My doctoral research has focused on migrants’ everyday experiences of Italian immigration law. Between 2009 and 2011 I conducted 19 months ethnographic fieldwork in Bologna, Italy. I conducted multi-sited fieldwork tracing migrants and their families in the everyday processes of becoming and staying “legal”. My research interests include the anthropology of the state, migration, law and informality. While I believe that anthropology offers an essential contribution to understanding the world around us, I also think that a range of disciplinary perspectives is necessary in order to engage with the big questions that contemporary societies face. LSE100 offers an exciting opportunity for both teachers and students to meet this challenge.
Aurelie Basha I Novosejt
I’m a PhD Candidate in the International History department where I’m looking at U.S. withdrawal plans from the Vietnam War. Specifically, I’m trying to explain why the Secretaries of Defence were leading advocates for withdrawal. I returned to LSE after being an undergraduate here (BSc International Relations and History). In the meantime, I studied at the Harvard Kennedy School where I earned a Master’s in Public Policy specialising in International Security and Political Economics and worked in a range of public policy roles, including in philanthropy, think-tanks, NGOs and at NATO. To quote Jeffrey Sachs (I’m a fan), “I love the concept of LSE” and I think LSE100 embodies that concept, namely it is a university where we can become social scientists rather than experts in our narrow, specialized field. I believe this is an intellectually exciting and rewarding thing to be part of.
My research has focused on what works in promoting gender equality in government institutions and society more broadly. My PhD comprised an ethnographic and historical study of social change in the Zambian Copperbelt, where I became fluent in Bemba. More recently, I returned Southern Africa to explore how maternal health care is effectively promoted at national and district level. Besides this fieldwork and lecturing on international development at the LSE, I have worked for a range of institutions, including ActionAid The Gambia, the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and the Financial Times. Out of the office, I am a keen runner.
I’m a Canadian living in Britain studying the United States. My doctoral research focuses on U.S. foreign policy making in the early-to-mid Twentieth Century, specifically the career of former Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. I examine the intersection of personality, ideology, politics, and institutions in the creation and implementation of foreign policy. Beyond this, I’m interested in contemporary American and Canadian politics, LGBT rights, and urban geography. Along with LSE 100 I also teach HY208: The History of the United States since 1783 in the International History Department and have previously taught courses on American culture and Civil Rights movements at King’s College London.
In the past four years I have been a PhD Candidate in the International Relations Department. My research is on the impact of international norms on Islamist politics, especially with reference to the case of Lebanon. I am interested in Middle Eastern politics and international political theory but I also like photography and good food.
Jose Olivas Osuna
In addition to teaching at LSE100, I am co-founder and editor of Euro Crisis in the Press and Associate to the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme of LSE IDEAS. My doctoral research in the Department of Government was a comparative historical analysis on civil-military relations from a public policy angle. My case-studies were Portugal and Spain throughout most of the twentieth century. I am currently preparing the publication of a monograph based on my doctoral thesis: and Associate to the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme of LSE IDEAS. My doctoral research in the Department of Government was a comparative historical analysis on civil-military relations from a public policy angle. My case-studies were Portugal and Spain throughout most of the twentieth century. I am currently preparing the publication of a monograph based on my doctoral thesis:Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces during Dictatorship and Democratisation (2014, London: Palgrave Macmillan). Previously, I did an MSc in Public Policy and Administration at LSE and two Spanish bachelor degrees in Economics and in Marketing. I have taught Political Science and before that I have worked in the automotive sector for 5 years. LSE100 seems to me a great opportunity to make use of my multidisciplinary background and to contribute to a very innovative and ambitious teaching project.
I have an interdisciplinary academic background within political science – starting off in Politics, moving on to International Relations and now completing my PhD in the Government Department, combining the studies of comparative European governments with public policy and political identity. I have found it interesting and useful to analyse topics by drawing on approaches from different disciplines. It makes sense for students of LSE, an institution specialising in the social sciences, to develop an interdisciplinary and well-rounded understanding of the social sciences. LSE 100 in particular allows every student to contribute to a comprehensive evaluation of critical issues in contemporary social sciences.
I’m based at LSE’s Sociology Department. In my doctoral research I’m looking at the import of process philosophy on popular sociological concepts. In particular I’m interested in the microphysics of power relations, critical theory and the evolution of social norms. Prior to this I completed an MSc in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at LSE’s Philosophy Department. I also studied cultural theory at Birkbeck College. I’m also a trained economist and did some research in macroeconomics and monetary theory at a couple of think tanks and the German central bank. My educational and career background reflects my interest in the interdisciplinary study of the social sciences, which is why I’m particularly excited to be joining the LSE100 teaching team. Most issues in the real world are best approached from multiple perspectives. Learning how to do this will not only be beneficial to all new first-year students but also fun.
Matt Wilde received his PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2013. He specialises in research on popular politics, democracy, the state and morality, and has been engaged in ethnographic fieldwork in Venezuela since 2008. His work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Society for Latin American Studies.
Matt’s research looks at the ways in which political visions are articulated, contested and practiced in everyday life. His doctoral thesis examined the experiences of grassroots activists in urban Venezuela as they engaged with state-led initiatives in participatory democracy. The project uncovered how a host of competing visions, understandings and motivations characterised everyday practice in neighbourhood councils, explaining how local activism was embedded in a broader search for personal transformation, material betterment and moral redemption. Matt argued that these self-making projects were closely linked to the moral economy of oil, national identity and class.
Since 2011, Matt has taught a number of courses in the anthropology of economics, development, human rights and globalisation. In 2013 he received a student-nominated teaching award from the LSE’s Department of Anthropology for his work in the classroom.
Together with his work at LSE, Matt is currently a Stipendiary Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Latin American Studies, where he is engaged in the dissemination of his doctoral research through a number of forthcoming journal articles and book chapters. He is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Sussex, where he teaches a course in Latin American Anthropology.
I research the history and politics of the modern Middle East. I’m currently laying the foundations for a new project on policing in Egypt from the 1970s to the present day. My PhD, for which I was based in the LSE Department of Government, explored the history of Saudi state-backed Islamic missionary work in the twentieth century. It focused on new religious educational institutions which emerged in Saudi Arabia, particularly from the 1960s, and the cross-border circuits of migrant students and scholars from across the world which grew up around them. I am also history editor for New Middle Eastern Studies and previously taught in the Department of Government, where I received a teaching award in 2013 for my work on a course on the development of different state-forms since the 16th century.
I have been at LSE for ten years now (in different guises!). I received a BSc Sociology in 2006 and an MSc Human Rights in 2007. I am currently finalising a PhD on political reconciliation and collective memory in Cambodia, based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Phnom Penh and Anlong Veng. My broader research focus encompasses human rights, transitional justice, nationalism, memorialisation, qualitative research methods and social theory. LSE100 is the perfect home for my interdisciplinary teaching and research interests. I’m also a massive Spurs fan.
I completed my PhD in International Relations at LSE. My doctoral research was on understanding the interaction between international norms on ethnic and territorial rights and the ethnicist conceptions of territorial identity. In doing this I focused on the Kurdish case. I am currently preparing this research for publication as a monograph with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
I have been teaching LSE100 for three years and I have also taught a number of courses in the Government and International Relations departments at LSE. Together with my LSE100 work, I am working as a research fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre where I lead a research project that investigates the role of international actors (particularly the UN) in enhancing women’s rights after military intervention in Kurdistan-Iraq.