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Adam Burgess
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 in the UK, specializing in sociological studies of “risk behaviors” and anxieties, and the role of media and institutions such as public inquiries in the making of social risk perceptions and controversies. Burgess coordinates the European and International sociological associations’ research groups on risk, and he is the research associate at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the LSE. His research interests lie in regulatory responses to risk. He co-edits the European Journal of Risk Regulation, and he has published many 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. Currently, he is  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. At Princeton he will be researching a historical work focused on the language of policy making, set in terms of a shift from moral to risk and harm-based discourse.

Kanchan Chandra

Kanchan Chandra
Visiting Research Scholar in Democracy and Development (fall term)
Visiting Research Collaborator (spring term)

Kanchan Chandra is a professor of politics at NYU who works on questions of ethnicity, democracy, violence, clientelism, party politics and the politics of South Asia. She is the lead author of Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012), and author of Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and has written numerous articles in several leading journals. Most recently, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the Russell Sage Foundation. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2000.

Matthew Erie

Matthew Erie
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 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.


Christophe Jaffrelot
Global Scholar, Council for International Teaching and Research; Program in South Asian Studies

Jaffrelot is research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a professor at Sciences Po, Paris. His research interests focus on the politics of India and Pakistan, and include theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan. His books include Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste (2005), India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India (2003), and The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics: 1925 to the 1990s (1999).  Ph.D. Sciences Po, Paris.

Godwin Onuoha

Godwin Onuoha
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.

P. Sainath
Visiting Lecturer, Program in South Asian Studies

P. Sainath has spent the last 33 years as a journalist and is currently the 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.

Antti Silvast
Postdoctoral Research Associate for Global Systemic Risk Research Community

With a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS), his research specializes in energy issues and risks in critical electricity infrastructures. In addition to his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Helsinki, Silvast is also a doctoral candidate in the Systems Analysis Laboratory of Aalto University School of Science in Finland. His postdoctoral project addresses how uncertainties are measured and managed as risks in internationally-connected Finnish electricity infrastructures.

Rosemary Taylor

Rosemary Taylor
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.