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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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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

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.

Jean Comaroff

Jean Comaroff

Member of the Advisory Council

Jean Comaroff is an anthropologist and theorist of Africa and the Global South, currently the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard University. Her intellectual interests range across theory and method, embodiment and commodification, ritual and religion, medicine, politics and ideology, crime and forensics, and colonialism in Africa. Educated at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics, Comaroff was a research fellow in medical Anthropology at the University of Manchester, before she moved to the University of Chicago as the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. Her research, primarily conducted in southern Africa, has centered on processes of social and cultural transformation – the making and unmaking of colonial society, the nature of the postcolony, the late modern world viewed from the Global South.

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Katrina Forrester

Katrina Forrester

Member of the Advisory Council

Katrina Forrester is Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University. She is a political theorist and historian with research interests in twentieth-century social and political theory, particularly the history of liberalism, US and British postwar intellectual history, Marxism and feminism, and in climate politics and theories of work and capitalism.

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Josh Freedman

Josh Freedman

Graduate Associate

Josh Freedman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on technocracy, bureaucracy, and the political theory of science and expertise in contemporary China. Before coming to Harvard, he lived and worked in Beijing and in Washington DC, researching and writing about social and economic policy issues in both China and the United States.

Adom Getachew

Adom Getachew

Member of the Advisory Council

Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the intellectual and political histories of Africa and the Caribbean. Her first book, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination, reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Black Atlantic anticolonial nationalists during the height of decolonization in the twentieth century. 

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Arunabh Ghosh

Member of the Advisory Council

Arunabh Ghosh is a social, economic, and intellectual historian of modern China, with interests in transnational histories of science and statecraft and Sino-Indian history. Ghosh’s first book, Making it Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the early People's Republic of China (Princeton University Press, 2020), investigates how the early PRC state built statistical capacity to know the nation through numbers.

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Bulelani Jili

Bulelani Jili

Bulelani Jili is a Ph.D. candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research interests include Africa-China relations, Cybersecurity, ICT development, African Political Economy, Internet Policy, and Privacy Law. His research at the China, Law, Development project at Oxford University, funded by the European Research Council, is a 5-year, interdisciplinary and multi-sited research project that aims to understand the nature of order that underlies China’s new globalism.

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Shruti Kapila

Shruti Kapila

Member of the Advisory Council

Shruti Kapila is an intellectual historian and political thinker, currently University Lecturer in History and Convenor, History and Politics Tripos in the Faculty of History, and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Born, educated, and made in India, Kapila graduated from Panjab University Chandigarh with top honours, before reading for a Master's in Modern History at JNU, and a doctorate from SOAS, London University. Her professional life has been international. Prior to Cambridge, she has held a research position at the University of Oxford and was Assistant Professor (in conjunction with a University Chair for Career Development) at Tufts University, Mass., USA.

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