Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion and the College
As SIFK Faculty Fellow, Alireza Doostdar is currently researching debates over the Islamization of the social sciences in Iran against the backdrop of transformations in higher education since the 1979 revolution. These debates include philosophical questions about the possibility and desirability of qualifying some sciences as "Islamic," and inquiries into the epistemological, methodological, and ethical parameters of a social science thus specified.
Assistant Professor in Political Science
Matthew Landauer is the recipient of the SIFK Faculty Seed Grant for 2016-17. His project, "Expert Advice and Democratic Politics" researches the historical dimensions of the problem faced by democracies that refer to expert authorities to make good decisions about policy issues.
Professor in Comparative Human Development
Dario Maestripieri is the recipient of the SIFK Faculty Seed Grant for 2016-17. His project, "Creativity and Knowledge Formation in Science and Literature," conducts a pilot study to investigate where similar patterns of creativity exist for the formulation of influential scientific theories as it does for the writing of important novels.