Research Fellows

Kofi Asante (Sociology/History) - University of Northwestern

Kofi's research interests are Political Sociology, Comparative historical sociology, Colonialism, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Migration, Cultural Sociology.
Kofi joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Jessica Barker (Biology) - Institute for Advanced Study, Aarhus

Jessica will join the IAST on April 2018.

Alice Baniel (Biology) - University of Monpellier

Alice's PhD project focuses on the evolution of social relationship and conflicts in relation to reproduction in primates.
Alice joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Jeanne Bovet (Biology) - University of Montpellier

Jeannes' research interests are human evolution, mate choice, female attractiveness.
Jeanne joined the IAST on 1st September 2015.

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Nicholas Crawford (History) - Harvard University

Nicholas Crawford is a historian specializing in early American history and the British Atlantic world with particular interests in slavery, health, law, and political economy.
Nicholas joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Vessela Daskalova (Economics) - University of Cambridge

Vessela's research is at the intersection of Behavioural/Experimental Economics and Microeconomic/Game Theory.
Vessela joined the IAST on 1st October 2016.

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Lee Dinetan (Mathematics) - University of Toulouse III

Lee is a post-doctoral fellow at the IAST in financial mathematics. This year he will be working under Jörgen W. Weibull’s leadership, on short-term trading decisions in a Markovian market. He is investigating upon how trading strategies relying on technical analysis evolve over time, depending on the economic context.
Lee joined the IAST on 1st October 2016.

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Slimane Dridi (Biology) - University of Pennsylvania


Slimane is an evolutionary biologist with interests in social interactions, learning, evolution of plasticity, changing environments, and any combination thereof. He uses mainly analytical and simulation modeling to answer various questions at the intersection of evolutionary biology and behavioral sciences. Among these questions, he tries to predict the behavior of heterogeneous learning agents in repeated games, how natural selection shapes the learning and cognitive abilities of living organisms, and how these interact with other psychological traits such as prosocial preferences. He is also interested in the evolution of phenotypic plasticity under fluctuating environments.
Slimane joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Luke Glowacki (Anthropology) -  Harvard University

Luke researches collective behavior, aggression, and the emergence of institutions in humans. He uses ethnographic fieldwork, quantitive methods, and experimental paradigms in small-scale populations.
Luke joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

Carlo Horz (Political Science) -  New-York University

Carlo is a political scientist who studies political belief formation and authoritarian politics. He is particularly interested in propaganda: he employs game-theoretic models to elicit the conditions under which propaganda is effective and tests implications of these models using quantitative text analysis. Carlo holds a PhD from New York University (2017).
Carlo joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Irene Menendez (Political Science) -  University of Zurich

Irene holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on major issues in the fields of political economy and development, with a special focus on the political consequences of international trade and the political economy of public policies. She also works on projects exploring the relationship between electoral rules and representation.
Irene joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Gabriel Mesevage (History/Economics) -  Oxford University

Gabriel joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Vittorio Merola (Political Science) - Ohio State University

Vittorio is specialized in the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, political psychology and behavior, and quantitative and experimental methodology.
Vittorio joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Lucas Novaes (Political Science) - University of California

Lucas received a Ph.D. In Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He studies political representation in the developing world, focusing on political parties and candidate selection. He also holds an M.A. in Economics from EESP-FGV, Brazil. 
Lucas joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Elissa Philip Gentry (Law) - Vanderbilt University

Elissa joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Arnaud Philippe (Economics) - Paris I University

Arnauds' research interests are economics of crime, media and public policy evaluation.
Arnaud joined the IAST on 1st September 2015.

Lauriane Rat-Fischer (Psychology) - University of Oxford

Lauriane is interested in the learning mechanisms involved in the development of problem-solving behaviours such as tool use, both in human infants and animals.
Lauriane joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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Harilanto Razafindrazaka (Anthropology) - University of Toulouse III

Harilanto is an anthropologist specialized on genetics and she is specifically interested on human populations diversity and evolution on a multi/interdisciplinary comparative process.
Harilanto joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

Hannah Simpson (Law / Political Science) - New-York University

Hannah Simpson is a postdoctoral research fellow at IAST. She holds a Ph.D in Politics (2017) from New York University and a J.D. (2009) from Harvard Law School. Prior to her time at NYU, she worked as a public defender in New York City and as a human rights lawyer in Pakistan.
Hannah joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

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Kathryn Schwartz (History) - Harvard University

Kathryn is a historian of the modern Middle East. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. Kathryn earned her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard in 2015, and her B.A. in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College, the University of Cambridge in 2008. She is revising her dissertation into a book entitled "Print and the People of Cairo, 19th century."
Kathryn joined the IAST on 1st September 2017.

Caitlin Stern (Anthropology) - Santa Fe Institute

Caitlin will join the IAST on April 2018.

Carlos Velasco (Political Science/History) - Princeton University

Carlos obtained a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University. His research examines the relationship between institutions, accountability, and political selection. His work is forthcoming, or has been published, in the Journal of Politics and the Journal of Monetary Economics.
Carlos joined the IAST on 1st September 2016.

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