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Teren Sevea

Teren Sevea

Member of the Advisory Council

Teren Sevea is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies in South and Southeast Asia, currently the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Before joining HDS, he served as Assistant Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Sevea is the author of Miracles and Material Life: Rice, Ore, Traps and Guns in Islamic Malaya (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and co-edited Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia (ISEAS, 2009). He is currently working on a forthcoming book entitled Singapore Islam: The Prophet's Port and Sufism across the Oceans.

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Robbie Shilliam

Robbie Shilliam

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Robbie Shilliam researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question. Robbie was a co-founder of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group of the British International Studies Association and is a long-standing active member of the Global Development section of the International Studies Association.

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Joshua Simon

Joshua Simon

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Joshua Simon is a political theorist of South and North Americas, now based at the Johns Hopkins University. He studied at Reed College, Yale University, and the Colegio de México, and taught at the New School for Social Research, King’s College London, and Columbia University. In 2018-19, he was the Fulbright-García Robles Chair of U.S. Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexíco (ITAM).... Read more about Joshua Simon

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Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer

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Doris Sommer is a humanist thinker and scholar of literature, currently Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. A formidable voice for the arts and humanities in public life and world development, she directs the Cultural Agents Initiative, an NGO dedicated to reviving the civic mission of the Humanities, and “Pre-Texts”, an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship, and Renaissance Now, a forum for rethinking culture in development. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) about novels that helped to consolidate new republics; Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); and The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014).

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Daniel

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

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Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is an intellectual historian of modern political thought with a specific focus on Europe and the world from the Cold War to the present. He addresses such topics as liberalism, conservatism, populism, secularism, religion and the Global Cold War. He is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.

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Anna Stilz

Anna Stilz

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Anna Stilz is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her research focuses on questions of political membership, authority and political obligation, nationalism and self-determination, rights to land and territory, and collective agency.  She also has a strong interest in modern political thought (especially natural law theory, Rousseau, and Kant).

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Nadia Urbinati

Nadia Urbinati

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Nadia Urbinati (PhD, European University Institute, Florence, 1989) is a political theorist interested in modern and contemporary political thought, democratic and anti-democratic traditions. Currently the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University, she has taught and conducted research at New York University, University of Pennsylvania, the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University, Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, as well as Scuola Superiore de Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento Sant'Anna of Pisa and Università degli Studi di Torino in Italy. An award-winning author of numerous books including the most recent Me the People: How Populism Transforms Democracy (Harvard, 2019), Urbinati also co-edits the journal Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory

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Isabella Weber

Isabella Weber

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Isabella M. Weber is a German-born political economist and economic historian of modern China, currently Assistant Professor of Economics at UMass and Research Leader for China of the Asian Political Economy Program at PERI. Having studied at Freie Universität Berlin, Peking University, New School for Social Research, and the University of Cambridge, she taught at Goldsmiths, University of London, and directed the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)-funded research project “What drives specialisation? A century of global export patterns”, before joining University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she has proved a formidable voice for understanding economic thought, economic history, as well as the normative premises and visions of economics. She is the author of the widely-acclaimed book How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate (discussed in this interview). Her work combines economic theory, economic history and China studies to examine the interaction between economic thinking, policy and long-term structural patterns in periods of deep social transformation. Beyond the walls of academia, she has regularly served as a China expert for BBC News and as adviser to members of the German parliament on China issues.... Read more about Isabella Weber

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Shoufu Yin

Shoufu Yin (殷守甫)

Shoufu Yin is an assistant professor in history at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching center on Chinese and Inner Asian political thought in global historical contexts. Specializing in areas where cultural history meets comparative philosophy, he works on a wide array of previously unknown, untapped, and understudied sources in different languages—literary Sinitic (classical Chinese), Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, Persian, Latin, and Greek, to name a few. As such, his publications show that it is productive to engage the intellectual world of hitherto overlooked and marginalized groups—including peasant women who fought in wars, Manchu translators who processed imperial documents, anonymous typesetters behind the production of books. Ultimately, his scholarly passion lies in writing new kinds of global intellectual histories that foreground the theoretical contributions of both “canonical” and “everyday” thinkers of different traditions.

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