New Affiliates

Rushain Abbasi

Rushain Abbasi

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Research interests: Islamic intellectual history; Ottoman history; Islamic political thought; theory of the secular/secularism/secularization; religious studies; and philosophy of religion.

Tugrul Acar

Tugrul Acar

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture and Program in Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests: Art and architecture of the Middle East; transcultural exchange; transregional connections; materiality and ornament in Islamic architecture; architecture and self-representation; and urbanism in the Middle East.

Yazan Al-Karablieh

Yazan Al-Karablieh

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Program in Public Policy and Government, Harvard Kennedy School.

Research interests: Public finance; tax and transfer systems; tax avoidance and tax evasion; and Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Myriam Amri

Myriam Amri

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology and Program in Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests: Money; debt; theories of power; political economy; subjectivity; North Africa; historical anthropology; and postcolonial studies.

Wolfgang Aschauer

Wolfgang Aschauer

Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program (spring 2020). Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg.

Research interests: Social cohesion in the Western world; sociology of Europe; and quantitative methods such as crossnational survey research and equivalence issues in comparative research.

61 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sean Paul Ashley

Sean Paul Ashley

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Research interests: Political violence; armed movements; and authoritarian durability.

Marino Auffant

Marino Auffant

Graduate Student Associate; Graduate Research Fellow, Canada Program. PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University.

Research interests: International history; 1970s energy crisis; oil and commodities; Middle East; Latin America; history of capitalism; and Global Cold War.

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Graduate Student Associate. PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Employment precarity; tertiary education; young adulthood; imagined futures; narratives; cultural sociology; modern Spain; and comparative research.

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sophia Balakian

Sophia Balakian

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research interests: Refugees, migration, and mobility; humanitarianism; national security; kinship; and east Africa, the Horn of Africa, and North America.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E101
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-5414
Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca Barnes

Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program. Diplomat, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada.

Research interests: International political economy; economic diplomacy; open government; Canada; and Canadian foreign policy.

61 Kirkland Street, room 208
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rodrigo Barrenechea

Rodrigo Barrenechea

Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy. PhD, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University.

Research interests: Populism; political representation; political parties; Latin America; institutions; and multimethods research.

1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Adi Ben Shach

Adi Ben Shach

Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program. Strategic Consultant.

Research interests: Fake news; influence; information revolution; public opinion; democracies; tools; and future.

61 Kirkland Street, room 208
Cambridge, MA 02138
Augustin Bergeron

Augustin Bergeron

Graduate Student Affiliate. PhD Candidate, Program in Political Economy and Government, Harvard Kennedy School.

Research interests: Development economics; public economics; political economy; and economic history.

Carleigh Beriont

Carleigh Beriont

Graduate Student Associate. PhD Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University.

Research interests: American religious history; religion and politics; US empire; Pacific/Oceania; mission studies; religion, ethnicity, and race; nuclear testing; and decolonization.

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Chantal  Berman

Chantal Berman

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of Politics, Princeton University.

Research interests: Comparative politics; Middle East politics; social movements and contentious politics; political economy and redistribution; and political violence.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E105
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3821