Since 2020, the Institute hosts up to two postdoctoral fellows for yearlong research and teaching residencies. This competitive fellowship attracts applicants from around the world with PhDs in a variety of academic fields, and a strong documented interest in and potential for significant work in atrocity prevention that bridges the divide between academic research and prevention practice.
Academic Year 2023-2024
Trained as a historian, Fabian Krautwald is a comparative scholar of eastern and southern Africa interested in memory, sovereignty, and restorative justice. He has conducted extensive archival research and fieldwork in Namibia, Tansania, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Fabian's current work focuses on the ways in which African societies have recalled German colonialism in Namibia and Tansania since its end in the First World War, and how they have sought to prevent a repeat of attendant mass atrocities and genocide. To this end, he foregrounds the use of African-language sources in Swahili and Otjiherero in media ranging from oral histories and vernacular newspapers to cultural practices and monuments. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in the US, he has combined his scholarship on post-conflict societies with practice in his work with Princeton University and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, for which he taught a world history class at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda in 2019.
Samira Marty is a social and political anthropologist interested in political and state violence, conflict, and transnational solidarity. Samira’s research interests span a wide range of topics, including the historical repertoires of political protests, transnational solidarity, the mobilization of memory and forgetting, and political violence. To that end, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in and with Central American communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Germany to gain a comprehensive understanding of the social and political realities after instances of state violence.
Her dissertation analyzed the political activism that emerged in Berlin after Nicaragua’s outbreak of violence in April 2018. Based on multi-sited fieldwork in Nicaragua and Germany, her work demonstrates how political, cultural, and historical linkages have informed different understandings, interpretations, and solidarity practices. Her work is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon political theory, memory studies, history, sociology, and anthropology.
In addition to her research endeavors, she has worked as a political advisor and research consultant for various Swiss and international organizations.
Previous Postdoctoral Fellows
Saghar Birjandian (2021-2023)
Tutku Ayhan (2021-2022)
Darcie DeAngelo (2020-2021)
Jenny Escobar (2020-2021)
Kerry Whigham (2018-2020)
Gabriella Lloyd (2017-2018)