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SGS Welcomes New Visiting Scholars and Researchers

Oct 2 2017

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This fall, SGS centers and programs welcomed 20 new visiting scholars from around the world to conduct research and/or teach in a variety of disciplines.

Please join us in welcoming this group of scholars to campus, and read about their areas of interest below.


Tristan Brown

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - August, 2018
Contact: tgbrown@stanford.edu
 
Tristan is interested in Chinese environmental and legal histories as well as the histories of East Asian frontiers.  His first book project, based on his doctoral dissertation "The Veins of the Earth: Property, Environment, and Cosmology in Nanbu County, 1865-1942," uses a well-preserved county archive in western China to explore the ways in which the imperial state engaged with diverse cultural practices in administering property, which had great implications for the environment, statecraft, and religion. Building on his long-standing interest in the history of Islam in China, a second, on-going project provides an ethnography of a local Muslim community through Chinese and Japanese archival sources.  
 
He has published and is in the process of publishing a number of articles related to these projects. Tristan earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Columbia University in 2017 and 2011, respectively, and an A.B. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2010.

Si Chen

Visiting Student Researcher, Center for East Asian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: chens16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
 
Si Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University. Her major is comparative literature and world literature. Her research focuses on how Chinese literature, especially dramas and movies, responds to the great transformation of modern China in the early twentieth century. She is currently researching the relationship between modern Chinese theater and modern European theater from the perspective of Tian Han, who is the pioneer of the modern Chinese theater movement.

Wim Coudenys 

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Duration: August 2017 - November 15, 2017 
Contact: wim.coudenys@kuleuven.be
 
Wim Coudenys is Professor of Russian and European (Cultural) History at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He specializes in Belgian/European–Russian relations, Russian emigration history, Russian historiography, imagology and translation. He is the author of 4 books, among them a biography of the prolific Russian writer Ivan Nazhivin (1999, in Dutch), a history of the Russian emigration in Belgium (Dutch edition 2004, Russian edition 2017 or 2018), an ‘alternative’ history of Russia (2014, in Dutch) and, most recently, a biography of Andrei Prezhbiano, the Russian military agent to Belgium during WWI (2017). As a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Wim Coudenys will be doing research on Belgian-Russian intelligence collaboration on the eve of the First World War. Wim Coudenys is member of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution (UK), Chairman of the Association of Belgian Slavists and a board member of the International Committee of Slavists. 

Edwin Epstein

Visiting Scholar, Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Duration: September 2017- August, 2018
Contact: eepstein@berkeley.edu
 
Edwin M. Epstein is Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. His research includes a focus on the role of religion in forming and sustaining ethical practice in business and management. He is the author of Business Ethics and the Corporate Social Policy Process (1996); and The Corporation in American Politics (1969). He is coeditor of Rationality, Legitimacy, Responsibility: The Search for New Directions in Business and Society (1978); and Black Americans and White Business (1971). Prof. Epstein is a former Chair of Berkeley’s Academic Senate and Associate Dean of the Hass School of Business. He has also served as Dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration and Earl W. Smith Professor at Saint Mary’s College.

Andrei Gorzo

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Duration: August 2017 - January 2018
Contact: andrei.gorzo@gmail.com 
 
Dr. Andrei Gorzo is assistant professor of Film Studies at the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. His research interests include: the aesthetics and politics of the post-2000 New Romanian Cinema; the cinema of the Cold War; the work of Hungarian filmmaker Miklós Jancsó; and the history of found-footage filmmaking. He is the author of three books.

Yuanyuan Hua

Visiting Scholar, Center for East Asian Studies

Duration: 10/20/17-10/20/18
Contact: yyhua@stanford.edu
 
Yuanyuan Hua is currently an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and World Literature at Dalian University of Foreign Languages and a Postdoctor at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central Florida in 2011-2012, developing research on American ecofeminist literature and ecological literature. Her first book, On American Eco-feminist Literary Criticism, was published by People's Literature Publishing House in 2014. In 2017 she was awarded funding from The National Social Science Fund of China to develop research on the acceptance of Chinese Taoist thought by American ecological literature in the twentieth century and is currently working on this project.

Jasmina Husanovic‡-Pehar

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - June 2018
Contact: jasminamak@gmail.com
 
Jasmina Husanović (Husanovic-Pehar) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and chair of Cultural Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in 2003 at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, with a thesis entitled, “Recasting Political Community and Emancipatory Politics: Reflections on Bosnia.” Her research interests are in cultural and political theory and praxis dealing with the politics of witnessing, equality and solidarity, governance of life and culture of trauma, as well as emancipatory politics with a focus on intersecting public spaces of cultural and knowledge production (critical pedagogies in art, education and activism). She has published widely on these themes in the post-Yugoslav region and internationally, including a monograph, two co-edited volumes and numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently engaged in various teaching, publishing and research initiatives and platforms regionally and internationally concerning the issues of memory, trauma, violence, solidarity and social justice.

Amalie Jensen

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Europe Center & the Department of Political Science

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: asj@econ.ku.dk
 
Amalie's research is focused on how individuals respond economically and politically to economic policies, shocks, and information. She is interested in the effects and design of government policies, and how to understand variation in policies over time and across countries from a political perspective. In Amalie’s current work, she looks at policies to affect homeownership and saving behavior, and voters’ formation of economic beliefs and policy preferences in relation to financial conditions and economic news. Amalie holds a B.Sc., a M.Sc., and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Zhengfen Ji 

Visiting Scholar, Center for East Asian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - September 2018
Contact: 751007860@qq.com 
 
Zhengfen Ji received her Ph.D. in the field of history of modern China from Sichuan University in 2012. From then on, she was a lecturer in Southwest Minzu University. Her research focuses on the interaction between the local intellectuals, the state and the local society, including local cultural heritage, the transformation of traditional society, and ethnic relations. She is the author of the article "Research about the change of the Sichuan local culture-- From the perspective of the compilation of the Sichuan local county chronicles (1912-1949, The Forum of Chinese Culture, 114 (October 2015), Chengdu, 59-62)" and the co-author of A brief account of the past chronicles of Sichuan (Sichuan Science and Technology Press, 2012). Her work in progress is the study of how the Yi nationality constructed their national identity and self-identity during the Republic of China.

Sergiy Kvit

Visiting Scholar, The Europe Center 

Duration: October 2017 - June 2018
Contact: smkvit@gmail.com
 
Serhiy Kvit is a prominent expert on educational issues, professor of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism. He was rector (president) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy from 2007 until 2014. He occupied the position of the minister on education and science of Ukraine in 2014-2016 when progressive Law on Higher Education was adopted. In 2002-07 he was dean of the university’s social studies faculty. He founded the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism in 2001 and became president of the Media Reform Centre, set up to initiate open debate and promote more transparent media and government. In 2005-2011 he served as chairman of the Consortium of University Autonomy. Dr Kvit’s research focuses on educational and media reforms, mass communications, and philosophical hermeneutics; he has published several books and numerous articles. He has a Ph.D. from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich and also holds a doctorate in philology. He subsequently held a Fulbright scholarship at Ohio University, a Kennan Institute scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington, DC, and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship at the University of Cologne. Currently, Serhiy Kvit is a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University.

Anna Mazurkiewicz 

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Duration: August 2017 - January 2018
Contact: anna.a.mazurkiewicz@ug.edu.pl
 
Anna Mazurkiewicz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of History, University of Gdansk and the current President of the Polish American Historical Association (2017-2018). She has published three books: on the American responses to elections of 1947 and 1989 in Poland, and on the role of the political exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War politics (1948-1954). Her scholarly interests are: the United States after World War II; U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations; media system in the United States; U.S. policy towards the countries of East Central Europe; political activity of refugees from East Central Europe in the United States after World War II; political emigration from East Central Europe in 1945-1989. Mazurkiewicz was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, Central European University (Budapest), Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar at the University of Minnesota and at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Giacomo Montovan

Visiting Junior Scholar, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies & the Center for South Asia

Duration: September 2017 - December 2017
Contact: gmantovan@gmail.com
 

Giacomo is a Postdoc at the Center for Studies of India and South Asia at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. At Stanford, Giacomo will by preparing his anthropological doctoral thesis for publication. The project, titled "‘They Were Kings’: Memory, Violence, and Identity in Life Histories of Sri Lankan Tamils in France" focuses on Sri Lankan Tamils who came to France in order to escape the long-running civil war in Sri Lanka. That war ended in 2009 with the military destruction of the main Tamil rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). His project aims to understand how the memory of war is constructed in different contexts and is shaped by diverse institutions and social norms.


Alaina Morgan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: alaina1201@gmail.com 
 

Alaina Morgan is a historian of Islam in the African Diaspora. Specifically, Dr. Morgan's work investigates the intersection between race, religion, and political life among Muslims of African descent in the contemporary Americas and the larger Atlantic world. Her current book project explores the ways that Islam and Blackness were used by Muslims in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Anglophone Caribbean to form the basis of transnational anti-colonial and anti-imperial political networks. In addition to her research, Dr. Morgan also teaches classes on Islam and Muslims in the Americas with a focus on race and religion, religion and politics, and empire and decolonization. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Morgan received a Ph.D. from New York University's Department of History and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.


Carlos Pereira

Tinker Visiting Professorship, Center for Latin American Studies

Duration: Fall quarter, 2017
Contact: pereirafp@gmail.com
 
Carlos Pereira is a professor in the Brazilian School of Administration – EBAPE at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Rio de Janeiro. During fall quarter, Professor Carlos Pereira is teaching POLISCI 241B: Comparative Political Economy (Latin America). Previously, he was a visiting scholar at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution, and a research fellow at University of Oxford. He was also an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and professor of the São Paulo School of Economics at FGV. He has also worked as a visiting professor of the Department of Economics at the University of São Paulo-USP and in the Department of Politics at Colby College. His work has led to articles published in several refereed journals such as Journal of Politics, Journal of Democracy, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Governance, Electoral Studies, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Journal of Comparative Economics. He has recently published a coauthored book Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership, and Institutional Change (Princeton University Press, 2016) and another coauthored book Making Brazil Work: Checking the President in a Multiparty System (Palgrave-McMillan, 2013). 

Emma Puighermanal 

Visiting Junior Scholar, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Duration: October 2017 - December 2017
Contact: emma.puighermanal@gmail.com  
 
Emma is a Postdoc at the Institute of Functional Genomics, Montpellier, France. While at Stanford, she will be working with Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery to conduct research on the striatum, a brain structure that is highly involved in motor action and reward-based behaviors, and its dysfunction is associated with many important neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Her work aims to identify and characterize any molecular or functional differences between cells in the different striatal subregions. To do this, she will combine her knowledge of neuron gene profiling with Dr. Jun Ding’s expertise in striatal circuitry and neurophysiological techniques, including optogenetics, electrophysiology and two-photon microscopy, to study region-specific differences in neurons’ gene expression and their correlation with differences in behavior. The project aims to bridge the gap in neuroscience between molecular/cellular processes and behavior. In addition to contributing to basic scientific knowledge, it will also advance our understanding of striatal physiology in normal and diseased states, which will aid in the design of more effective and precise clinical interventions.

Mohamed Saleh 

Visiting Junior Scholar, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies & the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: mohamed.saleh@tse-fr.eu
 
Mohamed teaches at the Toulouse School of Economics in France. His research aims to introduce new data sources, combined with economic theory and quantitative analysis, in order to answer longstanding questions in the economic history of the Middle East at large, and Egypt in particular. At Stanford, he will work on several research questions that attempt to understand the historical formation and long-­term effects of specific institutions that are arguably crucial in order to understand the current economic and political development of the region.

Taichi Takayama

Visiting Practitioner Mitsubishi Research Institute, U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: taichi83@stanford.edu
 
Dr. Takayama serves as a consultant with Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Takayama has been consulting the Japanese government on making and revising internal policy/rules in the field of wireless telecommunication, aerospace, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/Drone/UAS), etc. Specifically, he has worked on international standardization activities as a Japanese delegate on international standardization committees, such as International Telecommunication Union-Radiocommunication Sector and International Civil Aviation Organization. Most recently, he counseled private companies about business/R&D strategy in the field of UAV. As a researcher, he has studied computer vision with space satellite, airborne, UAV-acquired images for monitoring forest, agriculture, etc. He has primarily focused on Hyperspectral data analysis and has published many papers. His current interest is to create “disruptive innovation” in aerospace, IoT, and mobility fields with fusion between Artificial Intelligence and hardware sensors. Dr. Takayama received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics engineering from the University of Tokyo.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in Engineering in the field of computer vision for satellite/airborne imagery.

Halil Yenigun

Postdoctoral Scholar, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

Duration: August 2017 - August 2018
Contact: yenigun@stanford.edu
 
Halil received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia. His reserach focuses on political ontology, political theology, radical democracy, and comparative political theory with a specific focus on the contemporary Muslim political thought. He has published extensively in journals such as Insan ve Toplum (People & Society), Divan, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and AJISS. Yenigun is also involved in several NGOs that work on human rights, social justice issues, and free circulation of ideas.

Inga Zaksauskine

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - March 2018
Contact: inga.zaksauskiene@gmail.com
 
Inga Zaksauskiene is assistant professor at the Faculty of History, University of Vilnius. Her scholarly interests are: U.S.-Lithuanian diplomatic relations during the Cold War; the media system in the United States and radio broadcasting to the Soviet Baltic States; U.S. policy towards the Baltic countries; audience of Western radio broadcasts; KGB activities in suppressing Western broadcasts to Baltic States. She has also published a book on Soviet army relations with local authorities during the Cold War.

Muyun Zhang

Visiting Student Researcher, Center for East Asian Studies

Duration: September 2017 - August 2018
Contact: zhangmuy16@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn
 
Muyun Zhang received her B.A. from Renmin University of China and she is a second year Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University researching the history of Modern China. Her publications include "The Transition of the Kuomintang Government's Policies Towards Korean Immigrants in Northeast China" (International Journal of Korean History) and "Repositioning of Mass Organizations in the United Front: Taking the National Liberation Vanguards of China as an Example" (The China Non-Profit Review).  Her current research interests center on the history of the foreign policy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the relations between the CPC and transnational communities such as Chinese immigrants, students abroad, foreign correspondents, and non-governmental organizations during the mid-twentieth century. Using the collections at the Hoover Archives, she intends to examine how the CPC wove a transnational social network during the Second Sino-Japanese War.