Current Fellows

SCICN Graduate Fellows and Fellows in Residence 2016-2017

Graduate Fellows

Current Fellows

Caroline Abadeer is a 4th year PhD candidate in Political Science. Her research focus is on urban development in the Middle East.

Gilat Bachar is a 4th year JSD candidate at the Law School. Her research focus is on compensation mechanisms for victims of military activities in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Annalisa Bolin is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, based at the Archaeology Center. Her research focuses on the Rwandan state’s uses of heritage for post-conflict nation building and development.

Nick Drake is a 2nd year Master’s Candidate in the International Policy Studies program.  He is an active duty U.S. Army Officer and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  His research focuses on professionalization of federal police forces in Mexico.

Marc Grinberg is a 5th year PhD candidate in Political Science. His research explores why it is difficult to get partners — from formal allies to covert proxies — to collaborate on common security challenges and the strategies states use to shape partner behavior, focusing on the strategic use of military transfers.

Diana Esther Guzmán is a 2nd year JSD at Stanford Law School and an Associate Professor at the National University of Colombia. Her current research looks at state policy responses to social and economic dimensions of armed conflicts during transitional justice processes.

Lindsay Hundley is a 4th year PhD candidate in Political Science. Her research interests include international conflict, states’ use of covert operations, and information control. Her dissertation examines why states try to promote or prevent leadership change in other countries and examines the use of military intervention, covert operations, sanctions and foreign aid, and international propaganda towards these ends.

Vyoma Jha is a Fellow in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) at Stanford Law School. Her research focuses on how countries deal with the normative and institutional conflicts between the international legal regimes for trade, investment and climate change.

Libby Johnson is a 2nd year Master’s candidate in International Policy Studies. Her studies are focused on peace-building and negotiations in Latin America and Africa. She conducts research on global democratic trends.

Jooeun Kim is a Nuclear Security pre-doctoral Fellow at CISAC. Her research focuses on credibility, alliance management, and nuclear proliferation within military alliances.

Juan José Lucci is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies at Stanford University with a concentration in Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources.

Iris Malone is a 4th year PhD Candidate in Political Science. Her research focuses on the dynamics of terrorism and insurgency formation across the globe.

Lachlan McNamee is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Political Science. His research explores the causes and long-term consequences of settler colonialism with a focus on Ireland.

Juan Pablo Melo is a 2nd year PhD Student in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature. His research analyses urbanism and design discourses, their notions of public space, and human experience of built environments.

Salma Mousa is a 3rd year PhD candidate in political science. She studies integration policy, social trust, and nation-building, with a focus on minorities in the Middle East and in the West.

Christiana Parreira is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Political Science. Her research focuses on local governance in societies that have experienced civil war, with a focus on the Middle East.

 Kerry Ann Carter Persen is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Political Science. Her dissertation is on obstacles to moderate mobilization against Islamist extremism in the Islamic World, with a focus on Southeast Asia.

Gabriel Costa Pinheiro is a 2nd year Master of Business Administration candidate. His research focuses on transitional justice and on the recent Colombia peace process.

Michelle Reddy is a 3rd year PhD candidate in International Comparative Education, and an MA student in Political Science. Her research focuses on the impact of organizations and social networks on humanitarian and political crises in the developing world.

Jimmy Ruck is a 1st year Stanford Law School student. He served in the U.S. Army for five years as a military intelligence officer and deployed three times to Afghanistan. His experience and interests are in interagency approaches to combating terrorism and bolstering institutions in failed states.

Farzan Sabet is a 5th Year PhD candidate in International History at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a 2nd year pre-doctoral nuclear security Fellow at CISAC Stanford. His research focuses on the Iranian nuclear program, U.S. policy, and the nonproliferation regime.

Kerem Ussakli is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on sponsorship relations between Iraqi Arabs and Kurds in Iraqi Kurdistan. More broadly, he engages with dynamics of violence and morality in the Middle East, legal anthropology, and theories of internationalism and empires.

Scott Williamson is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Political Science. His research focuses on political conflict and democratization in the Middle East.

Mengyi Xu is a 3rd year student at Stanford Law School. Her recent research focuses on the global regulatory landscape surrounding the intersection between civil society and the digital space.

Fellows in Residence

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.

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.

Past Fellows

SCICN Graduate Fellows and Fellows in Residence, 2015-2016

SCICN Graduate Fellows, 2015-2016

Caroline Abadeer is a PhD candidate in Political Science.

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.

Gilat Bachar is a JSD candidate at Stanford Law School, specializing in inter-group conflict resolution, tort law, and civil procedure. Gilat holds an LL.B. in Law, and an M.B.A. in Business Administration, both Summa cum Laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds a J.S.M in International Legal Studies from Stanford Law School. During her studies, Gilat has worked as a research and teaching assistant in constitutional law, international conflict resolution, and civil procedure, and was an editorial board member of ‘Mishpatim’, the Hebrew University’s major law review. She served as a Legal Clerk for Chief Justice Beinisch, President of the Israeli Supreme Court

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.

Kate Cronin-Furman is a Law & International Security Postdoctoral Scholar at CISAC. She is a human rights lawyer (J.D. Columbia, 2006) and political scientist (Ph.D. Columbia, 2015). Her research focuses on the interaction between international norms and politics. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Transitional JusticeThe Washington Post‘s “Monkey Cage” blog, The AtlanticThe National Interest, and The New York Times.

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.

Matthew Gasperetti is a JD student at the Law School, and is interested in international law, international development, and comparative law.

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.

Ryan McIlroy is a JD student at the Law School, and is interested in national security and international humanitarian law.  Prior to Stanford, he served as a military advisor in Afghanistan regarding the training of Afghan security forces.

Liz Miller is a JD student at the Law School.

Nathaniel Nakashima is a PhD candidate in the Organizational Behavior program at the Graduate School of Business.

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.

Beenish Pervaiz is an MA candidate in International Policy Studies.

Duncan Pickard is a JD candidate at the Stanford Law School.

Michelle Reddy is a PhD candidate in International and Comparative Education.  Her research interests center on innovation in development and humanitarian aid, as well as organizations, entrepreneurship, and civil society networks in post-conflict Africa.

Joseph Torigian is a predoctoral fellow at CISAC and a PhD student at MIT.  He is interested in Chinese, Russian, and North Korean elite politics and qualitative methods. His current research uses archival material to investigate how war affects political authority in authoritarian regimes. Before coming to MIT, Joseph worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and studied China’s policies towards Central Asia as a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai. He has conducted dissertation research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University.

Amanda Ussak is an MA candidate in International Policy Studies.  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.

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.

Scott Williamson is a PhD candidate in Political Science.

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).