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Residential Fellows 2018-19

Dr Renu Yadav
Dr Renu Yadav

Central University of Haryana

Visiting 06 October - 12 October 2018

Nominated by: Professor Ann Stewart, School of Law

Dr Renu Yadav has 09 years of teaching experience in the field of Education in organisation like RIE, GGSIPU. Her research interest includes Gender concern in education, Value education and Leadership. She is working as Assistant Professor in Department of Education in Central University of Haryana since 2011. She has been awarded with Gold medal in M.Sc. Microbiology. She has written more than 30 research papers in national and international journals with impact factor and presented more than 40 national/international seminars/conferences. She has Organised/Chaired more than 100 programmes (Seminar, conference, workshops, Panel Discussions etc.) at University and National Level. She has organized 13 National seminar/conference. Her interest also includes social outreach programmes and theatre, she has organised and directed more than 60 street plays in village community, schools, colleges and University. She is coordinator/member of many administrative bodies of Central University of Haryana including Asst. Proctor, Asst. Dean Student Welfare, Women Empowerment Cell, Community Development Centre, Internal Complaint Committee, NSS, YRC, School Board, Departmental Research Committee and Board of Studies. Recently she has completed project on “Hygiene and Sanitation practices among Adolescent Girls: Study of Schools” and “Evaluation of Youth Red Cross activities in Haryana”. She has experience in guiding research students of M. Phil and Ph.D. Her research interest area is Women Leadership in Higher Education.

Dr. Nidhi S. Sabharwal
Dr Nidhi S. Sabharwal

National University of Educational Planning and Administration

Visiting 06 October - 12 October 2018

Nominated by: Professor Ann Stewart, School of Law

Nidhi S. Sabharwal is currently Associate Professor at the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi. Dr Sabharwal has previously served as the Director at the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi. She has conducted extensive research on the development concerns of the poor, especially the scheduled caste groups. She has studied inter-group inequalities across human development indicators, focusing on the role of caste- and gender-based discrimination in market and non-market institutions. Her current research focuses on student diversity and equity in higher education. She has recently completed a multistate study on ‘Student Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education Institutions in India’. Nidhi has also studied excluded groups in other countries, such as the Burakumin in Japan. She has published widely on issues pertaining to her research area. Her recent publications include an authored book Caste, Discrimination, And Exclusion in Modern India, Sage, 2015 (with Vani K. Borooah etal); edited book Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment, Sage, 2014 (with Sukhadeo Thorat); author of "Looking at Dalit Women, in " Indian Women Revisited”, Ed. Devaki Jain and C.P. Sujaya, Publications Division, Government of India, 2014; Dalit Women in India: At the Cross-Roads of Gender, Caste and Class in Global Justice: Rhetoric, Theory and Practice, 2015; India Higher Education Report 2016: Equity in Higher Education (With N.V. Varghese and Malish C.M.) Sage, 2018.

Sharmila Rathee
Sharmila Rathee

University of Delhi

Visiting 06 October - 12 October 2018

Nominated by: Professor Ann Stewart, School of Law

Sharmila Rathee has a keen interest in field of inclusive education with special focus on universal design for learning (UDL) and identity perspectives. Her interests extend to disability studies, social psychological processes related to education, inter-group dynamics, and micro-level school processes. As part of her doctoral degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, her current ethnographic research is focused on social class identities in classrooms. She has been associated with the University of Minnesota, USA and Minnesota department of Education, as a recipient of American Disability Act fellowship, 2017. She is currently associated with research project related to strengthening teachers for implementation of UDL in classrooms funded by University of Minnesota, USA and is a key consultant on a project on women in higher education at Warwick University, UK. She is associated with different educational agencies working in field of inclusive education. She is also a life time member of the Comparative Education Society of India which is affiliated to World Council for Comparative Education Societies. She has been a part of content development team at SCERT, Delhi for Elimination of corporal punishment in schools by sensitizing teachers of private schools of Delhi through online capacity building programme.

Dr Soham Sahoo
Dr Soham Sahoo

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB),

Visiting 15 October - 29 October 2018

Nominated by: Dr Sudipa Sarkar, Institute for Employment Research

Dr Soham Sahoo is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He received his PhD in Quantitative Economics in 2015 from Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has been a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics, University of Goettingen during 2016–2018. His research interests are broadly in development economics, with a focus on the economics of education, labour, and gender. He is currently working on topics such as gender disparity in technical education and labour supply, effect of political leaders’ identity on economic outcomes, and evaluation of education policies in developing countries.

Dr Margherita Belgioioso
Dr Margherita Belgioioso

Brunel University,

Visiting 11 January - 14 January 2019

Nominated by: Dr Jessica Di Salvatore, PAIS

Dr. Belgioioso is Lecturer in International Relations and International Security in the Department of Politics and History at the Brunel University London and Research Fellow at the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation at the University of Essex. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex. She was recently awarded the Cedric Smith Prize 2018 by the Conflict Research Society for her article named ‘Going Underground: Resort to Terrorism in Mass Mobilization Dissident Campaigns’ published by the Journal of Peace Research. Her current main research interests include the relationship between socio-economic relative deprivation and radicalization in developed democracies as well as the dynamics and outcomes of terrorism, nonviolent civil resistance and, armed conflict.

Dr Jonathan Pinckney
Dr Jonathan Pinckney

Norweigian University of Technology & Science,

Visiting 11 January - 14 January 2019

Nominated by: Dr Jessica Di Salvatore, PAIS

Dr. Pinckney is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he works on the Anatomy of Resistance Campaigns project, and an external associate at the Peace Research Institution of Oslo (PRIO). He researches extra-institutional political contention in non-democracies, with a particular focus on nonviolent civil resistance. He received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Denver in March 2018, his MA also from the University of Denver in 2014, and his BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts in 2008. He was a 2012 recipient of the Korbel School's Sie Fellowship and a 2016 recipient of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's PhD fellowship.

Professor Jeff Gill
Professor Jeff Gill

American University

Visiting 4 February - 13 February 2019

Nominated by: Dr Andreas Murr, Department of Politics and International Studies

I have done extensive work in the development of Bayesian hierarchical models, elicited prior development from expert interviews, as well in fundamental issues in statistical inference. I have extensive expertise in statistical computing, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) tools in particular. Most sophisticated Bayesian models for the social or medical sciences require complex, computer-intensive tools such as MCMC to efficiently estimate parameters of interest. I am an expert these statistical and computational techniques and use them to contribute to empirical knowledge in the biomedical and social sciences. Current theoretical work builds logically on my prior applied work and adds opportunities to develop new hybrid algorithms for statistical estimation with multilevel specifications and complex time-series and spatial relationships. Current applied work includes: finding clusters of terrorist organizations, blood and circulation, long-term mental health outcomes from children's exposure to war, pediatric head trauma, terrorism studies, and trauma physiology.

Professor Richard Traunmuller
Professor Richard Traunmuller

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Visiting 4 February - 13 February 2019

Nominated by: Dr Andreas Murr, Department of Politics and International Studies

Richard Traunmüller is a currently a visiting professor of quantitative methods at the University of Mannheim and on leave from his junior professorship in empirical democracy research at Goethe University Frankfurt. Prior to coming to Frankfurt he has held positions at the Universities of Konstanz, Berne, Mannheim, and Essex. Traunmüller has taught semester long courses on data visualisation at these universities and has been invited to teach statistical visualisation at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. In addition, he is a regular instructor for data visualisation at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and the International Program in Survey and Data Science. His work has appeared in major social science journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Analysis, amongst others.

Dr. P. Fonda
Dr Piermarco Fonda

Leiden University

Visiting 10 June – 21 July 2019

Nominated by: Professor Matthew Turner, Department of Physics

Dr. Fonda is a post-doctoral researcher at the Lorentz Institute of theoretical physics at Leiden University, working in the Soft Matter group of prof. Luca Giomi. His main research topic is the physics of two-dimensional membranes, with a special focus on applications of differential geometry techniques to the study of lipid bilayers. He received his PhD in theoretical high-energy physics in September 2015 from the International School for Advanced Studies (ISAS/SISSA, Trieste), his MSc in particle physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2011 and his BSc from Trieste University in 2008.