Advanced Research Collaborative  


Below are profiles of the 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Fellows: 
David Abraham
David Abraham is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Miami. He was educated as an historian at the University of Chicago and as a jurist at the University of Pennsylvania. Abraham taught German and European history in the History Department at Princeton University for a number of years before joining a Law Faculty. Abraham has published widely on issues of politics and economics in Weimar Germany and is the author of The Collapse of the Weimar Republic, which examined the conditions and fate of a social- democratic, class-compromise effort to establish a viable welfare state and the assault against it by Germany’s elites. More recently he has written on immi¬gration and citizenship law with a particular focus on citizen¬ship in a neo-liberal era and problems of social solidarity, diversity, and integration in Germany, Israel, and the US. He has published, among others, in Law and Social Inquiry, Politics & Society, the American Journal of Legal History, Cit¬i¬zenship Studies, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the International Migration Review, the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, Critical Historical Studies and a number of Law Reviews.  In recent articles he has focused on the dilemma of the political Left, where an increasingly cosmopolitan conception of justice has undermined an historic commitment to regulation, closure, and protection.  This is the project Abraham will be developing at the ARC. The recipient of Humboldt, ACLS, and DAAD Awards as well as a “best chapter” prize from the APSA, Abraham has been a Visiting Professor at several European universities. He is currently completing a collection of articles that will appear this Fall as Wer gehört zu uns? Einwanderung, Integration und Solidarität im Wohlfahrtstaat (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2019).
Rafael Alarcon
Rafael Alarcón is research professor in the Department of Social Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico. He holds a Ph. D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and belongs to Mexico’s National System of Researchers, Level III. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and San Diego, the Universidad de Valencia, the Université París Diderot, París 7 and Columbia University. As a specialist on international migration, throughout nearly 30 years, he has conducted and published research on: 1) the economic and social effects of migration in Mexico and the United States, 2) the integration of immigrants, 3) the immigration policies regarding skilled persons and 4) the criminalization and deportation of Mexican migrants from the United States. He recently coauthored the book: Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016) in collaboration with Luis Escala and Olga Odgers.
Charlotte Bartels
Charlotte Bartels is a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). She received her Ph.D. in economics for her thesis „Insurance and Redistribution in the German welfare state“ from the Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2013, which won the Roman Herzog Award 2015 for Social Market Economy Research and the Wolfgang-Ritter-Award 2015. Thereafter, she worked as coordinator of the Ph.D. program „Public Economics and Inequality“ until 2015. She visited the Economics Department of Uppsala University in 2015 and the Economics Department of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2018. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Her research interests lie in the fields of empirical public and labor economics as well as economic history. She is particularly concerned with the distribution of income and wealth both current and in historical perspective and the redistributive and stabilizing impact of tax-benefit systems and their effect on labor market behavior. She contributes the German long-run inequality series to the World Inequality Database (WID). She has published in the Journal of Economic History, International Tax and Public Finance, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the Journal of Economic Inequality. Currently, she is working on a long-run wealth inequality series for Germany. In other current projects, she investigates the underlying mechanisms of changes in the distribution of income and wealth.
Yonatan Berman
Yonatan Berman is a fellow at the London Mathematical Laboratory. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Paris School of Economics. His work focuses on social mobility, wealth and income inequality and their inter-relationship, from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. He is particularly interested in understanding whether inequality leads to lower social mobility, and whether there can be "enough" social mobility to "care less" about increasing inequality. His research interests also include microeconomic theory, with or without applications to inequality and mobility.
Adrian Blackledge
Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Sociolinguistics at University of Stirling. He conducts ethnographic research in the fields of multilingualism and translanguaging in education and society. His most recent study was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’. His publications include Voices of a City Market (with Angela Creese, 2019), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity (with Angela Creese, 2018), Heteroglossia as Practice and Pedagogy (with Angela Creese, 2014), The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism (with Marilyn Martin-Jones and Angela Creese, 2012), and Multilingualism, A Critical Perspective (with Angela Creese, 2010). He was Poet Laureate for the city of Birmingham, 2014-2016.
Angela Creese
Angela Creese is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. She started her career as a research assistant working on others' funded projects. This trajectory has created a commitment to collaborative research, particularly in large, diverse, interdisciplinary research teams.  She has led and contributed to 10 plus research council grants, including the most recent on translanguaging in contexts of linguistic and social diversity.  Her research interests are in sociolinguistics, language policy/planning and interaction in everyday life. She has co-written on linguistic ethnography (with Fiona Copland 2014), and multilingualism (with Adrian Blackledge, 2010).  She has edited several large handbook collections on superdiversity (with Blackledge 2017), multilingualism (with Martin-Jones and Blackledge) and heteroglossia (with Blackledge, 2010).  She has also published on collaborative teaching in linguistically diverse classrooms (2008). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. In 2010 she received the Helen C Bailey Award (Alumni) for ‘Outstanding contribution to educational linguistics’, from University of Pennsylvania.
Arnika Fuhrmann
Arnika Fuhrmann (Associate Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic, religious, and political modernities. Her work models an approach to the study of Southeast Asia that is informed by affect, gender, urban, and media theory and anchored in thorough cultural, linguistic, and historical knowledge of the region. Her book Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema (Duke University Press, 2016) examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality, personhood, and notions of collectivity in contemporary Thai cinema and political rhetoric. Fuhrmann’s second book, Teardrops of Time: Thai Buddhist Temporality and the Aesthetics of Redemption in the Modern Poetry of Angkhan Kalayanaphong (forthcoming, SUNY Press), extends her interests in the work that Buddhism performs outside of the sphere of religious instruction and investigates how 20th century Thai poetry draws on Buddhist frameworks. In her current research project, In the Mood for Texture: Urban and Media Revivals of Chinese Colonial Modernity in the Global Asian City (Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai), Fuhrmann focuses on the revival of the aesthetics of “Chinese colonial modernity” and new imaginations of Asia across cinema and hospitality venues.  Her writing has appeared in Camera Obscura, Diogenes, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Oriens Extremus, and positions: asia critique. She works as an associate editor of the journal, positions: asia critique. Complementing her academic work, she engages in cultural programming and works in the curatorial team of the Asian Film Festival Berlin.
Eve Haque
Eve Haque is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research and teaching interests include multiculturalism, white settler nationalism and language policy, with a focus on the regulation and representation of racialized im/migrants in white settler societies. Her current work explores the coloniality of national integration policies. She has published in such journals as Social Identities, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  and Canadian Ethnic Studies, among others. She is also the author of Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework: Language, Race and Belonging in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2012).
Erica Meiners
Erica R. Meiners is author of several books including For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (University of Minnesota 2016) and articles in a range of periodicals including Meridians, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Radical Teacher, American Quarterly, Captive Genders, and In These Times. Her current work includes a co-edited anthology The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom (Haymarket Press 2018) and the forthcoming The Feminist and the Sex Offender (Verso Press, 2020) which explores feminist culpability and resistance to the mounting sex offender regime. Erica is involved with a range of ongoing mobilizations for liberation, including movements that involve access to free public education for all, including people during and after incarceration, and other queer abolitionist struggles. She has collaboratively started a number of initiatives including, an alternative high school for people exiting prisons and jails, and in 2011 started work with others to organize education and art programs at Stateville Prison. A Visiting Scholar a range of universities and centers -  including Humbolt University, Trent University, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum - Erica’s day job is as the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University where she is a member of her labor union, University Professionals of Illinois, and she teaches classes in justice studies, education, and gender and sexuality studies. While at CUNY, Erica is interested in building abolition with others.
Patricia Oliart
Patricia Oliart is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University (UK). Her book Políticas educativas y la cultura del sistema escolar en el Perú (2001) is about the role that racism and corruption play in the reproduction of ‘poor education for the poor’ in the Peruvian education system. Other publications are about the circumstances and particular shape that emancipatory ideas take in the political and intellectual life of individuals in Peru (Marxism among school teachers, feminism among indigenous women, alter-globalism among rock musicians, anti-racism among documentary photographers). Her current project is about youth cultural and political collectives and the political subjectivities emerging around them in Latin America. She is preparing a book on youth activism in Peru in the past twenty years, and an edited volume on the pedagogies of dissidence in Latin America.   
Valerie Preston

Valerie Preston is Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has been a visiting professor at University of Melbourne, Institut national de la recherche scientifique –urbanisation culture société, and University of British Columbia and an Academic Resident at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center. An urban social geographer, her research interests include international migration, especially the varied economic and educational trajectories of the second generation living in super-diverse cities and gendered and racialized inequalities in local labor and housing markets. Currently, she leads a partnership of academic researchers, community practitioners, and government policymakers entitled Building Migrant Resilience in Cities/ Immigration et résilience en milieu urbain that is investigating a social resilience approach to inclusion of newcomers in contemporary cities. Co-author of Social Infrastructure and Vulnerability in the Suburbs (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the recently released Everyday Equalities: Making Multicultures in Settler Colonial Societies (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), she is also co-editor of Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity (McGill-Queens University Press, 2014) and When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work (Routledge, 2014).
Susan Romney
Susanah Romney is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at New York University. She teaches courses on Atlantic history, early America, and Women and Gender. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University and her BA at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the author of New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America, which was the winner of the Jamestown Prize, the Hendricks Award, and the First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is currently at work on a study of gender, unfreedom, and claims to space in the seventeenth-century Dutch empire, focusing on Manhattan, Guayana, Java, and southern Africa. Her work helps uncover the roots of the racial and gender hierarchies that developed alongside the first global trade networks. 


Andrew Ross
Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of the American Studies Program at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, The Nation, and Al Jazeera, he is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, Bird On FireNice Work if You Can Get It, Fast Boat to China, No-Collar, and The Celebration Chronicles. His new book, (from Verso) is titled Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel.   
Jeff Williams
Jeffrey J. Williams
is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He writes on the problems and prospects of contemporary higher education, particularly in the US, and has helped establish the field of critical university studies. He also writes on the history of modern criticism and theory, focusing on the way it has been shaped by its institutional conditions, and on contemporary American fiction, in public as well as academic venues. Alongside his own writing, he has developed ‘The Interview Project,’ publishing more than 70 substantive interviews with critics, philosophers, writers, and others ( His most recent book is How to Be an Intellectual: Criticism, Culture, and the University (Fordham UP, 2014), and he is completing Brave New University (Johns Hopkins UP). He also serves as co-editor of the series “Critical University Studies” with Hopkins, and of The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (3rd ed. 2018).