Sunil Khilnani

Visiting Professor

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 141


Khilnani is a professor of politics and director of the King's College London India Institute. He is a scholar of Indian history and politics best known as the author of The Idea of India (1997). He was the presenter of a BBC Radio 4 series entitled "Incarnations: India in 50 Lives," which was later published as a book in 2016. He was a 2010 Berlin Prize Fellow, and he is a recipient of the Indian government's 2005 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award.

Olga Panteleeva

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 162A

Panteleeva is a a lecturer in musicology in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She received a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California-Berkeley. Her research focuses on the relationship between political power and the production of humanistic knowledge — dynamics of resistance and cooperation with the state. Her monograph, “The Making of Soviet Musicology,” dismantles the understanding of 1917 as a “zero hour” in Soviet culture by demonstrating that the early Soviet scholarship was deeply rooted in the pre-Revolutionary positivist thought, which paved the way to the Marxist theoretical framework. Her next research project will center on musicology during the Cold War and will interrogate the notion that scholarship produced in oppressive societies is irreparably compromised by its political co-optation.

Jürgen Schaflechner

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 162B

Schaflechner is an assistant professor of South Asian studies at Heidelberg University in Germany. He received a Ph.D. in South Asian literary studies and anthropology from Heidelberg University. His research and teaching focuses on cultural and postcolonial theory, the politics of religious and ethnic minorities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the role of documentary film in anthropological research. His most recent publications deal with religious stereotypes in Urdu horror fiction from Pakistan, the politics behind cases of so-called forced conversions of Hindu women to Islam in Sindh and the ritual dynamics at a Hindu temple in Baluchistan. He has also explored his research topics through the production of six independent documentary films. At Princeton, Jürgen will look at the role of feelings of “ressentiment”in populist movements initiated by “precarious communities” in South Asia.

Lei Shi

Visiting PhD Student

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

356 Wallace Hall

Yunus Sözen

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 163A

Sözen is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Özyeğin University in Istanbul and received his Ph.D. in politics from New York University. His areas of specialty within the field of political science are comparative politics and democratic theory. His research focuses on the relationship between political ideas/ideologies, particularly populism and political regime dynamics. During his time as a Fung fellow, he will examine resistance and opposition to left- and right-wing populist rulers (in various South American cases, Hungary and Turkey) who acquired and kept power in competitive settings by organizing popular resentment.