WASHINGTON— Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO of the Wilson Center, announced the members of the 2014-2015 fellowship class today. The 20 fellows include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

“The Wilson fellows are the backbone of scholarship at the Wilson Center,” said Harman. “Members of the 2014-2015 class come from all over the world and will contribute to the deep scholarship bench which can inform smarter public policy.”

The 2014-2015 fellows are listed below along with the projects they will pursue while in residence at the Wilson Center.

Audrey Altstadt, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Why Unblooms the Hope: “Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan.”    

Toyomi Asano, Professor of History, Chukyo University, Japan. “Strategic Use of Economic Cooperation and the Formation of the US-Japan Special Relationship: A Case of Postwar Japan’s Reparations and Foreign Aid to Asia.” 

Andrew Bickford, Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University. “Skin-In Solutions: Biotechnology, Psychopharmacology, and Armored Life in the United States Military.”

Michael David-Fox, Professor, School of Foreign Service and History, Georgetown University. “Smolensk under Nazi and Soviet Rule.” 

Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. “Analyzing U.S. National Security Policy toward China.” 

Jack Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University. “10 Billion -- The Challenges of Global Population Change for Democracy, Security, and Prosperity in the 21st Century.” 

Roya Hakakian, Writer and Journalist; New York Times Contributor. “What Jewish Life in 20th century Iran Reveals about Iran Today.” 

Benjamin D. Hopkins, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs,
The George Washington University. “Frontiers of State-Making: State Construction and The Frontier Crimes Regulation.”

Lilia Labidi, Visiting Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore; Former Minister for Women’s Affairs (January to December 2011), Government of Tunisia. “Arab Women Scientists at Home and Abroad: Practice, Representation and Social Justice.” 

Viridiana Rios, CEO of México ¿Cómo Vamos?; Former Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Mexico. “Economic Policy for Crime Deterrence in Mexico.” 

Max Rodenbeck, Middle East Bureau Chief, The Economist. “The Arab Exception.” 

Robert I. Rotberg, Founding Director of the Intrastate Conflict Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. “Curbing Corruption: Best Practices for Africa.”

Teemu Ruskola, Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law. “China and the Making of Modern International Law.” 

Joseph Sassoon, Visiting Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. “Everyday Life under Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.” 

Katrina Schwartz, Independent Scholar. “Waters of Destiny: the Everglades and Flood Control in the Anthropocene.”

Abdulkader Sinno, Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University. “Muslims in Western Parliaments.” 

Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University. “Settling Institutions: The Political Economy of Brazilian Democracy.”

Kimberly Theidon, Associate Research Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. “Speaking of Silences: Gender, Violence, and Reparations in Peru.”

Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Page Editor, Vedomosti Daily, Russia. “Free Media in Unfree Environments (The Halfway House: How Russia's Incomplete Institutions Affect Media and How Media Affects Institutions).”

Paul D. Williams, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. “Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A Critical Analysis of the African Union Mission, 2007-2014.” 

Elizabeth Wood, Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Power and Performance in Putin’s Russia.” 

Media with questions should contact Drew Sample at drew.sample@wilsoncenter.org or by phone at (202) 691-4379.

Notes to Editors

1. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, The Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.