in French literature and literary theory at the Ecole normale supérieure and Dean of International Relations. He is also in charge of the joint Masters in Theory of Literature  (ENS/EHESS/Paris-Sorbonne). He has taught in various universities in France (Avignon, Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and abroad as permanent or visiting professor (University of Cairo, University of Fribourg, University of Oxford, Middlebury College, University of Montreal, University of Tokyo…). He was Visiting scholar at Northwestern University in spring 2016. His main research fields are literary theory, poetics, francophone and French modern poetry. He has published eight books about XIXth and XXth century French poets (Rimbaud, Césaire, Bonnefoy), literary genres, francophone and postcolonial literature (French Antilles, Maghreb, Middle-East, Quebec, Europe). He is a member of the République des Savoirs research team in Humanities, Sciences and Philosophy, PSL.
Silvia Cristofori

Silvia Cristofori, PAS visiting scholar, is assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Link Campus University (Rome) and Researcher at the Foundation of Religious Sciences (Fscire, Bologna, Italy), National Research Infrastructure for Historical Religious Studies.  She has carried out field and archive research in Rwanda, Italy, and France on religious and political Christian movements in modern and contemporary Africa, which continues to be her main research subject. Her publications include a book on the Pentecostal movement in post-genocide Rwanda (L'Harmattan 2011). 

Jessica DarrowJessica Darrow, CFMS visiting scholar, received her doctorate from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, “The Politics and Implementation of U.S. Refugee Resettlement Policy: A Street-Level Analysis,” looks at the process of refugee resettlement, and explains the discretionary and routine practices of resettlement workers by identifying the organizational and political context in which these practitioners serve their clients. While completing her masters in social work at the University of Chicago, Darrow won a human rights fellowship for her work with refugees in Rwanda, where she built a comprehensive HIV care and treatment program. In 2007 she worked with the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda, for which she developed an internal monitoring and evaluation system. Prior to beginning her graduate work, Darrow served as executive director of a grassroots, non-governmental organization working in East and South Africa.
Lea Elsässer

Lea Elsässer, CHSS visiting scholar, is a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. She is interested in the relationship between social inequality and political representation. In her dissertation, she examines to what extent political preferences of constituencies get reflected in the decisions of German legislative bodies. The primary objective of the project is to empirically assess whether German decision-makers respond selectively to different social groups and how overall responsiveness has changed since the 1980s. By comparing the results to findings for the US case, she will explore potential mechanisms of unequal responsiveness. She received a master's in economics and sociology from the University of Cologne and holds a PhD scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Sinan Erensü

Sinan Erensü, Keyman postdoctoral fellow, earned his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2016. He holds an M.Phil degree in sociology from Cambridge University and a BA degree in Social and Political Sciences program from Sabanci University, Turkey. His interests lie in the fields of critical development studies, political economy, urban and rural theory, and political ecology with a particular focus on landscapes and infrastructures of energy. His regional focus is the Turkish Black Sea coast. His dissertation, “Fragile Energy: Power, Nature and Politics of Infrastructure in the ‘New Turkey,’” provides a reading of political power, consent, and dissent in Turkey in the 21st century through the lens of energy.

Badi FosterBadi Foster, Buffett Institute visiting scholar, has a background extending from higher education and nonprofits to the corporate world and federal government. He earned his bachelor's degree in international relations at the University of Denver and received his PhD in politics from Princeton University. As a Fulbright fellow, his doctoral research focused on the impact of rapid urbanization in Africa. Foster has held several positions at Harvard University, as well as at Princeton University, Rutgers, and the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Joan Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University.  He is a Fellow at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where he continues work on his manuscript on leadership and organizational change in the fight against anti-Black and anti–American Indian racism (1911-2011).
Tasew GashawTasew Gashaw, PAS visiting scholar, is a PhD candidate in the field of peace and security at Addis Ababa University’s Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS). His dissertation is entitled, “Understanding the Nature of Cross-Border Intergroup Conflicts: A Study of Murle and their Neighbours along the Ethiopia-South Sudan Border.” He has a bachelor’s degree in Ethiopian language and literature, and a master’s degree in multicultural and multilingual education from Addis Ababa University. His master’s thesis was focused on the Anyuaa Traditional Conflict Resolution. From 2003 to 2013, Gashaw was a lecturer at Gambella Teacher's Education and Health Science College, and from March 2013 to September 2014, he served as Special Secretary to the President of Gambella People's National Regional State.
Vanessa GuigneryVanessa Guignery, FIG visiting scholar, is Professor of contemporary English and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. Her research focuses on the poetics of voice and silence in contemporary literature. She has published several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts. She is the author of Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (2012) as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson (2009) and another on Jonathan Coe (2015). She has published articles on writers from India (Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai), Nigeria (Ben Okri), New Zealand (Janet Frame), Canada (Alice Munro) and Britain. She is the editor of several books on contemporary literature in English, including a collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millennium (2012) and The B.S. Johnson—Zulfikar Ghose Correspondence (2015).
Sindhunata HargyonoSindhunata Hargyono, Arryman Scholar, graduated cum laude from the University of Indonesia’s department of Anthropology in 2013. His bachelor’s thesis was on the ideological war carried out on Twitter between the supporters and opponents of the Liberal Islam Network (JIL). A version of his thesis was published in the journal Antropologi Indonesia. Although his training has thus far been in social anthropology, Sindhu also has a deep interest for the study of history. His research combines his concentration in social anthropology with the study of history.
Norman JoshuaNorman Joshua, Arryman Scholar, graduated from the University of Indonesia’s History department in 2014. His bachelor’s thesis was on the role of Socialist Youth (Pesindo) in the Indonesian National Revolution, 1945 – 1950. He was the second prize winner of the Indonesian Scholarship and Research Support Foundation’s (ISRSF) 2014 Indonesian History Essay Competition, with a piece entitled “The Marshall Plan and the Mutual Security Program in Indonesia, 1948-1952.” Norman has worked as a writer and researcher at Majalah Loka, an online publication primarily concerned with historical, socio-political, and cultural issues in Indonesia. His research interests lie in the early days of the Cold War, focusing on bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United States.
Ririn Kusuma

Ririn Kusuma, Arryman Fellow, received her bachelor’s degree from Universitas Islam Indonesia studying culture and psychology. As a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Li Ka Shing Scholarship, she pursued her master’s degree at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Her thesis examined solid waste management efforts in The Philippines. She remained at NUS where she did research for the Asia Competitiveness Institute. She plans to study political science at Northwestern, with a focus on the intersection of new information technologies, new freedoms in emerging democracies, and rising intolerance.

Bahram Naderil

Bahram Naderil, Arryman Fellow, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Jember, writing a thesis focused on women’s rights in the United States and the 2013 repeal of the Pentagon’s combat exclusion policy. Major honors Bahram has received include being named the “National Best Speaker” in the 2013 National University Debating Championship, hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Education. He was also the commencement valedictorian at the 2014 graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Social and Political Science at the University of Jember. He plans to study in Northwestern’s anthropology department with a focus on women’s struggles against male domination in Indonesian Islam and Christianity.

Mirna Nadia

Mirna Nadia, Arryman Fellow, earned her bachelor’s degree at Bandung’s Institute of Technology, where she achieved distinction on the Dean’s List at the School of Life Science and Technology. Mirna continued her studies at the master’s level at Uppsala University’s International Health Program in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. She did an internship with Uppsala’s “Volunteer on War against Rape Project,” participating in the rape prevention campaign in Jaipur, India. She plans to study in Northwestern’s department of sociology with a focus on sexual reproductive health and rights, and the state’s efforts to regulate sexuality, particularly among women and adolescents.

Aulia NastitiAulia Nastiti, Arryman Fellow, received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Indonesia, where she is currently a researcher and junior lecturer in media studies. She completed her master’s entitled, “Culture and Cultural Polity in a Globalized Context: The Case of Indonesia,” at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in the Faculté des Langues et Cultures Étrangères. Aulia pursued these studies in France as a winner of prestigious scholarships from the Boursiers du Gouvernement Français (BGF) and Beasiswa Unggulan from the Indonesian Ministry of Education. She intends to study in Northwestern’s political science department, focusing her research on how new “digital middleman” technologies such as Uber are changing the political economy of commodification, labor, and power across a range of societies.
Chiara PaganoChiara Pagano, PAS visiting scholar, is a PhD candidate in African history in Roma Tre University's doctoral program in European and International Studies. She has been an associate PhD student at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain of Tunis. Her research interests concern the historical construction of “identity” and “otherness” as instruments of political control, and identification and mobilization in colonial and post-colonial Libya. In order to better address these themes, she has been conducting her research in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, where she also studied Modern Standard Arabic.
Sari Ratri

Sari Ratri, Arryman Fellow, earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Indonesia. She pursued her master’s degree in medical anthropology and sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis was entitled, “Productivity Promises, Precarious Realities: An Ethnographic Study of Harm Reduction Implementation In Indonesia.” Sari was the first-prize winner of ISRSF’s national women’s essay competition in 2014. Currently, she is an associate researcher at the University of Indonesia’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she works on reproductive health and Indonesian youth. She plans to continue her studies in this field in Northwestern’s Department of Anthropology.