Center for Global Studies

Past Scholars




Kaori Yamano was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for the academic year 2010-11. Her research focused on ethnic diversity and socio-political strategies among Ethiopian immigrants in Washington metropolitan area. (In particular Oromo people from Ethiopia, their distant nationalism and their interaction with other Ethiopians and African immigrants in the D.C. area). As a fellow at the Center she studied how the new African immigrants have adapted to a multi-ethnic and racial society and how they were involved with their homeland society, as part of a broader research project on the interrelationship of African immigrants in local and transnational spaces.


Summer 2010

Erick Viramontes of El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, was the Visiting Thesis Fellow for the Summer of 2010. He conducted research for his Masters Thesis entitled “The Islamic Revolution seen from Qatar”.


Shahla Naghiyeva was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Center from September 2010 to January 2011. She is Associate professor at the Azerbaijan University of Languages, where she teaches American and British literature. Her research interests focus on poetry translation from Azerbaijani into English and vice versa. From September 2003 to March 2004 she conducted research on poetry translation at East Carolina University as a Fulbright scholar. In 2010, she was awarded another Fulbright Scholarship and continued her research on poetry translation at George Mason University in the fall.

MA, PhD-fellow Dorthe H. Possing was a Visiting Dissertation Fellow at the Center for Global Studies. Her research focused on young Muslim women in Denmark, Britain and the US and their use of the Internet for information retrieval, communication, and activism. The overall purpose of the study was to contribute to the knowledge on how researchers can conceptualize, analyze and communicate the lived transnational and translocal space of Muslim women living in non-Muslim societies. The study included online observations, participant observations and qualitative face-to-face research interviews. While at George Mason University, she was carrying out research interviews and fieldwork in the Washington Metropolitan Area, writing up her dissertation and related articles, and presenting her research to the wider university community.



Sada Aksartova, PhD (Sociology, Princeton University), was the Visiting Research Fellow at the Center from October 2007 through January 2009 and is currently a Senior Social Science Analyst in international affairs and trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. While at the Center, Dr. Aksartova taught a graduate seminar in international development at GMU's Department of Public and International Affairs and revised for publication her doctoral dissertation, which investigated U.S. donors' promotion of civil society organization in post-Soviet Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Based on these revisions, she contributed a chapter "Promoting Civil Society or Diffusing NGOs? U.S. Donors in the Former Soviet Union" to an interdisciplinary volume Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad, edited by David C. Hammack and Steven Heydemann and published by Indiana University Press in 2009.



Anastase Shyaka, PhD (Political Science, University of Gdansk), was a visiting Fulbright scholar for the 2007-2008 academic year. During this time, he conducted research on peace and democratization processes in Africa’s Great Lakes Region and nation building in post-genocide Rwanda. He also taught a course in the Department of Public and International Affairs.



Pauline E. Ginsberg, PhD (Social Psychology, Syracuse University) was the Visiting Research Fellow from January 2006 through May 2007. Her research addressed two areas, one resulting in a monograph regarding adolescent development in Kenya, and the second, a study of child soldiers that focused upon best practices in demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

Salah-Aldeen Khadr (University of London) was a Visiting Dissertation Fellow for the Spring 2006 semester. During his term, he conducted primary and archival research for his doctoral dissertation “Islam in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1973-2002,” in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Daniel Pinéu (University of Wales) was the Visiting Dissertation Fellow from August 2006 through January 2007. He conducted archival research and interviews for his doctoral dissertation “Police as a rationality and technology of U.S. foreign policy in a changing security environment.”

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