• PWH Visiting Fellows and Scholars
    • PWH Visiting Fellows and Scholars

Meet our Visitors for 2017-2018 Academic Year


The Inaugural Perry World House Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars hold expertise in areas critical to Perry World House’s two inaugural research themes: The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology and Governance and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration and Demography. Fellows will examine how power, technology and governance interact in a new global order and how urbanization, migration and demography are shifting the ways we govern and live. Visitors bring valuable expertise across a range of issues, including U.S. foreign policy, military technology and counterterrorism, international economic policy, global urbanization, E.U. foreign policy, China-U.S. relations, refugees and migration, humanitarian intervention, technology and warfare and global security.


Perry World House is Penn’s new hub for global engagement and international policy research. Bringing together students and faculty from across Penn’s schools and disciplines with practitioners and policymakers from around the world, it convenes conversations around the most pressing global challenges, catalyzes interdisciplinary academic research with policy relevant potential, and connects Penn to the world and the world to Penn.


If you or your group would like to arrange an appointment with one of our Visitors, please contact the Perry World House Visitor Coordinator Debbie Rech at


Media Contact:  Amanda Mott at or 215.898.1422

  • Visiting Writer In Residence
  • Visiting Writer In Residence

    Yevgenia Albats is editor-in-chief of the Russian political weekly The New Times. She is also an anchor with the Echo Moskva broadcasting and a recipient of several journalism awards worldwide.

    She received the Golden Pen Award in 1989, the highest journalism honor in the then-Soviet Union. She was an Alfred Friendly fellow in 1990 and a fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 1993.

    Albats is the author of 4 books, including The State Within A State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia. Past, Present and Future (Germany 1991, Russia 1992, United States and other countries 1994-1995).

    Albats has a PhD in political science from Harvard University. She has lectured at many universities in the US and Europe, including Yale University and Oxford University. She is a permanent professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

  • Distinguished Visitor
  •  Distinguished Visitor

    John R. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Brookings as senior fellow and co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, General Allen served as special presidential envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIL. Immediately following retirement from the Marine Corps, General Allen was the senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security. General Allen is now chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in residence in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings. 

    Prior to assuming command of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General Allen commanded at every level in the Marine Corps through the Marine Expeditionary Brigade. As a general officer, General Allen also served as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Beyond his operational credentials, General Allen led a number of professional military educational programs including service as the director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program; commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School; and commandant of midshipmen in the United States Naval Academy.  

    General Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

  • Distinguished Visitor
  • Distinguished Visitor

    Irina Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and was reelected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the Organization.

    Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Irina Bokova was a Fellow at the University of Maryland (Washington) and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). She began her career at the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Appointed in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York, she was a member of the Bulgarian Delegation to the UN World Conferences on Women in Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing. She was elected twice as Member of Parliament and she served as the Government's first Secretary of European integration.  

    Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs a.i., as well as Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.  

    As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, the protection of the world’s cultural heritage as a humanitarian imperative and security issue to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace. She actively promotes culture as a driver for development, along with science diplomacy and cooperation. 

  • Visiting Scholar
  • Visiting Scholar

    Cristiane Lucena Carneiro holds a Ph.D. in Politics (New York University) and a B.A. in Law (Federal University of Pernambuco). She is an Assistant Professor at the International Relations Institute, University of Sao Paulo, and has experience in the areas of compliance, regime design, the WTO, migration and human rights. She is affiliated with the Center for the Study of International Negotiations (CAENI) and with the Center of Comparative and International Studies (NECI). She is currently a visiting scholar at Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania. Her research investigates the impact of institutional complexity on compliance with international legal commitments, with a particular focus on the Inter-American Human Rights System. Another research project focuses on emerging democracies in the WTO. She is also interested in institutional design, with an emphasis on the role of flexibility in treaty commitments. She teaches courses in international relations, human rights, and international law. Cristiane has published on alternative dispute resolution in the WTO, international regime design, and economic sanctions and human rights.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Derek Chollet is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and author of the book, The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World (PublicAffairs, 2016).  He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where he coedits “Shadow Government,” and is a regular contributor to Defense One.  He is also an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His previous books include America Between Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, coauthored with James Goldgeier, and The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World, coedited with Samantha Power. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Michel Gabaudan served as president of Refugees International (RI) from September of 2010 to June 2017, leading the organization in its mission to bring life-saving attention and action to refugees and displaced people worldwide. Prior to his role with RI, Michel served as the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean. Michel’s career with UNHCR spanned more than 25 years, including international service in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. Trained as a medical doctor in addition to holding a master’s degree in tropical public health, Gabaudan spent a decade working in Guyana, Zambia, Brazil, London and Yemen before joining UNHCR as a Field Officer in Thailand in 1978. His UN career took him to field operations in Cameroon and Pakistan as well as several years at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva, where he served as the first public health adviser to the organization. Gabaudan went on to become head of UNHCR’s funding and donor relations service at its headquarters in Geneva. He went on to also serve as UNHCR Regional Representative in Australia and later in China.

  • Visiting Scholar
  • Visiting Scholar

    Roselyn Hsueh is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. She is also affiliated with the Asian Studies Program. Her research focuses on International and Comparative Political Economy of Development. Her book, China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization (Cornell University Press/Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2011) examines the politics of market reform and evolving government-business relations across industries in post-Mao China. Professor Hsueh’s current research include her next book, which investigates the mediating role of market governance in the relationship between global economic integration and development outcomes in China, India, and Russia. Her other research projects analyze China’s political economic engagement in Africa; the politics of trade policy and the political economy of identity in post-developmental state East Asia; and the relationship between economic and social control in China.

    Professor Hsueh recently served as Residential Research Faculty Fellow at the Institute of East Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley and Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She also served as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Finance and Asia Pacific Center, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She recently conducted in-depth fieldwork in China, India, Taiwan, Mexico, and Russia. Prior to arriving at Temple, Professor Hsueh served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for International Studies, and conducted research in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

  • Visiting Scholar
  • Visiting Scholar

    Ahmet İçduygu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koç (MiReKoc). He holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey. In addition to his own individual research projects, Prof. İçduygu has conducted various research projects for the international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and research methods.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Bonnie Jenkins was the U.S. Department of State's coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. She was also the U.S. representative to the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (WMD) and chaired the Global Partnership in 2012. She was the Department of State lead on the Nuclear Security Summit, and she coordinated the Department of State's activities related to the effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material. Jenkins holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an M.P.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a B.A. from Amherst College.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Aisa Kirabo Kacyira is the deputy executive director of UN-Habitat and United Nations assistant secretary-general. In this role, she has been providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally, engaging widely with governmental and nongovernmental actors. Before joining UN-Habitat, Kirabo Kacyira was the Governor of the Eastern Province, the largest province in Rwanda with a population of 2.5 million. Kirabo Kacyira has facilitated strategic planning in line with government policy, while overseeing effective and efficient use of resources, capacity-building and service delivery. Her skilled fostering of regional diplomatic and cross-border trade relations is essential to the support for UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda. Previously, she was Mayor of Kigali (2006-11), one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the world, and an elected member of Parliament.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Anne C. Richard served as assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees, and Migration in the U.S. State Department from 2012-17. Prior to her appointment, Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), non-resident Fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and a board member of the Henry L. Stimson Center. She also held positions as director of the Secretary’s Office of Resources, Plans and Policy at the State Department, deputy chief financial officer of the Peace Corps, senior advisor in the Deputy Secretary’s Office of Policy and Resources at the State Department and as a budget examiner at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. As an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was part of the team that created the International Crisis Group.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Robert M. Scher served as United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities. Scher left his position as Assistant Secretary of Defense in January 2017. As the assistant secretary, Scher advised the secretary of defense and the under secretary of defense for policy in areas including national security and defense strategy; the forces and contingency plans necessary to implement defense strategy; nuclear deterrence and missile defense policy; and security cooperation plans and policies. Before serving as the assistant secretary, Scher was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans within the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces. Mr. Scher proffers regional expertise in South and East Asian policy as well, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. He has also held numerous other posts covering Asian security and defense policy issues in the Departments of Defense and State. Scher holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Aaron Shull is Centre for International Governance Innovation's (CIGI) chief operating officer and general counsel, effective March 2015. Prior to that he was CIGI’s counsel and corporate secretary and was also a research fellow beginning in 2013. He continues to act as corporate secretary. As General Counsel, he responds to legal inquiries from Senior Management that relate to corporate, contractual, employment, occupational health and safety, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and compliance related matters. As Chief of Staff, he operates as an effective liaison and conduit across all departments, providing guidance and advice on all matters of strategic and operational importance. Prior to joining CIGI, Aaron practised law for a number of organizations, focusing on international, regulatory and environmental law. He has taught courses at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and was previously a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

    Aaron graduated from the University of Waterloo, placing first in his class as a departmental scholar, with a B.A. (honours) in history and political science. His keen interest in international affairs and political history led him to pursue a Master of Arts in international affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he graduated with distinction. He concurrently pursued his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated cum laude with first class honours. Aaron attained his LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow

    Tom Wyler recently stepped down from the Commerce Department’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, where he served as counselor to the Secretary and senior advisor for International Economics. Tom’s responsibilities included counseling the Secretary of Commerce on the full range of international economic policy issues before the Department of Commerce. He also managed the Department’s Global Economics team and was the Secretary’s primary advisor on the broader geo-economic and geo-political challenges facing the Obama Administration. He was responsible for coordinating and developing then-Secretary Pritzker’s international economic agenda, including on matters related to commercial diplomacy and trade policy and promotion. He is the author of numerous articles and publications, including “Mutually Assured Depression” and “Wiping the Slate: Maintaining Capital Markets While Addressing the Odious Debt Dilemma.” Wyler received his J.D. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his M.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, both in 2008. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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