Announcing Alliance Visiting Professors for the 2023-24 Academic Year

May 26, 2023

The Alliance Program is delighted to announce the appointment of seven distinguished Visiting Professors for the upcoming academic year of 2023-2024.

During their tenure, these esteemed faculty members will assume the role of Visiting Professors at the partner institution, dedicating either one semester or a few weeks to teaching a course and delivering public lectures. This invaluable opportunity not only fosters stronger connections between the participating schools but also facilitates the establishment of long-term partnerships for collaborative endeavors in future projects.

Visiting Professors 2023-24 Academic Year: 

Alessandra Casella

Alessandra Casella is professor of Economics and professor of Political Science at Columbia University, co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Ma), and the Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK).  She founded the Columbia Experimental Laboratory for the Social Sciences, which she directed from 2012 to 2022. Casella is a fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, has been a Guggenheim fellow, a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, a Russell Sage fellow and a Straus fellow at the NYU Law School. From 2016 to 2022 she was on the board of editors of the American Economic Review.

Claudia D’Ambrosio

Claudia D'Ambrosio works on theoretical and practical problems in operations research. At the Computer Science Laboratory of the École Polytechnique (*LIX: a joint research unit of the CNRS, École Polytechnique - Institut Polytechnique de Paris), she studies mathematical and algorithmic tools for decision making. She is a research director at the CNRS, responsible for the chair with Uber "Integrated urban mobility" and a lecturer at the École polytechnique.

Alain Dieckhoff

Alain Dieckhoff is CNRS Research Professor . He holds degrees from Sciences Po and Paris Nanterre (Ph.D. in political sociology).
He teaches courses at Sciences Po, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was visiting professor at many universities abroad (Graduate Institute Geneva, UQAM, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University Jerusalem, LSE...). He is the co-founder of the Observatoire international du religieux.

Sharon Di

Xuan (Sharon) Di, Balancing theory and application, studies travel behavior and transportation systems, both of which are being transformed by emerging communications and sensing technologies. Her research helps transportation planners and managers maximize efficiency and sustainability. In particular, her work on travel behavior during disrupted networks, such as after a hurricane or structural failure, contributes to the design of resilient infrastructure.

Finski Siarhei

Finski Siarhei is a researcher (chargé de recherche, CNRS) in Center of Mathematics Laurent Schwartz, École Polytechnique. From September 2019 to October 2021, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Université Grenoble Alpes, France, working under the direction of Jean-Pierre Demailly. Prior to that, Finski was a graduate student at Université Paris Diderot, France, working under the direction of Xiaonan Ma.

Fabien Théofilakis

Fabien Théofilakis is Associate Professor at l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, after having served as visiting professor at l’Université de Montréal. A specialist on war captivity during the twentieth century, he is notably the author of Les prisonniers de guerre allemands. France (1944-1949). Une captivité de guerre en temps de paix (Paris, Fayard, 2014). Between 2014 and 2016, he conceived and directed a French-German project on the First World War, which led to the volume Cote à côte : Berry-au-Bac dans la Première Guerre mondiale. Perspectives franco-allemandes sur les fronts de l’Aisne (Brussels, Peter Lang, 2017; German edition published in 2018). He is currently working on Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem based on the notes taken by the accused. 

Jack Willis

Jack Willis is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University since 2018 and a Research Affiliate / Fellow at BREAD, CDEP, CEPR, J-PAL, and NBER. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2017 and also has an MA in economics from the Paris School of Economics and a BA and MA in maths from Cambridge University.

Jack works in development economics, on questions related to the financial lives of the poor, the functioning of rural markets and institutions, and on learning and technology adoption.