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Daniel E. Agbiboa received his PhD in International Development at Oxford University, an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK, and an MA in International Relations from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has expertise in informal economy and non-state governance in Africa, terrorism and political violence, and cross-border security cooperation. Daniel has authored over 50 journal articles on related issues, recently in Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies (2015), Australian Journal of International Affairs (2014), Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (2014), Review of African Political Economy (2013), and Third World Quarterly (2012). He has worked as a Consultant for the Africa Governance Architecture of the African Union, Transparency International’s Defense and Security Programme, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, Global Centre for Pluralism, and the Nigeria Police Forum within London’s Metropolitan Police. As a Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellow, Daniel’s research will focus on the micropolitics of urban transportation in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and Africa’s largest city. The research will engage with the everyday challenges – the risks and uncertainties – faced by road transport operators and, importantly, the tactics and strategies they routinely deploy to minimize risks and maximize profits. The analysis will extend to the impact of the World Bank-funded Bus Rapid Transit system on the lives and mundane livelihoods of these operators.
Margarita Konaev is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (2016), an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University (2010), and a B.A. from Brandeis University (2007). Her research lies at the intersection of international security and demography, and explores how demographic factors and shifts – changes in the size, distribution, composition, and growth rates of populations – shape efforts to prevent, manage, and resolve armed conflicts. During her year at the Perry World House, Margarita will focus on turning her dissertation into a book manuscript as well as completing a number of articles addressing the interface between global demographic shifts, specifically, urbanization, and the changing nature of warfare.
Julia Macdonald is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies (on leave 2016-17). Julia’s research lies at the intersection of international security and political psychology and explores the role of pyschological variables in explaining state threat assessments, use of force decisions, and U.S. military strategy and effectiveness. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Armed Forces and Society, as well as in various policy outlets. Previously, Julia was a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanton Nuclear Security fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the George Washington University, an M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. During her year at the Perry World House, Julia will work on turning her dissertation into a book manuscript as well as completing a series of papers on the rise of unmanned weaponry.
Aaron Rock-Singer is a social and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and Islam. He received his B.A from the University of Pennsylvania (2007), his M.Phil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2010) and his Ph.D from Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies (2016). His research, which draws on methods of social and intellectual history, uses mass and small media to trace the changing relationship between religion, politics and society in the Middle East. Aaron has published five articles in peer reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Muslim World, and Islamic Law and Society. In September 2016, an E-book, entitled Islamists and Autocrats: What the Next Administration Needs to Know about the Current Egyptian Landscape and its Origins, will be published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Perry World House, Aaron will prepare a book, based partially on his dissertation, that charts the rise of the “Islamic Revival” in Egypt over the past forty years. The spread of such mass religiosity, in turn, casts light not only on Egypt’s contemporary battles but also on the broader contestations of Islam in the Middle East today.