2013-2014 Fox International Fellows
Incoming to Yale University

From Boğaziçi University, Turkey

erenAysen Eren, aysen.eren@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Environmental Science
Project Title: Governance and Systematic Changes Associated with Small-Scale Hydropower Production in the Ikizdere Valley, Turkey

Aysen Eren is a third-year doctoral student in the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Bogazici University, Turkey. Her research focuses on social- sustainable development issues surrounding water resources—specifically small-scale hydropower development in Turkey. Her research approach is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives and methodologies from environmental sciences, applied sciences, political ecology, political economy and common-pool resource scholarship.

Aysen earned a BSc. degree in industrial engineering from Middle East Techical University, Turkey, in 1987, and an MSc. degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 1989. She received a second MSc. degree from Columbia University in 1991. She worked for many years in banking, telecommunications and international trade. In the early 2000s, she joined several environmental grass-root organizations. In 2008, she established “Sustainable Living Games”, designed to create awareness on sustainable living issues. In 2010, she returned to academia again in an effort to transfer her knowledge and expertise on socio-technical and technological systems to understand human-environment relations. She was selected for the Prof. Elinor Ostrom Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons in 2013 and is currently a Fox International Fellow at Yale University.

From Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University, England

aaronAaron Thomas Bartels-Swindells, aaron.bartels-swindells@yale.edu
Masters of Philosophy Candidate, English
Project Title: Self-Determination and Mutual Production: Exploring the Intersection between Legal Discourses of Human Rights and Postcolonial Thought

Aaron is a Fox International Fellow at Yale University (2013/14), having earned an M.Phil degree in Criticism and Culture at the University of Cambridge last year.  His work connects literary studies, political science and law to examine the way that texts encounter political, economic and social discourses.  More specifically, he is interested in contemporary postcolonial literatures and theory, the relationship between law and literature, and literary theory in its historical aspect.  He is motivated by the conviction that utterances are consequential, that culture plays a determinate role in our lives, and that the modes of reading encouraged in and insights produced by literary studies are applicable beyond the academy.  His current project examines how legal discourses of human rights and literary discourses from postcolonial studies inform and produce each other.

From El Colegio de México, Mexico

marisolMarisol Ruiz, marisol.ruiz@yale.edu
Masters Candidate, Middle East Studies
Project Title: The Role of Palestinian Women Citizens of Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process

Marisol Ruiz Celorio holds a Master’s Degree from El Colegio de Mexico specializing in Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus on International Relations and Gender. During her Master’s degree, she was a visiting student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she did field research and took a course on “Coexistence in the Middle East.” She was part of the International Student Honors Program at Stanford University. Prior to this, she spent a summer interning at the Canadian Parliament in the office of a Conservative Party MP who was a sitting member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Her current project attempts to examine how the every-day interactions of women’s lives have an impact in the international sphere.

From Freie University, Germany

santinoSalvador Santino Regilme, Jr., salvadorsantino.regilme@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Politics
Project Title: Human Rights in the Age of Terror: Post-9/11 U.S. Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia

Salvador Santino Regilme, Jr. is a PhD candidate in Political Science and North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and a Fox Fellow at Yale University. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Universität Osnabrück and a BA in Philosophy magna cum laude from the De La Salle University in Manila. Funded by the German Excellence Initiative and Yale University, his PhD project focuses on the impact of post-9/11 US foreign policy on the human rights situation in Southeast Asia. His peer-reviewed research articles and review essays have appeared in International Studies Perspectives, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, and the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, among others. He has presented his research on invited talks and conference presentations in London, Oxford, Manchester, Heidelberg, Berlin, New Haven, Providence (Rhode Island), Hannover, Graz, and Warwick. His media coverage include appearances in Deutsche Welle Germany's TV main talk show Agenda, China's Oriental Morning Post in Shanghai, and the UK’s openDemocracy.

From Fudan University, China

yuSiming Yu, siming.yu@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Law
Project Title: Legal Research on Venture Capital Exit Mechanisms: A Comparative Analysis of China and the United States

Siming Yu is a PhD candidate at Fudan University Law School, and he is also a Fox International Fellow (2013/14) at Yale University, where he is refining his research on Comparative legal research on Venture Capital Exit Mechanism between U.S and China. Siming earned his LL.B. degree from East China Normal University, and a LL.M. degree in Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is the member of Shanghai Bar Association and Shanghai Criminal Society. He used to work as an Economic Crime Investigator in Shanghai Security Bureau for many years. Since 2011, he has been practicing as a lawyer in the field of white-collar crime defense and commercial law in China.


youYundi You, yundi.you@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, History
Project Title: The Financial Relationship between the Joint Board of the Four Government Banks and the U.S. during the 1940s

Yundi You is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Fudan University and a 2013-14 Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Yundi has been awarded the Graduate Student China National Fellowship (2012-13). In her doctoral project, Yundi examines the financial relationship between the Chinese Joint Board of the Four Government Banks and the US during 1940s, focusing on the bank system and financial strategy of Republic of China whilst evaluating how the aid from the US helped the National Government break through financial blockage during wartime.

From the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France

eliseElise Roumeas, elise.roumeas@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Political Science
Project Title: Politics of Interfaith Dialogue: Liberal Pluralism, Religions, Reconciliation and Democracy

Élise is a doctoral student in political theory at Sciences Po Paris. Her dissertation focuses on religious pluralism and interfaith relations. This subject builds on her master’s thesis, which examined the connection between the rise of liberal pluralism within Christian theology in the second half of the 20th century and the growing enthusiasm for ‘interfaith dialogue.’ As a Fox fellow at Yale University, Elise is currently investigating the concept of reasonable religious disagreement. At Sciences Po, she teaches moral and political philosophy, as well as political science.

From Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

amritaAmrita Nandy, amrita.nandy@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Comparative Polities and Political Theory
Project Title: Feminist Debate on Motherhood and Choice: Non-Normative Women and Mothers in Delhi, India

Amrita Nandy is the Fox International Fellow (2013-2014) from the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her research explores women’s non-normative ‘choices’ vis-à-vis motherhood, mothering ideologies and the family. Through her work with the UN and non-profits, she has been involved with socio-political campaigns in South Asia. As a freelance journalist, she writes for various English dailies and magazines. Amrita has a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, U.K.     

From Moscow State University, Russia

ashkhenAshkhen Kazaryan, ashkhen.kazaryan@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Law
Project Title: Legal Aspects of the International Regulation of Art

Ashkhen Kazaryan is a second-year PhD Candidate at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University and a current Fox Fellow at Yale. Her PhD thesis is on “The Legal Regulation of Art Market”. She was Vice-Head of the in-house legal department of an aircraft company and interned in few law firms, including a major civil-litigation firm in Louisiana. In her first year in the PhD program she also taught a course called “Theory of Law” at the School of Political Science of Lomonosov MSU and was a Visiting Professor at Vahtangov Theatre Academy, teaching a “Theatre & Law” course. Her academic interests include freedom of speech issues; intellectual property law; and art law, specifically rights of artists, restitution of looted art and the art market.

anastasiaAnastasia Okorochkova, anastasia.okorochkova@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Economics
Project Title: The Role of Government Policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Economic Development

Anastasia Okorochkova graduated from the Faculty of Public Administration and the School of Translation and Interpretation at Lomonosov Moscow State University with Honors. Now, Anastasia is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Faculty of Public Administration at Lomonosov Moscow State University and a Fox Fellow at Yale University, where she is attending the School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her project is "Public Policy in the Field of Corporate Social Responsibility as a factor of Economic Development.” Anastasia had internships in the Russian Chairman of Government’s office, with the Moscow Government, and was the leader of the CSR Strategy development for the international oil and gas project "Shtokman Development AG”; she has also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Russia B.V.

From The University of Cape Town, South Africa

mbathaNonhlanhla (Philile) Mbatha,  philile.mbatha@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Environmental and Geographical Science
Project Title: Innovative Approaches to Coastal and Fisheries Governance: Livelihoods and Sustainability in South Africa

Philile Mbatha is currently a 2nd year PhD Candidate in the Environmental and Geographical Science department at the University of Cape Town. Her project title is “Towards Innovative Governance Approaches for Sustainable Rural Coastal Livelihoods in South Africa.” Philile’s research interests are mainly within marine and coastal governance in Western Indian Ocean regions. She has previously obtained vast experience in the research field working with poor and marginalized communities, as well as in coastal resources management and policy issues. She is also interested in human rights issues connected to marine and coastal governance processes in rural areas of South Africa.

lwandoLwando Scott, lwando.scott@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Sociology
Project Title: Same-sex Marriage in South Africa

Mr Lwando Scott was an Assistant Lecturer in Diversity Literacy (2011, 2012) and is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cape Town. His doctoral research is on same-sex marriage in South Africa, with a working title "Will marriage normalise queers, or will queers radicalise marriage: Same-sex marriage in South Africa." After receiving his Honors in Diversity Studies, Lwando studied at St Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Social Responsibility in 2010. His thesis was entitled “The historical impact of capitalist development on gay movements in South Africa and the United States.”

From the University of Tokyo, Japan

mayuumiMayumi Shimizu, mayumi.shimizu@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Law and Politics
Project Title: Police for Citizens: Police Work and Violence in Sao Paulo

Mayumi Shimizu is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Tokyo. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of São Paulo. She received her B.A. in Foreign Studies (Luso-Brazilian Studies) from Sophia University and an MPP from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include police-citizen relationships, street-level police work, and public security issues in Brazil. In her Ph.D. dissertation, she examines the interaction between police and society by focusing on the daily work of São Paulo Military Police to offer a new perspective for understanding police deviance.

hanaHana Ishikawa, hana.ishikawa@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Law and Politics
Project Title: Welfare Policy Change in the United States

Hana Ishikawa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo, and a 2013-14 Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She earned her B.A. in Arts and Sciences and M.A. in Law and Politics from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests are Federalism and the Executive Branch in the United States. Her dissertation focuses on the development of new federalism, which is the strategic use of executive powers to influence state policies without any cooperation with the other branches after mid-1980s.

From the University of São Paolo, Brazil

prolFlavio Prol, flavio.prol@yale.edu
Masters Candidate, Law
Project Title: The Emergence of a New Paradigm for Public Policy? Political Legitimacy, Law and Democracy in a Globalized World

Flavio Prol is a Master`s Candidate at University of São Paulo Law School (2011/2014) and a Fox Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University (2013/2014). His primary research interests are in democratic theory, legal theory, critical theory and macroeconomics. His dissertation explores the legal reforms of the Brazilian legal rules of the fiscal policy during the 1990s and the 2000s, focusing on the role of law and public discourses in providing institutional and accountability frameworks for political decisions on public debt management and macroeconomic decisions. Flavio Prol is also an Associate Researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning – Nucleus of Law and Democracy.

From the University of Tel Aviv, Israel

idanIdan Barir, idan.barir@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Modern Middle Eastern History
Project Title: A City in Reform, Reform in the City: Kirkuk in the Late Ottoman Period

Idan Barir is a PhD candidate in the school of historical studies at Tel Aviv University, and a 2013-14 Fox International Fellow at the The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He received both his BA and MA from the Department of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University. Idan is a 2014 Rotenstreich Fellow of the Israeli higher education committee. In his doctoral project, Idan examines the social history of Kirkuk in the late Ottoman period (1869-1914), focusing on the city's rapid growth during the period in question and on the social, political and economic forces that catalyzed or hindered it.

asafAsaf Ziderman, asaf.ziderman@yale.edu
PhD Candidate, Philosophy
Project Title: On Action and Dialogue in Martin Buber’s Thought: The Implications of a Dialogical Theory of Action for Contemporary Philosophy and Jewish Studies

Asaf Ziderman is a PhD candidate in the School of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. His Dissertation topic is: "On Action and Dialogue in Martin Buber’s Thought: The Implications of a Dialogical Theory of Action for Contemporary Philosophy and Jewish Studies." He is supervised by Professor Menachem Fisch and Ron Margolin. Asaf is the recipient of the President’s doctoral scholarship at Tel Aviv University, and of the Posen Foundation Fellowship. Asaf studied three years at the Ein Zurim Yeshiva and at Tel Aviv University for his bachelor and Master's degrees, graduating summa cum laude. His main areas of interest are philosophy of action, philosophy of the inter-personal, philosophy of religion, and modern Jewish thought. Besides his academic work, Asaf is involved in various initiatives of disseminating a more liberal, feminist, and non-institutionalized Judaic religion in Israel.





Yale Alumni

"The Fox Program helped me to better understand the American culture and people... and probably what is most important is that participation in this Program has made me more open-minded and helped me to look at the history, politics, and economics of my native country from different angles."

Anastasia Obydenkova
from Moscow State University to Yale