Past Fellows

John Holland-McCowan

John Holland-McCowan is Visiting Researcher at IRIS from October 2018 to March 2019. He is currently pursuing his PhD at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. His PhD research analyzes to what degree scholarly understandings of insurgencies can account for the YPG and ISIS’s rival campaigns from mid-2014 to mid-2017....

Nicola Degli Esposti

Nicola Degli Esposti is Visiting Researcher at IRIS from July 2018 to August 2019. He is currently pursuing his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research project investigates the development of the Kurdish national movement in historical and sociological perspective with a focus on the interaction between class and nationalism. He is also interested in International Relations theory, nationalism studies, and in the foreign...

Kerem Ussakli

Kerem Ussakli is Visiting Researcher at IRIS from January 2018 to June 2019. He is also a doctoral student at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Kerem’s doctoral dissertation project, funded by the National Science Foundation and The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, looks at everyday trust relationships between Iraqi internally displaced people and their Kurdish hosts in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah. By conducting an ethnographic study of informal contracts and...

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...

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