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

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows

Rachel Schmidt

Rachel Schmidt earned her Ph.D. at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, with a specialty in International Conflict Management and Resolution. She studies insurgency, political violence, gender, and disengagement from armed groups, with a focus on Latin America. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the effects of framing contests, identity, and gender on rebel group cohesion, based on over 100 interviews with men and women ex-combatants across seven departments in Colombia. She is particularly interested in the "injustice frames" and gendered narratives utilized by insurgent groups to attract and retain recruits, and she is currently working on a book based on her dissertation. Rachel's work has appeared in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism & Political Violence (forthcoming), and International Journal (forthcoming), as well as various media outlets and podcast interviews. Rachel has worked as both a national security and human rights consultant for the Canadian government and for various non-governmental organizations, and she is a senior editor with the human rights platform, OpenGlobalRights. Rachel's post-doctoral fellowship is supported by an award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

2019-2020 Fellow

William Akoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Fordham University

Isigi Kadagi, Director, Education for Nature Program & Capacity Building Initiatives, WWF Science

Emily Scott, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University


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