Visiting Research Fellows

Bahar Baser

Bahar Baser (Spring 2019) is a Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University in the United Kingdom and an Associate Research Fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her research interests include ethno-national conflicts, political violence, conflict resolution, migration and diaspora studies. She is also the editor of the book series on Kurdish Society, Politics and International Relations published by Lexington Books.

While at the Kroc Institute, Baser will be writing a book about the participation of diasporas in peacebuilding and development using the Kurdish diaspora as a key case study.


Shivaji Mukherjee (2018-2019) is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses on South Asian politics, civil wars and qualitative methods.

He is working on a book manuscript on the colonial legacies of British indirect rule and how this set up structural conditions for Maoist Insurgency in India. The book is based on his dissertation research on this topic at Yale University. An article based on this research is currently forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution

Future research includes a project focused on counterinsurgency patterns and the Maoist insurgency, focusing on subnational variation in patterns of state violence within India. While at the Kroc Institute, he hopes to collaborate with the Peace Accords Matrix Project and analyze why the Maoist insurgency in Nepal ended through peace negotiations while the Maoist insurgency in India persists.


Marcos S. Scauso (2018-2019) holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a primary focus on International Relations and secondary interests in Political Theory, from the University of California, Irvine.  His research lies at the intersection of International Relations and identity politics, with a focus on indigenous voices in post-colonial Latin America. Marcos has directed two research documentaries about indigenous activists in Argentina and Bolivia, which inspired his current book project, Re-imagining IR: Indianismo, Decoloniality, and the Problem of Difference 

The book builds on extensive fieldwork in Bolivia to bring to light marginalized voices that provide new pathways for re-imagining international relations. The book has broader implications for how we conceptualize the problem of difference in international relations, the continuing impact of legacies of colonialism, and the prospects for global peace and order.


Elena B. Stavrevska (2018-2019) holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with an International Relations concentration from Central European University. Her research and publications have focused on governance and intersectionality in post-conflict societies, the European Union’s approach to peacebuilding, and interpretive methodologies in peace and conflict studies.

While at the Kroc Institute, she will be working on a book manuscript, partially based on her doctoral dissertation, that examines intersectional justice in the aftermath of peace agreements in general and the political economy of gender in post-conflict societies in particular.


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