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Current Fellows

Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.

Lukman Abdulrauf


University of Ilorin

Lukman Abdulrauf will spend his fellowship year working on an ongoing book project titled Constitutionalism and the Internet in Africa: Progress, Challenges and Prospects. Africa is currently recording significant milestones regarding information technology and Internet penetration. While this is a welcome development for human rights and the rule of law, it comes at a cost. The Internet is now a powerful instrument for human rights violations and suppression of the rule of law. This trend is easily noticeable in fragile democracies and widely perceived sound democracies on the continent. Violations of individuals' data privacy rights and freedom of expression are now common in many African countries. While academics have proffered several solutions, not so much has been said about the role of African constitutions in protecting digital rights and promoting digital Constitutionalism. Therefore, this project will analyze how basic constitutional theories and principles can be applied to fostering digital Constitutionalism in Africa.

Abdulrauf is a senior lecturer of public law at the University of Ilorin and an honourary research fellow at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu Natal. His research primarily focuses on the intersection between law and information technology, concentrating on digital rights. He is also currently a co-investigator of an NIH-funded grant on the “legal dimensions of using data science for health discovery and innovation” (DS-I Africa Law). Lukman is the STIAS-Iso Lomso fellow at CASBS.
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Riana Elyse Anderson

Public Health And Nutrition

University of Michigan

During her time at CASBS, Riana Elyse Anderson will develop a virtual program for youth of color to learn about and process racialized experiences. By collaborating with developers of adult-based programs, Anderson hopes to fill the gap in programming addressing youth needs of healing from racial discrimination and learning from evidence-based and empirically supported racial socialization strategies.

Anderson has developed a suite of racial socialization products, including theories (RECAST: Racial Encounter Coping Appraisal and Socialization Theory), measures (RaSCS: Racial Socialization Competency Scale), empirical analysis, and interventions (EMBRace: Engaging, Managing, & Bonding through Race) which support a fundamental practice: competent conversations about race between caregivers and young people result in improved mental health outcomes for both parties. Her current work investigates these strategies across Black, Latina, Asian, and White families and has unearthed a different dimension to investigate racial socialization: competency in addition to content.

Following CASBS, Anderson will be a Harvard Hutchins Center fellow (2023-24) and an associate professor at Columbia University (2024-). For more information about her work, particularly in the media, see:

Angela Aristidou

University College London

Angela Aristidou will spend her year at CASBS focused on a project tentatively titled Bringing the ‘Social’ in the Practice of Artificial Intelligence for Cross-sector Collaborations. This project brings together two lines of inquiry: collaboration across sectors (public, private, third), and the mobilisation of digital tools to support these cross-sector collaborations. The project aims to understand how digital tools—and in particular AI-powered tools and platforms—are used in real-world settings by actors within, across and outside organizational boundaries and across sectors.

Aristidou is an assistant professor at the University College London School of Management. Her current research and research team are funded through her UK Research Innovation grant (UKRI FLF, 2020-2028). She leads a team of postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students that combines methodologies from management, economics, sociology and public policy and employs both qualitative and quantitative techniques to collect real-life datasets in the UK, China, USA, and Canada. Each of these empirical studies consists of multiple cases of digital tools being deployed in the formation of new, government-mandated cross-sector collaborations for health care integration. In 2022, Aristidou was invited to join the UK NICE Panel for the development of national standards for AI implementation in healthcare and has published on the topic of AI in Healthcare in The Lancet. Since 2019, Aristidou has been chairing the international Research Advisory Board for the Relational Coordination Collaborative as well as multiple international, interdisciplinary symposia on cross-sector collaboration and AI.

For more information about her work, please visit her website:

Claudia N Avellaneda

Political Science

Indiana University Bloomington

Claudia N. Avellaneda will dedicate her fellowship year to a book about assessing subnational government performance in the Latin American region. She will apply insights from political science, public policy, and public administration/management to develop models that identify the drivers of provincial performance. The book project will explore the performance effects of governors’ background characteristics, such as age, gender, education, experience, and political ambition. Besides studying governors’ roles, she will also investigate the performance effects of governors’ partisan alignment with presidents, and state and national legislators. She will assemble a rich data set covering the Brazilian and Mexican states, the Colombian, Paraguayan, and Bolivian departments, and the Ecuadorian provinces.

Avellaneda is an associate professor at the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her main research interests include decentralization, innovation, governance, and public management in Latin American municipalities. In her field research, she conducts personal interviews and experimental analyses with Latin American mayors. Specifically, she explores the impact of mayors’ education, experience, networking, and political support on social service delivery, public finances, tax collection, and decision-making. She has extended this line of research to Brazilian, Honduran, Colombian, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Peruvian, and Salvadorian municipalities.

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Jean Beaman


University of California, Santa Barbara

Jean Beaman will focus on two projects while in residence at CASBS. First, is a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Suspect Citizenship, which is an ethnographic examination of anti-racist mobilization and activism against police violence towards ethnoracial minorities in France. She considers the ways that the specter of state violence renders certain populations forever marginal or suspect and therefore incapable of ever being included in mainstream society. She further demonstrates the limitations of full societal inclusion for France’s non-white denizens and how French Republicanism continues to mark, rather than erase, racial and ethnic distinctions. Secondly, she will work on another book manuscript providing a critical perspective on racism and colorblindness in a global context.

Beaman is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has previously held visiting fellowships at Duke University, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and University of Notre Dame. She has conducted research on international migration, race, and racism in France (and the rest of Western Europe) and the United States. She is the author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017). She is also an associate editor of the journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and a corresponding editor for the journal Metropolitics/Metropolitiques. She was the Co-PI for the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant, “Race, Precarity, and Privilege: Migration in a Global Context” for 2020-22.

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Christian Breunig

Political Science

University of Konstanz

During his time at CASBS, Christian Breunig will work on a project about political elites and how much and in what form they accept inequality. The project contributes to scholarship that explores the attenuated response of governments to rising economic inequality and surveys elected representatives in Europe and North America. The initial application focuses on the economic realm where redistribution aims at transferring resources, such as income and wealth, from one segment of society to another. The second goal is to develop a more expansive understanding of inequality and to incorporate environmental concerns in elite decision-making. For environmental issues, the distributive choice is intertemporal: short-term costs can secure long-term societal benefits.

Breunig is a professor of comparative politics at the University of Konstanz in Germany. His research concentrates on political representation and public policy in advanced democracies. He currently collaborates on several research activities at Konstanz’s cluster of excellence “The Politics of Inequality”. Breunig also directs the German Policy Agendas project. The project traces policy processes in Germany since the 1970s and is part of the Comparative Agendas project.

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Cameron Campbell


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Cameron Campbell will spend the year studying elites in China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Analyzing historical “big data”, he will look at changes over time in the social and geographic origins of groups of political and educational elites, their success or failure in navigating such major disruptions as the fall of the Qing in 1911, and family background and other influences on the careers of government officials.

His research focuses on demography, stratification, and inequality, especially in historical China and in comparative perspective. For this work, he and his collaborators construct and analyze large longitudinal and individual-level datasets from archival sources. For the last decade he has focused on studies of Qing officials by analysis of their personnel records and collaborations on studies of educational, professional, and other elites during the Republican (1911-1949) era. He continues to conduct research on kinship, inequality, and demographic behavior in historical China and in comparative perspective by analysis of multi-generational population databases.

He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2017.

For more information, please see his website

Simukai Chigudu

Political Science

Oxford University

Simukai Chigudu will spend the fellowship year writing a book entitled When Will We Be Free? Living in the Shadow of Empire and the Struggle for Decolonization (forthcoming with Crown, 2024). The book is a work of literary nonfiction in which Chigudu will interweave his personal and family story with the history of Africa’s anti-colonial struggles from the 1950s to the present in order to provide an intimate and nuanced account of colonization not merely as a historical or political phenomenon but as something that inescapably affects a person’s heart and mind, a person’s sense of identity and home—and he investigates what it would mean to be truly free of it.

Chigudu is an associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St Antony’s College. His monograph, The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship Zimbabwe (Cambridge University Press, 2020), won the prestigious Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award from the American Political Science Association. Before coming to academia, he worked as a physician in the UK’s National Health Service for three years. He holds an MD from Newcastle University, an MPH from Imperial College London, and a DPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford.

Nitsan Chorev


Brown University

Nitsan Chorev will focus on a new project while at CASBS, on the military-intelligence-industrial complex in Israel—and, more generally, on the links between security, innovation, and democracy. This historical project will explore the political-economic conditions leading to the different phases in the exportation of military-led innovations by Israel to other countries—from arms and private security to drones and spyware technologies.

Chorev’s prior work has been devoted to understanding global political economic processes, from trade agreements to global health policies and foreign aid. She offers an institutional analysis of trade policies in the United States and at the World Trade Organization that brought about economic globalization in Remaking U.S. Trade Policy: From Protectionism to Globalization (Cornell University Press, 2007). She analyses the power dynamics between rich and poor countries, and the way international bureaucracies navigate them, in The World Health Organization Between North and South (Cornell University Press, 2012). And she identifies the conditions under which foreign aid can be effective in Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and the Pharmaceutical Industry in East Africa (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Chorev is the Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Tom Clark

Political Science

Emory University

Tom Clark will spend his year as CASBS working on a book about officer-involved shootings in the United States. While recent events have focused Americans' attention on high-profile civilian deaths, little is known about when, where, and whom the police shoot. After spending years collecting official records of all officer-involved shootings, both fatal and non-fatal, from hundreds of police departments across the country, Clark and his collaborators will offer the most systematic and comprehensive analysis of police shootings to date.

Clark is the Charles Howard Candler Professor in the department of political science at Emory University. His research focuses on American legal institutions, decision-making at the US Supreme Court, policing and public safety, and applied game theory and statistics. He has published numerous articles in academic journals as well as three books: The Limits of Judicial Independence (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and Judicial Decision-Making (West Academic, 2020). He previously has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study-Toulouse.

Veena Dubal


University of California, Hastings College of Law

During her time at CASBS, Veena Dubal will complete a book project that presents a sweeping theoretical reappraisal of how low-income immigrant and racial minority workers experience and respond to shifting technologies and regulatory regimes. The manuscript draws upon a decade of interdisciplinary ethnographic research on taxi and ride-hail regulations and worker organizing and advocacy in San Francisco.

Dubal’s research focuses broadly on law, technology, and precarious workers, combining legal and empirical analysis to explore issues of labor and inequality. She has written numerous articles in top law and social science journals and publishes essays in the popular press. Her research has been cited internationally in numerous legal decisions, including by the California Supreme Court, and her research and commentary are regularly featured in media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, etc.

Dubal is professor of law and the Harry and Lilian Hastings Chair at the University of California at Hastings, a former Fulbright fellow, and mother of three children. She is the recipient of awards for both her scholarship and previous work as a public interest lawyer.

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Zimitri Erasmus


University of the Witwatersrand

Zimitri Erasmus will begin work on a book about writing praxis. In parallel, she will work on two mini-writing projects, each an extension of her current work. One project is on ‘race’ and bio-ethics and the other is on micro-biomes and meanings of ‘the human’. She intends to work with scholars in medicine, genetics, and microbiology to experiment further with ”doing” trans-disciplinarity. Most of these scholars are based at universities in South Africa, and one is in the US. The second project was born at a workshop on ”Situating the African Genome” held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in March 2022.

Erasmus currently holds an associate professorship in the anthropology department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and she is currently its head.
The links below introduce her thinking. The first is a public discussion in Berlin, Germany, on current conjunctures of racism. The second link is a discussion in Cape Town on the demise of non-racialism.,anti%2Dracism%20as%20decolonizing%20praxis

Henry Farrell

Political Science

Johns Hopkins University

Henry Farrell will spend his time at CASBS working on a new project, “The Science of the Open Society. The idea is straightforward, if wildly and hopelessly ambitious. Over the last several years, we have learned a lot about potential threats to open democratic societies, from vastly increased polarization, weaponized misinformation, widespread distrust and other factors. This has led to widespread political pessimism. However, we lack any understanding of the circumstances under which open societies are more or less resilient to these threats. When do open societies dissolve into faction and self-destructive feedback loops, and when are they more resilient? Can democratic disagreement serve as an engine of discovery? New data, new understandings of robustness, and new ideas may help us to come up with a better understanding of the circumstances under which open societies succeed and fail. This project will grow up to be a book. It will also build on and feed into collaborative work with Marion Fourcade, Hugo Mercier, Bruce Schneier, Melissa Schwartzberg, Cosma Shalizi and others.


His first book, The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation was published by Cambridge University Press (2009). His second, with Abraham Newman, Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security, came out with Princeton (2019), while a third popular book with Professor Newman, Underground Empire is due to appear in 2023, published by Henry Holt in the US, and Penguin in the UK, with translations into Japanese and Finnish at a later date.


Farrell is currently the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Patricio A. Fernandez


University of California, Santa Barbara

Patricio A. Fernandez will spend his fellowship year studying the connection between practical moral cognition—the moral knowledge of ordinary agents--and philosophical ethical knowledge—the moral knowledge of philosophers--with the goal of producing a series of articles and eventually a book. Following Aristotle’s lead, his project is crucially guided by the conviction that questions concerning the sort of universality that belongs to the ethical knowledge of morally excellent people and questions about the kind of systematicity or generality proper to a philosophical inquiry into ethical matters are to be answered together, as part of the same investigation.

Fernandez is a philosopher and an economist who has published in ancient philosophy, action theory, ethics, and the economic analysis of law. He is currently an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he previously held a Humboldt research fellowship at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His recent research has focused on the nature of practical reasoning and its connection to action, and on how the right understanding of those topics bears on a general picture of the human mind and of the normative standards that apply to it. He has a standing interest in harnessing the Aristotelian tradition about those issues in such a way as to bring it into dialogue with recent theorizing about agency and ethics.

Adam Goodman


University of Illinois Chicago

At CASBS, Adam Goodman will work on a book exploring how US immigration policies since 1965 have left an increasing number of people in a precarious, often prolonged, state of limbo—from undocumented immigrants living under threat of expulsion and people stuck in detention, to asylum seekers waiting as their cases wind their way through labyrinthine bureaucracies and individuals with provisional protections that can be stripped away at a moment’s notice.

Goodman is a historian interested in migration, borders, pan-ethnic identity formation, public policy, and social movements. He is an associate professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and department of history at the University of Illinois Chicago. He also serves on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation History Advisory Committee. Goodman’s award-winning book, The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton, 2020), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

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Simon Halliday


University of Bristol

During his year at CASBS as the inaugural CORE CASBS fellow, Simon Halliday will be working on a new introductory economics textbook Understanding the Economy (UTE) as part of the enCOREage project. UTE builds on the work that CORE has already done with The Economy and Economy, Society, and Public Policy. The enCOREage project seeks to address the systemic failure of U.S. colleges and universities to educate our least well off and under-represented minority students. In Understanding the Economy, Halliday and collaborators will introduce content (for the most part new to introductory economics) that draws students in because the topics it addresses confront societal problems that we know interest them and builds employability skills; adopt best practices from modern learning science, which have struggled to find a home in economics instruction; and address student belonging and inclusion.

Halliday is an associate professor in the School of Economics at the University of Bristol, UK. He has co-authored (with Samuel Bowles) a forthcoming intermediate-level microeconomics textbook: Microeconomics: Competition, Conflict, and Coordination (OUP, 2022) and works in economics education, behavioral and experimental economics (in particular, on experiments to understand social preferences).

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Eran Halperin


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Eran Halperin will spend the fellowship year developing theory and design for personalized intergroup interventions. Halperin's research integrates psychological and political theories to tailor effective interventions to promote support for compromises and intergroup equality.

Halperin is a former dean of the School of Psychology at IDC–Herzliya and now professor in the psychology department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the head and founder of an academic NGO called aChord - Social Psychology for Social Change. An award-winning researcher of emotional processes and field experimentalist, Halperin’s research uses psychological and political theories to investigate causal factors driving intergroup conflicts. More specifically, his work develops new approaches for modifying the psychological roots of intolerance, exclusion, and intergroup violence. The unique case of Israeli society in general, and that of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, motivates much of his work, and most of his studies are conducted in that "natural laboratory." Halperin has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals that include Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Psychological Science. He earned his PhD from Haifa University (summa cum laude) and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University on a Fulbright scholarship. In 2013, he received the Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.

Tzu-wei Hung


Academia Sinica

As the Stanford-Taiwan Social Science fellow, Tzu-Wei Hung will spend the fellowship year focusing on a project entitled “The Language Effect In Cognitive Warfare”, aiming to answer, “Given that human prejudice is persistent, in what sense and to what extent does disinformation harm?”

Hung works primarily in the philosophy of cognitive science, the philosophy of language, and social philosophy. During the past decade, he has investigated a central question of how we humans understand each other, including how we understand others correctly (e.g., the cognitive architecture underlying our communication capacities) and how we misunderstand others (e.g., implicit bias, stereotype, discrimination, and inequity). At CASBS, he will further study prejudice and disinformation in democracies, especially under the threat of digital authoritarianism and its weaponized artificial intelligence.

Hung is currently an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica Taiwan. He received his BA from National Taiwan University before voluntarily serving as a paratrooper during the 1999 Taiwan Strait Crisis. He received his PhD from Kings College London, where he joined Amnesty International UK and later volunteered in Uganda and Rwanda. He led an inter-Asian research team on philosophy and was offered a visiting fellowship from the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

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Jeffrey Kahn


University of California, Davis

Jeffrey Kahn will spend his year at CASBS working on his second book, tentatively titled Ships at a Distance. The project examines how Haitian seafarers have forged complex maritime geographies of mobility and interconnection in the shadow of U.S. extraterritorial surveillance regimes. More broadly, it explores how an ethnographic and historical understanding of Haitians’ shipping and migratory projects can illuminate questions related to the precarity of commodity supply chains, the production of space, and the semiotics of racialization operating in the aqueous border spaces of the globe.

Kahn is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. An interdisciplinary scholar with training in law and anthropology, his interests include border policing, maritime commerce, seafaring knowledge, legal geography, semiotics, and ritual economies, among other topics. His first book, Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019), was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association, the Avant Garde Book Prize from the Haitian Studies Association, the Isis Duarte Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association, and the Book Prize of the American Political Science Association’s Section on Migration and Citizenship. His more public-facing work has appeared in Boston Review and Slate.

Neil Malhotra

Political Science

Stanford University

During his fellowship year at CASBS, Neil Malhotra will be working on a book-length project investigating how various stakeholders (activists, government officials, and the mass public) react to corporate self-regulation. Corporations often go beyond legal requirements in hopes of forestalling more-onerous government regulation. The book will investigate the efficacy of these corporate strategies as well as implications for public welfare.

Malhotra is the Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he directs the Center for Social Innovation. His research focuses on the relationship between business, government, and society. He is the author of Leading with Values (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and the editor of Frontiers in Social Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, 2022). He has published over 75 academic articles in leading journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.

For more on his prior research on the influence of business elites on politics, see this video interview:

Jorge Nathan Matias


Cornell University

J. Nathan Matias will spend his fellowship year on the science and governance of runaway catastrophes between human and algorithm behavior. These feedback loops routinely amplify hatreds and escalate discrimination, while also enhancing efforts for the common good. Yet both social scientists and computer scientists have struggled to predict or manage collective human-algorithm behavior at scale. As a behavioral scientist and computer scientist, Matias will work alongside affected communities to advance the science of human-algorithm behavior by testing pragmatic interventions for a fairer, safer, more understanding Internet.

Matias is a Guatemalan-American assistant professor at the Cornell University department of communication and information science department. He leads the Citizens and Technology Lab (CAT Lab) at Cornell, an industry-independent research group that organizes community/citizen behavioral science and consumer protection research for digital life. Matias has published 20 peer-reviewed articles in leading general scientific, computer science, and social science venues, including PNAS, Scientific Data, the International Journal of Communication, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, FaCCT, and the USENIX Security Symposium. His work is routinely cited in policymaking by national governments and technology firms alike. Matias has also published public-interest data journalism with The Atlantic, The Guardian, and FiveThirtyEight.

Matias, who has a background in technology startups, completed his PhD at the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate degrees from Cambridge University and Elizabethtown College. He has held positions at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

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Christin Munsch


University of Connecticut

Christin Munsch will spend the year working on a book project on gender in academic social science to shed light on two, seemingly unrelated, problems that plague the profession: the leaky pipeline and errors, inaccuracies, and ambiguities in the cannon. Drawing on a series of methodologically diverse studies, the project advances a theory of hybridly masculine occupations whereby professional defaults (e.g., rules, norms, expectations)—and the gendered assumptions on which they rest—shift across the prescribed career trajectory. At earlier stages, the trajectory selectively incorporates elements of femininity and non-hegemonic masculinities. At later stages, it increasingly reflects and rewards men’s bodies and lived experiences. This pattern attracts women and other minorities to the profession while inflicting physical, emotional, and economic violence on aspiring and actual members of the professoriate. Simultaneously, it diminishes the academic and societal benefits of their work, slowing the rate of scientific discovery.

Munsch earned a PhD in sociology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is currently an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut whose research focuses on the cultural, organizational, and psychological processes that create and sustain inequality. She has published numerous articles in leading general interest and specialty journals, attracting national and international media attention. She regularly contributes to public discourse by writing op-eds and translating social science research for a wider audience.

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Sylvia Perry


Northwestern University

During her year at CASBS, Sylvia Perry will focus on manuscripts that stem from two major lines of work. The first line will focus on the extent to which norms around admitting and discussing racism may contribute to anti-racism. This work will inform our understanding of the verbal and nonverbal signals that White individuals may send to others when they witness racism, how these signals shape norms around anti-racist behaviors, and the role of personal awareness in confronting prejudice when individuals witness racist behavior. The second line will focus on the role of racial parental socialization in the development of White children’s attitudes toward Black individuals. This work will inform our understanding of how parents’ (spoken and unspoken) racial socialization messages may contribute to the development of prejudice in White children.

Perry is an associate professor of psychology and an Institute for Policy Research faculty fellow at Northwestern University. Her research is situated at the intersection of social, developmental, and health psychology. She investigates how racial bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities. Her work has been published in top journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Social Science & Medicine. In 2020, she received the SPSP SAGE Young Scholar Award.

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Dianne Pinderhughes

Political Science

University of Notre Dame

During her time at the Center, Dianne M. Pinderhughes will explore opportunities for national democratic renewal and survival for a book project, Triumphant Past and Future Failures?  Civil Rights in the American Political System. The singular, linear nature of 20th century civil rights showed dramatic success, but that was followed by deterioration in institutional stability for the ‘civil rights movement’ and its accomplishments. As twenty-first century institutional structures and interests limit the participation of the newly empowered multiracial electorate, the issue for the future is what this century’s strategy for dealing with these newly developed racial constraints will be.

Pinderhughes studies inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic and gender politics and public policy, explores the creation of American civil society institutions by African Americans in the twentieth century, and analyzes their influence on the formation of voting rights policy.

Her publications include Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory (Cambridge, 1987). She co-authored Contested Transformation: Race, Gender and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (Cambridge, 2016) with Carol Hardy-Fanta, Pei-te Lien and Christine Sierra. She is co-author with Todd Shaw, Louis DeSipio and Toni-Michelle Travis of Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2015, 2018). 

Pinderhughes is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Endowed Chair of Africana Studies and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute, a concurrent faculty member in American Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in the gender studies program.

Pinderhughes is President of the International Political Science Association (2021-23) and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She was President of the American Political Science Association (2007-08), and President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (1988-89). She was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2003-04).

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Toni Schmader


University of British Columbia

Toni Schmader will spend her year at CASBS developing a new theoretical model of intergroup trust. Her central thesis is that cultivating truly inclusive cultures where members of diverse groups live, work, and thrive together requires a level of trust, not just among individuals, but also among groups. Members of marginalized groups often fear being seen as incompetent or irrelevant, whereas members of advantaged groups fear being seen as immoral. These concerns are embedded in social hierarchies. Integrating theoretical models of attachment security, cultural ideologies, and intergroup relationships, the goal of this project is to build a model for understanding the fundamental role of trust to the social function of individuals, groups, and society as a whole.

Schmader is a professor of social psychology at the University of British Columbia where she held a Canada Research Chair from 2010-20. Her research examines how social stereotypes and implicit biases constrain individual outcomes and intergroup relations. She is currently the director of Engendering Success in STEM (ESS,, a research consortium aimed at dismantling gender disparities in science and technology. She received the Killam Research Prize in 2013 and theoretical innovation awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in 2018 and the European Association of Social Psychology in 2020.

Dan Simon


University of Southern California

Dan Simon plans to devote the fellowship to a book project that extends his examination of the criminal process through the lens of experimental psychology. Simon’s previous book, In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Process (Harvard University Press, 2012), focused specifically on the accuracy of criminal verdicts, whereas the current project will examine the process more broadly. The book will offer a micro- and mezzo-level account of how societal forces impact legal actors and institutions, ultimately translating into concrete policies, actions, and verdicts. The book takes as a starting point the well-documented callousness and exceptional harshness of the American criminal legal system. Tentatively titled When Law Goes Dark: The Psychology of the Carceral State, the book will seek to explain how a system entrusted with restraining punitive impulses ends up facilitating, channeling, and legitimating them. Simon plans also to continue running experimental studies on the unintended consequences of the adversarial system.

Simon is the Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he holds appointments at the Gould School of Law and the department of psychology. Simon publishes both in psychological journals (mostly basic-psychological research) and in legal publications. His book In Doubt (Harvard, 2012) (translated into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese) received the 2015 Book Award from the American Psychology-Law Society.

For more information about his work, visit

Rebecca Slayton

Science and Technology Studies (Interdisciplinary)

Cornell University

Rebecca Slayton will spend the year working on an interdisciplinary history of cybersecurity expertise. Unlike engineers whose goals are more quantifiably demonstrated—a missile hits its target with a particular probability, computer chips fail at a known rate—cybersecurity experts cannot prove that a system is “secure.”  Furthermore, experts often demonstrate their skills in cybersecurity by revealing insecurities—the breaches, vulnerabilities, and threats that would otherwise remain invisible. How, then, do cybersecurity experts provide meaningful assurances to the governments, corporations, and citizens that have become critically dependent upon cyberspace? What does growing reliance on cybersecurity experts—and the multinational industry in which they often work--mean for state sovereignty and international relations? Conversely, how have the distinctive interests of various private and government actors shaped the development and practice of this relatively new field of expertise? The book’s working argument is that a new field of cybersecurity expertise established its authority by developing ways of making risks visible and apparently controllable—a process described as shadowing cybersecurity.

More broadly, Slayton’s research and teaching examine the relationships between and among risk, governance, and expertise, with a focus on international security and cooperation since World War II. Her first book, Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012 (MIT Press, 2013), shows how the rise of a new field of expertise in computing reshaped public policies and perceptions about the risks of missile defense. In 2015, Arguments that Count won the Computer History Museum Prize. In 2019, Slayton was a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, for her NSF CAREER project.
Slayton is associate professor in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University.

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Eswaran Somanathan


Indian Statistical Institute

During his fellowship year, Eswaran “Som” Somanathan will be studying how moral and ethical views shape international negotiations on climate agreements between countries using a game-theoretic perspective. In particular, he will be studying the issue of geo-engineering from the perspective of developing countries that are most vulnerable to climate impacts that are already unavoidable irrespective of the success or failure of emission reduction policies. Geo-engineering has been resisted by environmental activists in the global North owing to a fear that it would be used as an excuse to slow emission reduction, but the perspective of the global South has largely been ignored.

Somanathan’s other current research projects include: the political economy of reforms needed to bring about effective environmental protection policies in India, optimal carbon pricing in developing countries taking into account fuel-switching to polluting solid fuels, and electricity reliability, electric cooking and household air pollution in developing countries.

Somanathan is a professor of economics and heads the Centre for research on Climate, Food, Energy, and Environment at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi. His research is on the economic analysis of environmental degradation and economic development.

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Rohini Somanathan


Dehli School of Economics

During her year at CASBS, Rohini Somanathan will work on a book project that explores the role of the state in shaping identity choice and social mobility in India from the 1880s to the present day. In the colonial period, British administrators created elaborate compendiums of caste. These were used as a basis for designing India’s affirmative action program, an elaborate quota-based system of entry into politics, public employment and higher education. The project will critically study the classification of group disadvantage used by the Indian state and the incentives it created for the reporting and manipulation of identity. It will also compare the effects of affirmative action with those of large scale expansions in public schooling in determining the patterns of group inequality.

Somanathan is professor of economics at the Delhi School of Economics. Her research focuses on how social institutions interact with public policies to shape patterns of economic and social inequality. Within the broad area of development economics, she has worked on group identity and public goods, access to microfinance, child nutrition programs and environmental health. Related to her proposed project at CASBS is her recently edited volume Difference without Domination: Pursuing Justice in Diverse Democracies (University of Chicago Press, 2020). She is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society and the International Economic Association.

Greg Walton


Stanford University

How can we support better relationships and a strong sense of belonging for all students in school, especially students who face stigma and negative stereotypes? During the CASBS fellowship period, Greg Walton will work with teams of researchers and school partners to develop an approach that empowers students by elevating their own voices to sideline biases and secure greater support for them from their teachers. This approach was first developed with students returning to school from a period in the juvenile justice system. In an initial trial, a one-page letter to a teacher of students’ choosing including students’ self-introduction, reduced recidivism to the justice system from 69% to 29%. In collaborations with teams of researchers and leading educators in the Bay Area and around the country, Walton is testing this approach more broadly as well as exploring adaptations for other student groups, including foster youth, students with chronic absenteeism, and refugees.

In addition, Walton will be writing a trade book during the fellowship year. This book will surface the normal kinds of questions all of us face at one time or another—Who am I? Do I belong? Can I do it?—and how we can find wiser answers to these questions that help us spiral upward and transform our lives.

Walton is associate professor of psychology and member of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford University.

Martin J. Williams

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Urban Studies

University of Oxford

Martin J. Williams will spend his time at CASBS working on a book that explores how governments around Africa have sought to implement systemic, performance-oriented civil service reforms over the past 30 years. While improving bureaucratic performance is widely recognized as crucial, it is also notoriously challenging. Williams’s work documents how these efforts have been designed and implemented, as well as the mechanisms of success and of failure that emerge across dozens of reforms. The book argues that reform outcomes have been disappointing because governments have viewed reform mainly as a one-off project to change formal rules and structures, rather than as a matter of catalyzing an ongoing process of continuous improvement. The book links these contributions to academic literatures on bureaucratic performance, public service delivery, and political economy, and discusses practical strategies for reformers to achieve change in practice.

Williams is associate professor in public management at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His broader research is on policy implementation, public service delivery, and bureaucratic reform, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. He also teaches and researches on the roles of evidence, context, and external validity in policymaking.

Maisha Winn


University of California, Davis

Maisha T. Winn will spend her CASBS year examining how publications produced by Independent Black Institutions (IBIs) established in the late 1960s and early 1970s engaged the literary imagination with Black Cultural Nationalism. During the Black Arts and Black Power Movements, concerned Black parents, educators, and artists created IBIs initially as a reaction to harm and wrongdoing in U.S. schools but later transitioned to reimagining the education process for Black children and their families. Winn will be working on a monograph focused on an analysis of publications produced by a Chicago-based IBI, Institute of Positive Education, and how Black institution builders throughout the U.S leveraged their publications to participate in future/s making endeavors for Black Americans.

Winn is a language, literacy, and culture scholar and the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis where she co-founded and serves as the faculty director for the Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, Winn was the Susan J. Cellmer Distinguished Chair in Literacy in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research examines the literate trajectories of African American children and youth including ethnographies of participatory literacy communities and historical ethnography focused on contributions of the Black Arts Movement. She is the author of several books including Black Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2008)(published under “Fisher”); Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Teachers College Press, 2011); Justice on Both Sides (Harvard Education Press, 2020), as well as articles published in journals such as Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Journal of African American History; Mind, Culture & Activity; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; and Journal of Futures Studies.

Wilson Wong

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Urban Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

During his year as a CUHK-CASBS fellow, Wilson Wong will work on the project “Data Science and the State” to study the impact of data science and related disruptive technologies on governance and the future of human society by examining their adoption in the post-COVID 19 era from a comparative perspective. It seeks to understand the institutional and contextual factors underlying their variations and identify policy options for resolving tensions in government-citizen collaboration and state-society relations during the process of embracing technological change.

His main areas of research include data governance, social data science, AI and Big Data, science and technology policy, public management and innovation. His research outputs are published in major international journals such as Administration and Society, China Review, Governance, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, Public Administration and Development. Recently, he co-edits Handbook of Asian Public Administration (Edward Elgar) and contributes a chapter on AI and the future of work to the report “Artificial Intelligence for Social Good” by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

Wilson is director and associate professor of Data Science and Policy Studies Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the lead area editor of Data & Policy, a flagship journal dedicated to the impact of data science on policy and governance by Cambridge University Press. He received his PhD in public administration from Syracuse University and served as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and Harvard University.

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