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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Visiting Scholars

Northwestern Buffett’s longstanding Visiting Scholars Program allows academics from around the world to collaborate with the Northwestern Buffett and University communities. If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, please visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website for application information. 

Questions should be directed to Theresa Johnson.

Northwestern Buffett Visiting Scholars

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

Deniz Duruiz

Postdoctoral Fellow

Deniz Duruiz is the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. She received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted ethnographic research with Kurdish migrant farmworkers and Syrian refugees, both in the Kurdish region and at twelve different worksites in western Turkey. She is currently working on her book project, which examines political violence in the Kurdish region and the resulting racialized and regionally divided class formation in Turkey through this migrant labor practice. Her postdoctoral research explores the Syrian experience of migration to Europe with a focus on labor both as a category of political economy and as an embodied everyday practice. Her research interests include ethnicity, race, and racialization, the nation-state and statelessness, capitalism, racialized labor regimes, political economy of war, intra-national and transnational migration, gender, kinship, psychoanalysis, and affect theory. She is also the creator and the host of the Keyman Podcast.

Hulya Acar

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow

Kerem Öktem

Visiting Scholar

Kerem Öktem is the 2019-2020 Keyman Visiting Professor at The Buffett Institute and the Department of Politics at Northwestern University. Since 2014, he has held the chair of Southeast European Studies and Modern Turkey at the University of Graz. He is an associate of the Centre of International Studies at the University of Oxford, where he completed his PhD in Political Geography in 2006 and his M St. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies in 2001. Dr Öktem is an alumni of the Mercator – IPC Fellowship in Turkish Studies and a collaborator of the Mercator foundation in Germany. His research interests include the politics and society of modern Turkey with a particular focus on social movements, minorities, diasporas, and queer rights. He has published several collective volumes and monographs, including Turkey’s Exit from Democracy. Illiberal governance in Turkey and beyond (London & New York: Routledge, 2018); Die Tuerkei im Spannungsfeld von Kollektivismus und Diversitaet (Wiesbaden: Springer, 2016); World War I and the End of the Ottomans. From the Balkan War to the Armenian Genocide (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015); Another empire? A decade of Turkey’s foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press (2012); Angry Nation. Turkey since 1989 (London: Zed Books, 2011); Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity. Conflict and Change in the 20th Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); In the long shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the era of Post-Nationalism (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

Arryman Program

Amrina Rosyada

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow

Fango Xia

Visiting Scholar

French Interdisciplinary Group

Claire Auperin

Visiting Scholar

Meline Dumot

Visiting Scholar

Agathe Faucourt

Visiting Scholar

Nina Kiderlin

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow