Associate

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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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.

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.

Yasmin

Yasmin Dualeh

Graduate Associate

Yasmin Dualeh is a Ph.D. student in 20th Century U.S. history at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation explores the political thought of Arab diasporic intellectuals in the US from the First World War through to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. She is primarily interested in their anticolonial/anti-imperialist thought, their writings on race, their attempts to influence and critique US foreign policy, and finally their visions of Arab modernity, subjectivity, and liberation. 

Deren Ertas

Graduate Associate

Deren Ertas (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the History and Middle Eastern Studies joint program, focusing on the economic, social, and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the twentieth-century Middle East. Her dissertation examines the political economy of infrastructure and underground extraction in the Southeastern Taurus Mountains in the last two centuries of Ottoman rule.

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Josh Freedman

Josh Freedman (費哲明)

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.

Gulce

Munevver Gulce

Graduate Associate

Munevver Gulce is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies at Temple University. He earned an MA in Islamic Law from Marmara University with the title "The Banishment Practices in the Ottoman State After Tanzimat (1840-1850)," as well as a second MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) from Columbia University. Her master’s thesis was titled "An Explanation for the Ottoman Sultanate from the Perspective of Islamic Jurisprudence: The Treatise of Lütfi Pasha." Her academic interests include Islamic political thought in the Mamluk and early Ottoman periods, Sunni Caliphate Theory, the relationship between law and politics, and Islamic criminal law: theory and practice.

Katherine I

Katherine Irajpanah

Graduate Associate

Katherine Irajpanah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she conducts research on international security, US foreign policy, and armed conflict. She is also a research affiliate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. At Harvard, she has taught Government 1790: American Foreign Policy.

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Bulelani Jili

Bulelani Jili (启阳)

Graduate Associate

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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Ibrahim Khan

Ibrahim Khan

Graduate Associate

Ibrahim Khan is a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Chicago. His interests include international legal and political thought, Islamic law, anticolonial thought, and the intersection of religion and politics, especially in relation to the Middle East. Ibrahim’s dissertation aims to develop a historical and theoretical account of Global South engagements with the international law on the use of force, in the process engaging topics of war, sovereignty, and international order.

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