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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Graduate Fellows and Assistants

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Graduate Fellows

Magda Boutros

Magda Boutros

Department of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Contact: magdaboutros2013@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: The True Color of Police Violence: How activists produce knowledge about racialized policing in colorblind France

Research Interests: Law & Society; Social Movements; Criminology; Race, Gender, Class

Magda Boutros examines police brutality and racial profiling in France and the conversations that are developing around policing and race. Her previous research focused on anti-harassment activists during the 2011 Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, where she worked as a human rights researcher prior to coming to Northwestern.

Gina Giliberti

Gina Giliberti

Department of Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Contact: ginagiliberti2020@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: Impassioned Religion in International Politics

Research Interests: Politics of Religious Emotion; Religious Freedom, Radicalization, and Fanaticism; Marginalization 

Gina Giliberti’s research shines a light on the ways in which religious emotions are expressed as social performances that are interpreted in different institutional and legal contexts. She has secondary research that analyzes the postcolonial regulation of religious emotions in relation to contemporary foreign policy in the U.S.

Rana Khoury

Rana Khoury

Department of Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Contact: rbkhoury@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: Aid Activism Across the Syrian Warscape

Research Interests: Civil War; Displacement; Humanitarianism; Political Economy; Methods; Middle East Politics; American Politics

Rana Khoury studies comparative politics with a focus on civil war and refugee politics in the Middle East. Using evidence from immersion, interviews, and original datasets, her dissertation seeks to explain the relationship between aid and activism across the Syrian warscape. She is the author of As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation (Kent State University Press, 2017).

Scott Newman

Scott Newman

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies Program, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Contact: scottnewman2020@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: Author voice in contemporary anglophone and francophone African literature since 1978

Research Interests: Modernism; The Novel; Postcolonial Studies; Critical Race Theory; Transnational and World Literary Theory; Sub-Saharan African Literature in English, French, and Portuguese; Literature of the Global South

Scott Newman studies sub-Saharan African literature in English, French, and Portuguese and is interested in literatures of the Global South more generally. His first peer-reviewed publication, “From Marvellous Realism to World Literature” (Francosphères 2019), examines the Haitian writer Jacques Stephen Alexis.

Graduate Assistants

Jelena Jelušić

Screen Cultures, School of Communications

Contact: JelenaJelusic2020@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: Representations of gender, nation, and history on television with an emphasis on socialist and post-socialist television cultures and industries

Research Interests: Transnational and Global Media; Gender Studies; Postcolonial Theory

Jelena Jelušić is working on developing archival research in the six countries that formerly made up Yugoslavia. Previously, she has presented her work at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Film & History, and Midwest Pop Culture Association Conference.

Şeyma Kabaoğlu

Şeyma Kabaoğlu

Department of Anthropology and Middle East and North African Studies Program, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Contact: seymakabaoglu@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: Everyday life of Islamic banking and finance in the Middle East, with attention to the participation-banking industry in Turkey

Research Interests: Alternative Economies; Government-Financial Market Relations; Religion, Law and Moralities of Exchange

Şeyma Kabaoğlu’s research analyzes financial institutions in Istanbul, Turkey in order to discern how multiple legal systems interact to create the system that Islamic financial institutions operate under. This includes analysis of how the banks deal with international regulations, national banking laws, and fatwas.

Isabella Ostos Campo

MFA in Documentary Media, School of Communications Graduate Assistant, Gender Justice and Digital Life Working Group

Contact: isabellaostos2020@u.northwestern.edu

Current Research: How sexuality, geographic displacement, and diasporic experiences shape an individual’s sense of identity

Research Interests: Documentary Film; Identity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Social Justice; Race and Immigration

Isabella Ostos Campo hopes to use the medium of the documentary to cover social justice issues that affect minorities on a domestic and international level. She has previously worked on archival research on queer activists in the United States and hopes to more forward covering issues of race and immigration.