Postdoctoral fellows

The Buffett Institute hosts two-year postdoctoral fellows in the study of global, comparative, or international affairs. Learn more about the requirements and application process.

Current fellows

Maria AkchurinMaria 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.
Kathleen KlausKathleen 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.
Erin MooreErin Moore received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2016. She is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in transnational processes, international development and global health, and the study of gender, sexuality, and youth. Her geographic focus is urban Uganda, and sub-Saharan Africa more broadly. Her doctoral research explores the global movement to “empower” adolescent girls as it unfolded through the transnational channels of a major NGO and into the lives of teenage women living in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.
Nermeen MouftahNermeen 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.
Başak TaraktaşBaşak Taraktaş earned her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Her dissertation investigates the effect of preference diversity and preference compatibility on cooperation for regime change among organized challengers to authoritarian regimes. This work fills the gap in regime literature by explaining the conditions under which challengers are able to form a coherent united oppositional coalition capable of changing the regime. Her research interests include political regimes, social movements, and financial and sovereign debt crises. Başak’s co-authored work on the 2013 Gezi protests won the Sidney Tarrow Best Article Prize. 
Hollian WintHollian Wint received her PhD from New York University in 2016. She specializes in the socio-financial history of East Africa, western India, and the Indian Ocean. Her current project charts the transformations of regional financial and familial networks in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery and the consolidation of British imperial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research has received support from the American Institute of American Studies, the Fulbright-Hays, and the NYU-Abu Dhabi Humanities Institute. Hollian is a contributor to Perspectives of Female Researchers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Gujarati Identities, ed. Sharmina Mawani and Anjoom A. Mukadam.