Visiting Scholars

Fung Global Fellows Program
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Sean Gasper Bye

Fall 2021 translator in residence

Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication and the Council of the Humanities

Sean Gasper Bye is a translator of Polish literature, most recently Foucault in Warsaw by Remigiusz Ryziński, Ellis Island: A People’s History by Małgorzata Szejnert and The King of Warsaw by Szczepan Twardoch, which was awarded the EBRD Literary Prize. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied at the University of London and worked for five years at the Polish Cultural Institute New York. He now lives in Philadelphia and translates full-time.

Shoshana Goldstein

Princeton-Mellon Fellow

M.S. Chadha Center for Global India

Shoshana Goldstein’s research explores histories of urban planning, governance and placemaking in Northern India, specifically questions surrounding the impacts of real estate development, public-private partnerships, environmental activism and internal migration on rural-urban transitions. Her current project charts the complex planning history and social construction of place among migrant communities in Delhi’s satellite city, Gurgaon.

Goldstein holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell and an M.A. in international affairs from The New School, with a focus on the comparative urban development experiences of India and China. She has taught courses on migration, infrastructure and geographic information systems in Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to earning her doctorate, Goldstein worked for the India China Institute and as a consultant for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNICEF. 

Sadaf Jaffer


Sadaf Jaffer is a scholar with research interests in Islamic, South Asian and gender studies. Her current book project, entitled Secularism, Sexuality and Islam: Ismat Chughtai’s Indian Muslim Progressivism, elucidates alternative Muslim subjectivities through the lens of a prominent Urdu writer and cultural critic. Jaffer is currently a postdoctoral research associate in South Asian studies at Princeton where she teaches courses on Islam, South Asia and South Asian American studies. Prior to this appointment, she served as a postdoctoral fellow in global studies at Stanford University. Jaffer has published a paper in the Journal of Women’s History entitled “Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Towards a Feminist Intellectual History,” in addition to posts on the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Huffington Post and the Altmuslimah blogs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and obtained her Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in women, gender and sexuality studies.

Anatoly Levshin

Postdoctoral research associate

Reimagining World Order (RWO) research community

Anatoly (Tolya) Levshin is a post-doctoral fellow with the Reimagining World Order (RWO) research community at Princeton  At the RWO, Levshin co-organizes the community’s feature podcast, World Order Colloquium, workshops, and annual conferences, and co-teaches its “Theories of International Order” seminar. In 2021, Levshin completed his dissertation, entitled The Promise of a “Disentangling Alliance: Collective Security and the Statecraft of Violence in the Age of Industrial Modernity, at Princeton under the supervision of G. John Ikenberry, Aaron Friedberg, Gary Bass and Marc Ratkovic.

Levshin’s research is concerned with two theoretical problems: first, explaining how historical evolution in patterns of material interdependence, especially violence interdependence, altered and continues to alter, optimal strategies for exerting state power in international relations; and, second, understanding how the growth of institutional creativity interacts with changes in interdependence to stabilize or undermine international orders. Levshin’s historical focus is primarily on international military cooperation in Europe and the North-Atlantic across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, centering on the pivotal roles played by the British Empire and United States in spearheading new architectures of military cooperation, such as collective security and collective defence. His research engages both qualitative methods, especially archival research, and conventional as well as state-of-the-art quantitative methods, such as fitness analysis, network analysis and topic modelling.

Levshin is currently working on transforming his dissertation into a book exploring origins of the League of Nations and United Nations as organizations of collective security. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Josephine de Karman Dissertation Completion Fellowship, George Kateb Award for Excellence in Teaching, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship. Before coming to Princeton, Levshin received his M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford and B.A. (Hons.) in political studies from Queen’s University in Canada.”

Maria Luísa Lucas

Postdoctoral research associate

Brazil LAB, High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), Department of Anthropology

Maria Luísa Lucas earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Before coming to Princeton, Lucas was a postdoctoral fellow at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and a lecturer in anthropology at the Université Paris Nanterre in France. For over 10 years, she has been doing fieldwork with indigenous peoples in Amazonia, mainly in the Caquetá-Putumayo area (Brazil/Colombia/Peru). In her research, she is concerned with biocultural diversity, world-ending violence, and repatriation and decolonizing museums. From 2016 to 2020, Lucas was the principal investigator on three collaborative documentation and digital repatriation projects, sponsored by UNESCO and the French National Centre for Scientific Research. She is currently leading the initiative “The Bora Design System: Documenting the Knowledge Networks of Designs Made on Bodies and Bbjects in an Amerindian Ritual,” as part of the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme of the British Museum. During her fellowship, Lucas will work closely with colleagues in the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the Department of Anthropology and will play a role in the new research and teaching initiative Indigenous Ecologies of Knowledges across the Americas. Lucas will also prepare her first book, “Recreating Society: Crisis and Reform in Indigenous Amazonia,” for publication.