Skip navigation

Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

Rice Speaks in Sie

Sié Center

Visiting Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Visiting Scholars Program at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center is open to professors, lecturers and researchers with independent funding who wish to spend one month to one year at the Center to pursue research activities. Visiting scholars will receive access to the University facilities, including the libraries; email privileges; office space; and the opportunity to meet and work with students and colleagues with similar academic interests. Visiting scholars may be asked to teach one course related to their research during the term of their appointment and give a presentation in the Sié Center Research Seminar Series.

The Sié Center also hosts post-doctoral fellows as part of a grant-funded project. The Center currently has three post-doctoral fellows who will be in residence for a two-year term, Oct. 2014-Sept. 2016. With Sié Center faculty and policy community mentors, fellows conduct their own research and contribute to a collaborative research effort on nonviolent strategies in violent conflicts designed to inform (and be informed by) contemporary policy concerns and strategies.

With support from the Carnegie Corporation, the Sié Center has also launched a Practitioners-in-Residence program to bring prominent practitioners from government and non-governmental organizations to the Sié Center for a set time—whether several days, weeks, or a quarter—to share practical insight and expertise with students and faculty. Practitioners hold public lectures, share field knowledge or policy conundrums, and give career advice to students. Equally important, practitioners-in-residence advise on the relevancy of particular approaches to research to ensure that Sié Center research responds to contemporary policy concerns and strategies.

Apply to be a Visiting Scholar

Interested scholars should send their curriculum vitae, a two-page description of their research project (including why time at the Sié Center would be beneficial), a statement of financial support, and the proposed dates of residency to Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Applications for post-doctoral fellows are not being accepted at this time. 

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows

Cassy DorffCassy Dorff
Cassy Dorff is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at Duke University. Cassy's main areas of academic interest are political violence and conflict, global instability, non-violent resistance, civilian autonomy and behavior during armed conflict, data visualization, and network science. Her work has been published in outlets such as American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Review, and Political Science Research Methods. Her dissertation analyzes civilian behavior during armed conflict. First, it explores the conditions under which civilians are likely to participate in collective groups in their neighborhood. Second, using an original survey experiment conducted during 2014 in Mexico it examines civilian perceptions of the efficacy of nonviolent and violent methods of resistance. Last, using a network approach, the project considers how organized civilian action affects the intensity of conflict at an aggregated level.

Devin FinnDevin Finn
Devin Finn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In her research Devin focuses on connections between processes of political mobilization and violence, with an emphasis on civil wars and insurgencies in Latin America and South Asia. Over the last two years Devin carried out field research in various sites in India and Peru, with the objective of understanding the varied forms through which ordinary people participate in a range of non-violent and violent political actions and how these modes of engagement intersect and diverge over time. Her broader research interests include the dynamics of violence in civil war; governance and corruption; state formation; wartime civilian protection; qualitative methods; and epistemology. Devin has worked as a researcher at the United States Institute of Peace, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Dialogue. She completed a M.A. in International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University. She has studied and worked in Bangladesh, Peru, and Spain.

Steve ZechSteven T. Zech
Steven T. Zech is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle (expected spring 2015). His dissertation, “Between Two Fires: Civilian Resistance during Internal Armed Conflict in Peru,” examines civilian self-defense forces in the Ayacucho and Junín regions of Peru and explains variation in community responses to militant violence. Steve was a research affiliate at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Lima while carrying out fieldwork in Ayacucho and Junín between 2011 and 2014. Steve’s general research interests include political violence and terrorism, non-state actors, social identity, and network analysis. He teaches courses on political violence and terrorism and has worked as a researcher on collaborative projects related to global transnational terrorism, ethnic conflict, and militant violence in Iraq. In Steve’s previous position as a research assistant at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, he worked on projects related to network analysis in terrorism studies and insurgent alliance formation in Iraq.

Past Visiting Scholars

Zakia Shiraz

Zakia Shiraz is a post-doctoral fellow at the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study. Her doctoral research on Colombia analysed the internal dynamics of the civil conflict from the onset of La Violencia in 1946. Colombian security has been traditionally framed as an extension of U.S. foreign policy with great emphasis placed on the various initiatives enforced by successive U.S. administrations through the Cold War, War on Drugs and the Global War on Terror. The internal security dynamics and the driving forces behind the implementation security policy within Colombia itself are neglected. Zakia's thesis used fresh archival material, interviews and press clippings with an emphasis on academic literature from Colombian authors to explore the development of the conflict since 1946 and offer an up to date, historical analysis of the Colombian conflict. Zakia has spent time as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centro de Recursos para el Análisis de Conflictos (Conflict Analysis Resource Centre,CERAC) in Bogotá, Colombia where currently she is a Research Associate. During her stay in Denver, Zakia participated in a Sié Research Seminar on March 5th.

Helga Malmin Binningsbø 
Senior Researcher, PRIO

Eugenio Cusumano
Visiting Scholar, Fulbright-Schuman Program

Eugenio Cusumano holds a PhD in political science from the European University Institute and a MA in international relations from the University of Bologna and the London School of Economics. His research interests focus on the different ways states generate and employ military power, their political, cultural, and bureaucratic determinants, and their strategic consequences. His dissertation focused on the use of private military and security services in the United States and the UK. More generally, he is interested in democratic control over the use of force, civil-military relations and security sector reform, environmental and energy security, and the external relations of the European Union. In the academic year 2011-2012, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Maastricht, where he taught a course on EU external economic policies.