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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. The Center currently has three post-doctoral fellows who will be in residence for the 2017-2018 academic year. 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. 

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 [email protected]. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows

Juliana Restrepo Sanin

Juliana a postdoctoral fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and One Earth Future. Her research focuses on Latin American politics with attention to women's representation, political violence, as well as electoral and democratic integrity. Her current book project, Violence against Women in Politics in Latin America, analyzes both the development of this phenomenon in the region and the strategies used to combat it. Juliana is also currently part of the project "Human Rights under Attack: The Promise, Problems, and Possibilities of Law in the Americas" which studies citizens' engagement with the judicial system in Colombia, Chile, and the United States. Juliana earned her PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University in June 2018.

Juliana Restrepo Sanin's website >> 

Kai Thaler 

Kai Thaler is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sié Center for the 2018-19 academic year. Kai received his PhD in May 2018 from the Department of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. His dissertation, "From Insurgent to Incumbent: State Building and Service Provision after Rebel Victory in Civil Wars," examines how rebel organizational goals and institutional choices affect state building and public service provision by following rebel victory. He conducted dissertation fieldwork in Liberia, Nicaragua, and Uganda, and was a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-2017.

Kai's research interests include civil wars, regimes and regime transitions, revolutions, violence, and the political economy of development, with regional interests in the politics of Africa, Latin America, and the Lusophone countries. He also has research and teaching interests in qualitative and mixed methods research methodology. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Afrique Contemporaine, Civil Wars, Genocide Studies and Prevention, and the Journal of Democracy, as well as three edited volumes. Next academic year, Kai will join the faculty in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor.

Kai Thaler's website >> 

Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic

Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic is currently a visiting research fellow in the Irish School of Ecunemics, Trinity College Dublin. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in psychology, an MPhil in ethnic and racial studies and a PhD in sociology. A graduate of Trinity College, her PhD focused on the ethno-racial state of post-Dayton Bosnia and the policies and politics of the Dayton Agreement. Prior to joining the Irish School of Ecumenics, Dr. Halilovic-Pastuovic worked at the Department of Sociology in Trinity College where she was involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the areas of sociology of race and ethnicity, sociology of identity and sociology of forced migration and conflict. Most recently she has developed modules on forced migration and ethnic cleansing as well as post-refuge transnationalism. At present her research focuses on segregated education in post-Dayton Bosnia, and youth radicalisation and fundamentalism in the country. She will spend two years at the Sié Center as a recipient of the European Commission's Marie Curie fellowship.

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

2017-2018 Fellows

Yolande Bouka , Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs and African Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Liu Institute Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

Kelsey Norman , Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science and the Institute for European Studies, University of British Columbia


2016-2017 Fellows

Evan Perkoski, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Michael KalinSenior Advisor, Behavioral Insights 


2015-2016 Fellows

Cassy DorffAssistant Professor, University of New Mexico 

Devin Finn, Postdoctoral Research Fellows,Universidad de los Andes

Steven T. ZechLecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, Monash University