Visiting Research Fellows

Nisa Goksel Vf

Nisa Göksel (2017 - 2018) recently earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, Evanston. She also holds a graduate certificate from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Northwestern. While at the Kroc Institute, she will work on two projects. The first is a book project based on her dissertation about the political mobilization of Kurdish women around peace, democracy, and women’s freedom. In the second project, she examines the participation of women in armed struggles in the Middle East.


Maria Koinova Web

Maria Koinova (Spring 2018) is a Reader in International Relations at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Warwick, UK. She holds a Ph.D. from European University Institute. Koinova has recently completed a large-scale European Research Council Starting Grant Project ‘Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty’, and has previously held research fellowships at Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Uppsala University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Koinova is the author of numerous articles on diasporas and contested sovereignty, and of Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States, published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013.

Benjamin Lawrence Vf

Benjamin N. Lawrance (2017 - 2018) is a graduate of Stanford University and University College London. He is a professor of history at the University of Arizona and studies comparative historical and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee mobilities, and asylum decision-making. While at the Kroc Institute, he will be writing a book entitled, Nations Inside Out: An African Refugee Grammar.



Laurie Nathan Vf

Laurie Nathan (Spring 2018) is a professor and outgoing director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is also a member of the United Nations Academic Advisory Council on Mediation. While at the Kroc Institute he will assist with the development of a mediation program and will work with the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) on the topic of 'the post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement'.


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