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Julie Gamble joins the Perry World House after holding a professor appointment at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. She holds a Ph.D. and Master in City and Regional Planning (M.C.P.) from the Department of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Gamble’s teaching while at USFQ focused on globalization, urbanization, inequality and Latin American urbanism. She is interested in gender, urban infrastructure, activism, and transportation justice across Latin American cities. Using a mixed-methods approach, her current research examines ties between informal transit and urban land in Quito, Ecuador. She has written about cycling infrastructure and democratic rights in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research as well as experimental mixed-methods approaches to study cycling experiences in Quito, Ecuador for the Journal of Transportation Geography. Her work has been supported by the American Association of University Women and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. While at Perry World House, Gamble will focus her book manuscript that engages questions on how urban infrastructures such, as transit, are a broader site to explore global shifts like urban sustainability and citizenship rights.
Irit Katz is an architect and an urbanist. She studies the interplay between politics, culture and spatial practices with a particular focus on spaces of displacement, migration and refuge. Her current work centres on urban refuge in the Middle East and in Europe. Irit holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies from Bar Ilan University and a BArch in Architecture from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Her research was published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals including City, Public Culture, Political Geography and The Journal of Architecture. It also won several academic awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Award for Research in the Cities and Community category and the Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation in Israel Studies. As a practicing architect Irit has worked in Tel Aviv and in London, specializing in urban planning and housing schemes. During her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Perry World House, Irit will focus on studying urban spaces of displacement and will write academic articles, book chapters and policy briefing papers on the subject. She will also work on her monograph The Common Camp, which is based on her doctoral research on camps in Israel-Palestine, and complete a co-edited volume on camps, forthcoming in the Rowman & Littlefield book series ‘Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds’.
Michael Kenwick is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House. Michael received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, European Journal of International Relations, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. Michael's substantive research interests center on the relationship between domestic institutions and conflict processes with an emphasis on civil-military relations. His methodological research centers on measurement validity and data collection in the social sciences. During his time at the Perry World House, Michael will complete a series of articles relating to civilian control of the military and interstate conflict processes. He will also be working on the "Borders and Boundaries in World Politics" project with Professor Beth Simmons.
Benjamin Laughlin is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Benjamin's research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations and explores several themes, including the individual motivations of refugees fleeing conflict zones, the role of cell phones in civil wars, and the effects of border security on the Mexican drug war. He received this Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester (2017) and his B.A. from the University of Washington (2007). During his year at the Perry World House, Benjamin will collaborate with Beth Simmons on the Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics.
Rebecca (Friedman) Lissner
Rebecca Friedman Lissner is a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, she was the Brady-Johnson Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s International Security Studies program and a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellow. She has also served in government as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Rebecca’s scholarship on national security decision-making during presidential transitions and conflict early warning systems has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly and International Peacekeeping. Her policy analysis has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and War on the Rocks, among other publications. Rebecca received an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and a MA and PhD in Government from Georgetown University. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House in the 2017-2018 academic year, Rebecca will work on a research project examining how lessons learned from military interventions have shaped U.S. grand strategy since World War II.
Sarah Maxey is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Cornell University and a B.A. in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University. Her research explores the intersection of security studies, foreign policy, and public opinion to examine the role of morality in military interventions and better understand how leaders mobilize the domestic audience for military action. During her year at the Perry World House, Sarah will focus on completing a book manuscript that explains the pattern and importance of humanitarian justifications in contemporary security interventions. She will also work on articles that examine partisanship, foreign policy orientations, morality, and presidential power to evaluate when and how the public holds presidents accountable for their foreign policy decisions.