Assistant Professor of Political Science
Demetra Kasimis is the recipient of the SIFK Faculty Seed Grant for 2017-18. Her project will focus on how Athenian texts depict forced migration, the mobility of peoples, supplication, and asylum and in particular how these conditions and practices are taken up—and produced by—democratic politics.
James A. Evans
Professor; Director, Knowledge Lab; Faculty Director, Masters Program in Computational Social Sciences
James Evans is the recipient of the SIFK Faculty Seed Grant for 2017-18. His Universal Join project seeks to massively and automatically join data with itself and other sources along all dimensions of identity--including time, place, concept, type, person, species, depth, environment, administrative code, source, etc. This automated production of novel, “big questions” will allow us to approximate the “diameter” of the experimental, observational and archival engines of big data, and convert the era of big data into a more progressive era of big questions and, ultimately, big answers.
Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History and the College
Ada Palmer is the recipient of the SIFK Faculty Seed Grant for 2017-18. Her project, Censorship, Information Control, & Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet, proposes to use our knowledge of the pre-modern print revolution to help us understand the current digital revolution, by bringing together scholars of censorship in early modern Europe with experts in the contemporary world of publication, copyright, and modern censorship. Through a two-year project with a seminar series, gallery exhibit, published book, and related course, Palmer will convene scholars, professionals, and students to present fresh and informed research and discussion around publication, information exchange, and censorship in the new digital era.
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.