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Kellogg Welcomes New Visiting FellowsKellogg Welcomes New Visiting Fellows

Elizabeth Rankin • September 2, 2015

Four new visiting fellows—an anthropologist, an economist, and two political scientists—are settling in at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies after arriving from as far away as Vietnam and Ecuador and as close as the University of Michigan.

“We are delighted to welcome these new scholars to the Kellogg intellectual community,” said Institute Director Paolo Carozza. “We look forward to a semester of new friendships and new perspectives on our joint body of research.”

Internationally recognized for research excellence, the Kellogg Visiting Fellows 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 the core Kellogg themes of democracy and human development.

Bob Baulch (fall), an economist at RMIT University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, will explore variations in human development and multidimensional poverty in Southeast Asia. He also plans to investigate the best statistical approach for analyzing multidimensional poverty.

Kristin McKie, a scholar of government and African studies at St. Lawrence University, will work on the book manuscript “Reining in the Big Men: African Executives and the Rule of Law.” She is studying how constitutional limits on executive power become institutionalized in new democracies, especially in relation to levels of party competition.

Mercedes Prieto (fall) an anthropologist at FLACSO (Facultad Lationamericana de Ciencias Sociales) in Ecuador, will consider the relationship of indigenous women and the state in the development process in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, exploring the deployment of the ILO-sponsored Andean Indigenous Program during the post-war era.

George Tsebelis, a political scientist from the University of Michigan, is mining a massive dataset to investigate an array of questions related to constitutional choices and their potential outcomes on institutions, growth and welfare, and individual and human rights in both democratic and nondemocratic countries. A native of Greece, he has already lent his expertise to a flash panel on the crisis in that country.

McKie and Tsebelis, who will be at Kellogg for the academic year, will be joined for the spring semester by five additional visiting fellows. (See complete list here.)

Guest Scholars

Also in residence at the Institute this academic year are two guest scholars, who bring their own funding to their work in the Kellogg community.

Mark Christensen is a United States Army War College Fellow who will conduct ongoing research with Faculty Fellows Viva Bartkus and Emily Block. He will also explore the role of business—individually and in partnership with special operations forces—in preventing conflict and establishing security in conflict regions.

Kiwoong Yang, a political scientist from Hallym University in Chuncheon, South Korea, will examine Japan–South Korea conflicts and their implications for East Asian security, US foreign policy, and the rivalry between China and Japan. He will also analyze US-Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation and its influence on East Asian prosperity and security.




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