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End of Tenure: 31 December 2015

Dr Monserrat Guibernau earned her PhD in Social and Political Theory at King's College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Management Council at the Canada Blanch Centre at the LSE.

Dr Guibernau has taught, researched and supervised graduate students at Queen Mary, having previously held an ESRC senior research fellowship at the University of Warwick and lectureships and a readership at the University of Barcelona and the Open University. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Quebec in Montreal, the University of Tampere, the Austrian Academy of Social Sciences, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. She has lectured at New York University, Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


End of Tenure: 30 June 2016

Dr Manja Klemenčič is Fellow and Lecturer in Sociology of Higher Education at the Department of Sociology, Harvard University. She researches, teaches, advises and consults in the area of international and comparative higher education, with particular interests in higher education politics, polities and policy-making in national and international contexts. She also investigates the implications of contemporary higher education reforms on students and while at POLIS, is completing her monograph entitled "Student Power". Manja is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Higher Education (Routledge/Taylor & Francis); Associate Editor of the section "Elite and Mass Higher Education in the 21st Century" in the International Encyclopaedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (Springer); Co-Editor of the new book series "Understanding Student Experience in Higher Education" (Bloomsbury). She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Julie Smith. 

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End of Tenure: 31 July 2016

Victor Teo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and is the Doris Zimmern HKU-Cambridge Visiting Fellow at Hughes Hall and POLIS for Easter Term 2016. Dr Teo holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interest is on Sino-Japanese Relations, with particular emphasis on the globalization of Sino-Japanese competition, North Korean Affairs and China’s underground economy.  He is also one of the founding directors of DPRK Observatory, an NGO with a primary focus on the study of North Korean Affairs. While at Cambridge, Victor will be completing his monograph project on Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations, as well as an article length project on International Law and the Resolution of Territorial Dispute between China and Japan. 



End of Tenure: 01 July 2017

Morten P. Broberg is Professor of International Development Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He is the holder of the Faculty's Jean Monnet Chair (the European Union and the Developing Countries; 2012-15) and is Principal Investigator of ‘Changing Disasters”, a research project under University of Copenhagen’s Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research.

Professor Broberg's existing research has primarily been focused upon law and governance with particular regards to the European Union and developing countries. During his stay at Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies, Professor Broberg will focus his research on how ‘the new climate normal’ (i.e. climate change that is unavoidable) will affect societies – and he will seek to identify ways whereby these societies may build resilience and/or adapt so as to cope with the adverse effects as well as possible.



End of Tenure: 31 August 2017

Yi Shin Tang is Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Rising Powers in Summer 2017. Dr. Tang holds a PhD in Institutions, Economics and Law from the University of Ghent and an LLM from New York University and the National University of Singapore. He had previously held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation in Munich, the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, and Cornell University Law School, among others. His research interests broadly cover topics in international economic governance, including the WTO system, foreign investment regulation and competition policy in emerging powers. During his stay, Dr. Tang examined the growing evidence of a distinctive competition policy emerging among the BRICS countries and how they have been challenging the established OECD and EU practices, through a systematic and critical analysis of legislation, case decisions and statements by BRICS competition authorities.



End of Tenure: 19 December 2017

Petra Roter is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, and a senior research fellow at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Roter teaches undergraduate courses on International Relations, International Protection of Human Rights and International Protection of Minorities, and graduate courses on International Conflict Management and Research Seminar. She is the academic co-ordinator for the MA in International Relations at the Faculty of social Sciences, and a national director of the E.MA – European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice). Her research includes international regimes on diversity management and minority protection, international conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction, nation-building and state-formation processes. She is the President of the Advisory Committee (2016–2018) on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, and she occasionally co-operates, as an independent expert, with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. While at Cambridge, Dr. Roter focused on the role of language in conflict prevention and access to language rights for persons belonging to national minorities in the context of exclusive nation-building policies of European states. She also analysed geopolitics of minority rights and ways and means through which ethnic issues are promoted through foreign policies. This was part of her present research focus on the bilateral level of minority protection within the present multi-layered international regime for the protection of national minorities.

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End of Tenure: 31 March 2018

Dr Tomohito Baji is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan. His work is mainly focused on late 19th- and early 20th-century British and Japanese intellectual history, with a particular attention to theories of empire and international relations in the two countries. Having obtained his PhD from Cambridge (POLIS Department) in 2016, he is currently completing a monograph on the political thought of Alferd Zimmern, one of the most distinguished British internationalists in the early 20th century. At Cambridge this time, he starts a new research project examining the imperial and international thought of pre-WWII Japanese colonial policy scholars in a contemporary global community of discourse.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2018

MICHAEL DUNNE is a former Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and was until recently a member of the Centre of Latin American Studies, working on US-Cuban relations.  Before joining Clare Hall on his retirement from the University of Sussex he had taught at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations at The Hague and the University of Bologna.  A graduate of the University of Oxford (where he read Literae Humaniores), he was a Woodrow Wilson graduate fellow at UC Berkeley.  He has lectured widely in the United States (on Capitol Hill as well as in law schools and history departments) and Europe (particularly to Italian audiences, from licei to think-tanks).  Major works include The United States and the World Court, 1920-1935 [1988] and Citizenship and Rights in Multicultural Societies [1995], the latter the British edition of Cittadinanza e diritti nelle società multiculturali [1994]. He is currently monitoring the US presidential election campaign and planning a study of the Monroe Doctrine.  His interests beyond the political history of the Americas, Europe and the Middle East lie in language(s) and translation, together with the social and ideological aspects of architecture and painting.


End of Tenure: 30 April 2018

Rasmus Corlin Christensen is a former Visiting Fellow at POLIS and a PhD Fellow at the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining CBS, he worked for KPMG and the Ministry of Finance in Denmark. His doctoral research looks at processes of international tax governance, identifying key actors and main dynamics of change and stability. Specifically, his current work is investigating the role of professionals and experts in shaping the international tax regime, international tax practice and global wealth chains. Rasmus’ research is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework program, COFFERS, a collaboration of 10 universities and civil society organisations across Europe. His work has been recognized broadly; most recently, Rasmus was named to the 2017 Global Tax 50, the International Tax Review’s list of influential individuals and organisations in the tax world. 


"As a Visiting Fellow at POLIS from January to April 2018, I have benefited greatly from the outstanding research environment at the Department and in Cambridge more generally. With help and encouragement from colleagues, I was able to complete a substantial amount of data collection and analysis for my research project on the dynamics of change and stability in international tax governance, including the role of professionals and experts in shaping the international corporate tax system, international tax practice and global wealth chains during my stay.

Moreover, the broader network of researchers and practitioners in and around POLIS and the University has been hugely helpful and informative. I have been able to engage, discuss and work with a range of scholars, from a variety of disciplines, working on a variety of topics of relevance to my own research. This has provided inspiration, new insights, challenges and connections that should prove valuable to my research for years to come. Overall, the visit has far exceeded my expectations and I thank the whole Department and its people immensely for the support and the forthcoming atmosphere."

PAVATE FELLOW- Professor Jayashree Vivekanandan

End of Tenure: 30 May 2018

Jayashree Vivekanandan is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, and is the D.C. Pavate Visiting Fellow at POLIS. Prior to joining SAU, she worked at The Energy and Resources Institute and was subsequently associated with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Her research interests include the interface between history and international relations, Indian strategic thought and practice, memory politics, and transboundary resource governance in South Asia. She is the author of Interrogating International Relations: India's Strategic Practice and the Return of History, New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2011.


End of Tenure: 31 May 2018

Lerna K. Yanık, is professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University and her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has worked at Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey before coming to Kadir Has University in 2011. Dr. Yanık is the first prize winner of the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award in 2006 and has spent a semester at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center as a visiting Fulbright scholar in 2009-2010.

She specializes in Turkish foreign policy, politics of space and place, critical geopolitics as well as culture and politics and has published her research in journals such as Die Welt des Islams, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, International Journal, Turkish Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler (in Turkish), Political Geography, Geopolitics, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Human Rights Quarterly and Europe-Asia Studies. Dr. Yanık is currently on sabbatical leave from Kadir Has University and is a Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College for the Michaelmas Term 2017 and is also affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge until June 2018.


"Being a visiting scholar at POLIS in particular as well as at the University of Cambridge has been an extremely fruitful experience. I started to write my book and started gathering material for my new project. The interdisciplinary environment provided at the Department and attending talks and seminars at POLIS and elsewhere has made me to reengage my own research with a different perspective, making me to rethink my own research more thoroughly and theoretically. I should conclude by saying that, my stay as a visiting scholar at POLIS and University of Cambridge has been very productive. I am grateful for the opportunity and thank POLIS for this."



End of Tenure: 31 May 2018

Konstantinos Bizas is a Ph.D. candidate in political thought and conceptual history at the Dept. of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, as well as the holder of a MA in Political Thought from the University of Exeter, UK, a MA in Political Science & Sociology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and a BA in Political Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He has been working for a few years on a doctoral dissertation that examines the methodological aspects of the prestigious work of the late Cambridge classics in the history of political thought and the history of ideas (John Pocock, Quentin Skinner and John Dunn), whereas his broader academic and research interests fall into the domains of political thought and conceptual history, canonized political philosophy, methodological and knowledge-theory perspectives in the human sciences, as well as the study of Greek politics and Greek cultural and intellectual history.

His visit to the POLIS Department of Cambridge in springtime 2018 aims to provide substantial advances to his doctoral project in the form of specified interviews and first-hand affiliation with the academic environment and the protagonists of what has been conventionally labelled as the ‘Cambridge School’ approach in the history of political thought.


"The POLIS Department and its substantial engagement with the entirety of the Cambridge environment have provided me with an overall fantastic academic experience, the impact of which will become definitely apparent in my doctoral dissertation. The outstanding facilities of the University, its patiently accumulated material resources, as well as the great number of its ongoing flourishing initiatives have given me benefits that cannot be easily contained in a simple summary. What is more, the people comprising the Cambridge staff, from the administration to the most deservedly acknowledged academic minds, have proven to be more than helpful in all possible respects, both formal and informal, and my affiliation with them has allowed me to obtain a more thorough understanding of the scholar debates I have been studying these years in ways that published works and the current more general circulation of the so-called ‘Cambridge School’ approach could not have covered, as well as great lessons of ethos for an early-career scholar who began his academic study in quite different settings. Having proven worthy of their reputation, I cannot help but express my gratitude to the POLIS Department and to the overall institution of Cambridge."


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Diego Trindade d'Ávila Magalhães is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, currently on research leave as Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, Department of Politics and International Studies, and, previously, Visiting Scholar at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies. He received his BA and MS in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, and his PhD in International Strategic Studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Dr Magalhães created the theory of globaliser to assess the power of countries over globalisation and, currently, develops research about how China changes globalisation, considering economic, environmental and military dimensions. In 2018, he published the articles “The globaliser dragon: how is China changing economic globalisation?” and "New Globaliser in the Hood: How is China Globalising the Brazilian Economy?". He is interested in collaborating with researchers focusing on globalisation and emerging powers.


"During my short stay as Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge, I have benefited from the exciting intellectual atmosphere in several ways. The University’s Central Library, the University Centre and Alison Richard Building (ARB) provided the necessary infrastructure and access to journals that my research required. I am particularly grateful to the efficient support of ARB’s administrative staff, and to the friendly assistance of the voluntaries in the “Newcomers and Visiting Scholars - NVS”.

Beyond the progress in research, I also have enjoyed the opportunity to acquire different knowledge, attending events such as “Enterprise Tuesday” at Judge Business School and “CRASSH Workshop - Being a Research Leader: for Early Career Researchers in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences” at ARB. Furthermore, the training programs offered by the University Information Services helped me develop computer skills in courses such as “Mendeley: Introduction to a Reference Management”, “Excel 2016: Analysing and Summarising Data” and “ATLAS.ti: An Introduction to Qualitative Research”.


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Gentian Elezi is a director at the research institute Agenda in Albania and a lecturer in European Politics. His previous experiences include serving as Vice Minister of European integration in the Albanian government and working as a consultant in EU affairs in the Balkan region. He holds a PhD in Politics and an MA in European Politics, both from the University of Sussex, UK. He obtained his BA in Political Science in the University of Milan, Italy. During his career he has directed and participated in several research projects.

Dr Elezi is a visiting scholar affiliated with the Department of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Cambridge. His research at POLIS focuses on the role of domestic politics of EU member states in the Enlargement policy.


"Being a visiting scholar at POLIS at the University of Cambridge has been a very interesting and useful experience. I really enjoyed the academic environment and activities, as well as the city of Cambridge. During my stay, I advanced with my academic work thanks to the support received and the access to the considerable resources, in terms of research experience and library facilities. This allowed me to work on two important projects while in Cambridge: research for an article that I am writing on decision-making in the area of EU Enlargement policy and, at the same time, work on my book on the institutional challenges of candidate countries towards the EU membership.

The multidisciplinary approach and the variety of angles of looking into my field that I encountered during activities and conversations with other researchers, have been quite interesting for me in terms of new research ideas and possible future projects. In addition, being affiliated with POLIS and the University of Cambridge as a visiting scholar helped me to expand and enrich my network in my area of research, which might be very useful for my academic career in the coming years. I am very grateful to the department and to the University for this opportunity and for the great experience."  


End of Tenure: 30 June 2018

Benedikt Stuchtey is professor and chair of modern history at the University of Marburg, Germany. For the past three years he has been dean of the faculty, and he has previously held visiting professorships at the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Between 2004 and 2013 he was deputy director of the German Historical Institute in London. His research focuses on the history of West European, particularly British colonialism and imperialism.

At POLIS Benedikt was working on a book on the materiality of the European colonial expansion between 1750 and 1950. Naturally the British Empire is playing a crucial role for this project which is looking at objects such as tea-cups, coins, post-cards, or wedding rings. Thus it is important that the chosen objects are part of every day life and not collected by museums. Their material culture is seen as representing special aspects of European colonialism like slavery and migration, racism and finance imperialism, but also gender and emotion, the "other" and the civilising mission. The book is taking a variety of European forms of imperial rule into consideration. By comparing them through the lens of objects, British imperialism is integrated in a European history of expansionism neither ignoring its undisputed special historical dimension nor underestimating the many potentials of entanglements and transfers.

While in Cambridge, Benedikt was also conceptualising a general history of the British Empire for the German book market. This book is going to be a concise history from the beginnings of English colonialism to the end of the twentieth century pointing to special aspects of the empire such as sea power, the Colonial Office, and free trade, as well as common features like the role of the military and indigenous cooperation with imperial elites.


End of Tenure: 01 August 2018

Hanna Pfeifer is a research associate at the Institute of International Politics at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg where she also earned her PhD (2017). She studied at the University of Munich and Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) Paris and holds a Magister Artium (2012) in Politics, Philosophy and Mathematics.

Her main research interests are the transforming world order and the role of Arab states and non-state actors in challenging, reproducing and reinventing global order. Her PhD research dealt with Islamist discursive constructions of world order and how they relate to Western, liberal concepts. At POLIS (March-July 2018), she worked on recent military interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly focusing on the aspect of democratic-autocratic cooperation. Hanna’s research was funded through a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Testimonial: POLIS provided a great environment for my post-doctoral project in terms of resources, intellectual stimulation, and hospitality by my hosts. Cambridge is a perfect place to meet brilliant researchers from one’s own and other disciplines. It was an absolutely enriching experience!


End of Tenure: 19 September 2018

Qifu Lin was a visiting scholar at POLIS from September 2017 to September 2018 which was funded by the China Scholarship Council. His academic interests focus on western political thought from sixteen to late-nineteenth century, theories of political representation and the politics of the Chinese People’s Congress. He is a professor and chairman in the Department of Political Science, School of Public Administration at Jilin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics, obtained from Jilin University in China.


End of Tenure: 30 January 2019

Dr Charles I-hsin Chen was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at POLIS. He is also a research associate in the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, University of London. He received his BA in politics from National Taiwan University, MSc in development studies and PhD in economics from SOAS in 2014. His doctoral thesis identifies the driving forces behind the mass privatisation of Chinese state-owned enterprises from the late 1990s. Charles served as the spokesman of Taiwan's Presidential Office (2015-16), and the spokesman and director of international affairs in the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party (2014-15). His research interest covers a wide range of topics in China’s economic reform in the state sector, Taiwan’s party politics and election campaigns, cross-Strait political and economic relations, and the sovereignty disputes in the East and South China Seas. His current programme in the Centre for Rising Powers is to examine the legal and political impacts brought by the South China Sea arbitration on the formation of maritime governance in the South China Sea. He has over a hundred writings of editorials, columns, commentaries and letters published on Taiwan and international newspapers on various topics in recent years.


End of Tenure: 31 January 2019

Daniel Zamora is a research associate in sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are related to issues of Welfare State, inequality, poverty and intellectual history in the second half of 20th century. He has recently published a history of poor relief in Belgium during the 20th century (De l’Egalité à la Pauvreté, 2017) and edited the volume Foucault and Neoliberalism with Michael C. Behrent (Polity, 2015). His actual research is focused on an intellectual history of Basic Income in the United States and Western Europe. The project is more specifically focused on how the rise and the success of a marginal idea became possible with the profound transformation of how we thought about politics, work and social policy in the early 1960s.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2019

Dr Yutaka Iwami is Professor of Politics at Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Information Science from Tohoku University in Japan in 2002. He has been interested in the movement of Devolution and Regionalism in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England for more ten years. Especially, he has written several papers on Scottish Devolution, the Independence Referendum and the transformation of English regional governance. During his time at POLIS, he intends to research the meaning and features of Devolution and Regionalism in the UK from the viewpoint of comparative politics. He thinks that the UK is a unique state because firstly the UK as the state is composed of four nations, and secondly each of them has an individual history, culture and governing system. He understands that Devolution and Regionalism is political necessity to maintain the UK as the state. However, on the other hand he has one central research question why Devolution and Regionalism does not solve the trend of separation in reality and yields the more requests that each nation obtain greater levels of autonomy and power.


End of Tenure: 10 June 2019

Christopher John Jenner is First Sea Lord Fellow; Research Associate, Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy, University of Cambridge; Research Fellow, King’s College London; and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies. He holds Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

He has won various awards and fellowships: Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, University of Oxford; Research Fellow, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Research Fellow, New England Centre and Home for Veterans; Research Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford; Research and Teaching Fellow, University of London; Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts; Research Fellow, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; and Visiting Research Fellow, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (Học viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam), Hanoi.

At Cambridge, he is leading two international research projects: (i) an investigation of sea power’s influence on relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, 1949-1996; and (ii) an account of the conception and formative conduct of the unique alliance between the cryptographic services of Great Britain and the United States, 1940-1943. In addition to his academic work, Dr Jenner undertakes governmental analytical commissions, and has contributed to award-winning television series.


End of Tenure: 10 June 2019

Paul Beaumont is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He received his BA in Economic History from the LSE and his MSc in International Relations from NMBU. He has previously worked as a Junior Research Fellow at The Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, and was an English teacher for several years prior. His PhD project—The Grammar of Status Competition (working title)investigates how status hierarchies are (re)produced and mobilised in the politics of legitimation within discrete local contexts. In particular, his research concerns the use and abuse of international indicators, nuclear politics, and 21st century migration discourse and practice. His recent publications include an article investigating the role that nostalgia and status concerns played in engendering Brexit, as well as an article exploring the status performance of the BRICS. Besides his dissertation, Paul is currently working on an edited volume that seeks to trace the emergence, maintenance and dwindling of particular status symbols within international society. He is also the co-chair of the Hierarchies in World Politics section at the forthcoming EISA conference in Sofia. 


My time spent as a visiting scholar at POLIS has proved extremely productive and enjoyable. I joined Ayse Zarakol’s PhD group, where I had the opportunity to present and discuss my PhD research. It was a privilege too join a cohort of such talented scholars working on relatable subjects to my own. Indeed, several collaborations have emerged over the last 6 months. I am co-authoring papers with Liang Ce and Jaakko Heiskanen, which we have submitted to the 2020 International Studies Association Annual Convention convention. Meanwhile, Lucas De Oliveira Paes​ and I have begun working on an article -- Prestige and Punishment in Brazil - about how seeking international status can backfire domestically. Moreover, I learned a lot and was inspired by the many academic goings on at POLIS, particularly the History and IR working group. Finally, I also presented and received excellent feedback on my work at Gloknos' Cum Panis' seminar series.​ 

All of this helped my PhD dissertation - The Grammar of Status Competition - which has come on leaps and bounds during my time here. Ultimately, I found the department very friendly and the environment highly conducive to creativity. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for being so welcoming, and a special thank you to Dr. Zarakol, for inviting me.​


End of Tenure: 31 July 2019

Tomáš Weiss is Associate Professor and Head of Department of European Studies at Charles University, Prague. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and a member of the editorial board of Mezinárodní vztahy / Czech Journal of International Relations. After degrees in European Studies in Hamburg and in Prague, he did his PhD at Charles University in Area Studies, analysing the changing role of police and military forces in contemporary Europe. His research focuses on European foreign and security policy, small states in the EU, Europeanisation of national foreign and defence policies, and the Czech foreign and security policy in particular.


End of Tenure: 30 September 2019

Dr Saima A Kayani was a visiting fellow at POLIS. Dr Kayani is presently working as Head of the Department of Defense and Diplomatic Studies, Fatima Jinnah Women University Pakistan. Her research interests are focused on human security, war on terror and South and Central Asia. She regularly contributes in different research journals and participates in different national and international conferences. Dr Kayani has successfully completed different projects. She is a visiting scholar at National Defence University and Command and Staff College Pakistan. She is presently working on Strategies to counter terrorism in Pakistan. Her current research work tries to fill the gap as far as work on terrorism and Pakistan is concerned and provides a deep understanding about the topic.


End of Tenure: 30 September 2019

Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. It was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into fifteen languages and sold 350,000 copies. The book has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. A second edition of the book, greatly expanded and fully updated, was published in 2012. His TED talk on how to understand China has had over 2 million views. He is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC.

He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He was until recently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at IDEAS, a centre for diplomacy and grand strategy, and a fellow at the Asia Research Centre, both at the London School of Economics. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. He took his doctorate while at King’s College, Cambridge.

He has been invited to give lectures at many of the world’s top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, UCLA, USC, Cambridge, Oxford, Peking, Tsinghua, Renmin, NUS, Tokyo, University of Hong Kong, amongst many others. He has given talks to many corporate clients including Bank of America, BlackRock, Pictet, Shell, Allianz, BNP Paribas, Financial Times, British Telecom, BBC, HR50, Amerada Hess, Investec, DSM and Khazanah.


End of Tenure: 30 September 2019

Professor John Yasuda (Indiana University) was a visiting scholar at POLIS during the Michelmas and Easter terms of 2018/2019.  During his time at POLIS, Prof. Yasuda worked on his new book manuscript on the politics of financialisation in East Asia.  Yasuda benefitted from the frequent interactions with other members of staff, particularly Dr. Kunchin Lin, on questions related to financial deepening, China’s globalization strategy, and the formation of international financial centers.  His presentations for the Cambridge Association for the Political Economy of China (POLIS) and for the China Seminar series (FAMES) proved very helpful in terms of the framing of the project.  The Politics of Economics seminar series through CRAASH was instrumental in shaping his ideas on agents involved in the financialisation process.  Yasuda also enjoyed engaging with a number of undergraduates and post-graduates during his lectures on a wide range of topics including China’s BRI initiatives and economic development models.  Beyond POLIS, Prof. Yasuda engaged with faculty members in the Department of Geography, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Judge Business School.  St. Catharine’s College served as an important intellectual and social hub, providing a venue for interdisciplinary discussion and lively debate.  Based on his time at Cambridge, Yasuda is now preparing an article entitled, “Revenge of the Developmental State: Stock Markets and the State in E. Asia” and has begun drafting his second book, Necessary Fictions: The State, Stock Markets, and Growth in East Asia.


End of Tenure: 01 December 2019

Dr. Chong is a Hong-Kong based scholar and lawyer specialising in Environmental Law, Maritime Law, Water Law and Human Rights Law in Asia. Dr. Chong obtained her PhD in international law from the University of Hong Kong. Her doctoral thesis, “The Non-Hierarchical Norms of No-Harm and Equitable Utilisation in International Watercourses Law,” was nominated for the Li Ka-Shing Prize for Outstanding Research, 2018. Prior to this, Dr. Chong obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong as well as an MSc in Development Studies (Merit) from the London School of Economics and BA in Chinese and Management Studies (Honours) from the University of Leeds. She also spent two years studying in China, at Tianjin Normal University and the John Hopkins University–Nanjing University Hopkins-Nanjing Centre.

Dr. Chong is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong. She has broad professional experience in law and policy in Asia, having worked in private practice in leading international law firms in Hong Kong, where she advised on corporate finance transactions, and in international organisations, working with the United Nations and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, in Thailand and China.

Dr. Chong’s current research is focused on the UNCLOS environmental protection regime in light of the proposed amendments to the UNCLOS treaty (focused on the marine biological diversity protection of areas beyond national jurisdiction), and investigates how the proposed amendments as well as the recent body of international jurisprudence will affect the highly controversial maritime claims in the South China Sea.


End of Tenure: 06 December 2019

Jennifer Rowlett was a visiting scholar at POLIS for a one term scholarship. She has a background in Geography, having studied her undergraduate degree at Durham University, and now works as a Geospatial Analyst at the MOD. While at POLIS, she is researching the potential shift in approach of Russian expansionism. Russia has a history of physical expansion but, with the rise of social media, she will be researching how Russia may be changing their approach to influencing the West through digital, rather than physical, means.


End of Tenure: 06 December 2019

James Llewellyn is a Ministry of Defence employee and a visiting scholar at POLIS. James previously worked for the National Crime Agency in a variety of financial crime roles. Areas of research interest include complex money laundering, fraud, sanctions evasion and violent extremist financing.

During his time at Cambridge, James conducted case study analyses of complex money laundering and terrorist financing. His research examined the convergence of distinct threat activities within international financial networks, the enablers of illicit money movement across borders, obfuscation methodologies and the effectiveness of international response mechanisms. 


End of Tenure: 20 December 2019

Éléna Choquette is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of POLIS. She is completing her PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her dissertation examines the settler colonial processes of land appropriation in the 19th century British Dominion of Canada. She argues that the Canadian state articulated a distinct liberal colonial ideology that authorised its territorial expansion and facilitated the production of Canadian sovereignty over these lands. Her stay at the Department of POLIS allows her to enquire into the development of liberal colonialism in other British Dominions. Alongside Dr Duncan Bell, she studies the writings of two of the most prolific and influential liberal colonial thinkers in the 19th century British colonial world: George Brown (Canada) and David Syme (State of Victoria, Australia). By studying such territorial and ideational processes from the critical and yet overlooked perspective of colonies of settlement, her research contributes to a more complete understanding of liberalism’s complicity with settler colonisation. Éléna Choquette holds a Joint Honours Bachelor of Philosophy and Political Science from McGill University as well as an MA in Political Science from the Université de Montréal.


End of Tenure: 01 January 2020

Raphaël Fèvre holds a Ph.D. in economics, major History of Economic Thought and Philosophy, from the University of Lausanne and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. From 2012 to 2017, he was teaching and research assistant at the Walras-Pareto Centre of the University of Lausanne.

Raphaël’s Ph.D. dissertation retraces the intellectual history of German ordoliberalism (1932-1950). It focuses in particular on the epistemological and philosophical foundations of economic theory and policy recommendations, and showed that “power” was a key component in the understanding of the ordoliberal political economy as a whole. Raphaël is also interested in French neo-corporatist tendencies, and his taking part in a research group on the Economic Discipline & Expertise during the Vichy regime (EDEV).

At POLIS, Raphaël intends to extend his research to the British interwar context, especially to Cambridge’s economists. Whether in the German, French or English context, his purpose is to understand how the interwar crisis of classical liberalism, as well as the dual trend of fascination and repulsion vis-à-vis rise of authoritarian European regimes, pushed economists to enlarge their conception of economic power by looking at the overall political and juridical structure of the economy.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2020

Patrick Mullarkey is a visiting scholar at POLIS, undertaking research for one term at the Forum on Geopolitics. Patrick has an MA in history and currently works as a civil servant at the Ministry of Defence. His research at POLIS focuses on the role and importance of leadership amongst non-state actors, particularly within violent extremist organisations.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2020

Simon Benton is an employee at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a visiting scholar at POLIS. He has a previous academic background, completing both an Ancient History Degree at the University of Birmingham and a master’s degree in Intelligence and Security at Brunel University. While at POLIS he will be researching Chinese economic, political and military influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and the subsequent effects it may have or be having on UK interests in the region.


End of Tenure: 31 March 2020

Tom Storey is an employee at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a visiting scholar at POLIS.


End of Tenure: 30 April 2020

Ameena Al Rasheed Nayel is a Senior Research and Programme Advisor, at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), New York. She received a BSc honours in Political Science and an MA in Public Policy and Administration and MA in Gender Culture and Politics, Ameena holds a Ph.D. in Gender interdisciplinary studies, from the University of Leeds. Her PhD thesis was entitled: The Performativity of Muslimness, the Intersection of Race Gender and Migration, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Ameena worked as Teaching Assistant at the department of Political Science, at the University of Khartoum, and as an Assistant Professor at the University for Peace, in Costa Rica. She joined the United Nations under the capacity of Regional Advisor on gender affairs and SDGs at the economic and social commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) and was a Programme Manager with the UNDP in Bahrain, the Arab States, on gender and economic policy management initiative. She worked in Eritrea, Libya/Tunisia, Lebanon, and Nepal, Iraq/Kurdistan, Somaliland and other places. She taught at University graduate level, on Gender and peace building, gender and religion and conflict and peace and democracy in the Middle East. Ameena published many articles and papers at academic journals and many book’s chapters, her last project is a chapter in an edited book titled: Critical Race, by Palgrave Macmillan Publisher. Ameena’s area of research and interest include: identity politics, peace and development, South-South cooperation, democratization, militarism and multipartism, gender and race. Ameena will undertake work on South-South Cooperation Framework on Peace and Development and women, youth and girls.


My time as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, the department of politics and international studies POLIS, has been incredibly productive as well as enjoyable. The arrangement and support for my visit was great. I was able to utilize the great opportunity to connect with the academic rigor at POLIS, and to focus on my work, and research, and to learn more about events and academic groups that are held at the University.

The experience has expanded my opportunities, as well as sharpened my quality and analytical skills. I am incredibly thankful to POLIS for allowing me such an opportunity.

Though short, and slightly interrupted with the COVID 19 circumstances, my time however, was very enriching, professionally and personally. The department has provided an ideal environment to pursue my research. It allowed opportunities to benefit and have access to resources and to encounter and witness interaction and scholarly work. I enjoyed the vibrant and beautiful city of Cambridge.

I particularly appreciate being able to keep abreast of leading international research and ideas through numerous events. I was able to work on important projects while in Cambridge, I managed to finalize the first draft on a book chapter on Sudan’s economy,  the future and its prospects, and I drafted as well an article addressing issues of gender, race and peace in the era of COVID19. I was able to attend different webinars, and discussion groups, which were also very helpful and inspiring.

I hope the collaboration with the UNOSSC can materialize in a rewarding and fruitful outcome for both institutes. I am grateful for the motivating working atmosphere that helped me focus on my research and work.

PAVATE FELLOW - Dr Amrita Jash

End of Tenure: 30 May 2020

Dr Amrita Jash is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi.  She holds a Ph.D in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her Doctoral Thesis is titled: “China’s Perceptions of Japan: A Study of Historical Memories as an Agency, 2002-2012”. She has been a recipient of graduate fellowship by the University Grants Commission (2011-2016), GOI. She was a fellow under the "US-INDIA-CHINA Initiative" (2013), School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a researcher under a study trip offered by the Ministry of Commerce, P.R.C., and a researcher under Harvard-Yenching-Nanching programme (2015). 

Her research has appeared in nine edited books, International Journals such as  East Asian Policy, Review of Global Politics, Strategic Analysis, Yonsei Journal, China Report, Maritime Affairs and Strategic Vision. She has also published in forums such as CSIS, RSIS, Huffington Post, E-IR, Asia Times, Munk School of Global Affairs, Crawford School, ISDP, China-India Brief, IPP Review, SADF, I-A Forum, Gateway House, China Focus and others. Her research interests are China’s foreign policy, strategic and security issues, China-India and China-Japan relations.