The Institute appoints two rounds of Early Career Fellows each year, for fellowships of 6-10 months duration. The programme supports fellows in the transition period from the submission of doctoral thesis through to beginning postdoctoral careers. Fellows use their time to undertake career development activities (including job applications and writing papers), while engaging with the interdisciplinary environment of the IAS and participating in the Academic Careers and Employability Programme to develop skills for academic careers. Fellows also run a workshop or symposium, often working in collaboration with other fellows to produce innovative interdisciplinary events.
Department of Psychology
People naturally produce iconic gestures when they speak. Iconic gestures are hand movements that depict the objects or actions spoken about (e.g., wiggling the index and middle fingers to depict walking). My PhD research showed that seeing iconic gestures produced by adults helps 3-year-old children to better remember action events and learn verbs.
My current research focuses on the socio-cognitive foundations of pointing gestures produced by 10-14-month-old babies. I record infants’ pointing gestures and eye gaze in the lab when they are presented with interesting novel objects. I study how the presence of a communication partner influences infants’ nonverbal behaviors.
Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies
My PhD thesis explored the influences on Mary Wroth’s sonnet sequence Pamphilia to Amphilanthus. The highly political 1621 sequence features allusions to both classical and near contemporary authors. My work concentrates on Wroth’s references to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Horace’s Odes, the political theory of Justus Lipsius, and her interaction with the work of other Sidney writers.
Both Wroth’s work and her unconventional biography offer fascinating possibilities for further research and public engagement projects. I am excited about the possibilities for sharing Wroth’s work with a wider audience and I am currently designing a series of workshops for secondary school aged learners.
Department of History
Shrikant is currently working on sexual modernity in colonial western India. Interested in colonial histories of sexuality his ongoing work focuses on the caste analysis of modern Marathi publishing about sex and related topics. While this study is broadly structured in the context of the antipolitics of modernity, his other particular areas of interest are colonial Marathi print networks, archival politics, and food cultures. He has recently co-authored two articles with Douglas Haynes. First among these entitled “Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Anxieties: Middle-Class Males in Western India and the Correspondence in Samaj Swasthya, 1927–1953,” is published in Modern Asian Studies. The second article “Understanding R.D. Karve: Brahmacharya, Modernity, and the Appropriation of Global Sexual Science in Western India, 1927-1953” will be published in Douglas Haynes, Veronika Fuechtner and Ryan Jones, eds., A Global History of Sexual Science, University of California Press. (Forthcoming)
Department of Statistics
Adam's research addresses asymptotic properties of random motions in disordered media. His main focus is on models of biased random walks which experience trapping due to random perturbations in the environment. This includes mathematical models such as the Bouchaud trap model, random walks on Galton-Watson trees and random walks on percolation clusters; however, a large driving force in this area has been due to a variety of probabilistic models originating from physical sciences including condensed matter physics, reaction kinetics and polymer dynamics where diffusion in inhomogeneous media is of considerable interest. He aims to work on to a wider range of dynamic, stochastic models including activated random walks.
School of Life Sciences
My PhD research focused on footrot, a bacterial disease which causes lameness in sheep. My research combined the use of molecular approaches and epidemiology to investigate reservoirs of the bacterium Fusobacterium necrophorum in sheep and their environment, and included the development a novel strain typing method for Fusobacterium necrophorum.
My current research is related to the education of agriculture students and veterinary students about lameness in sheep. I am using qualitative methods to understand current beliefs and preferred learning methods, with the ultimate aim being to develop a freely available, online learning resource for students. This will allow students to access the most up-to-date evidence regarding lameness management.
Department of Politics & International Studies
Mara's research focuses on the formation of the modern countryside under the advancement of extractive capitalism and its resistance by rural indigenous communities. Through a critical take on Western philosophy, her PhD questions approaches based on an understanding of land as a relation of exclusive ownership.
She is particularly interested in critical analysis of spatialized enclosures from the perspective of modern-colonial relations which are characterized by a system of racialized hierarchies of domination. She will continue looking at power, land relations and resistance in the Rural South. Mara joined Warwick in 2013, after completing a BA in Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and an MA at the Christian University of Tokyo as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Department of Politics & International Studies
Jennifer’s research focuses on women and political violence. In her PhD (which she did in the Department of Politics and International Studies), she conducted a comparative analysis of women’s inclusion in the militias involved in the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). Jennifer has also published on women’s roles in IS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq. In addition to her doctoral studies at the University of Warwick, she studied and conducted research at Princeton University, the LSE, Sciences Po Paris and the European University Viadrina. Jennifer speaks regularly on women and extremism, the prevention of terrorism and intercultural relations. She works as a counter-extremism and community engagement trainer. She tweets as @j_p_eggert.
Department of Sociology
I am a philosopher of history and historical social science. I am working on arguments showing that possibilities are the basic semantic units in historical descriptions. My research explores different versions of this claim in action-explanations, theories of historiography, and analyses of sociological concepts. I studied philosophy at York and Cambridge before coming to Warwick to work with a Max Weber specialist. My PhD thesis combined textual commentary with analytical theory to reveal the importance of implicit claims about possibilities in Montaillou by Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie. I have developed this into two broader projects. One demonstrates the virtues of using period-specific (medieval) examples in analytical philosophy of history. Another investigates the relationship between historical sensitivity and moderate political thought.
School of Law
With a lens of hermeneutic phenomenology, in my PhD research, I explore how democratisation is experienced by the internationally funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan. I argue that democratisation does not involve grass-root mobilisation, volunteerism, and ideological struggle. It is ‘projectised’: led by highly paid professionals, it is a depoliticised, bureaucratically managed and skilled activity.
My research interests include democratisation, constitutionalism, civil society and phenomenology. I have worked with NGOs in Pakistan and England for over 14 years in areas of democracy promotion and voluntary sector infrastructure. I aim to deepen my research with a focus on the meanings and perceptions of democracy in the global South.
Warwick Business School
I am an ethnographer of work and organizations with a particular interest for classic themes in management and organization studies. I am trained as a qualitative sociologist and progressed towards organizational topics since the beginning of my postgraduate studies.
My research agenda centers on collaboration across expertise domains: I examine how individuals from distinct knowledge backgrounds are able to overcome differences and successfully work together. I focus on the interplay between these processes and formal structures, and I have a specific interest in investigating the role of bureaucratic arrangements in contemporary knowledge work.
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Ms Paola Roccella’s research interests concern Twentieth-century Italian literature, with a particular focus on the fantastic as a way to enact an oblique socio-political critique of historical reality. Examining a group of authors active in Italy between the 1930s and the 1950s (including Alberto Savinio, Tommaso Landolfi, and Anna Maria Ortese), she argues that the slippery entities, settings, situations, and narrative modalities involved in their fictional works not only voice the cultural and political instability of the time but also echo parallel debates on human instincts and aggressiveness that were taking place in the fields of ethnology and anthropology. Her current research investigates this question by focusing more specifically on a series of ethno-anthropological studies (Collezione di studi religiosi, etnologici e psicologici Einaudi) published in Italy between 1948 and 1956, and which had an important impact on the literary field.
School of Theatre & Performance Studies
My research focuses on the nexus between theatre and colonialism in the German empire between 1884 and 1914. I am interested to what extent theatre and colonialism have been productive of each other’s orders, knowledge formations, and truth claims and to what extent they continue to do so today. In introducing the concept of colonial theatricality my research provides an understanding of the German empire that goes beyond its territorial, administrative and military strategies and includes its cultural manifestations and its ‘representational machinery’ as well.
Next to my academic research I work as a dramaturg, advisor and mentor in the realm of theatre, dance and performance.
Centre for Education Studies
My main research interests revolve around emotion, higher education leadership and cross-cultural methodologies. My PhD examined the emotional experience of departmental leadership from the perspectives of heads of department and academic staff at Georgian and English universities. It highlighted the role of cultural context in engaging the hearts of academic staff and creating a supportive work environment. I am currently developing an interdisciplinary research project on subjective wellbeing in academia. I aim to apply innovative and creative research methods to studying contextual features of a happy workplace across culturally diverse universities.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Warwick Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, trying to explore the materiality of digital currencies observed as political devices. I'm specially interested in the rationale behind their design and in the interwoven relations between State, borders, politics and cryptocurrencies' distribution of power. You can see some of my work (and the maps and code that I've made as part of it).
I did my BA and MA studies in Philosophy, at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). I worked on Heidegger's Concept of Truth and Language. Before joining CIM I worked as a Research Assistant in three different universities in Mexico, on a diversity of subjects including Political Networks, Theory of Theatre and National Security.
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
My PhD focused on Italian migration to London. Historic and contemporary Italian migration to London have strong links with the catering industry, so I took an ethnographic approach to public food spaces (cafés and restaurants) interviewing people who own or visit them. Through this project, I became interested in how moving between countries affects day-to-day life and language use and questions of class and value: what is ‘lost’, when people translate themselves and their culture into a different language, and what is gained?
I’m now working on developing ethnographic approaches and the study of contemporary material culture in Modern Languages.