Skip to main content

Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Visiting Scholars

Northwestern Buffett’s Visiting Scholars are academics from around the world who collaborate with the Northwestern Buffett and University communities.

A list of past Buffett Visiting Scholars may be found here.


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 an EVAW law expert with over 5 years of experience in the field of procescution, legal affairs and international law practices in Afghanistan. She earned her law degree from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) 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 (SDGs). She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. 

Woong-ghee Cha

Visiting Scholar

Woong-ghee Cha, a career diplomat, is a visiting scholar at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University beginning on March 1, 2022 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.  

Since joining the Ministry in August 2000, he has served at multiple embassy postings in Tokyo (Japan, twice), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Montevideo (Uruguay). During more than 2 decades of foreign service, he has worked on many issues involving Korea-Japan/U.S. relations, the Korean Peninsula peace and security and ASEAN affairs among other things.  

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

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

Find more information on Keyman Postdoctoral Fellows here.

Anoush Tamar Suni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anoush Tamar Suni is the 2020-2022 Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. She 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.

Equality Development And Globalization Studies (EDGS)

Find more information on EDGS Fellows and Scholars here.

Luthfi Adam

EDGS Research Fellow

Dr. Luthfi Adam graduated from the Department of History at Northwestern in 2020. He was awarded "Distinction" upon defense of his dissertation, "Cultivating Power: Buitenzorg Botanic Garden and Empire-Building in the Netherlands East Indies, 1745-1917." He also won the 2020 Harold Perkin Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Department of History at Northwestern. As a 2013 Arryman Fellow, Luthfi pursued a comparative study of the rise of native journalism and nationalism movements in post colonial countries. He graduated with a BA in Journalism at Padjadjaran University in 2007 and continued on with a master’s degree in cultural and media studies at Gadjah Mada University where he graduated cum laude in 2011 and then became a lecturer in Padjadjaran University.

Muhammad Fajar

EDGS Research Fellow

Dr. Muhammad Fajar graduated from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern in 2020. He successfully defended his dissertation, "The Path to Preemption: The Politics of the Indonesian Student Movements during the Regime Transition, 1998-1999." As a 2013 Arryman Fellow, Muhammad researched democracy promotion policies in Indonesia supported by international agencies. He received his BA in sociology from University of Indonesia (UI). In 2011, he received the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) scholarship for his master’s degree at the Institute of Social Studies, in the Hague, specializing in governance and democracy (G&D).

Gde Metera

EDGS Research Fellow

Dr. Gde Metera graduated from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern in 2021. His dissertation is entitled Coercion in Search of Legitimacy: The Secular State, Religious Politics, and Religious Coercion in Indonesia under the New Order, 1967-1998. Gde conducts research on the logic underpinning state religion policies and its consequences on secularism, democracy, and religious liberty. In 2019-2020, he was a non-resident young scholar fellow on religion and the rule of law at the International Center for Law and Religious Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University. Gde received his BA in English Literature from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and his MA in Political Science from Northwestern University, Chicago