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Arthur Asseraf

Arthur Asseraf

Originally from Paris, Arthur received his BA in History from Cambridge University (King's College). While at Columbia and LSE, he ranged widely across Middle Eastern, Japanese and African history, as well as learning Arabic, eventually writing his MA Thesis on the way in which Algeria was compared to other colonies during its independence war. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, having recently been elected Fellow by Examination at All Souls College.  His current research aims to place the history of colonial Algeria in a broader transnational context by looking at how people compared themselves to colonies beyond the French Empire.

Nicole Beckmann

Nicole Beckmann

Nicole Beckmann is a third year doctoral student in the History Department at the University of Chicago. She concentrates on the 18th century Ottoman Empire. She is currently preparing for her three field exams in Ottoman history, Modern Middle Eastern history, and Early Modern European history. Her interests range from concepts of beauty to pedagogy of language, and plans to write her dissertation on the evolution of Ottoman diplomacy throughout the 18th century.  She graduated with honors in Political Science from The University of Chicago (2007). Her bachelor's thesis examined the development of Kurdish freedom of expression in Turkey from 1980-2003. During her years at Columbia and The LSE, she wrote her master's thesis about the character and impact of Protestant American missionary education in Istanbul during the late 19th century.

Lindsay Clarke

Lindsay Clarke

Lindsay graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Sociology and French Studies, focusing her studies on inter-imperial rivalries in post-colonial Cameroon. Upon graduating from Wesleyan, she founded Breaking Ground (www.breaking-ground.org), a nonprofit that works in Cameroon to enable Cameroonians to address the self-identified needs of their communities by supporting locally-initiated sustainable solutions. Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsay served as Executive Director of Breaking Ground for four years while also teaching middle school history and French. Guided by her interest in sustainable development in Africa, Lindsay wrote her dissertation on state policies towards nomad sedentarization in post-colonial Mali, as examined through the lens of an American Quaker organization's development project in the 1970s. Having returned to Maine, Lindsay is once again teaching middle and high school history and French at Portland's Waynflete School. She continues to serve as Breaking Ground's Chair of the Board of Directors.

Igor Czernecki

Igor Czernecki

Igor Czernecki received his BA at New York University in Comparative Literature and Art History. At Columbia and the LSE he worked on U.S. Cultural Diplomacy across the Iron Curtain, writing his MA thesis on the Ford Foundation scholarship program in Poland in the 1950’s and ‘60s. Igor is now a second year doctoral student at the History of Social Thought Institute at Warsaw University’s Sociology Department. After returning to Poland he worked in the Ministry of Culture for a year promoting contemporary Polish art abroad. He is also involved in charity, devoting time to EFC (www.efc.edu.pl), a foundation that helps talented middle school children from very poor homes get a good education. Igor is also teaching a masters course on American conservative thought at Warsaw University. His MA/MSc dissertation was recently published in Cold War History.

Rebekah Diski

Rebekah Diski

Rebekah Diski graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in History. She worked on documentary films for two years before starting the Columbia/LSE dual degree program. Having spent a lot of time in both France and Africa, she was interested in decolonisation in Francophone Africa and wrote her dissertation on the experiences of Malagasy soldiers in the French Army during World War II and in the Malagasy insurrection of 1947. She won a Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) award for French, and conducted archival and oral research in several parts of France and Madagascar, as well as consulting the British National Archives for the contemporary British view of Franco-Malagasy relations. Having graduated from the program with distinction, Rebekah worked in the social policy department of LSE on a joint research project with the Guardian on the recent English riots as well on the Secretary-General's report on the status of women within the UN system for UN Women. She is now working at the Cabinet Office as a fast streamer.

Daniel Wertz

Daniel Wertz

A native of upstate New York, Daniel received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Wesleyan University in 2008. As a student at Columbia and LSE, his research interests focused on American colonialism in the Philippines and the development of modern US foreign policy. He was awarded the Richard Hofstadter Prize in 2010 for his dissertation linking the origins of international narcotics control to American anti-opium policies in the colonial Philippines in the early twentieth century. Daniel currently works in Washington, D.C. as a Program Officer at the National Committee on North Korea. His MA/MSc dissertation was recently published in Modern Asian Studies.

Kalindi Winfield

Kalindi Winfield

Kalindi Winfield received her BA in History from Yale University, writing on conflicts surrounding decolonization and reoccupation in Eritrea/Ethiopia and East Timor/Indonesia.  While at Columbia and at the LSE, Kalindi studied ambivalences in modern citizen-hood and the troubled development of the international system of nation-states, looking in particular at Japan, Spain, and the black diasporic experience.  Following graduation she worked in media and research, global and political in nature, then joined the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Independent Expenditure in its 2012 election effort (USA).  She worked with the DCCC again on US House candidate recruitment/incumbent protection during the 2014 midterm election cycle.  Kalindi left to pursue international political polling and campaign consulting, managing surveys, focus groups, and campaigns in Israel, Yemen, Ireland, Estonia, and Canada.  She currently works at GBA Strategies, a democratic polling firm that serves political clients, advocacy groups, nonprofits, arts institutions, and companies in the US and around the world.