2014-15 Program on Global Diffusion
Seva Gunitsky, assistant professor of political science at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto in Canada. Gunitsky’s research focuses on the external determinants of domestic reforms, particularly the effects of hegemonic transitions and the global diffusion of political institutions. He is currently completing his first book, "Democracy and the Decline of Great Powers," which examines the causes of democratic waves in the 20th century. Ph.D. Columbia University.
Alexandra Kowalski, assistant professor of sociology and social anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Kowalski’s work deals with the modern history of cultural institutions and cultural policy, with a focus on museums, heritage and historic preservation, cultural and international relations, state history and theory, knowledge and experts, nations and nationalism, and social theory. At Princeton, she will begin a project that maps the progressive organization of historic preservation across European and American states between the Enlightenment and World War I. Ph.D. New York University.
Deepak Malghan, assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. Malghan’s primary interest is in theoretical models of the economy-ecosystem interaction problem. He is completing a book manuscript that develops a framework for empirical measurement of scale — the physical size of the economy relative to the ecosystem that contains and sustains it. His current project, “Citius, Altius, Fortius: A History of How the World Became Efficient,” examines the global diffusion of material and sociological objects associated with the idea of efficiency. Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park.
Lorena Poblete, researcher at the Social Research Center of the Institute of Economic and Social Development (IDES) for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an associate professor, she also teaches at the Institute for Advanced Social Studies of the National University of San Martín (IDAES-UNSAM). Poblete’s research focuses on labor regulations, labor policies, social protections, social stratification, and comparative studies. Her current project, “Between Global Trends and Local Versions: Policies of Self-Employment Promotion in the US, Argentina and France,” involves analysis of the mechanisms of public policy diffusion and the modes of policy implementation and their consequences. Ph.D. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
Aashish Velkar, lecturer in economic history at the University of Manchester in the U.K. Velkar’s research interests include modern British economic history, historical institutions and institutional change, historical metrology, standards and standardization, and the history of technology. His current project, “Inching Toward the Meter,” studies the global diffusion of metric measures. Ph.D. London School of Economics and Political Science.
Fabio Wasserfallen, assistant professor of political economy at the Salzburg Center of European Union Studies in Salzburg, Austria, with a part-time appointment at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Wasserfallen’s research interests include policy diffusion processes, European integration, and fiscal federalism. His current work focuses on the diffusion of unconventional monetary policy and its consequences for the Economic and Monetary Union. Ph.D. University of Zürich.