- Project Design Session — 2019
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Faculty Search: Multidisciplinary Research Project Design Session. Faculty candidates from 10 countries. 8–11 March, 2018. Video, Selected Episodes.
Research teams are formed through an innovative faculty search procedure thereby finalists get together in Tyumen for a project design session where they self-organize into multidisciplinary teams and propose research projects. Core members of the best project teams receive full-time faculty positions at SAS.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Head of the SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (2012-2016)
Denis Konanchuk has been managing consulting projects in the field of education at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO since 2010. Denis was involved in implementing a strategic programme for the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk city; the Concept and strategic programme for the Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg city; and the Concept for the Russian International Olympic University, Sochi city.
Since 2008 Denis has been a moderator of project groups at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO programmes and strategic sessions for such corporations as Evraz Group, the United Aircraft Corporation, TVEL, TNK-BP. In 2011-2012 Denis managed the strategic and project work for the programme «Arctic Course: Strategic Development of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University». Since March 2012 Denis has been a moderator of the Open Government working group.
Denis Konanchuk was involved in developing and implementing programmes for the federal and regional level personnel of the Government of the Russian Federation, managers of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, reserve personnel of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, staff of the Central Bank of Russia (2003-2009).
From 2006 till 2010 Denis managed such international and national educational projects as International championship in company management «Global Management Challenge», National Student Championship in business management «Business Battle», International Student Competition in banking «Banks Battle» for Sberbank of Russia.
Since 2011 Denis Konanchuk has been a Professor of Practice at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and Advisor to Dean for strategic projects. In October 2012 Denis Konanchuk headed the SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (SEDeC).
Besides heading SEDeC Denis has been appointed Deputy Academic Dean since 2015.
BIO:Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov is Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg. He graduated in History/Ethnography from Moscow State University (1987), and received his MA (1991) and PhD (1998) in Anthropology from Stanford University. He taught social anthropology at the University of Cambridge from 2001-2015. He specialises in Siberia and Russia, but has also carried out research in Britain and the United States. His research interests include anthropology and history of the state and governance, exchange theory, time, anthropology of aesthetics, and history of anthropology. Publications include The Topography of Happiness: ethnographic contours of modernity (in Russian: Topografia schastia: etnograficheskie karty moderna) Moscow: New Literary Observer Publishers 2013; special issue Ethnographic Conceptualism of the journal Laboratorium (2013), Gifts to Soviet leaders. Exhibition Catalogue (Pinakotheke 2006) and monograph The Social Life of the State in Subarctic Siberia (Stanford University Press 2003)
Yury Polikanov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is jointly affiliated with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Polikanov received M.S. degree (cum laude) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) in 2004.
In 2008, Dr. Polikanov graduated from Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ, USA) and received Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. From 2008 till 2015, Dr. Polikanov accomplished postdoctoral training in Biophysics and Structural Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Steitz at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA). Currently, Dr. Polikanov is leading his own research group at the University of Illinois (Chicago, IL, USA). Dr. Polikanov's expertise is in the field of structural studies of the bacterial ribosome using X-ray crystallography techniques. He co-authored more than 25 research publications in high-impact international scientific journals.
Currently, the research in Dr. Polikanov's laboratory at UIC focuses on studies of structural aspects of protein synthesis and the mechanisms of action of ribosome-targeting antibiotics. This research facilitates the development of next-generation antimicrobial compounds, as well as clinical approaches to prevent the acquisition of drug resistance by clinical pathogens. Polikanov laboratory uses X-ray crystallography techniques to determine nearly atomic resolution structures of various antibiotics bound to their target, the ribosome, which allows understanding how ribosome-targeting antibiotics work and how they could be improved.
- sociology of media
- sociology of work
- quantitative research methods
- big data
- personal Internet use at work
- time appropriation
- job precarity
- labour process
- crime and punishment
BIO:Alex Miltsov is a social scientist, who specializes in work and occupations, social media and mass communication, deviance and criminology, and quantitative research methods. He is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in sociology at McGill University researching the use of digital technologies at work. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Honours with Distinction) in sociology at Concordia University and a Master’s degree in sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. The larger objective of his research is to critically investigate the socio-economic and cultural effects of digital technology use and media representation. His graduate work has been supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Alex’s work investigates several research and teaching areas. First, he examines the use of digital technologies in the context of workplace resistance, time appropriation, and “slacking”. His research is informed by such critical media and labour scholars as Berardi, Lazzarato, Ross, and Virno and it focuses on the ways in which cognitive workers use digital media and technologies for personal purposes at work. Combing a cross-national surveying and in-depth interviewing, Alex analyzes how the digitization of the workplace affects workers’ experiences and interactions, their private and social lives, and their work/life balance. A second line in his research involves a quantitate project, which examines the factors in sentencing outcomes for high-profile criminal cases. Alex has developed a unique dataset that captures a wealth of detailed information on the nature and specifics of each case for a sample of over 4000 murderers in the U.S. from 1976 until 2004. This dataset allows to control for a variety of biographical, regional, and contextual factors in the analysis of sentencing outcomes for different socio-demographic groups. The third area of research involves a Big Data project on the extent and effects of gender- and race-based representations in print and digital media. As a result of this research, he has coauthored an article on the individual and structural factors explaining the persistent under-representation of women in print news. This article was published in 2015 in the American Sociological Review and won the 2017 CITAMS Best Paper Award.
- Historical (and Comparative) Sociology
- Environmental movements and political ecology
- Indigenous nations and ethnic nationalism
- Subaltern and Postcolonial Studies
- Peasant, Agrarian Studies and Rural Sociology
- Marxism, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist theories
- Natural Resource Extraction and labour
- Internally displaced, Refugee and Stateless people
- State Formation, and theories of Civil Society
- Sociology of informal sector (shadow economy)
BIO:Arnab Roy Chowdhury is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Public Policy Department of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU-HSE), Moscow. Before this as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Move Media Communications (MMC) in Bangladesh, he worked on the issue of forced migration of the Rohingyas from Myanmar and the resultant refugee crisis in South and Southeast Asia. He taught sociology to graduate business students, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India (Public Policy and Management Group). Arnab received his PhD in sociology from the National University of Singapore, and his MA and MPhil degrees in sociology from Sambalpur University, India. His undergraduate BSc degree was completed in India with zoology (major) and botany and chemistry (minors). Arnab is a trained painter. He has published poetry, and has an interest in collecting colonial India artefacts.
RESEARCH INTERESTSArnab’s doctoral research focused on the social movements of subaltern agricultural and indigenous communities against large hydropower projects in two adjacent regions of India. He argues that these movements brought about a transformation in resettlement and rehabilitation laws, made civil society stronger, and brought about democratisation of the local state – thus, causally and constitutively, contributing in the process of state formation from below. His thesis maps the politics of the subalterns in interaction with the state, and demonstrates that its various strands, such as cosmopolitanism and localism, emerged in postcolonial India and expressed themselves on the local, national, and transnational scale. He has especially engaged with the theory of hegemony by Antonio Gramsci, its elaboration in the colonial and postcolonial Indian context by Ranajit Guha and the Subaltern Studies group, and its relation with the post-Marxist theory of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. Arnab’s postdoctoral work is a thematic and conceptual extension of his doctoral thesis. He is interested in knowing in intricate fashion how national and transnational extractive capitalism functions, through legal and informal processes, in large-scale and in artisanal and small-scale mining. He is interested, particularly, in the mining of high-value minerals such as diamonds, which have different ‘materialities’ and give rise to different patterns of labour engagements in, and social-formations around, mining realms. These mines connect with the market via global value chains, in an instance of actually operating supply chain capitalism – as explained by Anna Tsing. Arnab is also interested in the processes through which these precious stones acquire a special kind of commodity value and ‘social life’, and which can be seen through Arjun Appadurai’s notion of commodity pathway diversion and Luc Boltanski’s and Arnaud Esquerre’s notion of enrichment economy. One of his other interests is studying the forced migration, refugee-hood, and statelessness of the Rohingyas, which he studies using Giorgio Agamben’s concepts of homo sacer and state of exception. Currently, Arnab is developing a project on anti-nuclear movements in the nuclearised landscapes affected by radioactivity in India, India’s participation in global uranium mining and trade as a postcolonial nation, and the technopolitics that emerges in the process.
- science, religion, and technology
- history of religion
- anthropology of religion
- intelligent design
- artificial intelligence
- popular culture
BIO:Benjamin is currently completing his PhD in History at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. His thesis is a new history of anti-evolution movements in the United States since the 1960’s. Before starting his PhD, he earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology (Washington State University), an MSc in Political Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast), and an MLitt in American Studies (University of Glasgow).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Benjamin’s research currently encompasses a broad area around the intersection of the history, philosophy, anthropology, and psychology of science and religion. While his PhD focuses on religious opposition to mainstream science communication (specifically anti-evolution movements), his peripheral interests lie heavily in technology, to include cultural responses to, and consequences of, artificial intelligence, simulation theory, and transhumanism. With the global consolidation of anti-evolution movements, the pervasiveness of quantum mysticism, the resurgence of flat-earth populism, and continued denial of climate change data, it is the goal of his work to help science communicators better understand their audiences.
- Killerrobots (drones)
- Automation and automated thinking
- Pattern of life analysis
- Criteria-based reasoning
- Civilian casualties
- Hannah Arendt
BIO:Brian Smith received his PhD in Political Science from Boston University. He also earned an MS in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University. Broadly he works in political theory/philosophy. Additional information is available here.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Brian’s project deals with the problems of automation and automated decision-making, especially as it pertains to acts of violence. This project pays special attention to Hannah Arendt’s critique of robot soldiers in her essay On Violence. Arendt argues that the advent of nuclear weapons and robot soldiers fundamentally threatened the ascendance of power over violence. In a world where one man, with the push of a button, can kill whomever he wishes, the supremacy of violence over power is virtually complete. What interests Brian about this material, and what he hopes to show in his project, is that Arendt offers a novel critique of America’s targeted killing program, one that moves beyond the usual problems of proportionality (whether civilians are being inordinately targeted) and international legality (whether drone strikes violate state sovereignty, among other things). More broadly, the project looks at the corrosive effect of automated thinking and criteria-based reasoning has had on certain kinds of decision-making. For example, there seems to be a clear family resemblance between the computerized Aegistargeting system that was used to take down Iranian Airflight 655 (in 1988) and the way the US government generates its “kill lists,” a procedure that has also been called “pattern of life analysis,” or more colloquially, “death by meta data” These developments are very troubling, but they can be traced back to certain policy modeling techniques that emerged in the US during World War II. Arendt was a nearly critic of these methodologies.
- memory studies
- museum studies
- Central and Eastern European history
- German identity
BIO:Cristian Cercel is a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr University Bochum. Originally from Romania, Cristian has a BA in European Studies (University of Bucharest), an MA in Nationalism Studies (Central European University, Budapest) and, since September 2012, a PhD in International Affairs (Durham University). He previously held postdoctoral fellowships at New Europe College (Bucharest), Swansea University, and the Centre for Advanced Study (Sofia). He is list editor and review editor of H-Nationalism. He is also active as a translator from German, Italian, and English into Romanian.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:The research project Cristian is currently involved in looks at the representations of the two world wars in European museums. The case study he has been focusing on is that of the Military History Museum in Dresden: an article looking in depth at the concept underlying the 2011 reopening of the museum and at the exhibition as such will appear in the next issue of History and Memory. On a conceptual level, the project aims to further develop and refine the concept of „agonistic memory“, meant to move beyond both the current hegemonic victimhood-centred cosmopolitan memory regime and the populist right-wing nationalism attacking it. Agonistic memory aims to broaden the scope of public memory discourses, by bringing conflict and struggle back into the picture and by providing a framework for the expression of counter-hegemonies and of a radical democratic critique of current memory discourses and practices. In this context, Cristian is also participating in the organisation of an exhibition on war, to be inaugurated at the Ruhr Museum Essen in November this year. In his doctoral dissertation, he has critically looked at the image of the German minority in post-1989 Romania, arguing that Romanian philo-Germanism is best understood as an expression of self-orientalism and of a symbolic wish to belong to Europe. His book on the topic is due to appear this year. In his research on Romanian Germans, he also analysed the turn towards the national of Transylvanian Saxon identity between 1933 and 1945. Furthermore, also by using the Romanian German case, he argued in a recent publication that Brubaker’s analytic triangle, a theoretical framework often used in nationalism studies, should be expanded into an analytic quadrilateral.
- Integral Theory
- Economic Theories of De-growth
- Decision Making and Policy Development
David Dusseault, (PhD / MA University of Helsinki) is a political scientist by training and a policy analyst by trade. David’s Master’s work focused on International Relations and normative theories of Democracy. Later on, his doctoral research homed in on elite risk assessments as keys to regime consolidation when applied to the political economy of Russia’s regions and federal institutions during the Yeltsin period (1992–2000).
Out of his PhD research grew an interest in various structures which define the hydrocarbon business, the drivers behind energy policy formation, and the practical knock-on effects produced by the energy trade. By 2011, David was hired as Senior Market Analyst for the Finnish natural gas distribution company Gasum OY. There, he covered structural changes in the energy trade related to making hydrocarbons greener, more sustainable and yet commercially profitable.
As a member of the Cultures of Rationality research group here at SAS, David’s intellectual interests are now focused on the calculi of decision making under increasing systemic uncertainty. To contend with the topic, he is employing a generalized model of Integral Theory to global events. Through this novel approach the intention is to discern to what extent specific logics / codes / programs which underpin public expressions of individual, institutional and organizational interests can be qualified and applied to both research and real-world circumstances.
In a related probe, David is scrutinizing the concept of information as the trendy solution for the challenges facing policy makers. According to preliminary findings, information in and of itself is a commodity like any other; quality and quantity are necessary but hardly sufficient factors in determining its ultimate worth to the policy process in an increasingly uncertain world. The question he intends to tackle concerns descriptive and causal inference related to the influence of information at points of saturation and scarcity along trajectories of the policy formation process.
Finally, David is investigating the implications that may be drawn from a deeper structural examination of Nonpolarity (Haass 2008). In line with Taleb’s concept of Antifragility (2012), existing frames of reference (paradigms, concepts, & technology) used to navigate the contemporary world are designed more to provide insight into the problems of the past than to deal with the challenges posed by an uncertain future. Subsequently, relative uncertainty is a product of employing antiquated tools, to produce increasing amounts of data devoid of inference, in defense of the business as usual case, which is no longer business in content or usual in context.
- Russian/Soviet history
- urban studies
- everyday life
- utopian studies
- gender studies
BIO:Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, working on a dissertation project that explores the meaning of home in revolutionary Russia. She received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in History, English Writing, and Russian and East European Studies, and attended St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University as part of their Visiting Student Programme. At the University of Illinois, she has taught courses on European history, urban studies, and utopian theory, and is interested in teaching courses on world history and literature and culture in historical context. She is very interested in working with colleagues on both academic questions (having run the Ralph T. Fisher Workshop on the topic of “The Soviet Home” in 2017) and pedagogical ones (having organized multiple teaching workshops for both graduate students and secondary school teachers through the University of Illinois’ Center for Historical Interpretation). She is also the Book Review Editor of The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Broadly speaking, Deirdre is interested in how people interact with the spaces around them, and how these meanings of space have been historically constructed over time. For her dissertation project, titled “A Space Called Home: Housing and the Construction of the Everyday in Russia, 1890-1935,” she argued that looking at how the home functioned during the tumultuous revolutionary period offers us a new way to understand everyday life and its continuities, even in times of great social and cultural shift. In an article from the dissertation titled “Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935,” published in Revolutionary Russia, she created a micro-history of the space of the kitchen to explore how both pre and post-revolutionary reformers and elites sought to reshape the home under the hope that such changes would have a transformative effect on everyday life. She is also the editor of a forthcoming volume titled The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice, which examines themes of public/private dichotomies, consumption and production, and modernity in an interdisciplinary context, bringing together contributions from history, literature, art and performance theory, geography, and more. She is interested in pursuing future projects that touch on themes of material culture, space, and everyday life, particularly in urban contexts.
- Art history and criticism
- Cross-cultural representation
- Modernism & Modernity
- Periodical studies
- Visual culture
- World Art
BIO:Erika Wolf is an art historian with particular interest in modernism and modernity, Soviet visual culture, propaganda, and cross-cultural representation. A native New Yorker, from 2013 to 2018 she was an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago (New Zealand), where she taught since 2003. She completed a bachelor degree in Sociology and Science in Human Affairs at Princeton University, after which she was a curatorial studies fellow in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. After working several years at the Whitney, she took up graduate study at the University of Michigan, completing a doctorate in the History of Art and a master degree in Russian & Eastern European Studies. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research Exchange Board, the Center for Advanced Studies of the Visual Arts, the Kennan Institute, and the Harriman Institute. She has contributed to exhibition projects at international art museums, including the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012, the International Center of Photography granted an Infinity Award to the Reina Sofia publication The Worker Photography Movement, an anthology to which she made extensive contributions and provided assistance in editing and translation for the English edition. She was recently named an Honorary Research Associate of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Regensburg University, Germany.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:The bulk of my research engages with photography, a medium that traverses diverse fields of knowledge. I approach photography in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, engaging with photography in the mass media, its relation to written texts, its role in the construction of history, and a diverse range of photographic genres (press photography, posters, exhibition environments, photomontage, penal photography, and children’s photography). This research synthesizes the examination of photographs in diverse contexts, archival research into the individuals and institutions engaged in photographic activities, historical and contemporary photographic theory, and the technological apparatus of image making and reproduction.My work is noted for contributing visual and transnational dimensions to scholarship on Soviet history, as it often engages with cultural exchange and cross-cultural representation. Dismissed as "kitsch" during the Cold War, Soviet culture is highly stereotyped yet largely terra incognita. Hence, a key aspect of my methodology is the close study and reading of visual sources. This has also led me to incorporate both visual and textual primary sources into my publications. I work closely with the Ne boltai! Collection, an archive of 20th century political art. My recent book Aleksandr Zhitomirsky: Photomontage as a Weapon of World War 2 and the Cold War (2016, Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press) draws extensively upon this collection. Currently I am completing two book manuscripts: Photography and Russia (for Reaktion Press’s history of photography series “Exposures”) and USSR in Construction: A Modernist Propaganda Magazine for the Stalinist Regime.Since coming to New Zealand, I have pursued research on Australasian photography and the work of contemporary indigenous Pacific Island artists, who employ new media to critique the legacy of colonialism. In this area, I am presently developing a multi-authored book project with the Samoan artist Yuki Kihara.
- biology, zoology
- extreme environments
BIO:Ivana studied biology in Serbia, where she obtained her PhD in 2000. She held positions at the University of Montenegro for 5 years working mostly in the laboratory for Human Genetics, and specializing in prenatal diagnostics. At the same time she developed interest in the animal systematics and evolution and has chosen one of the oldest crustacean groups (class Ostracoda) as the model organism of her research interests. Since obtaining her PhD and until 2009, Ivana worked for 7 years in the Western Australian Museum in Perth, and two years at the University of Tasmania. As recognition of her research Ivana was awarded with the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for senior researches, and has spent almost 2 years at the University of Hamburg (Zoological Museum). From 2011 she has been working at Hanyang University (Seoul), coupling undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. Ivana is a well-known ostracodologist with 76 per-reviewed publications (of which two are books), and has contributed to biodiversity awareness immensely by describing close to 300 new taxa. Her current research projects focus on the evolutionary adaptations to extreme environments. She is an active contributor and editor of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Ivana’s hobbies include running (marathons included), cycling and sailing.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Ivana’s areas of expertise are animal diversity, phylogeny, and evolution. Her model group, a crustacean class Ostracoda has a rich and extensive fossil record, and has a diverse recent fauna that live in all types of aquatic environment. Today, Ivana is the only specialist working on all ostracod groups and covering all water ecosystems of the world. One of her publications, Freshwater Ostracods of the World (book) is the stepping stone for ostracodlogists and ecologists working on freshwater ecosystems. Despite concentrating on one animal group, Ivana’s research is multidisciplinary. She combines comparative morphology, quantitative morphology and cladistics. The latter is either based on morphology alone (morphological cladistics) or more often both morphology and DNA. She is interested in phenomena of cryptic species and the level of molecular diversity in species complexes. Current research projects include evolution of aquatic organisms in extreme environments, where she is particularly interested in deep sea (deep sea 2, etc.) and subterranean waters with the special reference to marine interstitial. In addition, Ivana has recently started exploring ostracod biodiversity and their evolution in the Lake Baikal, and she intensively uses fossil ostracods for dating of molecular trees (Baikal 1, Baikal 2). Ivana has also participated in creating several Web based databases such as the Faunal Directory of Australia, Encyclopaedia of Life (EOL), and Wold Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).
- Collapse of Complex Societies
- Social Power
- Hydraulic Engineering
- Hellenistic Egypt
- Aztec Empire
- Maya Hydraulic Engineering
- Archaeological 3D Modeling
- Evolution of Ancient Civilizations
Incoming faculty for August 2019
BIO:Jay is an anthropological archaeologist (PhD Penn State) with extensive international experience. He currently works searching for missing military personnel from past wars and holds adjunct positions in Classics and Anthropology at the University of Hawaii. In the search for the missing, Jay developed a nationally recognized Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) to track the investigation and recovery of 80,000 missing persons. With the university, Jay co-directs an archaeological project and field school in at the Graeco-Roman city of Thmouis (Tell- Timai) in the Egyptian Nile Delta. The well-preserved city offers a unique opportunity to analyze the cultural transformations associated with Greek and Roman imperialism and the evolution of religions from the indigenous Egyptian pantheon through Christianity. His theoretical interests focus on the rise and fall of complex societies, imperialism, archaeological manifestations of social power, ancient hydraulic ecological adaptations, warfare, GIS, and urban development. He has directed research projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, North and South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Austria. He is currently developing new projects in Egypt that support the integration of 3D data collection that will generate content in support of the pedagogical and communication revolution of augmented and virtual reality experiential learning and analytical methods.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Archaeology uses material evidence to understand human behavior, thereby providing a diachronic perspective that encourages cross-cultural comparison. Jay uses a structuralist perspective that examines the forces that maintain solidarity and foment social, political, and economic change. The concept of Social Power is useful in the analysis of the institutions and behaviors that constituted the social compact in ancient civilizations. By assessing changes in socio-political structures over time, factors related to the rise and fall of complex societies can be identified. In Mexico, he elucidated the complexity of multi-ethnic frontier interactions and analyzed strategies and failures of Mesoamerican empires. Aspects of imperial strategy find analogy throughout history as demonstrated in a comparative analysis of U.S. policy in Laos during the Vietnam War with practices in Mesoamerica. At Tikal, Jay reinterpreted the defensive hinterland boundary of the kingdom as a water management system, helping reformulate theories of the socio-political collapse of the Classic Maya Lowlands from a hyper-militarized peer-polity competition model to one that assesses the impact of environmental stress on political cohesion.His work in Egypt focuses on the political and ideological evolution of a Delta city. In this case, factions of the disembodied Macedonian empire established a core within the existing Egyptian theocratic state. Imperial strategy of the new Ptolemaic dynasty included ideological syncretism, monetization of the economy, and restructuring military and administrative institutions. These transformations profoundly shaped the ideological evolution of Western Civilization.He is developing new projects to collect 3D data that will be used to create experiential immersive learning tools. Virtual and augmented reality environments will enhance comprehension and support the cognition of complex concepts to build coherent understanding of the patterns, accomplishments, and consequences of mistakes which have created the human geography of today.
- international relations theory
- theories of power
- reproductive labor
- feminist political economy
- neoliberal governance
- Michel Foucault
- feminist science studies
BIO:Liberty Chee is a theorist of international relations interested in phenomena that exceed ‘international relations’. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the National University of Singapore where her research investigated the practices of the ‘migration industry’ in global governance. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Liberty’s core research been formulated in an empirical context of a phenomenon that was born in Southeast Asia – the privatization of migration governance and the emergence of what we now call a ‘migration industry.’ This is an industry that has earned a notorious reputation for exploitation and whose activities constantly test limits of legality. Despite this, Liberty argues that these non-state actors –responding to and shaping market forces of labor supply and demand – are sources of global governance. Further, she argues that these practices are social relations of power that extend from the micro to the macroscale. The migration industry, notably recruitment agencies deploying migrant domestic workers, empirically demonstrate that global governance can exist at the margins of authoritative sovereign control. Broadly she is interested in the kinds of productive tensions that are born out of the limits of IR theory and the methodological nationalism of the social sciences in understanding and investigating global phenomena. As such she is keen on developing theoretical and conceptual tools that may aid in investigating these. She is keen to look into phenomena that are simultaneously placeless and place-bound, e.g. the conduct of 21st century terrorism and global social movements. Liberty is also open to collaborating with peers on feminist methodologies, affect, neoliberal assemblages and feminist political economy.
BIO:Luis Saraiva graduated in Biology from the University of Evora and the Gulbenkian Institute of Science in Portugal. He then became a Fellow of the International Graduate School in Genetics and Functional Genomics of the University of Cologne (Germany), where he received his PhD in Genetics (summa cum laude), in 2008. Funded by the Boheringer-Ingelheim Foundation, he spent a brief period as a visiting scientist at Harvard Medical School. As a postdoc with Nobel Laureate Linda Buck at the Fred Hutch (Seattle, USA), he investigated the molecular basis of olfaction and how such environmental cues can modulate behavior and physiology and be translated into perception. In 2013, he became an EBI–Sanger Postdoctoral (ESPOD) Fellow, in Cambridge (UK). There he pioneered the use of RNA-sequencing technologies to study how evolution or genetic variation shape the size and function of gene repertoires involved in vertebrate olfaction and investigated the molecular identity and heterogeneity of different olfactory neuronal populations. With the Sanger Early Career Innovation Award, he extended these studies to hypothalamic neuronal populations regulating appetite, and later to other systems. Importantly, he helped develop a high-throughput method that allows the identification of the spatial origin of cells assayed by single-cell RNA-sequencing within a tissue of interest. This is one of the foundational studies in the nascent field of spatial transcriptomics. Since October 2015 he is a Principal Investigator at Sidra Medicine (Qatar), and in June 2016 he also became an Adjunct Assistant Member at the Monell Chemical Senses Center (USA).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:His research program aims to unravel the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying the transformation of environmental cues in complex behaviors and physiological changes, and to understand how individual genetic variation, gender, social experience, evolution and disease impact these mechanisms. An additional interest of the lab includes the identification of gene variants underlying complex traits and neurological, metabolic and endocrine disorders. He also specializes in the application of high-throughput transcriptomics to complex biological questions, including biomarker identification and the application of RNA-sequencing technology to the unique challenges of cell type identification and organ development and patterning, with a special focus on the metabolic and nervous systems. In his research, Luis actively collaborates with clinicians and employs an integrative strategy combining a wide range of established techniques (molecular biology, anatomy, genetics, physiology, behavior, and psychophysics) with omics technologies, resorting to both animal models and humans. He also aims to start collaborating with sociologists, as he strongly believes that the obesity and mental health pandemics of the XXI century can only be tackled by employing an integrative bio-psycho-social approach. Ultimately, he hopes to discover basic processes that can be translated into personalized treatment options, or social interventions, for patients affected by specific diseases.
- environmental imagination
- wilderness, national parks, transborder ecology, recreation
- animal intelligence and communication
- affect, eros
- digital culture, social media, democracy
- science fiction
- 20th and 21st Century European philosophy
- climbing theory
BIO:Originally from Poland, Margret grew up mostly in Texas. She studied German literature, philosophy, and art history at the University of Texas at Austin, while working in record stores. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University in 2001, having had the great privilege of studying with Jean-François Lyotard before his death. Her first job was at the University of Houston-Downtown, and during that time she authored numerous articles about various aspects of French philosophy, visual culture, feminist epistemology, and radical democracy, among other subjects, as well as translating poetry from her native Polish into English. Margret has been tenured at both UHD and Goucher College, and received two international fellowships, from the Leverhulme Trust and the Fulbright Foundation. Following a year at University of Dundee as a Leverhulme Fellow, she lived in New York City and worked as a jazz vocalist from 2010 to 2017, while simultaneously commuting to Baltimore to teach at Goucher. Margret serves on the executive committee of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and co-direct the Transhuman Alliance for Climbing Theory. She is the author of Whale Song (2017, Bloomsbury Academic Press), The National Park to Come (2015, Stanford University Press), Why Internet Porn Matters (2013, Stanford University Press), co-author of Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway (2013, Columbia University Press), and editor of Gender after Lyotard (2007, State University of New York Press). In recent years, she has published articles about time-lapse photography and climate change, bestiality pornography, jazz, and bored dolphins. She still translates occasionally and thinks about returning to music. She still thinks and writes “with” Lyotard.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Margret’s current interests grew out of her books The National Park to Come and Whale Song, where she examines environmental imagination, desire, and the attrition of social life. Her goal is to develop a framework for understanding the simultaneity and co-creation of environmental and social loss. Biopolitical capitalism, she argues, needs desire, which in turn becomes something to sustain. In her work, wilderness—understood as places, practices, and modes of animal life—becomes the theater for this ongoing dynamic.Margret has several related projects in progress in this area. First, she believes we need new conceptual resources in order to even begin to think cetacean being, and both posthumanism and human rights discourse fail in this regard. That cetacean life remains so firmly in late modernity’s “blind spot” at the same time as it continues to be fetishized is a clue that there’s work to be done here. Secondly, she is exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as a new space for both wilderness recreation and megafaunal restoration, in order to understand the role of desire in rewilding initiatives. And finally, her most developed project at the moment concerns mountaineering in late capitalism. Margret is co-editing Climbing Theory: A Handbook, and has written about climbing in the minnesota review, The Philosophical Salon, and The Atlantic.
- Global Art History and Visual Studies
- Film, Photography, Literature
- Transatlantic Modernities
- Politics of Race/ Ethnicity/ Sexuality
- Migration, Pan African and Critical Muslim Studies
- Death and Mortality in Contemporary Philosophy
- Democracy, Necropolitics and Thanatopolitics
- Self-Immolation Protests in Central Eastern Europe
- Coloniality and Decoloniality
BIO:Marko Stamenkovic is an art historian and transcultural theorist with a strong interest in the decolonial politics of race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Over the last decade, he has been working primarily in the field of contemporary visual arts as a freelance curator, critic, and writer focused on the intersection of visual thinking with social theories, political philosophies, and cultural practices of the marginalised and the oppressed. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Gent University (Belgium) where he worked on questions of sacrifice, self-sacrifice in protest, and suicide to explore the relationship between human mortality and politico-economic powers on the darker side of democracy. His dissertation (Suicide Cultures: Theories and Practices of Radical Withdrawal, defended in 2014) offered nonorthodox insights into thanatopolitical philosophy as a decolonial epistemic option from a perspective of the global South. His international guest-lectures include universities and art venues in Sofia, Tirana, Cetinje, Tallinn, Gent, Vienna, Gothenburg, Pretoria, Tehran, Istanbul, Mexico City, Oslo, Alger, Dublin, Brno, Yerevan, Recife, and Alexandria. They follow an engaging style that has more to do with the discussion-oriented format, incorporating context and quotidian case studies, rather than repetition and memorization of facts. His most recent exhibition projects include: Scanning Cinema (Croatia, 2018), Heidi’s Delight (Belgium, 2017), To Die Out Laughing (Bulgaria, 2017), All Joy Wants Eternity (Albania, 2017), and Put Your Faith in Women (Austria, 2016). He is a member of AICA - The International Association of Art Critics and IKT - International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:The basics of Marko’s academic research involve the relationship between human mortality and politico-economic powers (link 1) with a particular focus on contemporary philosophies of death and dying. (link 2) More specifically, he is engaged with transdisciplinary critical theories and methods that question how people’s lives are exploited and instrumentalized by those who are in the sovereign position to govern (through genocides, homicides, and human sacrifices at large), but also by those who lack this power and opt for 'voluntary death' (through euthanasia, human bombing, and self-immolation by fire). (link 3) Marko's work is, however, less concerned with the ethics of suicide in medico-scientific terms; instead, it challenges those views to highlight what self-sacrifice and relationships entailed by it can disclose to the world of living in terms of geopolitics of knowledge (link 4) or what is otherwise underrepresented and kept below the radar of normative visuality by dominant (masculine, patriarchal, white-minded, Euro-centric, colonial, racist and sexist) epistemic powers. (link 5, link 6)With a completed PhD in the humanities, Marko's research also relies upon social sciences and visual studies, showing a broad awareness of decolonial thought and indigenous cultural practices. What interests him the most, in this regard, is how visual data – within and outside of art history – relate to the production of different forms of knowledge (including histories of ethnic/racial/sexual minorities, often systematically excluded from public view) and how images can serve as tools for making intricate social and emotional structures visible and accessible to interpretation of human values, such as empathy and guilt. (link 7, link 8)Following his 2017 exhibition project on humour and death (link 9), he is considering a new one, including a book, on protest-based self-sacrifice in Central Eastern Europe (1968 – 2017) and the crisis of democratic legitimacy in 'post-communism'.
- political economy
- security empire
- urban Africa
- remote control
- racial capitalism
BIO:Matthew Nesvet is an anthropologist, journalist, and filmmaker. He is also a doctoral candidate and lecturer in Anthropology and African and African-American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Matthew writes about security empires and extractive industries in both Africa and North America. Most recently, Matthew conducted several years of doctoral research among South Africa's 'zama zama' outlaw gold miners, whom he is currently shooting a documentary film with. His dissertation explores the politics and political economy of underground mining, labor, migration, and violence in South Africa's closed gold-mining zones. Matthew has also written about America's police reform industrial complex in New Orleans, a 'union' of housing unstable, drug using urban activists in San Francisco, and gold panners in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Matthew organized two recent exhibitions, one a gallery show that featured a democratically designed, speculative visualization of an alternative future for San Francisco, the other a museum exhibition that traced the persistence of apartheid in post-apartheid Johannesburg. Matthew is a research associate at the University of the Witwatersrand's Anthropology Department and Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry. Matthew is also a member of the Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies Research Group; Mellon-supported Comparative Border Studies Initiative; African and African-American Studies Department; and Anthropology Department, all at the University of California, Davis.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Matthew’s research engages with the burgeoning scholarly fields that investigate security empires in Africa and the United States, for example here and here. It includes and builds upon his doctoral work in progress on extractive politics and the securitization of South Africa's closed gold mining zones. Using ethnographic and historical methodologies, he draws on studies in anthropology of the state, political economy, ontology, critical security studies, and African and African-American studies. Moreover, he produces work for multiple audiences who include scholarly readers and students, consumers of popular, written and digital media, and museum exhibition and gallery installation-goers. Matthew often undertakes work that is collaborative and oriented as much toward process as product. In his academic and publicly engaged scholarship, as well as in his popular writing, filmmaking, and curating practices, he works to situate African studies and African-American studies in conjunction with one another, for example, as this scholar has done in a review essay about an exhibition that he co-organized in 2016.
- political sociology
- memory studies
- nationalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
- ethnic conflict
- state building
- citizenship and migration
- symbolic politics
- institutional and cultural constraints,
- rationality and morality
BIO:Matvey received his PhD in Sociology from McGill University in Montreal in 2018. Before that he earned a BA degree in History at Perm State University (Russia), an MA in International Relations at the University of Tirana (Albania) and an MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European University (Budapest). This multi-sited educational history has allowed him to professionally learn a number of Eastern European languages and to get broad experience in archival, ethnographic and interview research in the region. Some of his scholarly articles have been published in different languages in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the UK and Balkan countries. Before joining SAS he worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tirana and McGill.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Matvey is a comparative-historical sociologist with an expertise in mixed methods. At SAS he is affiliated with the research team studying Citizenship under Conflict. His research within the team explores how the legacies of past civil and ethnic wars influence the contemporary politics of citizenship and migration in Europe and Eurasia. In addition, as an individual researcher Matvey investigates the mechanisms through which nationalism has spread into the Balkans, mainly Albania and Serbia. For explaining these macro-sociological developments he closely looks at micro- and meso-processes such as the life course of individual nationalist leaders and group processes in the circles of national intelligentsia.
- Bounded rationality
- Contract design
- Financial bubbles
- Economic experiments
- Randomized controlled trials
- Public health
- Applied econometrics
- Economics of education
BIO:Natalia received her PhD in Economics from The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (Prague, Czech Republic) in 2012. In her PhD thesis she explored specific bounds on consumer rationality and profit-maximizing strategies of firms in response to these bounds. During her PhD studies she spent a semester at New York University. She has been employed as a Junior Researcher at CERGE-EI (2008-2011), a Visiting Lecturer at Ural Federal University (2008-current), and an Assistant Professor at University of Vienna (2011-current). Her current research focuses on experimental asset markets. She has been awarded Graduate Teaching Fellowship from CERGE-EI multiple times for teaching such economic courses as Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Behavioral Economics and Experimental Economics at different levels.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Natalia’s research interests can be broadly defined as applying experimental methods to answering economic questions. Her PhD thesis was inspired by empirical findings of DellaVigna & Malmendier (2006) and Lambrecht & Skiera (2006) among others. These studies show that consumers could have been better off had they chosen different gym memberships or internet tariffs, however they do not provide convincing explanations of why this happens. Unlike mentioned studies who used field data, Natalia designed a laboratory experiment to show that consumers make predictable choice errors when choosing from a menu of mobile phone tariffs. Motivated by this result, she built a theoretical model showing how a profit-maximizing firm can exploit the presence of boundedly rational consumers. This model had the spirit of those highlighted in Spiegler (2014). During her employment at the University of Vienna, she continued to use laboratory experiments as a research method, but shifted the focus from consumer choice to asset markets. She completed four projects in this area with her colleague Owen Powell. Two of the projects provided an overview of the literature: a survey of recent developments and a meta-study. The other two were original experiments, exploring the effect of traders’ previous success and the effect of market size on market efficiency. In her future research, Natalia would like to work on multidisciplinary projects. One possible direction would be to develop policies aimed at helping people to shift towards healthier lifestyles and hence improving public health. This would be in the spirit of nudging (Thaler and Sunstein, 2008).
- Digital Humanities
- Postcolonial Studies
- Epistemology of the Digital
- Distant Reading
BIO:Sayan Bhattacharyya earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2010 and also has master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and in Information Science from the same university. He was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow for three years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for three years, and he has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, for the past year and half. He has published several book chapters as well as articles in international journals.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Sayan’s research focus is on postcolonial studies and on the emerging field of digital humanities. His PhD dissertation, on Rabindranath Tagore, a writer from India, and the Caribbean intellectual C.L.R. James, focused on the engagement of these thinkers with questions concerning the dialectic of universal and particular in the context of colony and nation. His subsequent work as a postdoctoral fellow has focused on both epistemological questions related to digital approaches in the humanities, especially in connection with postcolonial studies, and on empirical work in digital humanities. His most recent publication, ‘Words in a World of Scaling-up: Epistemic Normativity and Text as Data’, appeared in Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry.
- Vulnerability, Compassion, and Forgiveness
- Comparative Philosophies of Rights and Duty
- Comparative Begriffsgeschichte
and Comparative Intellectual History
- The Environment and Care in Chinese and European Philosophies
- Theories of Globalization/ Localization and Comparative Cosmopolitanism
- Comparative Religion and Comparative Philosophies of Language
- Terrorism and “Propaganda by the Deed” in the Age of Global Spectacle
- Comparative Political Philosophy
- Comparative Literature/Cultural Studies/Literary Theory
- Translation and (Inter-)Cultural Studies/International Relations/Globalization
BIO:Dr. Cheng has been awarded twelve national and international fellowships. Along with Samuel Moyn, David Armitage, Michael Freeden, and Knud Haakonssen, she serves on the International Editorial Board of Global Intellectual History. She is also a reviewer for the European Institutes for Advanced Study’s international fellowship program.Dr. Cheng has given faculty seminars and lectures in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Poland, the US, the UK, China, Pakistan, and South Korea. Her writings can be found in refereed venues in the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and Spain.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Comparing the key terms of my research interests to those of my colleagues at the SAS, it seems that my scholarship could fit quite well into the Material Relations team. Vulnerability, love, and compassion are major themes in my writings. Another subject of interest I share with the team is the ethics and politics of linguistic/conceptual practices, as is evident in my Begriffsgeschichte scholarship. “Love and compassion” is central to my publications on comparative literature and film. It is no less important in my writings on human rights, in which I contrast the independent subject in a rights-based society to the interdependent human beings in a duty-oriented society. I note how human relationships organized in terms of interdependence rather than independence can deconstruct the binary oppositions of self versus society, freedom versus responsibility, and positive versus negative freedom. This theme is being further developed in one of my two books-in-progress, entitled Re-examining Human Rights Discourse via Levinas and Confucius: Interfacing the Jewish and the Chinese Experiences of Genocide in World War II. The project is prompted by the proposal of the Chinese representative P.C. Chang at the drafting stage of the UDHR. Chang recommended that the foremost mission of the UDHR should be the humanization of human beings—a Confucian idea. For the Chinese, crimes against humanity resulted not from the absence of concepts of rights in the world, but from people’s loss of their humanity/humaneness. My book argues for the primacy of the “human” in “human rights”:“rights” ought to be at the service of the “human” and not the reverse. I draw attention to the living human being which has been increasingly trumped by abstract discussions of rights in the modern West. From the Vietnam War to Iraq, “rights” have been set above the “human” and hence the trivialization of human lives in defense of “human” rights. From colonialism to the wars on terror, liberal countries have their shares of human rights violations, not from their lack of belief in rights, but from their misrecognition of their victims as subhuman. Levinas turns to Judaism after the Holocaust to prioritize the face of the Other before the philosophizing subject; likewise, Confucianism foregrounds compassion for the suffering of the Other before abstract legal, political, and philosophical discourse about rights.
- political economy of India and China
- class structure
- labour politics
- labour history
- Marxist political thought
- Indian politics and political history
BIO:Dr. Timothy Kerswell is the author of the forthcoming book Worker Cooperatives in India to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2018 along with numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include the political economy of India and China, international class structure, imperialism, Indian politics and political history, informal labour in Asia, labour and migration policy, labour politics and trade unionism, and Marxist political thought. Dr. Kerswell has worked for the University of Macau at the Department of Government and Public Administration as an Assistant Professor for 5 years. He previously worked for the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship on labour market policy, and for the trade union United Voice as a researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Political Economy from Queensland University of Technology (Australia), a Master of Arts in Political and International Studies from the University of New England (Australia) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) in Political Science and History from Queensland University of Technology (Australia).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:A recent project Timothy completed was entitled Globalization, Labour and Migration in Asia. As part of this project he was able to study the political economy of India and China and the condition of their migrant workers resulting in some articles. He wrote a research article on the political economy of Pneumoconiosis in China’s mining industry, and a comparative study on wage determination of migrant workers in India and China, both awaiting review. Productivity and Wages - What Grows for Workers Without Power and Institutions Capitalism Denied with Chinese Characteristics In his second project, Timothy conducted a detailed study of informal sector industries in India, and the strategies, tactics and institutions developed by workers’ organizations. His research in this area is designed to improve workers’ welfare by equipping them with knowledge and resources that facilitate their struggles to improve their working conditions. Timothy extensively studied the political economy of India, and examined workers’ institutions in various industrial settings gaining first-hand knowledge of them through detailed field studies published in The Journal of Labor and Society. A study of the Self-Employed Women’s Association was published in Geoforum. The result of this project is the book Worker Cooperatievs in India forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan. Labour Imperialism in India – The Case of SEWA India’s Informal Sector – Demystifying a Problematic Concept Informality in Automobile Value Chains in India His current research agenda considers diverse political questions including:
- The debate about India’s mode of production: feudal or capitalist?
- The Crisis of Left politics in India (and generally)
- The generation of labour aristocracies in settler colonial and migrant receiving societies
- The conceptual history of the labour aristocracy
- The Maoist origins of identity politics
- Frantz Fanon’s theory of the peasant as the revolutionary subject
- bird ecology
- mammal behaviour
- abstract painting
BIO:Tom was born in 1969 in Yugoslavia, and has three citizenships and passports: Bosnian, Serbian, and Australian. Married since 1994, with one 16yo daughter. His hobbies include: sailing, cycling, running, nude photography, and abstract painting. Tom is fluent in English and Serbian, his Italian is average (it used to be fluent), and his Russian and German are basic. He currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. Tom obtained his PhD in 2000 from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. He then did his postdoc at the Western Australian Museum in Perth, Australia, from 2001 to 2007. Other major professional engagements included: Assistant Professor at the Sungkyunkwan University, Korea (2015-2016); Assistant Professor at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia (2014); Adjunct Professor, at the University of Tasmania, Australia (2013-2017); Associate Editor of the International Journal of Limnology (2010-present); Research Professor at the Hanyang University, Korea (2010-2014); Senior Scientist at the private consulting company Subterranean Ecology Pty Ltd, Australia (2009-2010); Guest Researcher at the Hamburg Museum, Germany (2009-2012); Editor for free-living Copepoda of the journal Zootaxa (2008-present); Cooperative Researcher at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan (2008-2015); Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, Australia (2007-2012); Honorary Curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia (2007-present); Research Associate at the University of L'Aquila, Italy (1999-2000); Research Assistant at the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor, Montenegro (1998-1999); and Teaching Assistant at the University of Montenegro, Montenegro (1994-1998).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Tom started his research career in secondary school, working on bird and small mammal ecology and behaviour, presiding a local ornithological society, and editing their scientific journal (Ciconia) as an undergraduate student. Since graduation he started working on copepod crustaceans, with Prof. Gordan Karaman and Dr. Trajan Petkovski as main mentors. In 2001 he started a collaboration with William Humphreys (Western Australian Museum), who invited Tom to join his institution, where he stayed until 2007. During this period his research was focused on the taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of free-living copepods, both in marine and freshwater environments. Working at the same time on European, Indian, Australian, New Zealand and Asian subterranean copepods, he is trying to understand connections among world aquatic subterranean faunas and processes of their colonization. Recently, he is increasing his work on marine copepods, especially in Asia. Today, Tom is the world’s foremost authority on copepods, with more than 60 peer reviewed scientific publications, eight of which are large monographic works. He has described over 100 new taxa (species, genera, and one family), and has worked on faunas from all continents and most environments. His philosophy is that the most a single individual can do to help preservation of biological diversity is to describe a new species. Current projects combine classical morphology and DNA, revision of families with both freshwater and marine distributions, and solving problems of cryptic speciation and habitat invasions. Another big part of his current research is pioneering the use of geometric morphometrics in taxonomy, and introduction of novel characters for species delimitation. He would like to change his research subject again, from copepods to humans. He is looking forward to implementing methods of evolutionary biology into areas of human behaviour, including politics, philosophy, religion, marketing, and sexuality.
- comparative literature
- world literature
- translation studies
- urban cultural history
- modern Jewish culture
- interdisciplinary methodologies