Past Fellows

Alessandro Tinti

Alessandro Tinti joined IRIS as a fellow in April 2017 to conduct field research on the politics of natural resources in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq until June 2017. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and the Universities of Siena, Florence, and Pisa. He is also a member of the working group on ‘Emerging Research on International Security’ at the...

Aaron Bartnick

Aaron Bartnick joined IRIS as a fellow in March 2017, where he is focusing on bringing private sector technology and best practices to public institutions until August 2017. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer for The OpenGov Foundation, a Washington, DC-based startup that facilitates technology partnerships with governments around the world. Aaron has also served as a senior advisor and deputy campaign manager for Congressman Seth Moulton, a leading voice on...

Elizabeth Campbell

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell is an Assistant Professor of History at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She received her MA and PhD in history from the University of Washington and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She was an Assistant Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani from 2012 to 2016 and was the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences from 2013 to 2015. Campbell’s research...

Cameron Bell

Cameron Bell conducted his Fellowship with IRIS from July 2016 until August 2016. Before returning to academia, Cameron was an associate for four years to the CIO of leading Arab builder Consolidated Contractors Company, S.A.L., where he specialized in systems analysis. His team developed best practices in the management of project data on a range of megaprojects throughout the Arab region, including LNG terminals, ports, airports, integrated gas developments, and petrochemical facilities. Previously, Cam was...

Timothy Waters

Timothy Waters was a fellow with IRIS in February 2016 conducting research for an upcoming book on secession. He is a Professor of Law at Indiana University and is an expert in war crimes and international criminal law. Professor Waters' scholarly interests include the structure of the inter-state system, ethnic conflict, human rights, transitional justice, and comparative law, especially in European and Islamic contexts. His principal research involves re-defining self-determination to devise an...

Sherizaan Minwalla

Sherizaan Minwalla is a human rights lawyer who joined the Institute of Regional and International Studies as a Non-Resident Fellow in November 2015. She will be working with two co-researchers and with the support of AUIS students and students in the US to review media content in English, Arabic, and Kurdish to identify and analyze content against ethical guidelines developed by the Global Protection Cluster.

Sherizaan Minwalla has spent the past decade...

Marie LaBrosse

Marie LaBrosse, poet, translator, and former AUIS faculty member, translates classical and contemporary Kurdish poetry, hosts readings with regional poets, and introduced the annual translation workshop at AUIS. She has been published in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, The Fair Observer, and 91st Meridian. As a NonResident fellow, Ms. LaBrosse is working to compile and translate the complete works of a Kurdish poet hailing from Kirkuk. She will be starting a PhD...

Vera Mironova

Vera Mironova , Graduate Research Fellow at Harvard University and PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, conducted research as a Visiting Fellow with IRIS on how exposure to violence affects individual economic and political decision-making through frequent visits and observation in several IDP and refugee camps in summer 2015. Ms. Mironova also conducted an advanced workshop on behavioral economics with AUIS students, all of whom developed and implemented research...

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali was an IRIS fellow from August 2015 until August, 2016. During his stay, Mr. Ali will produced reports analyzing the most notable events taking place in Iraq at the time. Prior to joining IRIS, Mr. Ali acted as the director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor and was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC). He has been researching Iraqi affairs for almost...

Geneive Abdo

Geneive Abdo, fellow at the Stimson Center's Middle East Program and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution joined IRIS in May 2015 for a short-term fellowship while she conducts research for her upcoming book with Oxford University Press on changes in sectarian attitudes since the Arab uprisings of 2011. She also delivered a lecture on her research at AUIS. Ms. Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United...

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