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Amsale Alemu

Amsale Alemu

Research Associate
Member of the Advisory Council

Amsale (Amy) Alemu (Ph.D. in African and African American Studies) is a social theorist and historian of political thought, currently Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. She is currently working on a book project that examines the history of Ethiopian revolutionary thought, with attention to relationships among U.S.-based Ethiopian student activists, anti-imperialism, and the Black Power left in the 1960s and 70s.

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Sunil Amrith

Member of the Advisory Council

Sunil Amrith is the Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University. He is currently on leave from his role as chair of the South Asian Studies Council, which he will resume in fall 2022. His research focuses on the movements of people and the ecological processes that have connected South and Southeast Asia. Amrith’s areas of particular interest include environmental history, the history of migration, and the history of public health. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and recipient of the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities.

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David Armitage

Member of the Advisory Council

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is currently a Senior Scholar of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and also an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School, an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, an Honorary Professor of History at Queen's University Belfast and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney.

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Ali Asani

Ali S. Asani (علي سلطان آساڻي)

Member of the Advisory Council

Ali Asani is a Kenya-born scholar of Islam, currently the Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University. Asani's scholarship on Islam encompasses Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia, popular or folk forms of Muslim devotional life, Muslim communities in the West, as well as various aspects of historical and contemporary Islam and Muslim societies across the globe.

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Duncan Bell

Member of the Advisory Council

Duncan Bell is a Professor of Political Thought and International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Christ’s College at the University. His research and teaching stand at the intersection of political theory, intellectual history, and International Relations. Over the last couple of decades he has focused principally on tracing ideas about empire – and in particular settler colonialism – in the history of modern British political thought. He has written three books on the subject, the most recent of which is Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America, as well as assorted articles and book chapters. He has also worked on various topics in contemporary political theory and IR.... Read more about Duncan Bell

Sandeep

Sandeep Bhardwaj

Graduate Associate

Sandeep Bhardwaj is a doctoral candidate in History at Ashoka University, India. He has a Masters in International Relations from University of Chicago. His research interests include Indian diplomatic history, economic history, decolonisation, Asian regionalism, continuities between colonial and post-colonial Asia and Cold War-era Third Worldism.

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Ritwik

Ritwik Bhattacharjee

Graduate Associate

Ritwik Bhattacharjee is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is studying critical social theory (Frankfurt School) and Indigenous resurgence discourses, and is interested in psychoanalytic and socially reconstructive critiques of settler-colonies like Canada.

Cristina

Cristina Blanco Sío-López

Research Associate

Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow and Principal Investigator (PI) of the EU Horizon 2020 research project ‘Navigating Schengen: Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015’ (NAVSCHEN) at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She previously was Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen and ‘Santander’ Senior Fellow in European Studies at the European Studies Centre (ESC) – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford.

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Regan Burles

Regan Burles

Postdoctoral Fellow

Regan Burles is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. His research investigates questions about the relationship between human beings, the earth, and political authority on a world scale in international political theory. His current project investigates these questions through Immanuel Kant’s influential account of this relationship and its influence on nineteenth century geopolitical thought and twentieth century international relations.

Yuqian Cai

Yuqian Cai

Co-organiser

Yuqian Cai is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences and a writing instructor at the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and a MALS degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, and he worked at the University of Hong Kong and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His current interests straddle the boundaries of international relations, political economy, intellectual history, and narrative research, with a focus on China’s vision and role in global governance, and more generally the Global South (especially South and Southeast Asia) in the emerging multiplex world order.

Utku Cansu

Utku Cansu

Graduate Associate

Utku is a PhD student in the political philosophy program at Princeton University. Before Princeton, Utku studied politics at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, conducted research at the Berliner Institut für kritische Theorie, and completed a Master’s degree in Political Science at Duke University as a Fulbright Scholar. His scholarly interests comprise the history of republican thought, Machiavelli’s writings on civil-military relations, and the role of aesthetics and politics in Nietzsche’s thought. Utku is currently working on his dissertation project focusing on Nietzsche’s political thought.

Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan

Member of the Advisory Council

Stephen Chan is a scholar of African politics at SOAS University of London's Department of Politics and International Studies, Centre for Global Media and Communications, and Centre of African Studies. His research spanning multiple areas and disciplines centres on the political thought and practice in Africa. For years, he has taught African Political Thought, Political Thought on the Just Rebellion, Religion and World Politics, and Politics of Africa.

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Yi Ning Chang

Yi Ning Chang (曾宇寧)

Co-organiser

Yi Ning Chang is a PhD student in political theory at the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Graduate Student Associate at the Center for History and Economics. Her research focuses on political thought and postcolonialism in mid-twentieth-century Southeast Asia, focusing specifically on the decline of the anticolonial and anti-imperial moment in the postcolonial project. She also has broader interests in international law and politics, especially where they intersect with anticolonial political thought. 

Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi

Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi

Member of the Advisory Council

Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi is Associate Professor in English at the University of Johannesburg and Director of UJ’s Centre for the Study of Race, Gender and Class. She is a senior research fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS) and a research associate at the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) at Columbia University. Her research is on black intellectual and literary histories and has appeared in Small AxeCallalooboundary2 and the UK Journal of Arts and the Humanities. Her current book project explores global frames for understanding blackness in early twentieth century Cape Town. Collis-Buthelezi is on the editorial committee for Small Axe and an editor of the Polity Critical South book series as well as Peter Lang’s Race and Resistance in the Long Twentieth Century.

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