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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

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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.

Ekin Kurtiç

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ekin Kurtiç (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2019) is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research is at the intersection of environmental humanities, social studies of infrastructure and technopolitics, and political ecology. She is the 2022-2024 Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Kurtiç is working on her first book manuscript, Infrastructural Landscapes: Building Dams, Restoring Ecologies in Turkey, which critically examines state-led projects of restoring and salvaging nature in the process of large dam building. Infrastructural Landscapes shows that dam building is a central site of governing the environment not only through conquest but also through conservation and a process in which people navigate the life shaped by the intersection of dam-induced destruction and reconstruction. She is also developing a new book on the techno-ecopolitics of reframing soil as a "carbon sink" against the backdrop of the climate crisis and its implications for human and non-human lives in agricultural and pastoral landscapes of Turkey. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she was a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

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.

Bilge Yabanci

Visiting Scholar and Marie Curie Global Fellow

Bilge Yabanci is Marie Curie Global fellow (2022-2024) at Northwestern University and Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy). Her research interests are interdisciplinary and relate to political science, sociology, and communication studies. In her current project co-hosted by Northwestern and Ca' Foscari, she investigates how the immigrant and refugee rights movement (IRRM) in Turkey can tailor its public communication strategies to reframe migrants and refugees as 'deserving' and 'rights-bearing agents'. In the first stage, the project maps the capacities, networks, and communicative strategies of the emergent IRRM in the country. In the second stage, survey experiments aim to identify which language -or linguistic framing- can solicit broader support and replace the racialized and marginalizing views. Currently, Bilge is also working towards finalizing her book manuscript titled 'Civil Society and Autocratization: Repression, Cooptation and Contestation in Turkey'. Before joining Northwestern, she was the recipient of Open Society Fellowship (Human Rights Cohort) and Swedish Institute postdoctoral fellowship. In her previous projects, she researched the transformation of social movements and civil society under the pressure of democratic backsliding. Carrying out on extensive fieldwork on women, youth and diaspora organizations, she investigated both cooptation and resistance dynamics within civil society.

Equality Development And Globalization Studies (EDGS)

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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).