Past Visiting Professors in International Studies

Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott endowed the Buffett Visiting Professorship in International Studies, which brings to campus leading scholars from around the world to build international relationships and provide educational opportunities for Northwestern students.

Pippa Skotnes, 2016-17

Pippa Skotnes is the Michaelis Professor of Fine Art and the founding director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Capetown. Her work explores themes based in South African history. Many of her projects have centered on the Bleek and Lloyd archive, an unparalleled preservation of the |xam peoples’ story as chronicled by two colonial scholars in the 1870s as it faced cultural extinction and the death of their language. Read more about her.

Lecture: Books, Bones and Billiards Balls: Real Presence in the Place of the Past

Tim Stanton, 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.

Lecture: Responding to Global Challenges Through Community-Engaged Scholarship

Alessandro Ferrari, 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 research center Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area (REDESM). He is also the Research Master of "Islamologie, Droit et gestion" at the University of Strasbourg. He was the coordinator of the inter-university project "New Religious Presences in Italy: a process for Integration." His most recent research interests and publications focus on Islam in Europe; secularism and laïcité; and religious freedom in Europe and the MENA countries.

Lecture: Europe and Islam: The Challenge of Diversity

Sumit Ganguly, 2013-14

Sumit Ganguly is 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 20 books on South Asia. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Asian Security, Current History, The India Review, International SecurityJournal of Democracy, The Nonproliferation Review, and Pacific Affairs. Ganguly is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Lecture: South Asia and Global Security: India’s Critical Role

Jean-Marc Coicaud, 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. He holds a PhD in political science-law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'État in political theory from the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris. He has published fourteen books and more than sixty essays in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, and international law. Prior to joining Rutgers he served as the Director of the United Nations University Office at the UN Headquarters (2003-2011), the speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1996-2003), and a fellow at Harvard University Law School (1986-1992).

Lecture: Internationalization of the Mind, Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Future of Higher Education

Scott Reese, 2011-12

Scott Reese is associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University. He has a PhD in African and Islamic History (University of Pennsylvania, 1996) and an MA in African Studies from Ohio University (1990). 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. Reese has published a number of scholarly articles and books, including Renewers of the Age: Holy Men and Social Discourse in Colonial Benaadir (Brill, 2008). He is also working to complete a monograph, tentatively titled Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Imperial Indian Ocean 1839-1937.

 Lecture: A Leading Muslim of Aden: Personal Trajectories, Imperial Networks and the Construction of Community in Colonial Aden 

Bernhard Zangl, 2010-11

Bernhard Zangl is professor of global governance and public policy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. He graduated from the University of Tübingen in 1994 and received his PhD from the University of Bremen in 1998. Following this, he spent four years in Bremen as assistant professor and then two years as John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University and as Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2005 he returned to Bremen as associate professor of international relations. In 2009 he moved to Munich, where he now also serves as 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. Specializing on international institutions, he has done research on the legalization of international institutions.

Lecture: Nation States and International Organizations— A Relationship in Transition

Ambassador Richard S. Williamson, 2009-10

Ambassador Richard S. Williamson was a partner in the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. Earlier, he served in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy to the Chief of Staff and then on the White House senior staff as Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. His many diplomatic posts included serving as Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; a member of the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control; and Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Ambassador Williamson was an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware Law School. He received his AB from Princeton University and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as executive editor of The Virginia Journal of International Law

Lecture: In The Face Of Mass Murder and Atrocities: What Should America Do?

Keila Grinberg, 2008-09

Keila Grinberg is one of Brazil’s most respected young historians, and is a specialist in legal history and comparative slavery. She has written or edited numerous books and articles in both English and Portuguese on topics as varied as Jewish history, citizenship, and the life of Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. Her research focuses on slavery and freedom in Brazil’s southwestern frontier regions in the 19th century and her book Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World (with Susan Peabody) gives voice to slaves, slave owners, legislators, and others as they fight to change, maintain, or sometimes describe the slavery system they are part of. Grinberg is the Director of the history department at the Universidade Candido Mendes and has a faculty placement at the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Maryland and Michigan and a participant in Harvard’s Atlantic World Seminar.

Lecture: "How Slavery Affected International Relations in 19th Century South America"