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Below are profiles of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Distinguished Visiting Scholars:


Sheetal Chhabria
 is Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College. She researches the histories of capitalism, the production of space, and the governance of labor, poverty and inequality. Her first book, Making the Modern Slum: the Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay (University of Washington Press, 2019), which won the American Historical Association’s 2020 John F. Richards Prize for South Asian History, shows how the wellbeing of the city–rather than of its people–became an increasingly urgent goal of government, positioning agrarian distress, famished migrants, and the laboring poor as threats to be contained or excluded. Other publications have analyzed the politics of aboriginality and indigenous rights, the relations between colonial knowledge and power, and the production of the economy as a social scientific fact. Her current research is focused on the imbrications of caste and capital in the subcontinent’s long history and the failures of decolonization. She has published in Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of World History as well as written for The Nation, Jacobin, The India Forum and Scroll, amongst others.


Milena Doytcheva holds a PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). She is currently Professor of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Lille- Northern France, and fellow at Institut Convergences Migrations (Collège de France-CNRS) Her instruction in undergraduate and graduate philosophy and sociology addresses topics of international migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, and minority rights. Her research focusses on mechanisms of governing race and ethnicity in allegedly color-blind institutional settings, and across multiple fields (urban policy and development, education, the corporate word). Her current project, for which she received support from the Franco-American Fulbright Commission (2021) aims at developing a threefold comparison of American, British, French and European policies on diversity and non-discrimination, particularly in the workplace. Titled “Global Diversity Doctrines, Competing Claims, and ‘White Diversity’”, the project offers to critically examine the dynamics of downplaying race and ethnicity within organizational diversity procedures -- as has been notably, yet not solely, the case in France -- and how this contributes to reinforcing institutional racism through the rise of “raceless” diversity concepts. She recently published Governing racial justice through standards and the birth of ‘White diversity’: a Foucauldian perspective. She also authored (in French): Le Multiculturalisme (Paris, La Découverte, 2018); Politiques de la diversité. Sociologie des discriminations et des politiques antidiscriminatoires au travail (Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2015) ; Une discrimination positive à la française ? Ethnicité et territoire dans les politiques de la ville (La Découverte, 2007).
Rachel Heiman



Rachel Heiman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School and served as Chair of the Urban Studies Program from 2016-2018. She received her B.A in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the generative relationship between habits, sentiments, and spaces of everyday life and emerging cultural, political, economic, and environmental conditions. She is the author of Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb [] (University of California Press, 2015) and co-editor (with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty) of The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography [] (School for Advanced Research Press, 2012). Her current project, for which she received funding from the NEH, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and ACLS, brings together anthropology, urbanism, and architecture to explore emerging subjectivities, modes of citizenship, and regimes of governance amid efforts to redesign suburbia for a more sustainable future. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Humanities Center, Russell Sage Foundation, and School for Advanced Research, and a Faculty Fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.


Sameer ud Dowla Khan
 is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Reed College and co-editor of the Journal of South Asian Linguistics. I focus on phonetics and phonology, meaning I'm interested in the physical attributes of speech sounds, the complex patterns they form, and the abstract representations they embody in our mental grammars. 

I focus on phonetics and phonology, meaning I'm interested in the physical attributes of speech sounds, the complex patterns they form, and the abstract representations they embody in our mental grammars.

My primary research specializations are intonation (prosody) and voice quality (phonation), and I also work on dissimilarity, reduplication, and infant-directed speech. You can learn about my model of Bengali intonation, which I am currently expanding to cover the prosodically diverse languages of South Asia.

Every year, I teach phonetics, phonology, and half of our introductory course on formal linguistics. On a rotating basis, I also teach specialized courses on intonation, laboratory phonology, phonological knowledge, field methods, methods of design and analysis, and South Asian languages.


Jeffrey S. Lowe
is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University.  His service to the planning profession includes past chair of the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association, founding member and past co-chair of the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and immediate-past chair of ACSP’s Committee on Diversity.  He is a board member of the Great Plans Restoration Council, and a research fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research (Rice University).  His research focuses on social justice and racial equity concerns within the context of community planning and urban revitalization.  He is the author of Rebuilding Communities the Public Trust Way: Community Foundation Assistance to CDCs, 1980-2000 (Lexington Press, 2006) and other publications including articles in Planning, Practice and Research; Housing Policy Debate; Journal of Urban Affairs; Urban Geography; and Western Journal of Black Studies.  Relatively recently he has researched community land trusts as a transformational tool to help bring about greater levels of permanent affordable housing, social control of land, and racial equity.  During his ARC visit (Fall 2020 term), he will expand his research to urban revitalization and racial diversification of the U.S. planning profession.


Ive Marx
 is Professor at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 until 2018. He is chair of the interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master Programme in Socio-Economic Sciences.

Ive Marx took degrees in Political and Social Sciences and in Economics. He directs research on minimum income protection and poverty, especially in relation to labour market change and migration at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA in Bonn.

His main research interest is labour market and welfare state change in relation to the distribution of income, with a particular focus on poverty. He has published extensively on the issue of in-work poverty and minimum income protection with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, Edward Elgar and other international publishers. Journal articles have appeared in International Labour Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Social Policy, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Ethical Perspectives, European Journal of Social Security, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, etc.

He sits on the editorial boards of Social ForcesJournal of Social PolicySocial Inclusion and European Policy Analysis.He is also a member of the board of Espanet, Europe's leading network of social policy researchers. He is a columnist for Belgium's main broadsheet De Standaard.

St. Martin

Kevin St. Martin
is an Associate Professor of Geography at Rutgers University. He is a human geographer whose work is at the intersection of economic geography, political ecology, and critical cartography. His work includes critical analyses of economic and resource management discourse as well as participatory projects that work to rethink economy and foster economic and environmental wellbeing. Dr. St. Martin’s projects have in common the regulation and transformation of the marine environment. In particular, he uses the paradigmatic case of fisheries in the U.S. Northeast to better understand the power of discourse, data, and devices to shape economic and environmental outcomes. His work is published in top academic geography and marine policy journals and he has recently edited a volume titled Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies. Dr. St. Martin is an editor of the Diverse Economies and Liveable Worlds book series, he is an associate editor for Maritime Studies, and he serves on the advisory board for the Floating Laboratory of Action and Theory at Sea (FLOATS).

Read about past Distinguished Visiting Scholars