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Chambi Chachage
Senior Research Assistant, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Department of English

Chambi Chachage’s postdoctoral research project is on the history of racial capitalism in Tanzania with a particular focus on the business culture of people of African descent. He is the co-editor of Africa’s Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere. He has just completed a Ph.D dissertation at Harvard University on A Capitalizing City: Dar es Salaam and the Emergence of an African Entrepreneurial Elite (c. 1862-2015).

James Gabrillo
Senior Research Assistant, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) under the auspices of PIIRS and in conjunction with the PIIRS Research Community, “Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders.”

James Gabrillo joins Princeton to work on his postdoctoral ethnographic project on the soundscapes of Filipino migrant caregivers. His articles have been published in the journals Musical Quarterly, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Rock Music Studies. His recent Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Cambridge examines issues of class and taste in contemporary Filipino pop music.

Milad Hooshyar
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Community on Climate Change and Epidemic Disease in the Indian Ocean at PIIRS

Hooshyar holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida. His research interests include surface water hydrology, surface processes, geomorphology, dynamical systems and numerical simulation.

Sadaf Jaffer
Lecturer

Sadaf Jaffer is a scholar of South Asian, Islamic and gender studies. She aims to understand Muslim communities by looking beyond religious authorities to shapers of film, literary and popular culture. She is currently working on a book entitled Lady Genghis Khan: Ismat Chughtai, Progressive Literature and Secularism in Modern India, which offers new perspectives on Islam in India through the lens of celebrated Urdu writer and cultural critic Ismat Chughtai. Jaffer is also conducting research for a second book project on South Asian social media. Based on preliminary research, she has published a reflection paper in the Journal of Women’s History entitled “Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Towards a Feminist Intellectual History” in which she explores the ways women use dynamic online texts to emphasize national belonging to Pakistan while rejecting Islam as promulgated by the state. Jaffer is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Aiala Levy
2018-2019 Princeton-Mellon / Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies Fellow

Aiala Levy is a historian whose work explores the relation between urban space and sociabilities at the turn of the twentieth century. In addition to teaching the Fall 2018 Interdisciplinary Design Studio with Princeton Mellon Principal Investigator Mario Gandelsonas, Levy will complete her monograph, Making the Metropolis: Theaters and the Urban Public in São Paulo, Brazil, 1854-1924. The book examines rapidly growing São Paulo, Brazil, to understand the role of the built environment in the formation of a mass society. Levy argues that, as tens of thousands of immigrants and migrants poured into São Paulo around 1900, a wide range of residents used theaters to forge an urban public, that is, a social body reconciled by common tastes, manners and ideas. By analyzing theater activities, architectural plans and legislation, her work reveals the significance of the metropolis’ new spaces in enabling different Paulistanos to define social belonging.

Levy’s work in progress stems from her dissertation, which she completed at the University of Chicago in 2016 and which earned the 2017 Dissertation Award from the Latin American Studies Association’s Brazil Section. Levy was the inaugural recipient of the Judith Ewell Prize from the journal The Americas and her work has appeared in Planning Perspectives, Istor, and Oxford Bibliographies. Levy’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Institute of International Education, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Levy is currently co-editing Superlative City, a multidisciplinary volume on the crafting of urbanity in São Paulo. While at Princeton, Levy will be on leave as assistant professor at The University of Scranton.

Tomaz Mastnak
Research Scholar

Mastnak received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. His primary area of research is the emergence and articulation of conflictual relations between East and West, Christendom and the Muslim world, and between Europe and the non-European world.

Mastnak is the author of a wide range of books and articles in the history of political thought and political theory.

He has been a research fellow at the European University Institute, Oxford University, American University of Cairo, Harvard University and New York University.

Ute Mehnert
Lecturer
Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society

Mehnert received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Cologne in Germany. She has been a lecturer at Princeton since 2013, where she teaches courses for the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and Program in European Cultural Studies.

David Moak
Lecturer, EPS 300

Moak is a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France, who received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. His scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Urban History and French History.

Miqueias Mugge
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brazil LAB at PIIRS

Mugge received his Ph.D. in social history from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016). Before joining PIIRS and the Brazil LAB, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Woodrow Wilson School (2016-2018), and a lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese department (2017-2018). A former Fulbright fellow, Mugge has authored and co-authored five books, exploring subjects as the Brazilian militia, slavery and German immigration in nineteenth century southern Brazil. He is currently finalizing two books manuscripts: Lords of War: The Politics of Military Elites in Southern Brazil (1845-1873) and Memento Vivere (co-authored with João Biehl).

Ludovico Tournès
Visiting Fellow

Tournès, a professor of international history at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, earned his doctorate in history at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. His research include the history of international relations, transnational history, cultural history and the history of science, as well as disciplines related to history (sociology, political science, anthropology). He was twice a Fulbright scholar, and has published seven books and numerous articles.