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Thornike Gordadze

Thorniké Gordadzé holds a PhD in political science (Sciences Po, Paris, 2006). Between 2006 and 2010, he was the director of the Caucasian Observatory in Baku, a subsidiary of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul (IFEA). From 2007 to 2010, he was also an associate research fellow at CERI. In 2010, he was appointed a member of the government of the Republic of Georgia, first as the chief negotiator of the Association Agreement with the EU and then, as vice minister of European affairs.

Olivier Ferrando

Olivier Ferrando holds a master degree in History, Law and Human Rights from Grenoble university, and a PhD in political science on the minority question in post--Soviet Central Asia.

He analizes identity policies implemented by Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan toward their ethnic minorities within the country and abroad, and the strategies developed by these minorities and their leaders.

Benoît Chervalier

Head for Resource mobilization and External Finance Division at the African Development Bank Group

Benoît Chervalier's professional career has included assignments in governmental, non-governmental and international finance institutions in different parts of the world, including France, Germany, Tunisia, and USA, and various experiences at project levels in more than 30 countries, notably in Asia and in Africa.
He has also have extensive experience in teaching and writing on development and international economic issues.

Yvette Jusseaume

Yvette Jusseaume joined the Alliance Program as Assistant Director in March 2014. She manages programming and the day to day operations of the Alliance Program and is a main point of contact for speakers, visiting professors, and students.

Marco Oberti

Marco Oberti is a sociology professor at Sciences Po, and a researcher at the Observatoire sociologique du changement (l'OSC).. His recent research deals with the interactions between urban and school inequalities, and their effects and causes in terms of segregation. Since January 2014, he has been the director of the Sociology Department and also of the OSC.

Marco Oberti (Sociology Department, Sciences Po) at Columbia University

Marco Oberti was the Director of the Sociology Department at Sciences Po until January 2014 and has since been the Director of the Obervatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC). His recent research deals with the interaction between Urban and school inequalities, and their effects and causes in terms of segregation.

During his visit, Marco Oberti will be visiting the Sociology Department at Columbia University.

Ruben Durante

Ruben Durante is an Associate Professor of Economics at Sciences-Po and a 2013-2014 visiting professor at Yale at the Leitner Program in Political Economy. He received an M.A. from Brown University, as well as an M.A. from Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne, and completed his Ph.D. in "Essays on Political Economics" at Brown University.

Anastasia Colosimo

Anastasia Colosimo is a PhD student in Political theory at the Doctoral school of Sciences-po Paris under the supervision of Professor Jean-Marie Donegani.
During her stay she will work on "Does religion make the Law?

Anastasia Colosimo

Anastasia Colosimo is a PhD student in Political theory at the Doctoral school of Sciences-po Paris under the supervision of Professor Jean-Marie Donegani.
During her stay she will work on "Does religion make the Law?

Étienne Wasmer

Étienne Wasmer is a Professor of microeconomics and labor economics at Sciences Po Paris, a Researcher at the OFCE, a Research Fellow at CEPR, London and a Research Fellow at Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. His past notable positions include: Chaire de recherche du Canada, UQAM, Professeur des universités à Metz, Associated Professor & Research Fellow, ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, and Research Fellow, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm. He studied at École Polytechnique, 1990-1993 and DEA Analyse et Politique Économique, 1994.

Joyce Bessis

My thesis "How does collective immediacy modify the public space: Social and Political Actors of 'Real-Time Politics"'  is based on the extraction and analysis of behavioral patterns from online social media (i.e. Twitter, blogs). My goal is to measure influence and the impacts of these real-time media on the public space.

Clement Feger

My participation in the Alliance Program will be a great asset to my doctoral work under the direction of Professor Laurent Mermet (AgroParisTech), on the design of decision-making and accounting frameworks for ecosystem management. This is a unique opportunity for me to discuss my first results with researchers specialized in related issues at the Center for Research on Environmental Decision-making and the Earth Institute. I will also use this time to make the most of the bibliographic resources available at Columbia University’s libraries.

Noam Ohana

Noam Ohana graduated from Sciences Po in 1999 and from Stanford University in 2001 (MA). Mr. Ohana joined Atticus Capital in January 2007 where he was the Portfolio Manager of an internal fund of hedge funds for the partners of the firm until April 2009. Prior to joining Atticus Capital, Mr. Ohana served in a number of government and policy-related positions, including Policy Advisor at the Israeli Consulate in New York City from 2005 to 2006 and Senior Political Consultant to Bulgaria’s Prime Minister during the 2005 campaign. Noam Ohana is a Fulbright Fellow.

Patrick Le Galès

Patrick Le Galès, CNRS Director of Research at Sciences Po’s Centre d’Etudes Européennes and professor at Sciences Po has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Political Science section of the British Academy. He is the first French to be elected as member of the Political Science section. Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the humanities/social sciences counterpart of the Royal Society (which is devoted to the “hard” sciences). The election of Patrick Le Galès will cement the international recognition of his work.

Sandrine Revet

Sandrine Revet works on political cultural and social dynamics of natural disasters. Holds a Ph.D. in anthropology (2006) from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique latine (University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle) on Venezuelian 1999's floods, "Anthropologie d’une catastrophe" (Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2007). Revet joined CERI in February 2009.

Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead has more than 25 years' experience in the social field. He obtained his PhD in labor economics (on the effects of workers’ financial participation) at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). In the mid-1980s he worked as adviser to European Commission President Jacques Delors, mainly on Social Europe, before joining the ILO in 1991.

"Developing a Research Agenda for Climate Change Resettlement"

Time Period: 
2013-2014 Grant

This project is focused on the topic of displacement and resettlement associated with climate change. As climate change impacts become more severe, and governments develop land‐intensive mitigation and adaptation responses, there is little doubt that there will be an increase in the amount of government‐led resettlement in this century. Resettlement has both positive and negative aspects.

"The Visual Field of Democracy in India"

Time Period: 
2013-2014 Grant

This project will try to open up investigation of a field which is rarely analysed in the study of democracies, though it can be argued that it plays an increasingly important part in the formation of public opinions and the deliberative processes of democratic systems. Politics can be seen and analysed as a visual field – to include all the acts and events that happen visually in political public life. Spectacle has always been a very significant aspect of political power – even in pre-modern times.

"Migration and Citizenship in the U.S. and Europe: Transnational Challenges Then and Now": A proposal for a transnational graduate course

Time Period: 
2013-2014 Grant

International migration patterns have shaped and reshaped individual and collective identities throughout history and across the world.  In the present time of globalization, these dynamics have posed particular political and social challenges in both the United States and Europe and have commanded the attention of scholars working and teaching in diverse disciplines on both sides of the Atlantic.  Our project will offer a graduate course on transnational migration and citizenship in the United States and Europe.  It will be co-designed and co-taught by a Columbia historian and a Sciences-P

Riva Kastoryano

Professor Riva Kastoryano holds a PhD in sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She was at Harvard (Department of Social Studies) from 1984 to 1987 and has been teaching at Sciences Po since 1988. She was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton (1997), the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (1998), and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard (2003-2004).

Frédéric Mion

Frédéric Mion attended Sciences Po, Princeton University, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), and the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA) where he specialised in public law and the humanities.

"Democracy, Citizenship and Leadership in Africa"

This collaborative course in African Studies combines the expertise of professors from Columbia University and two top universities in Paris, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbone University, to explore key notions of democracy and leadership in African contexts. Topics include the current crisis in the Sahel, centered on Mali; violent conflict; citizenship and democracy; leadership and statecraft; state construction in post conflict settings including Ivory Coast, Uganda, Somalia and Congo-DRC; the politics of human rights and foreign intervention.


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