Current Visiting Scholars

Lasse BruneLasse Brune, postdoctoral fellow at the Global Poverty Research Lab, focuses his research on financial inclusion in developing countries. He also has projects related to labor markets, behavioral economics and social safety nets. Brune holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
Badi FosterBadi Foster, Buffett Institute visiting scholar, has a background extending from higher education and nonprofits to the corporate world and federal government. 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).
Riad IsmatRiad Ismat, Buffett Institute visiting scholar, is an award-winning Syrian short-story writer and an acclaimed dramatist/critic in the Arab world, with 36 books to his credit. He was Syrian minister of culture (2010-12), and also served as ambassador, DG of State Radio & TV, and Rector of the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his career, Ismat has emphasized bridging the gap between cultures, drawing from Arab heritage with a modern approach, condemning totalitarianism and promoting humanitarian values, democracy, and tolerance.
Solomon Fikre Lemma Solomon Fikre Lemma, PAS visiting scholar, has served as Dean of the College of Law and Governance Studies and Secretary of the Senate of Addis Ababa University, as well as an assistant professor at the Schools of Law of Addis Ababa and Hawassa Universities. He received his PhD, LL.M., and LL.B. degrees from the Schools of Law of the University of Warwick, Erasmus University, and Addis Ababa University, respectively. Lemma's research interests include law and development, particularly the role and potential of land, business, and property laws in tackling poverty and fostering economic development in developing countries. He has served as a UNHCR volunteer at Bonga and Fugnido Camps for Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia, contributing to his research interest in the protection and treatment accorded to vulnerable groups such as women, children, and refugees under international and Ethiopian laws.
Febi Rizki RamadhanFebi Rizki Ramadhan, Arryman Fellow, obtained his bachelor degree from Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia, in 2017. Focusing on social movement repertoires at an organization that focuses on engaging men towards ending violence against women, his undergraduate thesis was entitled “Violence is Catharsis of Patriarchy: Genealogy of Resistance towards Violence against Women in Aliansi Laki-laki Baru’s Social Movement Practices”. Versions of his thesis were published in several academic journals, such as Antropologi Indonesia Journal. Since graduating, Febi has worked as a researcher at various research centers, including the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Indonesia. His research interests include gender and sexuality, political-economy and morality. At Northwestern University, he will be part of the Department of Anthropology, where he plan to conduct ethnographic research on the performativity of violence towards several minority groups in Indonesia.
Eunike SetiadarmaEunike G. Setiadarma (Nike), Arryman Fellow, graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung with a BA in international relations. She completed her master of science in international development at the University of Manchester, UK with a scholarship award from the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). Her master thesis was entitled “The Co-Production of Poverty Knowledge in Post-New Order Indonesia (1998-2014): Discourse, Interaction, and Power Relations.” Previously she worked as a researcher and in 2017, was awarded a research fellowship by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), South-Korea. Nike will join the history department and wants to study the course of development idea and scientific institutions in Indonesia after World War II. 
Atmaezer Hariara SimanjuntakAtmaezer Simanjuntak (Ara), Arryman Fellow, graduated cum laude from Universitas Gadjah Mada’s Department of Anthropology in 2017. Focusing on Dayaknese environmental history, his bachelor’s thesis was entitled "The Fall of Our Totem: Palm Oil Plantation and the Waning of Religiosity in West Kalimantan". A version of his thesis was published as a journal article and has been presented in national and international seminars. Since graduating, Ara has worked as a research consultant for private and public sectors, as well as a teaching assistant at his alma mater. His research interests cover a wide range of issues: ethics of resource access, human ecology, cultural boundaries, and cognitive anthropology. At Northwestern, Ara intends to pursue his doctorate in the Department of Anthropology, where he will explore the intersection of ecological conflict and the production of knowledge and value.
Bambang TrihadmojoBambang Trihadmojo (Bams), Arryman Fellow, was awarded an MSc in Social Psychology from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and a BA in Psychology from Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia. His masters dissertation examined the behavioral intent of individuals to clear land thru burning. His masters was funded by the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). After completing his study, Bambang worked as a researcher at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and served as a guest lecturer at Universitas Lambung Mangkurat and Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia. His work spans from human dimensions of transboundary haze to human migration. Beyond that, Bambang has developed a longstanding interest in environmental behavior, environmental justice, and landscape governance. At Northwestern University, he will be part of the Department of Sociology and conduct studies pertaining to environmental policy in Southeast Asia and Latin America along with its implications for distributional justice.
Ayu YolandasariAyu Yolandasari, Arryman Fellow, completed her bachelor degree in psychology at the University of Indonesia in 2013. Focusing on the issues of gender-based violence, her undergraduate thesis was entitled “The Comparison of Rape Myth Acceptance between Parents of Young Adulthood Daughter and Police in Women and Children Service Unit in Jakarta and the Surrounding Areas”. Since graduating, she has worked for NGOs on the issues of gender, sexuality, and violence for two years. Afterward, she was awarded a scholarship from Ewha Woman's University, South Korea, to continue her education in the Women’s Studies Department. In 2018, she graduated with her thesis entitled “(Un)Veiling the Muslim Feminists in Jakarta, Indonesia: The Destabilization of Veil Symbolism Through the Experience of the Former Tarbiyah’s Women Activists”. At Northwestern, Ayu will join the Department of History and conduct research on issues of polygamy.