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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Past Buffett Visiting Scholars

Sarit Kraus

Visiting Scholar

Sarit Kraus (PhD, Computer Science, Hebrew University, 1989) is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. Her research is focused on intelligent agents and multi-agent systems integrating machine-learning techniques with optimization and game theory methods. In particular, she studies the development of intelligent agents that can interact proficiently with people and with robots. She has also contributed to the research on machine learning, agent optimization, autonomous vehicles, homeland security, adversarial patrolling, social networks and nonmonotonic reasoning.

For her work, she received many prestigious awards. She was awarded the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the IJCAI Research Excellent Award, the ACM SIGART Agents Research Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer and the EMET prize, and she was twice the winner of the IFAAMAS influential paper award. She is an ACM, AAAI and EurAI fellow and a recipient of the advanced ERC grant. She also received a special commendation from the city of Los Angeles, together with Professor Tambe, Professor Ordonez and their USC students, for the creation of the ARMOR security scheduling system. She has published over 400 papers in leading journals and major conferences, co-authored five books and was IJCAI 2019 program chair.  She is an elected member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Fahri Öz

Keyman Scholar and Artist in Residence

Fahri Öz is an ex-academic, translator and poet. After signing the Academic for Peace declaration in 2016, he was dismissed in 2017 from his position at Ankara University, where he taught British and American poetry, poetic genres, literary history and translation. He translated into Turkish works by Christina Rossetti, Jack London, Saki, William Burroughs and Bob Dylan. He co-authored and co-edited a collection of very short fiction in Turkish called Hayat Kısa Proust Uzun. Currently he has been working on the translation of complete poems of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. He has a book of poems (Meşrutiyet Çok Bulutlu On Beş Santigrat Yağmur Olasılığı Sıfır) that came out in 2019. He was a visiting scholar and a resident of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Anoush Tamar Suni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anoush Tamar Suni earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. For her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Palimpsests of Violence: Ruination and the Politics of Memory in Anatolia,” she spent over two years (2015-2017) in the region of Van, in southeastern Turkey, conducting ethnographic research. She is currently working on her book project, which investigates questions of memory and the material legacies of state violence in the region of Van with a focus on the historic Armenian and contemporary Kurdish communities. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she was a Manoogian Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Armenian Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include state and intercommunal violence, memory, materiality and landscape, cultural heritage, space and place, and political and historical anthropology in Turkey, Armenia, Kurdistan, and the broader Middle East.


Salomé Lamas

Visiting Scholar

Salomé Lamas studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is a Ph.D. candidate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra. Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, Museo Arte Reina Sofia, the Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, the Harvard Film Archive, the Tate Modern, and the Louvre among others.

Lamas was granted several fellowships such as the Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship at Harvard University, the Film Study Center-Harvard Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center’s residency program, the Brown Foundation’s residency program at the Dora Maar House and other fellowships from the Fundación Botín, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Sundance, Bogliasco Foundation, Luso-American Development Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Camargo Foundation, Civitella Ranieri and Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.

She is a professor at the ESAD.CR School of Arts and Design and collaborates with Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola. She also collaborates with the production company O Som e a Fúria and Primeira Idade and is represented by Kubikgallery and Galeria Miguel Nabinho. In 2020, she started the creation and implementation of the Association of Visual Arts in Portugal (AAVP) with the support of a group of artists.


Woong-ghee Cha

Visiting Scholar

Woong-ghee Cha, a career diplomat, was a visiting scholar at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs after serving as Deputy Consul General of the Korean Consulate in Chicago from July 2019 to February 2022. Prior to assuming the position at the Consulate, he was Director for ASEAN Cooperation and Overseas Korean Nationals Protection at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. After joining the Ministry in August 2000, he served at multiple embassy postings in Tokyo, Japan (twice); Jakarta, Indonesia and Montevideo, Uruguay. During more than two decades of foreign service, he worked on many issues involving Korea-Japan/US relations, peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and ASEAN affairs among other things.  

Mr. Cha graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in international relations in Seoul, Republic of Korea and Keio University in Tokyo, Japan with an MA in political science. He also studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. 



Shu-chin Grace Kuo

Visiting Scholar

Shu-chin Grace Kuo is a Professor of Law in the Department of Law at the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan, Republic of China. Her research interests lie in the field of legal knowledge of civil dispute resolution, including family law, civil procedure law and alternative dispute resolution. In recent years, Professor Kuo has focused on the methods and theories of anthropology of law and ethnography of law. Her research includes mandatory mediation, specifically how the state assists or interferes with private parties in reconstructing the order of their personal lives through formal and informal negotiation under judicial supervision. Professor Kuo is the author of two books: Legal Anthropology, Legal Knowledge and Legal Techniques (Fa Lu Ren Rei Xue, Fa Lu Zh Sh, U Fa Lu Chi Shu) and Family and Family Law Reconstruction (Xen Dai Chia Tin Shen Huo De Zhung Zheng U Zai S). 

Professor Kuo holds an SJD and an LLM from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and received her primary legal education in Taiwan, where she earned her LLB from National Taiwan University and passed the bar examination. Following the completion of her doctoral dissertation at Northwestern University, she was a visiting scholar of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture at Cornell Law School.


Najia Mahmodi

Visiting Scholar

Najia Mahmodi is a Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office of Afghanistan. She is a renowned lawyer focused on gender and the elimination of violence against women. Najia is a Law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW law) expert with over five years of experience in the field of prosecution, legal affairs and international law practices in Afghanistan. She earned her law degree from the American University of Afghanistan and has participated in several legal trainings abroad. Her professional areas of interest include the promotion of women rights; good governance and women; gender equality; elimination of violence against women; women, peace and security; legal affairs and women in leadership in Afghanistan and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. 


Diego Arispe-Bazan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Diego Arispe-Bazán received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. A linguistic and cultural anthropologist, his research explores how migrant trajectories between Spain and Peru are contextualized by non-migrants through discourses about history (both recent and colonial). More specifically, his focus is on the schism in how Spanish and Peruvian citizens valorize the colonial past, and how differences in dialectal forms reaffirm ideas about national belonging based on ideologies surrounding colonization. His ethnographic research in both countries investigates the global effects of economic crisis in the “developed” world. Furthermore, his ethnographic and semiotic approach allows for a fine-grained approach to understanding the composition of categories of race and class in Latin America as intertwined processes both synchronic and diachronic. Diego is one of the organizers of the Thinking Andean Studies conference series, taking place across institutions in the US, Peru and Ecuador.


Tim McLellen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tim McLellen received his PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University, an MSc in Law and Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in law and Chinese from SOAS University of London. In 2018, Tim was awarded The David Hakken Prize by the American Anthropological Association for his paper, “Comparing Theories of Change.” In 2010, LSE awarded him the Issac Schapera Prize for his MSc dissertation, “Welfare exploitation, identity and (mis)recognition in contemporary Australia.” Tim has published an array of articles, has extensive research and teaching experience and speaks fluent Chinese.

Wendell Marsh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Wendell Hassan Marsh conducts research and teaches on the encounter of Islam and the African world as mediated in Arabic and vernacular texts. Overall, his work seeks to decentralize the study of Islam from the classical Arab heartlands by locating debates over religious authority in French West Africa within an equivocal tradition of argument and dissent specific to the region. He has been awarded Fulbright, Ford, and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for his work. Marsh is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.


Nicole Weygandt

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicole Weygandt received her PhD in political science from Cornell University in 2017 and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Her research centers on the diffusion of laws and policies, emphasizing the role of developing countries and private sector actors in these processes. She is working on a book manuscript that explores the mechanisms underlying the diffusion of petroleum fiscal systems across developing countries over the past half-century. Her dissertation research on this topic was supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition, her research examines the role of private corporations in international institutions and explores the distinctions between private consultants and other types of non-state actors engaged in policy diffusion.