Visiting Scholars

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Visiting research scholar

Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor for Distinguished Teaching

University Center for Human Values

Pratap Bhanu Mehta was previously vice-chancellor of Ashoka University and president and the Center for Policy Research in Delhi, India. He has previously taught at Harvard University, Ashoka University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been Global Faculty at NYU Law School. He has published widely in political theory, history of ideas, Indian constitutional law and politics in India. He is the author of The Burden of Democracy and has produced several edited volumes. He is co-editor, with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary, of The Oxford Handbook to the Indian Constitution. His forthcoming work looks at philosophical ideas about religion in 20th century India. He is also a fellow of the British Academy and SSRC Fellow for 2020. 

His policy experience includes being convenor of the Prime Minister of India's Knowledge Commission (2005-2007) and member of India’s National Security advisory board. He is also editorial consultant to the Indian Express. He is a contributor to public debates. He has also published in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and other dailies. He is a winner of the Infosys Prize 2011.

Mehta studied at Oxford and has a Ph.D in politics from Princeton. He was the first cohort of graduate student fellows at the Center for Human Values. 

Yigal Meir

Global scholar

Department of Physics

Yigal Meir is the Graham Beck Professor of Quantum Science and Technology at Ben Gurion University. He is a theoretical physicist, specializing in condensed matter theory, with some excursions into biology. He has published over 120 paper in peer reviewed journals, which have garnered more than 12,000 citations. Meir has made numerous contributions to the fields of nanoscopic and mesoscopic system, phase transition, disordered and strongly correlated electronic systems. Among his scientific achievements are the derivation of the  “Meir-Wingreen formula,” a textbook formula describing electrical transport through mesoscopic and nanoscopic systems, and the solution of the long-standing “0.7 anomaly” puzzle, related to electrical transport through quantum point contacts.

Meir was educated in Tel Aviv University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics under the supervision of Amnon Aharony and Joe Imry. He has held postdoctoral positions at MIT and at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1994 he joined the physics department at Ben Gurion University as a faculty member. Meir has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 2003. In 2008, he won the Ben Gurion University President Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. He served as the president of the Israeli Physical Society from 2011 to 2014. He initiated and founded the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanotechnology at Ben Gurion Universit and was a founding member of the Quantum Institute at BGU. 

Guilherme Moura Fagundes

Postdoctoral research associate

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

Guilherme Moura Fagundes earned his Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Brasília. Before coming to Princeton, he was a visiting scholar at the Collège the France and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Brasília. He has carried out fieldwork with indigenous peoples in southern Amazonia as well as with Afro-Brazilian quilombola communities in the Cerrado region. Fagundes’ work explores anthropology of technique, ethnobotany, the ecological role of fire and biosecurity. An environmental anthropologist and a science studies scholar, Fagundes is also affiliated to Collège de France’s research group Anthropologie de la Vie and to the University of Brasília’s Laboratory of Anthropology of Science and Technique. His research with quilombola communities and environmental managers and firefighters received numerous academic accolades and he is also the director of the award-winning documentary film “Other Fire.” During his fellowship, Fagundes 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. He will also prepare his first book, “Making it Burn: Fire Techniques and the Government of Life in the Brazilian Savanna,” for publication.

Miqueias Mugge

Associate research scholar

Brazil LAB

Miqueias Mugge received his Ph.D. in social history from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before joining PIIRS and the Brazil LAB, Mugge was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public and International Affairs and a lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese department at Princeton. 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: Militias, Slavery and State-Making in the Brazilian Borderlands and Memento Vivere (co-authored with João Biehl).

Vinay Sitapati

Vinay Sitapati

Visiting scholar

M.S. Chadha Center for Global India

Visiting associate professor

M.S. Chadha Center for Global India

Vinay Sitapati is associate professor of political science and legal studies at Ashoka University. He is the author of two books: a biography of Indian prime minister Narasimha Rao and the political history of the Bharatiya Janata Party before Narendra Modi. His articles have been published in The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, The International New York Times, and The Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. Sitapati holds degrees from National Law School Bangalore and Harvard Law School, as well as a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.