Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Maryam Athari

    Art History

    Northwestern Universtiy

    Project: Nodes of Connectivity: Jahani and Iranian Modernism’s Worldly Belonging

    Maryam Athari is a historian of twentieth-century global art, specializing in Middle Eastern and Iranian art. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University, along with certificates in Middle... (more)

  • Usmon Boron

    Religious Studies

    University of Toronto

    Project: Toward an Ethics of Friendship: Tablighi Jamaat in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

    Usmon is a cultural anthropologist focusing on the interplay between tradition, secularity, and the modern state. His current book project, entitled “In the Shadow of Tradition: Soviet Secularism and Islamic Revival... (more)

  • Lama Elsharif


    Purdue University, 2024

    Project: Small Wars of Scarcity: North African Corsairs in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

    Lama Elsharif is a historian of the early modern and modern Middle East and North Africa. She received her Ph.D. in History from Purdue University in 2024. Her research deals with the intersections of environmental,... (more)

  • Charlotte Kiechel


    Yale University, 2022

    Project: Anticolonial Comparisons: The Politics of Decolonization and Holocaust Memory

    Charlotte Kiechel is a historian of decolonization and European political thought. Her research interests include post-1945 political movements, international law, human rights, and Holocaust memory. She has... (more)

  • Paniz Musawi Natanzi

    Gender Studies

    School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,

    Project: Masculinities, Labor and Race: The War Mode of Art Production in Afghanistan

    Paniz Musawi Natanzi is a political theorist. Her empirical research and writing focus on labor, knowledge and bodies in relation to Afghanistan, its diasporas and present-day imperialism. During her fellowship year... (more)