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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Postdoctoral Fellows

Diego Arispe-Bazán received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. A linguistic and cultural anthropologist, his research centers on the production and circulation of history via linguistic and discursive strategies in interaction. 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 and a co-producer of the American Anthropological Association’s flagship podcast, "Anthropological Airwaves."
Morgan Kaplan received his MA and PhD in political science at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to the Buffett Institute, Kaplan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. His primary research examines the international politics of rebellion with a focus on how insurgent groups use international diplomacy to solicit third-party support. His research also examines intra-insurgent politics, international security, and state formation. The empirical focus of his work is on the Middle East, with a specialization in Kurdish and Palestinian politics. Kaplan has conducted field work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel-Palestine, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
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 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.