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.


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.


Anjali DayalAnajli Dayal
Anjali Dayal is a 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and an assistant professor of international politics at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University’s Department of Government in 2015. Her research interests include peacekeeping, peace processes, the UN Security Council, and human rights. She is currently completing a book about UN peacekeeping failures and civil war peace processes, and her ongoing projects include research on civilian protection mandates in peace operations and gender in the international relations canon. She holds a BA, magna cum laude, in History from Columbia College, Columbia University, and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University. From 2007-2008, she worked for the Governance, Peace, and Security team at the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Her doctoral research received the Academic Council on the United Nations’ award for best dissertation written on the UN system in 2014. Her research is forthcoming in the journal International Organization, and, among other venues, her writing has appeared online in blogs at The Washington Post and Ms.Magazine.


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.


Sophie HuveSophie Huve
Sophie Huve received her LLM in International Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center, with a certificate in International Human Rights. While a graduate student, Sophie was vice president of the UN Association – Georgetown Law and participated in the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition where she was nominated for the Gilbert-Apollis award. Before coming to Georgetown Law, Sophie interned with the Security Council Affairs Division at the United Nations, where she worked on the UN sanctions regimes, and published a book on Russia’s foreign policy towards the United Nations. Sophie graduated with a Master 2 Degree in International Public Law & International Organizations from Sorbonne Paris I University. She received both her LL.B. and Master 1 Degree of International Public Law from Assas Paris II University, and studied for a while in Moscow. She also received a certificate in International Relations from the IHEI – Assas Paris II 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.


Juncal Fernández-GarayzábalJuncal Fernández-Garayzábal
Juncal Fernández-Garayzábal is MSc in International Cooperation for Development. She is currently also a PhD candidate at Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid, Spain). Her fields of study comprehend conflicts, forced migrations, organized crime and security. The main focus of her work up to now has been the political, social and economic consequences of human trafficking. Her research has developed through collaboration in projects with different research institutes, both in Spain and at international level. Moreover, she has combined her academic knowledge with field experiences in different countries. While at ISIM she intends to further write her dissertation, focusing on trafficking among refugee population, and will take courses to broaden her knowledge on this issue.


Ludmilla BogdanLudmila Bogdan
Ludmila Bogdan holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Her dissertation examined the interplay of migration, mass media, and human trafficking in Moldova. Prior to this she received a Master of Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Currently, Ludmila is working on several articles on migration and human trafficking and conducting a research project on sexual harassment of interns at international organizations, focusing on the United Nations. Her experience includes writing and presenting research projects on human rights, human trafficking, international security, LGBT, sexuality, economic sanctions, frozen and ethnic conflicts at Harvard University, Columbia University, and SciencesPo, among others. She also gained experience in international relations, multilateral diplomacy, and international security through positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, and Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.


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.


Amir KhnifessAmir Khnifess
Amir comes from a political science background with a focus on the Israeli-Arab conflict and ethnic minorities of the Middle East. As an ADF fellow, he will explore the Druze political action during Mandate Palestine and will complete the manuscript for his book, “The Struggle for Palestine and Druze Politics of Silence.” The book will be written in the context of British colonialism during the 1920s and 1930s and will unearth the very significant role that the British Mandate played in preserving the politics of silence among the Druze during the war in Palestine. Amir was awarded his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the history of the Middle East and political science by the University of Haifa. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a doctorate from the University of London, SOAS. In addition to his research Amir taught Politics of the Middle East at SOAS.


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.


Mouin RabbaniMouin Rabbani
Mouin Rabbani is an independent analyst, commentator and researcher specializing in the contemporary Middle East. He has previously served as Principal Political Affairs Officer with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Head of Middle East with Crisis Management Initiative/Martti Ahtisaari Centre, Senior Middle East Analyst and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group.
He is Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, Contributing Editor of Middle East Report, Associate Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Rabbani has published, presented and commented widely on Middle East issues, including for most major print, television and digital media.


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


Alberto Vergara PaniaguaAlberto Vergara Paniagua
Academic Focus: Several aspects of political regimes in the Andean countries: political parties, subnational politics, elections and citizenship.
Professional Background: Lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Government, Harvard University.


Diego Eugenio PizettaDiego Eugenio Pizetta
Academic Focus: The research fits on the intersection between International Politics, International Economics and International Law and the subject of analysis is the international agreements regarding technical standards as well as the Brazilian Trade Policy for the area. The research deals with the relationship between trade, technological, economic/industrial and military policies and the role of standards for technological innovation, efficiency, competitiveness and national security.
Professional Background:

  • Government Officer – Technologist Researcher at National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro)/Brazil
  • Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/United States
  • Business Analyst for the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil)
  • Manager of International Affairs for the City Hall of Porto Alegre/Brazil
  • Lawyer at Ortigara & Advogados Associados.


eric-gettigEric Gettig
Academic Focus: International and transnational history of the Americas, particularly relations (broadly defined) among and between Cubans, North Americans, and the states and peoples of the so-called “Third World,” “global South,” or “developing world.” He has particular interests in the history of energy, political economy, development, nationalism and internationalism, and revolution.

Professional Background:

  • Senior Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (August 2017– )
  • Lecturer School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Fall 2017)
  • School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University (Summer 2017)
  • Affiliated Researcher Program in Geo-historical Research, Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Mankind, Havana, Cuba (2011, 2013, 2017)
  • Ph.D. Candidate Department of History, Georgetown University (2009-2017)


Mercedes CalzadoMercedes Calzado
Academic focus: The problem of urban security in Argentina, and its connection with election processes, communication media, the political arena, and the emergence of insecurity victims’ movements. Specifically, the complexity of articulating social, media and political players to set an agenda for social discussion and policy-making. She’s currently researching political campaigns and public opinion about insecurity and working on how social concern for urban security has taken center stage in the democracies of the Latin American region.

Professional Background:

  • Adjunct Researcher. National Council of Scientific and Social Research (CONICET).
  • Head of practical works. Anthropology Chair, Communication Sciences Program, Buenos Aires University.
  • Director of Targeted Research. CONICET-National Ombudsman of Public. “The Crime Genre Framed in the Transformations of the Argentine Audiovisual Scene. Productive Routines, Media Performances and Reception of Insecurity News”
  • Director of Buenos Aires University Project. “Communication, Policy-Making and Crime. Security as Electoral and Civic Grammar in Buenos Aires City”
  • Member of the Board, Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires.
  • Academic Secretary, Communication Sciences Program, UBA School of Social Sciences. 2014-2017.
  • Doctorate Under-Secretary, Advanced Studies Secretariat, UBA School of Social Sciences. 2012-2014.


Noelia Alegre CampoNoelia Alegre Campo
Academic focus: Roots and rationale behind the appearance and expansion of vigilantism and self-defense groups in Michoacan (Mexico) and their evolution through time.

Professional Background:

  • Lecturer- Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico)
  • Consultant- Dimac Group (Mexico)
  • Consultant-Biderbost, Boscán & Rochín (Spain)


Nivia CostaNívia Maria Assunção Costa
Academic focus: Her current focus aims to contribute to the linguistic performance and the potential level of Brazilian Portuguese as Additional Language (BPAL) learning, showing the most used sociocognitive strategies in the light of recognition and contemplation in tandem context and in misunderstanding situations, and, above all, to question from Interactional Sociolinguistic as well as sociocognitive and textual linguistic perspectives. So, the societal importance of this research aims to exchange social and cultural experiences from Portuguese texts, and concomitantly, to develop autonomy as well as to strengthen social interactions and cultural identities of the participants. The results will be used to provide theoretical support for the events of literacy, more specially, BPLA and tandem context.
Professional Background:

  • Lecturer: Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goias at Valparaiso campus (since 2013); UNIDESC University (2009)
  • Lieutenant in armed forces: Military School of Brasilia (2010-2012); Headquarter (2011)
  • Reviewer: Military Headquarter (2011)
  • Professor: Governmental Education of Goias (2007 until 2013); Governmental Education of Federal District (2001-2007)


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.


Barry ZellenBarry Scott Zellen
Barry Scott Zellen is an author, editor, and journalist specializing in war and strategy, geopolitics, indigenous cultures, and the tribal dimensions of world politics. Much of Zellen’s early research and writing covers the arctic and subarctic North America. In addition to the hundreds of articles he has written, Zellen has authored numerous books, with several new book projects under way. Since 2012, Zellen has shifted his research focus from the Arctic basin to the Pacific, with several long-term research projects underway. Two of his current projects are based in Sarawak, Borneo. One of Zellen’s projects examines the period of White Rajah rule and its efforts to protect and preserve indigenous rights. Zellen is also conducting a project on the prolific literary output of the last Ranee of Sarawak, Sylvia Brett Brooke, whose fiction and nonfiction writings championed the causes of marginalized natives within Britain’s Asian empire. Zellen is also working on a project exploring the diverse forms of sovereignty past and present in the Asia-Pacific region, including its many city- and island-states.
Zellen is an author of the following books: Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic (Lexington Books, 2008); Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic (Praeger/ABC-Clio. 2009); On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty (Lexington Books, 2009); The Realist Tradition in International Relations: The Foundations of Western Order including volume 1, State of Hope: Order in the Age of Classical War; volume 2, State of Fear: Order in the Age of Limited War; volume 3, State of Awe: Order in the Age of Total War; and volume 4, State of Siege: Order in the Age of Insurgency (ABC-Clio/Praeger, 2011); State of Doom: Bernard Brodie, the Bomb, and the Birth of the Bipolar World (Continuum Books, 2011); The Art of War in an Asymmetric World: Strategy for the Post-Cold War World (Continuum Books, 2012); and State of Recovery: The Quest to Restore Homeland Security After 9/11 (Bloomsbury, January 2013). He is editor of The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warming World (University of Calgary Press, 2013) and co-editor of Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency (Stanford University Press, 2014).


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


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

Stephan FrühlingStephan Frühling
Dr. Stephan Frühling is the Associate Dean (Education) of the College of Asia and the Pacific, and Associate Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs. His research interests include Australian defence policy, nuclear weapons, and NATO. From September 2017 to January 2018, he will be working at Georgetown University as the 2017 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-America Alliance Studies. From August to December 2015, he was the ‘Partner across the globe’ research fellow in the Research Division of the NATO Defense College in Rome. Between 2014-2015, Stephan was a member of the Australian Government’s external panel of experts on  the 2016 Defence White Paper. His previous positions include Deputy Director (Education) of the Bell School (January-July 2016), inaugural Director of Studies (October 2011-June 2012) and Deputy Director of Studies (July-December 2013) of the ANU Master in Military Studies program at the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Command and Staff College, and Managing Editor of the journal Security Challenges (2006 to 2014).