Meg Arenberg

Meg Arenberg

Postdoctoral Research Associate, African Humanities

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 166


Arenberg recently completed her Ph.D. in comparative literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her primary research interests focus on multilingual African fiction, poetry and drama of the 20th and 21st centuries, intertextuality between Afrophone and Europhone African literatures and literary translation. While at Princeton she will be preparing a book manuscript on the interrelationship of language ideology, literary form and African identities in contemporary East African literature across the generic spectrum. Her work has been published in Research in African Literatures and is forthcoming in PMLA and East African Literary and Cultural Studies. Arenberg also translates from Swahili language and is currently at work on an English translation of Zanzibari poet Mohammed Ghassani’s award-winning collection, N’na Kwetu. 

Noelle Brigden

Visiting Associate Research Scholar

Migration Research Community

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 159


Noelle Brigden is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University, where she teaches courses on international relations, human security and migration. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. During her research on the violence and uncertainty that confronts Central American migrants in transit, she conducted over two years of fieldwork along unauthorized routes in El Salvador, Mexico and the United States. Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Garcia-Robles program, the Bucerius Program at the Zeit-Stiftung and the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Institute for Social Science at Cornell University. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Geopolitics, Migration Politics and Antipode, and her work is forthcoming in Mobilities. Her current research project maps the im/mobilities produced by gang borders in El Salvador to theorize globalization and the reordering of the nation-state through the lived spatial orientation of people. She earned her Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University.

Jiaju Chen

Visiting PhD Student

Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

354 Wallace Hall

David Cortez

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Migration Research Community

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 160


David Cortez is a recent Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University.  His research centers on ethnic and racial identity, with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience.  At Princeton, he will be preparing a book manuscript in which he explores the emergence of a disproportionately Latinx immigration law enforcement workforce as a metaphor for the minority experience in the United States.  Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, including interviews with and observations of one-hundred Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across Texas, Arizona, and California, his research engages questions of belonging, obligation, and liminality to reveal the careful negotiation of cross-cutting social group memberships of Latinx immigration agents caught between two worlds: the police and the policed.


Hao Dong

Hao Dong

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Hao Dong earned his Ph.D. and MPhil in social science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and LLB in Sociology from Zhejiang University. His research interests include social demography, family and kinship, and social mobility and inequality. In his recent works, he makes use of five recently available longitudinal datasets of some 4 million observations of 650,000 individuals, who lived between 18th and mid-20th century in northeast China, northeast Japan, southeast Korea, and north Taiwan, to compare the influence of social context and family structure on individuals throughout the life course.