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Kellogg Welcomes New Visiting Fellows

Kellogg Welcomes New Visiting FellowsEmily Beaudoin • September 8, 2016

Seven new visiting fellows—an economist, a sociologist, an anthropologist, and four political scientists—have settled into their offices at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies after arriving from academic institutions across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Brazil.

“We are thrilled with the depth and variety of the work these scholars do,” said Institute Director Paolo Carozza. “Their research across a diverse array of disciplines and regions—including Latin America, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific—promises to strengthen our intellectual community and transform the way we think about a range of issues.”

Internationally recognized for research excellence, the Kellogg Visiting Fellow Program boasts a long list of distinguished former fellows. With fellowships for the fall semester and the academic year, the new visiting fellows will conduct independent research related to core Kellogg themes of democracy and human development.

  • Hernán Flom, a political scientist from the University of California, Berkeley, will work on a book manuscript, “The Politics of Organized Crime Regulation in Latin America,” based on extensive fieldwork in Brazil and his native Argentina. He is studying why and how state actors confront, negotiate with, or extract rents from drug traffickers in Latin American cities. 

  • Lauren Honig, a political scientist from Cornell University, will work on the book project “Land, State-Building, and Political Authority in Africa.” Based on 18 months of fieldwork in Senegal and Zambia, her study investigates the development of plural property rights, critical to governance, economic development, and environmental policy.

  • Stuart Kirsch (fall), an anthropologist from the University of Michigan, is completing a book manuscript, “Anthropology beyond the Text,” which considers a range of questions about the politics of engaged research. He is studying the role anthropologists play as public intellectuals, expert witnesses, and advocates for marginalized communities, drawing on his own experience as an engaged scholar.

  • Tina Lee, a sociologist from Princeton University, will work on two projects that explore the unintended consequences of party building among Chinese entrepreneurs and the influence of global governance structures on political institutions. Her research traces the ways in which actors in China manage political and legal uncertainty in the form of shifting policy mandates and regulatory enforcement. 

  • Amy Erica Smith, a political scientist from Iowa State University, is interested in how citizens in new or less-developed democracies learn the political information, attitudes, and behavior that make democracy work. Her book project examines why Brazilian evangelicals and Catholics have become highly active in recent Brazilian elections, but in ways distinctive from evangelicals and Catholics in the United States.

  • Margaret Triyana, an economist from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, studies mechanisms that affect health investments with a special focus on how social policies affect health outcomes for the poor. In two projects in her native Southeast Asia, she will analyze the effects of early exposure to air pollution and natural disasters and study tobacco control through a cluster-randomized controlled trial.

Flom, Honig, Lee, Smith, and Triyana, who will be at Kellogg for the academic year, will be joined for the spring semester by Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy Katherine Corcoran. (See complete list here.)

Presentation Night Coming Up

On Tuesday, September 13, scholars and doctoral students from around the University will have the opportunity to learn about the new visiting fellows’ projects in person at the Institute’s fall Presentation Night.  Beginning at 4 p.m., each will give a two-minute overview of their research, and then be available individually in the Great Hall of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies with their project posters for more conversation.

Guest Scholars

Also in residence at the Institute are four guest scholars, who may bring their own funding to their work in the Kellogg community.

  • Col. Jay Hopkins (academic year), a United States Army War College Fellow, is working with Faculty Fellow Viva Bartkus and David Cortright of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies on issues of conflict resolution and is also studying national security issues.

  • Thomas Kelly (September), a theologian from Creighton University, is investigating to what extent vision and practice within the Catholic Church cohere through a comparison of two Peruvian communities that have reacted in different ways to similar external threats.

  • Barbara Koremenos (fall) a political scientist from the University of Michigan, uses economics methodology to demonstrate theoretically and empirically how international law’s detailed design provisions help states cooperate despite harsh international political realities.

  • Victor Maqque (academic year), a historian who earned his PhD from Notre Dame, is a postdoctoral research associate. A former Kellogg dissertation year fellow, he studies indigenous political participation during the transition from the colonial period to post-independence in the Southern Andes.

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students from across the University and around the world that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to two topics critical to our world—democracy and human development.




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