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

Morgan KaplanMorgan Kaplan received his MA and PhD is Political Science at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to the Buffett Institute, Kaplan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. His primary research examines the international politics of rebellion with a focus on how insurgent groups use international diplomacy to solicit third-party support. His research also examines intra-insurgent politics, international security, and state formation. The empirical focus of his work is on the Middle East, with a specialization in Kurdish and Palestinian politics. Kaplan has conducted field work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel-Palestine, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
Patrick William KellyPatrick William Kelly received his doctorate in history from the University of Chicago and previously was a Mellon fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He researches and teaches broadly across modern global history, and is particularly interested in how and why people, ideas, and diseases cross national borders. This interest shaped his first book, Sovereign Emergencies: Latin America and the Making of Global Human Rights Politics (Cambridge, 2018), which examines the intersection of Latin American and global human rights politics since the 1970s. It also informs his second book project on the global history of AIDS as a metaphor for contemporary globalization.
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.
Irene PangIrene Pang is a political sociologist who received her PhD at Brown University and studies issues of citizenship and rights contestation in China and India. Her dissertation provides a comparative ethnographic account of the citizenship struggles of internal migrant construction workers in Beijing and Delhi. She analyzes how everyday lived experiences, as well as larger state, market, and civil society structures, give rise to various forms of citizen silencing and citizen resistance. Pang's broader research interests include development and sociology of the Global South, labor, dynamics of capitalism, and comparative research.
Basak TaraktasBaşak 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.