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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 2019-2020 academic year. With Sié Center faculty and policy community mentors, fellows conduct their own research and contribute to a collaborative research efforts 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

William Akoto

William Akoto earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. His research examines the political economy dynamics of international trade, coup d'états and cyber conflict. He is currently working on articles examining the interactions between coups and international trade as well as papers on the causes and consequences of cyber conflict. His work has appeared in the Journal of International Development, Economics Bulletin and in Political Research Quarterly. He has held several departmental and university-wide fellowships at the University of South Carolina and was an Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Washington DC for the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to his Ph.D. studies at UofSC, he was an economics lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa where he lectured development economics and econometrics. William's post-doc position is supported in partnership with the One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation in Broomfield and he will hold a dual-appointment (there and at DU) for the year.

Isigi Kadagi 

Isigi Kadagi earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida with a concentration in fisheries and aquatic sciences. Isigi is a fisheries scientist, conservation leader and educator with over ten years of experience working with diverse fishing sectors (commercial, artisanal and recreational) and other stakeholders along the Kenyan coast and the Western Indian Ocean region. Her work has largely focused on improving the quality of fisheries data collection, analysis and reporting, particularly on large pelagic fish species, such as billfish, to enhance their conservation, sustainable use and management. Isigi's pioneering work on billfish also includes the deployment of the first ever Pop-up Satellite Tags on marlin of the East Coast of Africa. She has also worked for United Nations/Food Agricultural Organization as a consultant to improve data collection from sport fisheries in Kenya, Seychelles, La Reunion and Mauritius. In addition to advancing pelagic research, Isigi continues to develop initiatives that strengthen capacity building, especially for early career fisheries scientists in her home country Kenya and within the Western Indian Ocean region. Her post-doc position was created in partnership with the Secure Fisheries project at One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation in Broomfield, and she will hold a dual-appointment (there and at DU) for the year.

Emily K.M. Scott

Emily K. M. Scott earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2019. She studies why and how operational, service-delivery INGOs make first moves into new areas of activity and control, with a particular focus on responses to refugee health needs after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Dr. Scott's scholarship concerns direct and potentially disruptive governance by humanitarian INGOs and she conducted dissertation fieldwork in Lebanon and Jordan. She is Research Affiliate with McGill University's Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Elliot School of International Affairs' Institute of Middle East Studies in Washington, DC in 2016-2017, and has held Fellowships with Trudeau Centre and Global Migration Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Emily's interests include conflict and crisis, non-state governance, INGOs, humanitarianism, development and aid, Middle East and North African politics, state-non-state relations, security, international relations, and comparative politics. She has worked in humanitarianism and as a researcher with organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency's Afghanistan Task Force, the UNDP in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Carter Center in South Sudan, and Doctors Without Borders in Canada. Emily's post-doctoral position was created in partnership with Oxfam America and she holds a dual appointment (there and at DU) for the year.

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

2018-2019 Fellows

Juliana Restrepo SaninAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida 

Kai ThalerAssistant Professor, Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara 

Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic, Visiting Research Fellow, Irish School of Ecunemics, Trinity College Dublin


2017-2018 Fellows

Yolande Bouka , Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University

Kelsey Norman , Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University


2016-2017 Fellows

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

Michael KalinSenior Advisor, Behavioral Insights 


2015-2016 Fellows

Cassy DorffAssistant Professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty at the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University

Devin Finn, Postdoctoral Research Fellows,Universidad de los Andes

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