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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 sie.center@du.edu. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows

yolande Yolande Bouka
Yolande Bouka earned her Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University. Her research focuses on politics, dynamics of war, and gender and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation, "In the Shadow of Prison: Power, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda" is a political ethnography of the social and political impacts of the power laden nature of the Rwandan transitional justice (TJ) program. It relies on data from in-depth interviews with former prisoners accused of genocide crimes, some found guilty and others exonerated, to analyze their journey in the legal system. The research also explores their experiences during the multiple episodes of violence in the region during the 1990s and contrasts them with the official narrative of violence. The research looks at how the Rwandan Patriotic Front's imperatives to legitimize its rule impacted how justice was administered and who it benefited. The dissertation argues that TJ in Rwanda is one of the new battlegrounds of identity politics. Yolande's new research continues her work on micro dynamics of violence by looking at women's agency in non-state armed groups based on field research conducted with former female combatants who fought during Namibia's war of independence. In addition to her academic work, Yolande has worked for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division, in Kenya, focusing on the Great Lakes Region. She is also Co-Director of Studies of the Rift Valley Institute Great Lakes Course.

KelseyNorman Kelsey Norman
Kelsey Norman earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in June 2017. Her research examines Middle East and North African states as countries of migrant and refugee settlement, and her doctoral dissertation is titled "Reluctant Reception: Understanding Host State Migration and Refugee Policies in Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey." It asks: What policy options do Global South host countries, specifically those with semi-authoritarian governments, have for engaging with migrants and refugees, and what factors make a state choose one policy option over another? While existing citizenship and migration scholarship assert that host countries essentially have two policy options regarding the treatment of migrants and refugees on their territory—integration or exclusion—her research introduces the concept of ambivalence; aware of the presence of migrants and refugees, a host state chooses not to engage such groups directly. Instead, it relies on international organizations and NGOs to carry out engagement on its behalf, which often has tangential benefits for the host state. More broadly, Kelsey's research interests include semi-authoritarian governance, Middle East politics, and migration and refugees. She received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Maja 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.

Emily Kalah Gade
Emily is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington's Moore/Sloan Data Science and Washington Research Foundation, and a Fall 2017 visiting scholar at the Sié Center. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2017. Her research focuses on civilians' process of radicalization and nonviolent mobilization, civilian experiences of civil conflict, and state use of force against civilian populations. Methodologically, she is interested in "big data", "text-as-data", and immersive fieldwork. Her postdoctoral project focuses on integrating what constitutes "radical" in the United States, how that has shifted across time, and the impacts of how that concept is understood and applied. She uses newspaper "Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), the Internet Archive's .GOV collection, and articles housed on Google scholar to track terms such as "radicalization", "extremism" and "militancy" from a variety of sources over time. Read more about her on her website.

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

2017-2018 Fellows

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

Michael Kalin,   Senior Advisor, Behavioral Insights 


2015-2017 Fellows

Cassy Dorff, Assistant 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