SPSS Fellows 2018-19

 

Yasmine Moataz AHMED  

Social Anthropology

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
The American University, Cairo
Egypt

SPSS Project:
A Moment of Silence: An Ethnographic Exploration of an Egyptian Farmers’ Union at a Time of Crisis

 

 

 

Yasmine Moataz Ahmed is a social anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Tunisia and New York. She earned her Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she conducted an ethnography of the state, through a study of the everyday encounters between citizens and state bureaucracies in rural Egypt. She is currently starting a new research project on sugarcane plantation in Upper Egypt, where she is exploring the relation between labor, markets and the "state." She is also interested in the question of labor within the global south academy.

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Valeria AÑÓN

Literary Studies

Assistant Professor
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Conicet 
Argentina

                                     
SPSS Project:
"Representing the Colonized”: Media, Indigenous Communities and Colonial Discourse in Argentina (2010-2017)

 

 

Valeria Añón holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Buenos Aires University. She currently investigates mestizo chronicles in the sixteenth and seventh centuries in America and texts written by women in the same period, as well as the configuration of a colonial discourse, in a diachronic perspective. Her main goal is to contribute to widen up the Latin American canon by reading and interpreting its less known voices.

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Carolina Branco DE CASTRO  FERREIRA 

Anthropology

Assistant Professor
Universidade Estadual
de Campinas
Brazil

SPSS Project:
The Government of Care: Bodies, Disabilities, Sexuality and Poliomyelitis in Brasil

 

 

Carolina Branco de Castro Ferreira holds a Ph.D. in Social Science, Graduate School of Social Science, State University of Campinas - Brazil. Thesis title: Regulated Desires: Self-help Groups, Sexual-Emotional Ethics and Knowledge Production. Post-doctoral research developed at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, URV, Tarragona, Spain (2012-2013). Post-doctoral degree at the Research Foundation of São Paulo (FAPESP) associated with the Gender Studies Center - PAGU / Unicamp - Brazil (2014-2017). She has worked on gender, sexuality, therapeutic intineraries, health and disease processes, moralities, feminist theory and anthropology theory.

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Lucas G. CHRISTEL
 

Political Science
   
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Universidad Nacional de
San Martín
Argentina

SPSS Project:
Advances and Setbacks in Extractive Activities: Social Resistance and Development Models in Dispute in Latin America

 

 

Lucas G. Christel holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. In his doctoral dissertation, he analyzed the political incidence of social resistance against mining in Argentine provinces. His work studies how the political system and the economic context shape the political opportunity for the contenders. He is interested in collective action dynamics, environmental politics, and state-society relations.

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Sylvester DOMBO

History
          
Lecturer
Great Zimbabwe University
Zimbabwe

SPSS Project:
Song, Dance and Social Clubs: A Social History of Mining Communities in Colonial and Post-colonial Zimbabwe

 

 

Sylvester Dombo received his doctoral degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal I 2014. His research interests include media, religion and politics, democracy, violence, land reform, entertainment and social histories of mine workers in Zimbabwe history.

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Dana EL KURD
 

Political Science
       
Researcher and Lecturer

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies,
Doha Institute
Qatar

SPSS Project:
Legacies of International Involvement: Authoritarianism and Polarization in the Palestinian Territories

 

 

Dana El Kurd received her Ph.D. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in June 2017. She specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Theoretically, she works on the conflicts between states and their societies and the contentious politics they produce. She examines how authoritarian regimes try to implement policies and how external intervention may affect their success. Her current project looks at de-mobilization in the Palestinian territories, analyzing the effect of repression on polarization and social cohesion.

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Claudia GASTROW

Anthropology

Lecturer
University of Johannesburg
South Africa

SPSS Project:
Everyday States: Urban Life and Politics in Luanda, Angola

 

 

Claudia Gastrow is an anthropologist of Southern Africa specialising in issues of land, urbanism, housing, informality and governance, with a special focus on Angola. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2014 and currently lectures at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has published on the politics of the urban redevelopment of Angola’s capital, Luanda, with particular focus on tensions over land, housing and architecture. Her current research project explores the role of informal institutions in producing citizens’ relationships to the state in Angola.

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Carmen GEHA

Public Administration

Assistant Professor
American University
of Beirut
Lebanon

SPSS Project:
Exploring the Resilience of Power-sharing Politics: The Case of Lebanon amidst the Syrian Crisis

 

 

Carmen Geha has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. She teaches public management, citizenship and civic engagement. She specializes in the study of how political systems and power-sharing politics affect public institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. She examines this effect within three areas: how public institutions interact with civil society, how public institutions challenge the participation of women, and how public institutions perform in times of crisis. She is currently researching the Lebanese governmental political and policy actions towards the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Valentina GLOCKNER FAGETTI

Anthropology
    
Researcher
El Colegio de Sonora
Mexico

SPSS Project:
Migrant Working Children in the Global South: Humanitarianism and Governmentality Regimes in Mexico and India

 

 

Valentina Glockner Fagetti is a Mexican anthropologist affiliated with the Child Research Observatory (odiin), at El Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, through a Cátedra CONACYT on migration and child labor. Since 2006 she has specialized in the anthropology of childhood and the anthropology of the State. She currently directs and co-directs research projects funded by the National Geographic Society, the Sonoran-Arizona Interuniversity Alliance, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ana GRONDONA

Sociology

Researcher
Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani-Universidad de Buenos Aires
Argentina

SPSS Project:
Racial Question and Modernization Discourse: The Case of Gino Germani’s Sociology

 

 

Ana Grondona holds a Ph.D in Social Sciences obtained at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Her dissertation analysed the different ways in which unemployed populations were governed in Argentina from 1890 until 2006. As a postdoc she focused on the problematization of the “underclass” in Argentinean expert discourse from 1956 to 2006. Her current interests include theoretical questions around the production and circulation of expert knowledge and discourse in the peripheries and the intellectual history of “modernization” and “development” in Latin America.

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Amen JAFFER

Sociology
        
Assistant Professor
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Pakistan

SPSS Project:
In Search of the Political: The Ethics of Social Life in Pakistan’s Sufi Shrines

 

 

Amen Jaffer is trained in urban ethnography with a Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. Currently, he is working on two projects. One is a comparative ethnography of urban citizenship in low-income neighborhoods of Lahore which looks at poor residents' engagements with the infrastructures of their neighborhoods as acts of creating political communities. The other explores the sociability of diverse communities in the space of Sufi shrines in South Asia, arguing that the unique experience of time in this religious institution allows for the emergence of a particular sociability that cuts across caste, religion, and to an extent, class divides in South Asian society.

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Emery Masua KALEMA

History
 
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Stellenbosch
South Africa

SPSS Project:
Violence and Memory: The Mulele "Rebellion" in Postcolonial Congo

 

 

Emery M. Kalema holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests include power and politics, body and embodiment, violence, memory, trauma and suffering, as well as the postcolony. He is currently working on a book project, based on his doctoral dissertation on the suffering caused by the Mulele rebellion (1963-1968), the reproduction of suffering across time and its inscription in the imaginary of the survivors. He will be conducting a set of philosophical reflections around the theme Memory as Freedom and Right upon completion of his current book project.

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Roger MERINO

Law and Policy
    
Research Professor
Universidad del
Pacífico, Lima
Peru

SPSS Project:
Law and Development From Below: Lessons and Warnings from Latin America

 

 

Roger Merino received a Ph.D. in Social and Policy Sciences and a Master degree with distinction in Globalization and International Policy at the University of Bath (United Kingdom). His research agenda includes critical approaches to Law and Policy, Development Studies, Political Ecology, indigenous rights and social and economic rights. His research papers have been presented in academic conferences internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Rogers OROCK    

Anthropology
    
Lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

SPSS Project:
Elites, Secrecy and Visions of Conspiracy: The Public Life of Freemasonry in France and Cameroon

 

 

Rogers Orock teaches courses in the ethnography of Africa as well as on secrecy, suspicion and conspiracy theories in the new world order. Framed in a comparative fashion, his current research examines the role of freemasonry as a Western institution of elite secrecy in Cameroon, Gabon and France. This work aims at elucidating the import of such non-official institutions of secrecy and their public representations for understanding the broader imaginations of elites, power and the state in both a Western and non-Western, African contexts that have remained intricately linked through the bonds of colonialism. 

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Racha RAMADAN
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Economics
  
Assistant Professor, Economics

Faculty of Economics and Political Science,
Cairo University
Egypt

SPSS Project:
Are Egyptian Women Better Off Than Their Male Counterparts?

 

 

Racha Ramadan received her Ph.D. in Economics in April 2010, from Toulouse School of Economics, under the supervision of Professor Alban Thomas. In 2008, She worked as research assistant in International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. Since 2010, she has worked as an economic consultant for different international organizations. Her research interests include applied micro-econometrics on poverty, food security, gender and human development in Egypt and other developing countries.

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Samah SALEH

Sociology and Social Work

Lecturer
An-Najah National University
Palestine

SPSS Project
The Presence of Absence: Palestinian Women X Prisoners Experience of Isolation and Freedom in Israeli Colonial Prisons

 

 

Samah Saleh received her  Ph.D. in Sociology from Goldsmiths, London. Her doctoral research focused on the experience of Palestinian women’s incarceration in Israeli prisons. Her research interest focuses on gender and politics, she is interested in Palestinian women experiences in Israeli colonial prisons. At the moment she is working in two research projects one is in collaboration with Amsterdam University around the intersection between marriage and politics for Palestinian women former prisoners, the other around Palestinian women participation in decision making in three levels: household, community and the national level.

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Samaila SULEIMAN

History
        
Lecturer
Bayero University Kano
Nigeria

SPSS Project
Authoring Dissent: Mafia Theory and the Social Construction of Violence in Northern Nigeria

 

 

Samaila Suleiman received his Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2015. Samaila is a recipient of fellowships from Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Dissertation Fellow of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Fellow Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism Fellowship (JWTC) University of Witswatersrand, and African Studies Association/American Council of Learned Societies (ASA/ACLS) Presidential Fellow 2018. His research lies at the intersection between historigraphy, nationalism, identity politics and conflicts.

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Veronica TOSTE DAFLON

Sociology
    
Assistant Professor
Fluminense Federal University
Brazil

SPSS Project:
Racial Boundaries and Legalization of Identities: The Case of the Racial Identification Validation Commissions in Brazil

 

 

Veronica Toste has a Ph.D. in Sociology (2014) from the Institute for Social and Political Studies (IESP/Uerj), and her dissertation focused on the identities and experiences of Brazilians who identify as pardos (brown) and the intersectionalities of this racialized identity with class and gender. Most of her work has focused on issues related to gender, race and affirmative action policies mostly in Brazil but also from a comparative and transnational perspective. She is currently a researcher at the Sexuality and Gender Studies Group (UFRJ) and at the Global Race Project (Agence National de la Recherche).

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Simón URIBE

Geography
           
Assistant Professor
Universidad del Rosario
Colombia

SPSS Project
Suspensión

 

 

Simón Uribe conducts research in the intersection of infrastructure, the state, and the history of frontiers. He is also interested in documentary film-making and is currently working on an ethnographic film around transport infrastructure. His latest research critically examines the process of state-building in the Colombian region of Putumayo through the history and ethnography of a road. His current project focuses on the relationship between political order and guerrilla infrastructures in the context of Colombia’s armed conflict.

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