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The Wilson Center Announces 2022-2023 Fellowship Class


Contact: Ryan McKenna

Phone: (202) 691-4217

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ambassador Mark Green, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, announced the 2022-2023 fellowship class members today, which includes 18 scholars and practitioners from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Mexico, and Russia.

“The Wilson Center’s mission has never been more important. Our fellows are the core of that mission, given to us more than 50 years ago by Congress to ‘strengthen the fruitful relationship between the world of learning and the world of public affairs,” said Ambassador Green.

The 2022-2023 fellows and the projects they will pursue while in residence at the Wilson Center are:

Geneive Abdo, former Fellow, Brookings Doha Center. “Arab Shia Communities’ Drift Away from Iran’s Political and Theological Sphere of Influence: A Peacemaking Opportunity for the International Community.”

Jonathan Abel, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University. “Subtitling the World: Fake News, Fictional Truth, and Social Media.”

Amit Ahuja, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California at Santa Barbara. “Building National Armies in Multiethnic States.” 

Sarah Cameron, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park. “Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia.”

Susanna Campbell, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University. “Networks of Influence and Support between War and Peace.”

Heather Exner-Pirot, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Canada. “Understanding Arctic Development: People, Resources, Environments, and Economies.” 

Stephen King, Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University. “Black Arabs: Between Slavery and Racism in the Middle East and North Africa.”

Jeffrey Kucik, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona. “Keeping Promises: Implementing Socially Inclusive Trade Law.”

Guy Laron, Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. “Empire of Oil: Russia’s Grand Strategy in the Middle East from Lenin to Putin.”

Margaret Myers, Director, Asia and Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue. “Twisted Roots: The Drivers of Change in Modern China-Latin America Relations.”

Valerie Percival, Associate Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada. “Promoting Gender Equality and Health Equity through Foreign Policy: Panacea or Fool’s Game?”

Raoni Rajão, Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Social Studies of Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. “The Military and the Environmental Science Policy Interface in the Brazilian Amazon: From the Military Regime to Bolsonaro.”

Julio Rios-Figueroa, Professor Titular (Associate Professor), Department of Law, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico. “Authoritarian Legacies and the Winding Road to the Rule of Law in Mexico.”

Timothy Sayle, Assistant Professor of History, University of Toronto, Canada. “The Making of a Nuclear Ally: A Canadian-American History.”

Jennifer Sciubba, Associate Professor of International Studies, Rhodes College. “We the People: Population Control and the Making of the American Nation.”

Shobana Shankar, Professor of History, Stony Brook University-State University of New York. “A Nigeria-India Nexus: Negotiating Cultural Economic Power in the Global South.”

Alexey Tsykarev, Chairman, Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples and Civic Diplomacy ‘Young Karelia’, Russia. “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Arctic Diplomacy and Governance.”

Francisco Urdinez, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile “Chinese Business and Structural Power: How Chinese Multinational Corporations Affect Domestic Politics in the Developing World.”

Media with questions should contact Ryan McKenna at or (202) 691-4217.

Notes to Editors

  1. 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.