Current Fellows

SCICN Graduate Fellows and Fellows in Residence, 2015-2016

Additional Graduate Fellows will be added following the application cycle closing October 19, 2015

SCICN Graduate Fellows, 2015-2016

Mustafa Abdul-Hamid is an MA candidate in International Policy Studies.  He earned a BA in Global Studies and Communications Studies from UCLA, and certificates of study from Moulay Ismail University in Morocco. Outside of his academic pursuits, Mustafa was a point guard for the UCLA Men’s Basketball team. After graduation, he continued to play professionally for top teams in Europe. Currently, he leads an augmented reality software start-up, EVE, in the development of interactive athletic training and physical education programs for smart glasses. His academic interests revolve around the conceptual frameworks of social, economic, and political behavior that inform decision making  and engagement in the global arena.

Alexandra Blackman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on politics of the Middle East, in particular how religion affects individuals’ political beliefs and actions.

Jane Esberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, with interests in international relations, comparative politics, and quantitative methods. Previously she worked at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation and Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. She graduated from Stanford in 2009 with a BA in international relations and honors in international security studies.

Mark Gardiner is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in the critical study of science, the state, and development. His dissertation analyzes conflicts and controversies around the growth of Namibia’s uranium mining industry.  Before coming to Stanford, Mark received an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and a BA in International Relations from Grinnell College.

Marisol Guttman is a JD candidate at Stanford Law School.  She is from Chicago and graduated from Grinnell College in 2009, where she double majored in Anthropology and Political Science. After graduation, she moved to Macau for a year, where she was an English-language teaching fellow at Macau University of Science and Technology. After completing her fellowship, she returned Chicago and worked as a legal assistant at a boutique immigration law firm. Currently, Mari is involved in several organizations at the Stanford Law School, including the American Constitution Society, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and Stanford’s Rule of Law program. She spent the summer of 2014 at the International Law and Policy Institute, a Norwegian law firm and think tank that focuses on rule of law and international human rights.

Diana Guzmán is a SPILS fellow at Stanford and a professor at National University (Colombia). She holds an L.L.M., an advance degree in Constitutional Law and a J.D. from the National University (Colombia). Her work focuses on sociology of law and human rights, historical and political sociology, and gender issues, with a focus on Latin America. Her current research at SPILS asks for the role of the law in transitional processes and its capacity to achieve transformative effects. To do so, it focuses on the Colombian land restitution program. She was a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) in Bogota, Colombia, and a lecturer at Rosario University.

John Moran is a PhD candidate in Stanford’s Department of Anthropology, on the Society and Culture Track, and he studies the making of ecoregional identity and green development in Franklin and Wakulla Counties, Florida, in the context of the failure of the commercial oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. That failure prompted Florida’s 2013 lawsuit against Georgia, the latest iteration in the three-decades-long “Tri-state water wars” between Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the management of water flows in the Apalachicola-Chattahootchee-Flint River Basin.

Kerry Persen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford.  Her research focuses on religious radicalization and violence in the Islamic World with a focus on Southeast Asia.  Prior to Stanford, Kerry worked in US-Southeast Asia relations in Washington D.C. and spent a Fulbright year in Indonesia.  She graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where she double majored in Government and Economics.  In her free time, Kerry enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring the Bay Area.

Peter Schram is a fourth year PhD student at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Political Economics Program. He studies terror and insurgent groups, with particular emphasis on how these groups organize and operate and how they draw civilian support.

Amanda Ussak is a first year MA candidate in International Policy Studies at Stanford.  She completed her undergraduate studies at George Washington University in International Relations and Political Science. She received Special Honors on her thesis, which focused on political stability in Afghanistan. Amanda spent two semesters abroad in Freiburg, Germany, and Marseille, France, where she studied ethnic and religious assimilation. She is a former president of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority.  She has served as a director for YMCA youth in government programs for 8 years.  Previously, Amanda worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Public Diplomacy and for the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions during the Arab Spring.  She spent 2013 in Terengganu, Malaysia on a Fulbright grant.  At Stanford, Amanda focuses U.S. foreign policy and religious conflict.

Eric Vanden Bussche is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford, where he teaches “The Rhetoric of Globalization”. His research interests include Chinese history, comparative colonialisms, and the construction of national identities in East Asia. He is currently preparing his book manuscript on the demarcation of the Sino-Burmese border, a contested process that unfolded from the late nineteenth century until 1960. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2007, he spent a decade living in China, where he worked as a journalist and taught comparative Chinese-Latin American history at Beijing University. He is the co-editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation, and Identity of China’s Majority (UC Press, 2012).

Swain Uber is a joint JD/MA degree candidate in Law and International Policy Studies at Stanford.  Previously, he served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria.  His work at Stanford has included: helping the team bringing the pending case Ashker v. Brown challenging solitary confinement in California prisons; working on an amicus curiae brief for the U.S. Supreme Court against limiting the government’s ability to enter into treaties; spending a summer in Bogotá, Colombia with DeJusticia, a Colombian human rights organization; and participating in the Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic where he worked on prison conditions in Panamá, police reform in Oakland, California, and land rights mobilization in Cambodia.  He is currently working at the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, Hungary, where he has done legal research on in Bulgarian and English and drafting memos and complaints on cases involving Roma individuals (e.g. cases concerning police brutality and the failure to investigate crimes, forced sterilizations, hate speech etc.)

Yasuhito Uto is in the International Policy Studies program at Stanford, where he plans to focus his on post-conflict peacebuilding.  Prior to joining the IPS program he served as a Japanese government official in the Ministry of Defense.

SCICN Fellows in residence, 2015-2016

SCICN also has a small number of Fellows who are scholars in residence, engaged in various ways with the research and intellectual life of the Center.  Our current Fellows in residence are:

Adi Aron-Gilat is the Head of Business Innovation Strategy at Google[X]. Her prior experience includes management consulting and legal research on energy, water, environmental and other related projects.

Grant M. Gordon is a PhD Candidate in international relations and comparative politics at Columbia University. His research examines the political economy of conflict, humanitarian intervention and institutions, and combines field experiments, original survey data, ethnography and unique administrative data.  His dissertation seeks to understand the logic of state violence during conflict. In a complementary set of empirical papers, he analyzes why simple strategies used to solve principal agent problems in states afflicted by war cause civilian abuse.

Anu Kulkarni received her PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.  Her research focuses on the impact of truth commissions, war crimes courts and reconciliation policies in Africa.  She co-directs the West African Transitional Justice Project and the Liberia Reconciliation Barometer Initiative, two ongoing impact assessment studies.  She is currently working on two book projects: Demons and Demos: Truth, Accountability and Democracy in Post-Apartheid South Africa, and The Arc of Transitional Justice: Violent Conflict, Its Victims & Redress in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone (co-authored with David Backer).