Research Fellows

Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

The Bridge Initiative Fellows

The Bridge Initiative is a multi-year research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square. This pioneering “crossover” initiative brings together celebrated faculty, subject-matter experts, and seasoned researchers to examine attitudes and behaviors towards Muslims; dissect public discourses on Islam; and uncover the operational mechanisms of engineered Islamophobia in an effort to raise public awareness and enrich public discourse on this pernicious form of prejudice.


Arsalan IftikharArsalan Iftikhar
Arsalan is an international human rights lawyer and scholar. His most recent book is SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms, which President Jimmy Carter called “an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently.” Arsalan is a regular on-air commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and his interviews regularly appear on prominent global media outlets like CNN, Al-Jazeera English, BBC World News, The Economist, New York Times, Rolling Stone, NBC News “Meet The Press” and many more.
A native of Chicago, Arsalan was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees.


Farid HafezFarid Hafez
Farid Hafez is a political scientist (Salzburg University, Department of Political Science and Sociology), who in 2017 was Fulbright Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City in 2014. He is the founding editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook(since 2010) and co-editor of the annual European Islamophobia Report (since 2015), covering more than 25 European countries. Hafez regularly appears on prominent media outlets throughout the world. A native Austrian, Hafez was awarded the prestigious 2010 Bruno Kreisky-Award for the Political Book of the Year for his anthology on Islamophobia in Austria. Hafez has more than 50 publications and publishes in internationally renowned journals.


Mobashra TazamalMobashra Tazamal
Mobashra Tazamal is a Senior Research Fellow at The Bridge Initiative. She received her Masters in Islamic Societies and Cultures from SOAS, University of London where her dissertation centered on Shari’a in Saudi Arabia. Mobashra’s current research focuses on Islamophobia, the military-industrial complex, post-colonial theory, and empire building. Her work and commentary on U.S. politics and anti-Muslim sentiment has been published in Middle East Eye, al-Araby al-Jadeed, The Tempest, and The Muslim Internationalist.


Hannah SullivanHannah Sullivan
Hannah Sullivan received her Master’s in Linguistics from Georgetown University where her research centered on online discourse surrounding Muslims in the US and Western Europe. She has three years of study and work experience in the Middle East, including as a David L. Boren Fellow and as a project manager on Women, Peace and Security at the Jordanian National Commission for Women in Amman. Her research interests include new media discourse, strategic communications and social media analytics.


Kristin Garrity ŞekerciKristin Garrity Şekerci
Kristin Garrity Şekerci received her Master’s degree from American University in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs. Her research and commentary on Islamophobia has been published in London School of Economics Blog, Feminist Studies in Religion Blog and Huffington Post, and has been featured in Reuters, AJ+ and Baltimore’s WYPR, among other outlets. Garrity Şekerci’s research interests includes questions of identity and racialization of and within U.S. Muslim communities.



Aamina Shaikh
Aamina Shaikh is a Senior Research Fellow at The Bridge Initiative. She received her Master’s degree in Islamic Law at SOAS, University of London where her research was focused on consent in Islamic Law and the foundations of Islamic finance. Aamina‘s current research is focused on the financial and ideological underpinnings of Islamophobia in America and Western Europe, and the role of Islamic Law in contemporary society.


Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow positions provide opportunities to two recent graduates of Georgetown University and the Clinton School of Public Service to conduct academically rigorous, practically relevant, policy-oriented research to help close key knowledge and evidence gaps in the field of women, peace and security. Through these fellowships, recent graduates pursue desk and field research that furthers our collective understanding on women’s experiences, roles and impact in conflict prevention, peacemaking, mitigation of humanitarian emergencies, political transitions and post-conflict development.


Madison Schramm
Madison Schramm is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, and gender and foreign policy. Her dissertation explores the dynamics that intensify conflict between democracies and personalist regimes. She has previously worked with the Council on Foreign Relations; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Yale University’s Political Violence FieldLab; the RAND Corporation; and International Studies Quarterly. Madison received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in Government from Georgetown University.


Hillary Rodham Clinton McLarty Fellow

Yvonne QuekYvonne Quek
Yvonne Quek is a 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She researches issue areas related to the economic empowerment of women in fragile states and the impact of climate change on women. Previously, Ms. Quek served as the McLarty Global Fellow at Vital Voices Global Partnership where she undertook a monitoring and evaluation study within the organization. She has also consulted with non-profits on monitoring and evaluation studies, co-founded an artisan e-commerce business, and is a former practicing corporate attorney, specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Quek received her Masters of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service where she completed field work on food insecurity, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s leadership development. She completed her law degree at the National University of Singapore and remains a bar licensed attorney in Singapore.


Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow

This fellowship position provides a recent graduate of the Georgetown Law School the opportunity to conduct research and analysis on international law, human rights and actions taken by international governmental organizations that specifically related to women, peace and security. The Fellow will track legal developments that shape the advancement of women in peace and security efforts worldwide and publish reports on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, women’s representation and status in constitutions, international doctrines, resolutions, conventions, etc. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in meetings with expert practitioners and thought leaders.


Matt Moore
Matt received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Georgetown Law, Matt was Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law. He served as a Summer Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group, and as a judicial intern with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During graduate school, Matt completed field research in Medellín, Colombia. He served as a graduate student research consultant for Human Rights Watch and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and as an intern at The New Yorker. Previously, Matt worked in New York at the quarterly political journal Dissent.


Bank of America Research Fellow

Raiyan Kabir
Raiyan researches on issues related to women’s economic empowerment, particularly with regards to the role of digital financial inclusion in women’s economic empowerment in fragile and conflict states. Previously, she worked at the World Bank researching the role of youth in the context of social contract in Africa. Raiyan received her BSS in Economics from BRAC University in Bangladesh and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.


Institute for the Study of International Migration

Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Program is a highly selective program that allows senior scholars (Senior Visiting Scholars) and researchers in the early stages of their careers (Junior Visiting Scholars) to pursue an independent research or writing project. ISIM welcomes 2-3 visiting scholars from all over the world each year for a minimum of one semester and no longer than one year.


Claire Higgins
Dr. Claire Higgins was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at ISIM from January-June 2018. At ISIM, she researched the use of ‘in-country’ processing within the United States refugee admissions program. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW in Sydney. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford, and is the author of Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth, 2017).  Follow @higginsCM on twitter for thoughts and updates.


Heidrun Bohnet
Heidrun Bohnet was a post-doctoral visiting scholar at ISIM from January-June 2018. Her research topics include refugee integration in Turkey and refugee settlement policies in Africa. She was funded by the Heinrich Hertz foundation. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva and is a senior researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Germany.

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

American Druze Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow

The American Druze Foundation (ADF) Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Druze and Arab Studies supports specialized social scientific research on the Druze communities centrally and primarily, and on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world more generally.


Dr. Graham Pitts
Dr. Graham Pitts was a postdoctoral teaching scholar from 2016 to 2018 at North Carolina State University’s International Studies program. He earned both his MA and PhD from Georgetown University’s History Department and his BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. His dissertation was titled “Fallow Fields: Famine and the Making of Lebanon.” Dr. Pitts is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and French, and has a working knowledge of Turkish. He has taught “Arab Environmental History,” “History of Sectarianism in the Middle East,” “Introduction to International Studies,” and historical survey courses on the Middle East.


Marie Alienor van den Bosch
Marie Alienor van den Bosch is the Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in June 2018, with a focus on Comparative Politics. Her research interests are in authoritarian political systems, regime survival politics and comparative political economy of oil. Her dissertation focused on political survival strategies through economic diversification in oil-dependent countries. Her ongoing research investigates two intertwined questions: what is the effect of non-state elite groups on government spending patterns, and what is the role of oil in shaping political survival strategies for authoritarian regimes. She also holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s CCAS.


Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars program at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) was established to accommodate visiting researchers who wish to use the facilities and faculty resources of Georgetown University for research purposes. The University extends its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality and to foster the further development of knowledge.


Center for Latin American Studies

Visiting Researchers

Each year the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) hosts a limited number of visiting researchers from around the world.  As participants in the renowned Visiting Researchers program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, they will become an integrated member of the community with access to Georgetown University libraries, programs, events, and other valuable university resources.


Geoffrey WallaceGeoffrey Wallace
Academic Focus: Environmental history of the Northern Maya Lowlands (or Yucatán Peninsula) during the colonial period; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital maps as representational and analytical tools in historical research.
Professional Background: Lecturer, McGill University and University of Ottawa



Laura Cahier
Laura Cahier is a PhD candidate in international law at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, under the supervision of Dr. Albane Geslin. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (Sciences-Po Lyon) and a Research Master’s Degree in Human Rights (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas). Her research focuses on indigenous women’s rights in international law and their participation in local and international legal organizations to oppose intersectional forms of violence. She pays specific attention to the Kaqchikel peoples in Guatemala and the Navajos in the United States. Laura is also the representative of the French Institut des Amériques in Washington, for the 2018-2021 period.


Eduardo Chavez
Eduardo Chavez is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Brasília. He holds a Professional Master in Leadership and Public Management at the Center for Public Leadership in São Paulo and an Academic Master in Psychology from the University of Brasília. He is a civil servant at the State Secretariat of Policies for Children, Adolescents, and Youth of the Federal District of Brazil. Eduardo’s research focuses on public policies for early childhood.


Belén Lorente-Molina
Belén Lorente-Molina holds a PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Seville) and a MA in Studies on Society, Sciences and Technology (University of Salamanca). She is an associate professor of Social Work at the University of Malaga, Spain. Dr. Lorente has maintained a close relationship with Latin America, where she has participated and conducted research on social policies and cultural diversity and feminized work.


Livia Milani
Livia Milani is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and holds a MA and BA in International Relations from São Paulo State University (UNESP) where she is also a lecturer. Livia’s research aims to analyze the U.S. foreign policy in South America, with specific focus on Brazil and Argentina.


Jesus Muñoz Bandala
Professor Bandala holds a PhD in Economics and a MS in International Business from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. He is a professor-researcher of economics and finance at the Centro Universitario Incarnate Word and at Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. He was also a Senior Researcher on migration at DGETA in Mexico City. His research focuses on the macroeconomic causes, interrelations, and impact of the Mexican migration to the United States from 1980-2017, with emphasis on the role of domestic management, financial crisis, and development.


César Augusto Tapias Hernandez
César Augusto Tapias Hernandez is a PhD student in Communication at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla with a COLCIENCIAS Scholarship and as an MA in Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is a sociologist, university professor, audiovisual ethnographer, and writer. With fifteen years of experience in university teaching, César has been developing chairs in the fields of Audiovisual Communication, Media Pedagogy, Sociology of Culture and Social Research Techniques in different universities in the Colombia, both in Communication and Social Sciences programs. His research focuses on community communication and peace building.


Carlos Zambrano
Professor Zambrano is a Social Anthropologist who received his PhD from the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain and his MA in Social Studies of Science and Technology from the Universidad de Salamanca. He is a professor at the Universidad de Cadiz and a recognized expert in the field of cultural diversity and human rights, in addition to having extensive research and practical experience in the field of mediation and prevention.


Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

Senior Fellow

Andrew KuchinsAndrew Kuchins
Andrew Kuchins conducts research and writes on Russian foreign and security as well as domestic policy. From 2000 to 2006, Kuchins was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he previously served as director of its Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C. He was director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia from 2003 to 2005. He has also held senior positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies

Senior Fellows

Richard SouthbyRichard Southby
Dr. Richard Southby is Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs at The George Washington University Medical Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
Dean Southby joined The George Washington University faculty in 1979. Prior to his initial academic appointment at GW, Dean Southby served as Director of Health Services Research and Teaching in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at The University of Sydney, Australia. Additionally, he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Monash University for ten years and served as a full time Commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission. Dean Southby is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK; an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine; and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. He is presently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Dean Southby received a B.Com. degree from The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1965, an M.P.A. degree from Cornell University, New York, in 1967, and a Ph.D. degree from Monash University, Australia, in 1973.


Claude RakisitsClaude Rakisits
Dr. Claude Rakisits has had almost 20 years of experience in the Australian public sector, including the Departments of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National Assessments, Australia’s principal analytical intellifence agency. He was also an advisor to a shadow federal minister for foreign affairs and to a deputy prime minister in Australia. From 2006-2009 he taught international affairs at tertiary institutions in Switzerland. Between 2010-2013 he was the academic adviser at the Centre for Strategic and Defense Studies, the senior staff college at the Australian Defence College in Canberra. Claude is an Honorary Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. His publications and media interviews can be viewed on his homepage:
Education: PhD. in Political Science
University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1982-86
Doctoral Thesis: National Integration in Pakistan: The Role of Religion, Ethnicity and the External Environment
B.A. (Hons) in International Relations
Simon Fraser Uninversity, Vancouver, Canada, 1976-79
Honor Thesis: ASEAN: A Case Study in Regional Integration


Jennifer Curtain
Professor Jennifer Curtin is the Director of the PPI and the Coordinator of our Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme. Jennifer teaches comparative public policy and runs an internship course for postgraduate students, working with the Auckland Policy Office, MBIE and Auckland Council, as well as with smaller policy consultancies and non-profit organisations. Her research focuses on trans-Tasman policy innovations, sport and politics, and gender analysis in policy making. She has undertaken collaborative research projects with womens’ policy agencies in Australia and womens’ organisations in New Zealand, and has published widely on topics related to this theme. She was an NZ-Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in 2012 and regularly speaks about issues connected with her research at national and international conferences and in the media.


Saleem H. AliSaleem H. Ali
Saleem H. Ali is an environmental planner whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, USA (commencing September 2016). He is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Centre on Sustainable Investment. Professor Ali has also held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane, Australia (where he retains professorial affiliation). He has previously been a professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources where he was founding director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. His books include “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future,” (Yale Univ. Press); “Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press), “Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts” (Univ. of Arizona Press) and “Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassas” (Oxford Univ. Press). He has also authored over a hundred other peer-reviewed publications and been the editor of acclaimed anthologies including “Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution” (MIT Press) and “Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic” (with R. Pincus, Yale Univ. Press).
His corporate and government experience includes employment in General Electric’s Technical Leadership Program; a Baker Foundation Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a Research Internship at the UK House of Commons.  Professor Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on the board of governors of the non-profit environmental organization LEAD-Pakistan. He is also a series co-editor for the University of Chicago Press on Environmental Science, Law and Policy. Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). He can be followed on Twitter @saleem_ali


Visiting Scholar

Reuban Steff

Dr Steff has a PhD in Security Studies and a Masters in International Studies (MInSt) from the University of Otago, Dunedin. After receiving his PhD, hespent two and a half years working for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trade, firstly in the International Security and Disarmament Division, where he workedon counter terrorism and transnational crime issues, and then in the Strategic Policy Division, where he was responsible for developing strategic policy and providing support to NZ Inc agencies.

At the University of Waikato he will teach courses on New Zealand Foreign Policy, International Relations and International Security. He is the author of Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (Routledge, 2014).

His newly released book is: Dr Reuben Steff & Dr Nicholas Khoo, Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2017)

His research on nuclear deterrence, missile defence and the security dilemma examines the nature of contemporary great power competition within a unipolar system. He is currently conducting research into New Zealand’s place in the ‘NZ-China-US triangle’, the contemporary dynamics of nuclear deterrence and the implications of artificial intelligence for international security.