Visiting Research Scholar for Global Systemic Risk Research Community (spring term only)
Burgess is currently Reader in Social Risk Research at the University of Kent, and is a Research Fellow in the Global Systemic Risk Research Community at PIIRS during 2015. He is a research associate at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and co-editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation. He co-organizes the risk and uncertainty streams of the European Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association. He has published numerous articles and books on risk-related topics, including Cellular Phones, Public Fears and a Culture of Precaution (Cambridge UP 2004), and addressed some 60 international conferences. During his time at Princeton, he will be editing the first Handbook of Risk Studies (Routledge 2015) which tries to draw together the many different strands of risk research from both sides of the Atlantic. He is also editing a new interdisciplinary volume, Comparing National Risk Profiles, and a four-volume Major Works on risk. His principal interests are in comparative national and comparative historical perspectives on risk, sociological studies of ‘risk behaviors’ and anxieties, and the social and political construction of particular risk controversies. Burgess also engages practically with issues of risk and uncertainty, and will be participating in the citizen’s forums on climate change being organized around the United States by the Institute for Global Policy.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Community on Empires: Domination, Collaboration and Resistance
Erie is a sociocultural anthropologist and lawyer whose work examines the relationship between law and governance in China, particularly from the late imperial period to that of the contemporary post-socialist nation-state, with special reference to religious and ethnic minorities. He has conducted ethnographic research in northwestern China since 2005. His forthcoming book, The Prophet and the Party: Shari'a, Islam, and Autonomy in China, under contract with Cambridge University Press, describes the practice of shari'a by Chinese Muslims. Additional on-going projects include ethnographic studies of urbanization and its externalities among Muslim minorities and a book-length study of Chinese popular Sufism as an alternative epistemology to statist rationalism. Ph.D. Cornell University (2013), J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School (2008).
Peter A. Hall
Visiting Research Scholar for World Politics
Hall is Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, a faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and co-director of the Program on Successful Societies for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is also the co-editor of Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Affect Health (with M. Lamont), Changing France: The Politics that Markets Make (with B. Palier, P. Culpepper), Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage (with D. Soskice), The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Keynesianism Across Nations, Developments in French Politics I and II (with A. Guyomarch, J. Hayward and H. Machin), European Labor in the 1980s and the author of the Woodrow Wilson Award-winning, Governing the Economy: The Politics of State Intervention in Britain and France, as well as over 70 articles on European politics, public policy-making, and comparative political economy. He serves on the editorial boards of many journals and the advisory boards of several European institutes. He is currently working on the methodology of political science, the political response to economic challenges in postwar Europe and the impact of social institutions on inequalities in health.
Fulbright Fellow; South Asian Studies Visiting Research Scholar
Nadhra Khan teaches History of Art at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan and is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow at Princeton. Her primary area of research and interest is 19th Century Sikh Period Art and Architectural Ornament in the Punjab, but she also focuses on Mughal Art and Architecture (16th to 18th century). Her work emphasizes the significance of the Sikh period as the last episode of centuries old indigenous art and architectural tradition before annexation of the Punjab by the British in 1849 that changed, among other things, the visual culture of the Punjab forever. A research project that started with one Sikh funerary monument or samadhi built to honor Maharaja Ranjit Singh has led her to study almost all major monuments dateable to this period, including the Golden Temple Amritsar, Sikh period havelis and various other samadhis. Her current research includes the impact of Sikh architectural vocabulary on subsequent British Raj architecture in the Punjab and the deep impact of British art and craft education on traditional art and craft practices.
African Humanities Postdoctoral Research Associate, joint appointment with the Center for African American Studies
Onuoha joins the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) as an African Humanities Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the academic year 2014-15. Before joining the center, he was an African Research Fellow and Senior Research Specialist at Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. He is a political anthropologist whose research interests intersect the border zones between politics, development and cultural studies with a thematic focus on nationalism, citizenship, identity politics, youth, cultural studies, development studies and the interface between the state, resources and development in Africa. He is the author of Challenging the State in Africa: MASSOB and the Crisis of Self-Determination in Nigeria (LIT Verlag, Munster 2011), and his articles have appeared in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, African Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Review of African Political Economy. While at CAAS, Onuoha will work on a Harry Frank Guggenheim-funded project, titled: Political Economy of Memory: The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of the Nigeria-Biafra War, as well as work on a book manuscript on the same.
Visiting Lecturer, Program in South Asian Studies (Spring term only)
P. Sainath has spent the last 33 years as a journalist and is the former rural editor of The Hindu. He has won more than 40 global and national awards for his reporting and is the winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007 for journalism literature and creative communications arts. He was the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s "Global Human Rights Journalism" prize in its inaugural year in 2000. He was also the first Indian reporter to win the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for human rights journalism in 1995. Apart from the 40-plus print media awards, two documentary films on his work, Nero’s Guests’ and A Tribe of his Own, have won 20 awards across the globe. Sainath's book Everybody Loves a Good Drought (Penguin India, 1996) has remained a non-fiction bestseller by an Indian author for years and was declared a Penguin Classic in 2012 . In just the past few years, he has published well over 150 investigative reports on India’s agrarian crisis in The Hindu alone, the largest journalistic body of work ever on India’s farming communities. Sainath was the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University Fall in 2012 and teaches journalism every year at the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai and the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Global Systemic Risk Research Community
Silvast has a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and specializes in energy issues and risks in critical electricity infrastructures. He is an editor of Science & Technology Studies, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), and serves as the vice coordinator and newsletter editor of the European Sociological Association's (ESA) Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network. Silvast received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Helsinki. His postdoctoral project in PIIRS addresses how uncertainties are measured and managed as risks in internationally-connected electricity infrastructures.
Visiting Research Scholar for the Global Systemic Risk Research Community
Taylor is an associate professor of sociology and former director of the Community Health Program at Tufts University and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University where she chairs the study group on the Health of Nations: Europe in Comparative Perspective. She is the author of articles on public health and comparative health policy, co-author of Local AIDS Policies and co-editor of Coops, Communes and Collectives. She has been a fellow of the King’s Fund Institute, London, the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany. Her recent research compares U.S. responses with those of the European Union and its member states to cross-border health threats(such as TB, pandemic influenzas, AIDS and vCJD), especially when their carriers are perceived to be migrants. At PIIRS, she will be working on a book on the evolution of the global blood supply, using case studies of decision-making, risk regulation and the role of scientific knowledge with regard to blood-borne HIV and Hepatitis C in Britain and the United States.