Bogdan Popescu

SIFK Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

Bogdan Popescu is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate, studying comparative politics, historical political economy, and geo-statistical methods in the Department of Political Science. His research revolves around imperial legacies, corruption, and perceptions about corruption and public opinion. 

As a SIFK Dissertation Research Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year, Bogdan investigates the Ottoman legacy on popular trust and perceptions about the incidence of corruption in Central and Eastern Europe. Drawing on extensive archival work at the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey (Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü) he will examine the forms of knowledge that the Ottoman Empire needed to assume in order to function and argue that the Ottoman center interpreted religion to make strategic choices whereby new articulations of law, state and society were constructed to define an Ottoman project of power.

Eun Young Hwang

SIFK Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Divinity

Eun Young Hwang is a sixth-year Ph.D candidate in the field of religious ethics at the Divinity School, working on questions about religious vision, therapeutics, evaluative practice and virtue in ordinary life as well as the methodological question of cross-cultural comparison. Relating with diverse theoretical reflections on human agency in an interdisciplinary way, his aim is to develop a method of reconstructing ancient ways of knowing, practice, and self-cultivation that can address historical understanding of ancient religious-ethical thoughts as well as our contemporary constructive interpretation.

During 2016-17 academic year as a SIFK Dissertation Researh Fellow, his research examines how two thinkers in historically unrelated religious-cultural traditions, Augustine, a Catholic Christian thinker in the 5th century Roman Empire and Zhi Yi, a Tiantai Buddhist thinker in the 6th century Sui China, can be set in comparison in terms of ordinary virtue. His work will address how Augustine and Zhi Yi reveal similarities and differences in envisioning ordinary virtue as a person’s effective power of constructing a holistic horizon of ordinary world-experiences, motivations and practices in and through various structuring forces such as a distinct community of tradition and systems of ritual and penitence.