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PIIRS invites six exceptional, international early-career faculty members for one academic year of research, writing and collaboration on a common topic. The 2018-19 academic year's fellows included:

Guillaume Calafat

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program - Fall 2018

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 149A

gcalafat@princeton.edu

Calafat is an associate professor (Maître de Conférences) of early modern history at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. He received his Ph.D in history from University of Paris 1 and University of Pisa. His research interests focus on commercial and maritime law in the Mediterranean during the Early Modern period. His monograph, entitled Une mer jalousée. Souverainetés et juridictions des mers dans la Méditerranée du XVIIe siècle, addresses a fierce seventeenth century legal, political and erudite controversy surrounding the status of the Mediterranean sea and concepts such as sovereignty, empire, jurisdiction, occupation and protection. During his time as a Fung Fellow, Calafat will examine the economic, social, political and diplomatic relationships between Ottoman North Africa and Western Europe during the early modern period. 

Meng-Hsuan Chou

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program - Fall 2018

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 149B

mc56@princeton.edu

Chou is an assistant professor of public policy and global affairs in the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She received her PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the transformation of the state through inter-state and inter-regional policy cooperation in areas of contemporary salience such as migration, academic mobility and higher education. During her stay in Princeton, Chou will compare the rise, evolution and the effects of higher education regionalisms in Europe and in Southeast Asia, as well as between these two regions. In so doing, she will explain how changing higher education practices, politics and policies weave a web of interdependence and unveil new power dynamics between actors in distinct world regions.

Tolga Demiryol

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program - Fall 2018

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 150

demiryol@princeton.edu

Demiryol is an associate professor of political science at Altinbas University, Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. in politics from the University of Virginia, specializing in political economy. His recent research focuses on the geopolitical implications of economic interdependence, with an emphasis on regional energy trade. At Princeton, Tolga will study how states use geo-economic tools to realize foreign policy objectives in an increasingly interdependent economic order. Tolga’s project will analyze the economic instruments of Turkey’s foreign policy since 2002. The findings of this research can enhance our view of the geo-economics of regional powers as well as the limits of interdependence as a source of inter-state cooperation.

Rita Kesselring

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program - Fall 2018

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 151

rk20@princeton.edu

Kesselring is senior lecturer at the Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland where she also received her Ph.D. Her work focuses on the body and lived experience vis-à-vis dominant discourses, the built environment and global inequalities. Her monograph, Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation, is an ethnography on apartheid victims in South Africa and globally entangled system of human rights abuses and looks at the possibilities and limits of social change after decades of structural violence. She is co-editor of the journal Anthropology Southern Africa and leader of the project "Valueworks: Effects of Financialisation along the Copper Value Chain." At Princeton, she will work on a book manuscript on new mining towns in Zambia’s Northwestern Province, making visible the interconnection between global extractivism, commodity trade and urban life at the site of resource extraction.

Joseph Ben Prestel

Fung Global Fellow

Fung Global Fellows Program - Fall 2018

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 152A

jprestel@princeton.edu

Prestel is an assistant professor of history at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. He received his Ph.D. in history from Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the histories of Europe and the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as on global and urban history. Entitled Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910, his first monograph analyzes the emergence of similar arguments about city dwellers’ emotions in Berlin and Cairo during the second half of the nineteenth century. At Princeton, he will work on a project that examines the ties between Palestinian groups and the West German radical left during the 1960s and 1970s

Kristin Surak

Fung Global Fellow - Fall 2018

Fung Global Fellows Program

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 152B

ksurak@princeton.edu

Surak is an associate professor of politics at SOAS, University of London. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, which received a Book of the Year Award from the American Sociological Association. Her research has explored a wide range of subjects from the phenomenology of coordinated action to principal-agent dilemmas in running guestwork programs. Her current project investigates the sale of one of the state’s most valued resources: citizenship. While a Fung Fellow, she will be completing a monograph on the origins and spread of citizenship by investment programs and the global interdependencies – geopolitical inequalities and industry interconnections – that have advanced them.