Past Visiting Scholars

Makram Abbes

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2014-15, 2016-17
Makram Abbes is a Professor at Lyon’s École Normale Supérieure. He works on moral and political philosophy, particularly on the themes of war and government. In 2009, he published Islam et politique à l’âge classique, Paris, PUF (Philosophies) and in 2015,Al-Mawardi, De l’éthique du Prince et du gouvernement de l’Etat, French translation with an essay on Art of Governing in Islam. From 2011 to 2015, he was appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). While at Buffett, Abbes presented research on rhetoric and politics in the arabic texts of the mirrors for princes.

Sabahat F. Adil

Program of African Studies/ISITA Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Sabahat F. Adil is an assistant professor of asian languages & civilizations at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Adil recieved a M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her doctoral dissertation, Memorializing al-Maqqarī: The Life, Work, and Worlds of a Muslim Scholar, traces the footsteps of the dynamic scholar al-Maqqarī (d. 1632) who lived in Morocco, traveled throughout the Arabic-speaking Mediterranean, and composed an array of texts, which scholars and the public throughout the world rely on to this day. While at Buffett, Adil presented research about biography, scholarship, and community in seventeenth-century Morocco.

Meltem Ahiska

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2011-12
Meltem Ahiska is professor of sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her research interests include Orientalism, social memory, national identity, and gender studies. Other research activities focus on the emergence of Turkey as a nation-state, the nature of modernity, and the forms of communication developed by the Turkish governing elite in the first half of the twentieth century to "Westernize" the country. She has published a book of poems, Havalandırma, and co-curated exhibitions. While at Buffett, Ahiska presented research on monumentality, monstrosity, and counter-memory in Turkey.

Maria Akchurin

Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015–17
Maria Akchurin is a sociologist studying political processes around social and environmental policies in Latin America. Her dissertation research compares the privatization of urban water supply systems in Argentina and Chile from the late 1980s to the present, analyzing the implementation of the market paradigm in water and sanitation as well as social mobilization around water. In another recent project, she analyzed how the rights of nature were introduced into the Ecuadorian constitution. Her broader interests are in political sociology and mobilization, economy and society, and historical sociology. While at Buffett, she presented on Water, Environmental Conflict, and Mobilization in Chile.

Isabelle Alfandary

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2015-16
Isabelle Alfandary is a professor of American Literature and Critical Theory at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris-3), France. As Directrice de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie (CipH), her seminars deal with the intersection of philosophy and psychoanalysis. While at Buffett, Alfandary presented research on Sigmund Freud's early case studies.

Marguerite DeHuszar Allen

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2006-09
Marguerite DeHuszar Allen is a historian specializing in WWI and WWII, as well as German and comparative literature. She continues as an independent scholar affiliated with the Buffett Institute. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Hungary where she researched diplomatic and cultural relations between France and Hungary between 1905-1910, as reflected in Revue de Hongrie, a Hungarian journal written entirely in French.

Julius Bolade Anjorin

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Julius Bolade Anjorin is completing his PhD in political science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, with the dissertation: "The Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the Politics of Postal Regulations and Reform: The Case of the Nigerian Postal Service (1985-2012)." His research interests include public policy and public administration, and he has published articles on decision-making theories and on poverty alleviation in Nigeria. Anjorin has also been a public servant for twenty years and is currently Head of Control Administration, Complaints and Strategy, Courier Regulatory Department, Nigerian Postal Service. While at Buffett, Anjorin presented research on the changing contours of postal regulation and reform in Nigeria.

Anne Arabome

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Anne Arabome is a member of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles and the Associate Director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University. Arabome holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in spirituality from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her research areas of interest include women and youth, marginalized minorities in church and society, and the role of women in the African church. Arabome is co-founder of Wellspring Africa, an organization that assists young African women who live in poverty to move forward with their lives through education and life guidance.

Murat Arsel

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2013-14
Murat Arsel is an associate professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands. He is a broadly trained human geographer, specializing in the political economy of environmental change and societal transformation. In particular, Arsel is interested in the tensions between policies to achieve socioeconomic development and strategies to reduce capitalism’s ecological impacts. While at Buffett, Arsel gave the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Lecture on social conflict and development in modern Turkey.

Richard Asante

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2012-13
Richard Asante is a senior research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Asante came to Buffett through the Global Encounters Mellon postdoctoral award and taught African politics at the Program of African Studies. While at Buffett, he worked on a book manuscript that examined the impact of social capital on democratic consolidation in Ghana. Asante's research interests span the political economy of African development, democratization, and social capital and political development.

Fantahun Ayele

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Fantahun Ayele is an assistant professor of history at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. Ayele came to Buffett through the Global Encounters Mellon postdoctoral award and completed postdoctoral residences at Northwestern under the auspices of the grant. In conjunction with Northwestern University Press, Ayele published a monograph titled, The Ethiopian Army From Victory to Collapse, 1977-1991.

Kevin Bartig

Buffett Institute for Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Kevin Bartig 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.

Javier Bassas-Vila

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Javier Bassas-Vila is an associate professor of literature, theory, and practice of translation in French studies at the University of Barcelona. He received his PhD from Université de la Sorbonne-Paris IV and Universitat de Barcelona. Bassas-Vila specializes in phenomenology and its relation to language and literature, especially as it relates to art and politics. Another main area of work is the translation of texts by contemporary French thinkers (especially J. Rancière, J. Derrida and J-L. Marion), as well as editing editions of political works.

Cem Behar

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2010-11
Cem Behar is professor of economics at the School of Management and Administrative Sciences at Istanbul Sehir Üniversitesi. He has a double scholarly identity: his research explores late Ottoman social and family history, as well as demography and social history in modern Turkey. As a musicologist and historian of Ottoman music, he has authored many scholarly publications. While at Northwestern, Behar taught two courses in spring 2011: Cities and Societies in the Middle East (WCAS) and a seminar on non-Western Musical traditions (Bienen School of Music), with a particular focus on Turkey and the Middle East.

Ajara Beishembaeva

Buffett Institute Visiting Research Scholar, 2011-12
Ajara Beishembaeva is managing partner of Burger House Bishkek and the Inventit Group. She came to Northwestern University as a visiting research scholar from the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Kyrgyzstan, where she was chair of the MBA program and a full-time faculty member teaching business planning and project management courses. While at Northwestern, she worked on the publication, IPO and Corporate Governance in Transit Economy: Kyrgyzstan, with the help of faculty members from the Kellogg School of Management.

Maria Birnbaum

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2012-13
Maria Birnbaum is a postdoctoral fellow in culture studies and oriental languages at the University of Oslo. Birnbaum received her PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2015, and her research interests include: international relations theory, colonial history, the history of political thought, international politics of religion and culture. Current projects address the non-representational agency in international affairs and the connected histories of Pakistan and Israel. While at Buffett, Birnbaum presented research on the peace of Westphalia, Immanuel Kant, and the historiography of religion.

Olivier Borraz

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Olivier Borraz is a CNRS research professor at Sciences Po in Paris and the current director of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO). 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, contingency plans and exercises in preparation for a nuclear accident, and how states govern crises in Europe. While at Buffett, Borraz presented research on the politics of risk in food safety inspections in four European countries.

Sibel Bozdoğan

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2008-09
Sibel Bozdoğan is a lecturer in urban planning and design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and chair of the Department of Architecture at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her interests span cross-cultural histories of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe, America, Mediterranean and the Middle East with a specialization on Turkey. Recently, her research interests refocused on Istanbul’s urban history, especially on issues of public space, urban heritage, and collective memory.

Danielle Cohen

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-16
Danielle Cohen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on East Asia. Prior to beginning graduate work, Cohen was a Junior Fellow with the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. While at Buffett, Cohen presented research about China's international integration and the effects on the One Child Policy.

Jean-Marc Coicaud

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2012-13
Jean-Marc Coicaud is a professor of law and global affairs and director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He is also a Global Ethics Fellow with The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In 2015, Coicaud was elected a member to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea). His research focuses on the the fields of legal and political theory, international law, international relations, and comparative politics. Prior to joining Rutgers, he served as the Director of the United Nations University Office at the UN Headquarters (2003-2011). While at Buffett, Coicaud gave the the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on the future of higher education.

Dominique Combe

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Dominique Combe is a Full Professor in French literature and literary theory at the Ecole normale supérieure and Dean of International Relations. 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. While at Buffett, Combe presented research on postcolonial studies in France.

Marc Crépon

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2016-17
Marc Crépon is director of research at the Husserls Archives at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), chair of the department of philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), and director of the transdisciplinary doctoral school of ENS lettres-sciences. A world-class scholar of philosophy, literature, and history and the author of fifteen books and numerous articles, Crépon is also a public intellectual concerned with such pressing issues as contemporary culture, violence, state security, and democracy. While at Buffett, Crépon gave a talk examining the philosophical and political issues at stake following January 2015's violent events in Paris.

Silvia Cristofori

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Silvia Cristofori 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. While at Buffett, Cristofori presented research on the born-again demonization of "African tradition".

Peng Dapeng

Equality Development and Globalization Studies Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Peng Dapeng works on social movement and political development in the information age, grassroots democracy in China, and comparative cultural studies. Current research focuses on herdsmen in the Tibet region. Before coming to Northwestern, he was an associate professor at Administration College of Sichuan Province and research fellow at the Center for Chinese Rural Study, Central China Normal University. While at Northestern, Dapeng presented research on regime centalization in China.

Jessica Darrow

Center for Forced Migration Studies Visiting Scholar, 2015-17
Jessica H. Darrow is a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and came to the Center for Forced Migration Studies as a research associate. Darrow recived a MA in social work and a doctorate at the University of Chicago  Her fields of special interest include implementation of social policy, refugee resettlement policy, refugee and immigration integration, international social welfare, and human rights in practice. While at Buffett, Darrow presented research on United States refugee resettlement policies in practice.

Mark Dike DeLancey

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2009-10, 2015-16
Mark Dike DeLancey is associate professor of history of art and architecture at DePaul University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2004. His research is focused on Cameroonian architecture and Mauritanian manuscripts and calligraphy. While at Buffett, DeLancey gave the biannual Red Lion Lecture on Palace Architecture in Colonial Cameroon.

Mario Del Pero

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2015
Mario Del Pero is professor of history at the Sciences Po Institut d’études politiques of Paris. He has published various books and articles on the history of the Cold War and on the foreign relations of the United States. His current research focuses on the anti-nuclear movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as the development of ecological policy in Europe and the United States. He has also worked on the transformation and internal contradictions of American hegemony after 1970.

Jian Du

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2011-13
Jian Du is associate professor of innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy at the School of Management at Zhejiang University, China. She is a core member of the National Institute for Innovation Management (NIIM) at Zhejiang University. Her research focuses on technology innovation, foreign direct investment, and global manufacturing strategy. During her stay at Northwestern, Du's research focused on technological spillovers and outward foreign direct investment of Chinese firms.

Burcay Erus

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Burcay Erus is associate professor of economics at Bogazici University, Turkey. Erus visited Northwestern as a visiting scholar of the Buffett Institute and the Department of Economics and recived his PhD from the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. Current research areas include applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and health economics. While at Buffett, Erus presented research on network effects in non-take-up of free public health insurance for the poor in Turkey.

Zeynep Çetin Erus

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Zeynep Çetin Erus is professor of radio, television, and cinema at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. She visited Northwestern as a visiting scholar of the Buffett Institute and the Department of Radio, Television + Film. Her research focuses on literary adaptations, Third Cinema and American cinema. While at Buffett, Erus presented research about Turkish 'Young Cinema' in the later 1960s in the context of Third Cinema.

Irina España

Visiting Doctoral Student, Fall 2014
Irina España is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. She is an economist with a master's degree in economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Her research interests are economic history, institutional theory, and regional development, as well as an ongoing research project on the effects of institutions on local development in Colombia.

Mustafa Fakhri

Equality Development and Globalization Studies Visiting Scholar, 2015-16
Mustafa Fakhri is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. Fakhri works on governance issues including constitutional reform, legal development and judicial reform, electoral and legislative reform, and the promotion of anti-corruption in public services in Indonesia. He is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Indonesia serves as Chairman of the Center for Constitutional Law Studies (CCLS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. While at Buffett, Fakhri presented at the EDGS symposium on the Indonesian Massacres of 1965-66: Legacies and Living Memories Fifty Years On.

Alessandro Ferrari

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2014-15
Alessandro Ferrari is a professor of law and religion at the Department of Law, Economy and Cultures of the University of Insubria (Varese and Como - Italy), where he is the director of the Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area (REDESM) research center. He is also the Research Master of "Islamologie, Droit et gestion" at the University of Strasbourg. His most recent research interests and publications focus on Islam in Europe; secularism and laïcité; and religious freedom in Europe and the MENA countries. While at Buffett, Ferrari gave the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on Europe, Islam, and the challenges of diversity.

Sumit Ganguly

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2013-14
Sumit Ganguly holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and directs the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of twenty books on South Asia. He serves on the editorial boards of various journals and is the founding editor of Asian Security and The India Review. Ganguly is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. While at Buffett, Ganguly gave the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on India's critical role in global security.

Marta García Novo

ISITA Visiting Scholar, Fall 2010
Marta García Novo is associate professor of Arabic, Islamic, and Oriental studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on Islamic law in Africa (premodern and contemporary periods), Ulemas as socio-political actors, the intellectual production of Sub-Saharan Ulemas, and the social history of the Maghreb, al-Andalus, and West Africa.  García Novo visited Buffett while completing her PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales–Conseil Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid.

Tasew Gashaw

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Tasew Gashaw is a PhD candidate in the field of peace and security at Addis Ababa University’s Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS). He has a master’s degree in multicultural and multilingual education from Addis Ababa University, and his master’s thesis was focused on the Anyuaa Traditional Conflict Resolution. Previously, Gashaw was a lecturer at Gambella Teacher's Education and Health Science College and served as Special Secretary to the President of Gambella People's National Regional State. While at Buffett, Gashaw presented reseaerch on understanding the nature of cross border intergroup conflicts.

Claudia Gazzini

Program of African Studies Visiting Fellow, 2012-13
Claudia Gazzini is senior analyst for Libya at the International Crisis Group. Gazzini works to research, produce reports, and offer policy recommendations on security, conflict, politics, governance, and social issues in Libya. While she was a visiting fellow at the Program of African Studies, she worked on research on the legal and social history of Tripoli. Before joining Crisis Group in 2012, Claudia worked for the Associated Press in Rome and for Reuters in Jakarta. She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

Adam Gendzwill

Fulbright Junior Visiting Research Scholar, 2011-12
Adam Gendzwill is an assistant professor of local development and policy at the University of Warsaw. He came to Northwestern as a visiting scholar at the Buffett Institute and the Department of Political Science while he was a PhD student at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Gendzwill's research interests include quantitative social research, representation and electoral systems, political organizations and parties, and democratic consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Johanne Grøndahl Glavind

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, Winter 2010
Johanne Grøndahl Glavind is a senior consultant at Epinion, a Coppenhagen-based research and insights management solutions company. Previously, she was assistant professor of political science and government at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Her research included work on on international norms and the use of force, preventive force, the 2001 war in Afghanistan, the 2003 war in Iraq, and EU policy on non-proliferation. Glavind visited Buffett as a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus in Denmark.

Saeid Golkar

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2011-16
Saeid Golkar is a lecturer in the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University and a senior fellow of Iran policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His research interests include politics of authoritarian regimes, state and society relationships, civil military gaps, social movements and new Information technologies, and politics – all with a focus on the Middle East. At Buffett, Golkar presented research about social control and student movements in post-revolutionary Iran.

Alexandru Grigorescu

International Organizations/International Law Visiting Scholar, Spring 2016
Alexandru Grigorescu is a professor of political science and assistant director of the International Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago. His research has primarily analyzed the relationship between changes in international organizations and those in the domestic realm. Prior to his academic career, he served as a diplomat in the Romanian Foreign Ministry and was posted to the Romanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. While at Buffett, Grigorescu presented research on the governmental and nongovernmental nature of international relations.

Keila Grinberg

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2008-09
Keila Grinberg is professor of history at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). Grinberg has established herself internationally as a notable scholar of the history of slavery, especially in Brazil and South America. Other research interestes include civil law, Jewish history, citizenship in Brazil, and the life of Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. In addition, Grinberg is especially interested in public history and the ways in which historical narratives and collective memories are used in contemporary life. She has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Maryland, University of Michigan, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.

Vanessa Guignery

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Vanessa Guignery 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 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. While at Buffett, Guignery presented on the forms and evolution of hybridity in postcolonial studies.

Johanna Günther

CFMS visiting predoctoral fellow, 2017
Johanna Günther is a PhD student at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. She holds a PhD scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Her dissertation addresses the question to which extent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights affect EU policy making processes in the area of asylum policy. Johanna also works as a freelance researcher for the German Institute for Human Rights, and she consults on projects concerning social policy and public diplomacy. Previously, she completed a Masters programme in European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

Jason Hannan

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Jason Hannan is assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include bioethics and medical humanities, rhetoric and political theory, and the philosophy of communication. Hannan came to Northwestern University as a visiting scholar in the Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture while he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow. At Northwestern, he studied the controversies over physician-assisted suicide and the right to die, focusing on differences in public argument and moral language in North America and Western Europe.

Ibrahim Haruna Hassan

ISITA Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Ibrahim Haruna Hassan is associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Jos, Nigeria. His teaching and research focus on Islamic sciences, as well as Islam in the modern world in general – with specific focus on the intersection of Islamic thought and western political, economic, and social thought. His dissertation focused on Islamic theories of development, and he has written extensively on Islam in Nigeria. While at Buffett, Hassan presented his Fulbright research on Orientalism and Islamism through a comparative study of approaches to Islamic studies.

Etiido Inyang

Fulbright Junior Visiting Research Scholar, 2008-09
Etiido Inyang is senior lecturer in graphic design, visual communications, design history, and prontmaking at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Inyang came to Northwestern as a doctoral candidate in African art history conducting research on the narrative ingredients offered by the war propaganda posters and allied ephemera for the reconstruction of the history of the Nigerian Civil war. Besides publishing regularly in Africa StudioJournal of Creative Arts, among other journals, Inyang is a practicing artist with works exhibited across Nigeria and the United States.

Pierre Judet de La Combe

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Pierre Judet de La Combe is research director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and research professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is a classicist, with a background in history and classical philology. Judet de la Combe's main research interests are Greek ancient poetry, especially tragedy (edition, interpretation, and translations for the theatre), and the history and theory of literary interpretation.

Nabeel Khoury

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Nabeel Khoury is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.  Prior to this role, Khoury was a visiting associate professor of Middle East and North Africa studies at Northwestern University and a senior fellow of Middle East and national security at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. After 25 years in the US Foreign Service, Khoury retired from the US Department of State in 2013 with the rank of minister counselor. Khoury works on projects and programs that highlight America's role in the Middle East, as well as the emerging political and cultural changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa. While at Buffett, Khoury presented research about the threat of ISIS.

Kathleen Klaus

Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015–17
Kathleen Klaus received her PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BA from Smith College. Her dissertation and book project, Claiming Land: Institutions, Narratives, and Political Violence in Kenya, examines the relationship between land rights and electoral violence. She received support for her research from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Strauss Center (UT-Austin), the United States Institute of Peace, the Social Science Research Council, and the NSF. Her broader research interests include political violence, African politics, elections, and field research methods. She has also conducted extensive fieldwork in Ghana and Malawi. While at Buffett, she presented Land Security and Patterns of Election Violence in Kenya.

Dolores Koenig

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2015-16
Dolores Koenig is Professor Emerita of anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Her work has focused on forced displacement and resettlement due to development projects. Her current interests focus on urban displacement and resettlement following infrastructure construction and urban renewal, primarily in West Africa and India. Koenig currently serves as Preisdent (2015-2017) of the Society for Economic Anthropology. While at Buffett, Koenig presented research about the conflicting visions of urban development in West Africa.

Danang Kurniadi

Arryman Fellow, 2012-13 
Danang Kurniadi was a a researcher at the Center for Anti-Corruption Studies (PuKAT) at the Law Faculty, Gadjah Mada University. While at Northwestern, Kurniadi's research focus was on the relations between regime transition, democratization, and political institutions. He has a strong interest in law and politics, development, and comparative institutions. While at Buffett, Kurniadi presented research on political corruption in new democracies.

Ririn Kusuma

Arryman Fellow, 2016-17
Ririn Kusuma received her bachelor’s degree from Universitas Islam Indonesia studying culture and psychology. She pursued her master’s degree at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, for which her thesis examined solid waste management efforts in The Philippines. Subsequently, she remained at the National University of Singapore, supporting research at the Asia Competitiveness Institute. She is interested in the intersection of new information technologies, new freedoms in emerging democracies, and rising intolerance. While at Buffett, Kusuma presented research on elite resistance to criticism in Indonesia.

Şule Kut

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Şule Kut is rector of Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her teaching and research interests include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy with emphasis on the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Turkish-EU and Turkish-U.S. relations, and Balkan politics. When Kut visited Northwestern, she was serving as dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kut is the president of the Turkish Political Science Association and was formely an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association.

Damien Lambert

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Damien Lambert is a PhD Candidate in the Accounting/Auditing concentration at ESSEC Business School (Paris, France). Lambert’s research interests include accountability mechanisms —accounting, processes and actors – and discreet forms of regulations, with a specific focus on the financial industry. More specifically, his doctoral thesis explores the historical emergence of the proxy advisor, its influence on corporate governance practices, and its impact on other stakeholders such as institutional investors and corporate firms.

Emmanuel Lazega

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Emmanuel Lazega is professor of sociology at Sciences Po and a member of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CNRS). He focuses primarily on organizational and social networks analysis as a means to explain collective action, with the overarching aim of contributing to the development of a neo-structural sociology. His approach combines observation, modeling, correlation, and comparison of the generic social processes of social life in order to better understand how the contemporary "organizational society" works. While at Buffett, Lazega presented research on networks and power in public-private institutions in France.

Patrick Le Galès

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Patrick Le Galès is CNRS research professor of sociology and politics at Sciences Po Paris, where he chairs the “cities are back in town” and “restructuring the state” research groups. He is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, a former editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, a past president of the Society for Advanced SocioEconomics, and a trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies. His research focuses on comparative public policy and urban political economy, and his current project compares modes of governance and urban development in Paris, London, São Paulo, and Mexico.

Sophie Lemercier-Goddard

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2015-16
Sophie Lemercier-Goddard is an associate professor in the English department at École Normale Supérieure Lyon. Her areas of research are early modern English literature, particularly Shakespeare and other writings from the period. In her latest articles, she examines the English voyages in search of the Northwest passage, focusing on rhetoric, identity, knowledge exchange, nationalist discourse, and the forming of self and nation in the early modern English Atlantic world. While at Buffett, Lemercier-Goddard presented research on English travel narratives and Shakespeare’s poetic geography.

Weijian Li

ISITA Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Weijian Li is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies and Center for West Asian and African Studies at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). Li used his residency at Northwestern to plan, research, and write the first Chinese-language historical monograph on Islam in Africa. While at Buffett, Li presented research about the comparative stories and legacies of Jihad in West Africa and Hui rebels in China.

Ivana Stolze Lima

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Ivana Stolze Lima is a researcher at the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, a research center supported by the Ministry of Culture, and an affiliate professor of history at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She specializes in 19th-century Brazilian history, with an emphasis on race relations, cultural and intellectual movements, and Afro-Brazilian themes. Lima's research also addresses representations of national language, miscegenation, slavery, and Brazilian historiography. Lima came to Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow.

Laura León Llerena

Buffett Institute Affiliated Visiting Scholar, 2012-13
Laura León Llerena is an assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University. She specializes in colonial Latin American studies with particular emphasis on Andean history and literature. Her scholarly interests extend to early modern literature and history of Spain, Portugal and the New World, translation studies, postcolonial studies, religion studies, and the ethnography of writing. Llerena's research has been awarded a John Carter Brown Fellowship (2016), and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship (Freie Universitat-Berlin, 2017). ​

Daniel Makonnen

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Daniel Makonnen is a communications officer at Open Society Foundations, based out of Budapest, Hungary. He has had diverse professional expereinces at corporations, NGOs, and think tanks, and is interested in digital citizenship, international migration, and human rights. Makonnen visited Northwestern as he was completing a Masters degree in German studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon) and, while at the university, researched Yiddish literature and language, modern art, and media theory.

Joana Masó

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Joana Masó is assistant professor of French literature and a researcher at the Centre for Women and Literature: Gender, sexualities and cultural criticism at the University of Barcelona. Her work focuses on feminist theory and criticism, deconstruction and French post-structuralist essay, and literature and the arts. In addition, Masó has translated French texts by H. Cixous, J. Derrida, C. Malabou and J.-L. Nancy into Spanish and is the co-editor of the collection “Ensayo” published by Ellago Ediciones (Spain).

Zakes Mda

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Zakes Mda is a South African writer, painter, filmmaker, music composer, and professor of english at Ohio University. Mda came to Northwestern University as the visiting writer in residence at the Center for the Writing Arts. He has published nearly 20 books, including novels, plays, poetry and a monograph on the theory and practice of theater-for-development. His works have been translated into 20 languages and have won a number of awards including the Amstel Playwright of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award. Currently, Mda serves as a Patron for the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Daniel Mertens

CHSS-Max Planck Institute Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-13
Daniel Mertens is research assistant of international relations and international political economy at Goethe University Frankfurt.  He came to Northwestern in 2012 as a visiting doctoral student from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, where he received a PhD in the Institute's Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy. Mertens' research focuses on household debt, political economics, financialization, institutional theory, social policy, and austerity.

Nathalie Monot

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Nathalie Monot was a visiting postdoctoral fellow in philosophy. Monot has studied various fields of philosophy at the Sorbonne, including modern, medieval, metaphysics, and political. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in analytical philosophy, specializing in philosophy of the mind, and has studied cognitive science and conducted research. During her time at Northwestern, Monot planned to write an essay about consciousness and attention, gathering works in philosophy of the mind and from the sciences of psychology and neuroscience.

Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen is a senior lecturer of public international law at Sha'arei Mishpat Academic Center, Israel. Her research and teaching focus on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and philosophical-juridical interdisciplinary scholarship. She is currently working on a book on national identities and the right to self-determination in multinational states.

Shweta Moorthy

Center for Forced Migration Studies Visiting Scholar, 2014-16
Shweta Moorthy is a researcher at the Coalition of Communities of Color in Portland, Oregon. In her work, Moorthy uses a transnational lens to understand and participate in ‘local’ social justice spaces, and brings her expertise in empirical research to those conversations. Previously, she was an assistant professor of political science at Northern Illinois University, conducting research on forced migration.

Jacqueline Mougoué

Buffett Institute Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-13
Jacqueline Mougoué is assistant professor of modern African history at Baylor University. Her research interests include African femininities/masculinities, separatist/secessionist movements, political identity, and print culture. Mougoué visitied Buffett and the Program of African Studies while she completed her PhD in Sub-Saharan African history at Purdue University. She is a Steering Committee Member of African Studies Association (ASA) Women’s Caucus, an Advisory Member of ASA North American Scholars on Cameroon Association, and a Conference Liaison for Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH).

Nermeen Mouftah

Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015–17
Nermeen Mouftah completed her doctoral work at the University of Toronto in 2014. Her ethnographic research explores how religion is defined, marshaled, and condoned in Egypt today by examining charitable and development interventions. She is currently developing her doctoral research into a monograph that examines a particular form of development—literacy development—in order to investigate how activism for, and techniques of, literacy are imbricated in religious reform that shape public religion in post-Mubarak Egypt. Her interaction with charitable organizations prompted her second major research project that explores how religion shapes the legal, biological, and affective negotiations involved in practices of orphan care. While at Buffett, she presented research on Islamic Literacy Activism in Egypt’s (Counter-) Revolution.

Elemine Moustapha

ISITA Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2012-13
Elemine Moustapha is the Executive Advisor at the National Archives of Mauritania and professor of cultural anthropolgy at the University of Nouakchott. He recieved a PhD in history at the University of Provence, and his research interests range from socio-linguistics to the 11th century Almoravid movement. While at Northwestern, Moustapha consulted with Charles Stewart on a Ford Foundation–funded volume on the Arabic writing of Mauritania and presented research on the expression of religion in the public space.

Rudolf Mrázek

EDGS Rajawali Research Scholar in Residence, 2014-15
Rudolf Mrázek is professor emeritus in History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mrázek's scholarly work focuses on the history of modern Southeast Asia with special expertise in Indonesian history. His research critically examines and explores Indonesian-United States relations, major Indonesian nationalist leaders, Dutch colonialism through the prism of colonial technology, and colonial Jakarta. While Buffett, Mrázek gave a talk on the role of the historian and memory for a nation, focusing on the case of Indonesia.

Kotaro Nakano

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2017-18
Kotaro Nakano is a social historian and professor of the World History at Osaka University. His scholarly interests are in “nation-making” in 20th-century America. He has published several books and articles on the Progressive Era, World War I, and socio/racial connotations of “Americanism,” mainly in Japanese. Nakano’s most recent research subject is “The Transformation of Civic Nationalism in the 1970s United States.” He works on the decline of the welfare state and its influences on working people, the changing meaning of martial citizenship for ethnic Americans, and post-industrial development of urban politics. Nakano earned his doctoral degree in history from Kyoto University, and he first came to Northwestern as a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship in 1998-99.

Paul Naylor

ISITA Pre-Doctoral Visiting Fellowship, 2016
Paul Naylor is a doctoral researcher in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham (UK). His dissertation is titled, Islamic Pluralism in the Political History of the Central Sahel: A Critical Study of Arabic Sources for West African History. His research concerns the Arabic writings produced by the leaders of the Muslim theocratic state founded in Sokoto (northern Nigeria) in 1804 by Sheikh Uthman dan Fodio, popularly known as the Sokoto Caliphate. At Buffett, Naylor presented research about the concepts of legitimacy in the writings of the Fodiawa of Sokoto between 1804-1837.

Hassan J. Ndzovu

Program of African Studies Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-11
Hassan J. Ndzovu is a senior lecturer of philosophy and religious studies at Moi University in Kesses, Kenya. His areas of specialization and research interests include Islam and Politics; emerging contemporary issues in Islam; Religion and Media; and generally Islam in Africa. At Northwestern, Ndzovu worked on a book project, Muslims in Kenyan Politics: Political Involvement, Marginalization and Minority Status, which was published in 2014 by Northwestern University Press. In 2007 Ndzovu was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA), where he was involved cataloguing and analyzing popular religious materials from Kenya.

Holger Niemann

Buffett Institute Pre-dissertation Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Holger Niemann is a research associate at the Institute for Political Science at Otto vvon Guericke Universität Magdeburg and a university development research officer at the University of Lüneberg. Niemann came to Buffett as a pre-dissertation visiting scholar at the Buffett Institute, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). While at Northwestern, he conducted research for his dissertation about “Justification, contested norms and the UN Security Council.” His research interests include international norms, constructivism, and social theory in IR, global governance, the United Nations, humanitarian interventionism, and the responsibility to protect.

Marco Oberti

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Marco Oberti is a sociologist, professor, and director of the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement at Sciences Po. Marco Oberti’s most recent work concerns social classes and urban and educational inequalities, with a focus on segregation. He combines quantitative and qualitative methods to identify the causes and effects of segregation and the modes of cohabitation of social groups in urban space. While at Buffett, Oberti presented research on how people deal with their neighborhood in Paris working-class and immigrant suburbs.

Sibel Oktay

Buffett Institute Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, 2012-14
Sibel Oktay is assistant professor of political science and global studies at the Univeristy of Illinois at Springfield. Oktay’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a regional focus on Europe and Turkey. She specializes in foreign policy analysis and the ways in which party ideology, coalition governments, and political leadership influence decision-making and behavior. Oktay visited Buffett as a predoctoral fellow while she completed her PhD in political science at Syracuse University. While at Buffett, Oktay presented research on the effect of policy incongruence on coalition foreign policy behavior.

Kennedy Opalo

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Kennedy Opalo is an assistant professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research interests include the political economy of development; legislative development; and electoral politics in emerging democracies. Ken’s current book project examines the evolution of legislatures in emerging democracies, with a focus on explaining the observed variation in the institutionalization and strength of African legislatures.

Firat Oruc

Buffett Institute Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013
Firat Oruc is assistant professor of english and humanities at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His scholarly interests center on the intersections of cultural globalization and transnationalism, postcolonial studies, world literature theory, and translation studies. Oruc came to Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow in world literature and a visiting assistant professor in the Comparative Literary Studies Program. While at Buffett, Oruc presented research on the formations of literature in Turkey.

Ogenga Otunnu

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Ogenga Otunnu is an associate professor of history at DePaul University. Otunnu has trained human rights organizations and NGOs working with displaced population in every region of the globe. He has published on genocide, causes and consequences of forced migration, resettlement policies, environmental displacements, nationalism, xenophobia, human rights in Africa, and conflict resolution and peace-building in post-conflict societies. He works as a consultant for governments and international agencies. While at the Buffett Institute, Otunnu worked with Galya Ruffer to establish the Center for Forced Migration Studies.

Soli Özel

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2012-13
Soli Özel is a professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and a columnist at Habertürk daily newspaper. He also advises the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSIAD) on foreign policy issues. Özel is on the board of directors of International Alert and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His research focuses on foreign and security policy, political order, and governance. While at Buffett, Özel lectured about Turkey's changing global ambitions.

Chiara Pagano

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Chiara Pagano is a PhD candidate in African history in Roma Tre University's doctoral program in European and International Studies. 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. She has been conducting her research in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, where she also studied Modern Standard Arabic. While at Buffett, Pagano presented research on the Berber groups of Tripolitania and the emergence of the ethnic discourse in colonial Libya.

Mathilde Provansal

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Mathilde Provansal is a PhD candidate in sociology at Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Her dissertation is titled Artists and Women: Comparative study of the trajectories of plastics and plastic artists in France and Germany. Her research explores the trajectories of plastic artists in the world of contemporary art, using a France-Germany comparison, and analyzes the structuring function of gender in the environment of the plastic arts. While a Northwestern University, Provansal attended courses in cultural sociology and sociology of art in order to further her research.

Inga Rademacher

CHSS-Max Planck Institute Visiting Scholar, 2015-16
Inga Rademacher is a doctoral researcher at the School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. She is a political sociologist and political economist studying tax reforms since the 1980s. Her dissertation explains how governments construct discourses among politicians, interest groups, and the public that allow for reduced redistribution from the rich and corporations to the poor and middle classes. While at Buffett, Rademacher presented research about how Reaganomics and Compassionate Conservatism depoliticized American tax policy.

Sabrina P. Ramet

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Sabrina P. Ramet is a professor of sociology and political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and an external associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Her main areas of research are East European history and politics, religion and politics, and the history of political thought. She has conducted field research in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Ramet is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Jason P. Rancatore

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Jason P. Rancatore is adjunct professorial lecturer at American University in Washington, DC. At Northwestern, Rancatore was also a visiting assistant professor in political science. His teaching and research are on multilateralism and diplomacy in world politics and foreign policy. Prior to completing his Ph.D at American University, he worked as a consultant for the UNEP in Brussels and Nairobi, spent 18 months in Ghana writing his dissertation, and completed his MA in international relations at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent). While at Buffett, Rancatore presented research on the diplomatic use of women in pre-1945 US cables.

Scott Reese

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2011-12
Scott Reese is associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University. A historian of Islam in Africa and the western Indian Ocean, Reese focuses specifically on comparative history aimed at breaking down many of the regional and geographic categories currently in use across the academy. His main research interests are comparative Sufism, modern Muslim discourses of reform, and the construction of world systems both in fact and imagination since 1500. He is the senior editor of the journal Islamic Africa. While at Buffett, Reese delivered the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on the Muslim community in Britain Indian Ocean empire.

Seán Ó Riain

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2008-09
Seán Ó Riain is professor of sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and an academic member of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute. His research deals with issues of economic development, social inequality, work and employment, and politics in the global information economy. While at the Buffett Institute, Riain worked on three projects: work and employment in high tech; the political economy of post-industrial growth in Ireland and other small open economies in Europe; and a study of social change in Ireland using survey and qualitative life history data.

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi

Arryman Fellow, 2012-13
Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi is is a political scientist who graduated from Pembangunan Nasional University Veteran in Yogyakarta. He received his master's degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia's Graduate School, where he was also a program officer for civil society studies at Pacivis—a center conducting cross-border research for an emerging civil society. His primary research interest is the civil-military relationship in the Southeast Asia countries during democratic consolidation process. While at Buffett, Ringgi presented research on the ruling ambitions of the military in South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Lacy Rumsey

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Lacy Rumsey is associate professor of British and American poetry at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. His research focuses on the formal aspects of poetry in English, in particular, prosody (poetic rhythm, metre, and intonation). Rumsey specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century British and American poetry. While at Buffett, Rumsey presented research on the sporadic rhythms of free verse.

Evren Savci

Buffett Institute Affiliated Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Evren Savci is an assistant professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University. Her areas of interest include gender; sexualities; queer, feminist and social theory; globalization and transnationality; cultural sociology and epistemology – with particular focus on Turkey. Savci came to Northwestern through a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) and was affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the Gender Studies Program. She is completing her book Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam.

Vanja-Ivan Savić

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Vanja-Ivan Savić is a Croatian lawyer and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. He conducted research on law, religion, and cohabitation in complex religious and ethnic societies while at Northwestern. His other areas of expertise include legal theory, theory of law and state, corporate criminal law, and international human rights. He works to promote the development of a law and religion curriculum in his home county Croatia. While at Buffett, Savić presented research on religious life, law, and national identity in post-Communist East and Central Europe.

Kim Searcy

ISITA Visiting Scholar, 2010-11
Kim Searcy is associate professor of history at Loyola University-Chicago. His research interests include African studies, Near Eastern languages and cultures, Islamic revivalism in 19th century Africa, slavery in Muslim societies, the role of Islamic mysticism in African Islamic polities, and Islam and the African Diaspora. Searcy is especially interested in Sudan and the historical impact of African slavery in the Sudan. Likewise, he is currently examining the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in northern Africa.

Vit Sisler

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, 2008-10
Vit Sisler is an assistant professor of new media studies at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at Charles University in Prague. His research addresses critical approaches to the intersection of culture and digital media; namely the internet, social media, video games, the networked public sphere, and online communities. Additionally, his research deals with the problematic of contemporary Islamic law, the relation between Islam and digital media, and the topic of educational and political video games. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Digital Islam, a compound research project on Islam, the Middle East, and digital media.

Najmu ("Nay") Laila Sopian

Arryman and EDGS Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2013-15
Najmu ("Nay") Laila Sopian was an Arryman Fellow and visiting research fellow taking graduate courses in political science. She obtained her first law degree from the University of Indonesia, where she majored in International Law and graduated cum laude in January 2012. After graduation, Sopian worked as a public interest lawyer and researcher. Since then she has been engaging in various research, policy analyses, and legal drafting projects, and collaborated with, advised, and assisted various state ministries, agencies, and local governments in Indonesia. While at Buffett, Sopian presented research on power struggles over land in Indonesia.

Tim Stanton

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2015-16
Tim Stanton is senior associate/engaged scholar for Ravensong Associates, through which he consults in service-learning design, development, and research in the US, Africa, and Asia. He is director emeritus of Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, South Africa, where he established and coordinated the Community-Based Partnership Research Programme. While at Buffett, Stanton gave the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on Responding to Global Challenges Through Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Yüksel Taşkin

Buffett Institute Visiting Research Scholar, 2011-12
Yüksel Taşkin is the former Chair of Political History an associate professor at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. Taşkin’s academic interests include intellectuals and social movements, conservatism and political Islam, and the political and intellectual history of Turkey. He is the author of numerous books, including AKP Era: Turkish Politics, Islamism and the Arab Spring and The History of Turkey from 1960 to Present.

Mihreteab T. Taye

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2013-14
Mihreteab T. Taye is a PhD Fellow at iCourts, Faculty of Law University of Copenhagen. His research interests includes comparative law, comparative regionalism, integration and law, and international institutional law. Taye's research project investigates the evolution of judiciaries of regional economic communities in Eastern and Southern Africa. Taye was a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of law of the Ethiopian Civil Service Universit, and prior to becoming a lecturer, he worked as an anti-corruption prosecutor in Ethiopia.

Mark Tilton

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2014-16
Mark Tilton is an associate professor of political science at Purdue University and a researcher at Purdue Climate Change Research Center. His research is in the field of comparative political economy, with a specialization in Japan. He has worked on antitrust and regulatory policy and is currently researching climate change policy. While at the Buffett Institute, Tilton worked on and presented about climate change and renewable energy policy in Japan, France, Germany and the United States.

Fatih Turkmenoglu

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Fatih Turkmenoglu is a well-known human interest journalist and TV host in Turkey. After completing a certificate program at NYU, he started working for newspapers and magazines in Istanbul. His television career started in 1996, reporting for CNN International from Turkey and hosting a widely followed travel show on CNN TURK for more than 10 years. He is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship alumnus and has produced and hosted more than 1,000 television shows, traveled to over 80 countries, written three books, and co-authored a travel book.

Agnès van Zanten

French Interdisciplinary Group Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Agnès van Zantenis is a sociologist and senior research professor at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, a research center at Sciences Po, Paris. Additionally, she is director of the CNRS' Réseau Analyse Pluridisciplinaire des Politiques Educatives (RAPPE), where she promotes research projects and seminars that involve researchers from France and abroad. Her main research interests are the construction of inequalities and segregation in schools, local educational dynamics, educational policies, comparison of local and national educational systems, as well as educational sociology research theories, methods, dissemination, and reception.

Sarah Davis Westwood

Program of African Studies Visiting Scholar, 2014-16
Sarah Davis Westwood is a PhD candidate in African history at Boston University. Her dissertation examines the wars between French colonial forces and the armies of pre-colonial Senegalese states, and the inception and growth of the French colonial force in West Africa, the tirailleurs sénégalais. Her wider interests include the military history of West Africa and the Atlantic world, military culture, martial race theory, and the ethics of force. Prior to beginning graduate study, Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. While at Buffett, Westwood presented research about syncretic military practices in Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 Civil War.

Ambassador Richard S. Williamson

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2009-10
Ambassador Richard S. Williamson was an American lawyer, diplomat, and political advisor. He served in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant to the President, Deputy to the Chief of Staff, and as Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. His many diplomatic posts have included serving as Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna (including the International Atomic Energy Agency); Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; a member of the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control; Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights; and Special Envoy to Sudan. Ambassador Williamson delivered the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on America's role in confronting mass atrocities.

Xiaohua Wu (Shirley)

Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Xiaohua Wu (Shirley) received a PhD in law from Minzu University of China and has been a Professor of Ethnic Theories and Ethnic Policies at Minzu University of China. Her areas of research are political science and anthropology, and in recent years, she has researched nationalities policies around the world. Her research interest in the U.S. was to examine how U.S. policies deal with the intersection of immigration and ethnicities.

Başak Yavçan

Keyman Program Visiting Professor, 2015-16
Başak Yavçan is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey. She specializes in comparative political behavior, specifically intergroup relations in the forms of public opinion toward immigration and the E.U., and comparative immigrant acculturation attitudes. While at Buffett, Yavçan presented research about freedom of the press in Turkey.

Bernhard Zangl

Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, 2010-11
Bernhard Zangl is professor of global governance and public policy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.  Between 2014-2016, he served as director of the Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science and between 2010-2012, he was director of the Munich Center on Governance, Communication, Public Policy and Law. His research focuses on the transformations of modern governance arrangements and the resulting transformation of modern states and global order. While at Buffett, Zangl delivered the annual Buffett Visiting Professor Lecture on the relationship between nation states and international organizations.