People

Postdoctoral Fellows

Marina Bilbija

Marina Bilbija received a joint PhD in English and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Her current book manuscript, Worlds of Color: Black Print Networks and the Making of the Anglophone World, examines the emergence of a new transnational black literary and political public—a black Anglosphere—in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This black Anglosphere was forged out of a vibrant culture of citation, advertising, and reprinting between black and anti-racist editors across the English speaking world. Through the medium of English and the print media of the British and American empires, African Americans, West Africans, West Indians, as well as other English-speaking racialized subjects wrote about and to one another, and came to theorize their situations in relation to one another. Worlds of Color argues that black editorial practices (including excerpting, serialization, and montage) constituted a globe-scaling, inter-imperial print world adjacent to but semi-autonomous from the insular print communities that typically stand as metonyms for literary modernism, and demonstrates the centrality of African American and Afro-diasporic cultural production to the field of Global Anglophone literatures and cultures. Bilbija’s other research projects focus on the stakes of interdisciplinarity in the black intellectual tradition (especially in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois), genealogies of the Global Anglophone, and comparative studies of race and ethnicity. Her work has appeared in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Oxford Bibliographies, and she has a forthcoming essay in the South Atlantic Review.


Joshua Braver

Joshua Braver is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tisch College, and is associated with CHAT. He received Ph.D from Yale Political Science and a J.D. from Yale Law School. His current book project, We, the Mediated People, examines conflicting ideas of the people and its relationship to illegality in post-Cold War South American constitution-making. Against, the prevailing view that the people are a "lawless unity", Joshua argues that through the "unconventional adaptation" of old institutions, the people may become an inclusive entity. The process of making a new constitution then is illegal, but not lawless. Joshua’s work has been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Georgetown International Law Review and his co-authored casebook, the U.S. Constitution and Comparative Constitutional Law was published by Foundation Press. He has published more popular pieces in a variety of outlets, such as Politico and Talking Points Memo.


Areej Sabbagh-Khoury

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. She is an associate researcher at Mada al-Carmel—The Arab Center for Applied Social Research, and will begin will her position as a lecturer in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University on July 2018.. Her current book project, now under contract with Stanford University Press, examines practices of colonization and relations between leftist Zionists kibbutzim and Palestinian villagers in Northern Palestine within a settler colonial framework. Sabbagh-Khoury contributed to several book chapters and articles on citizenship, memory, gender and settler colonialism, among them "Palestinian Predicaments: Jewish Immigration and Refugees Repatriation." She also co-edited two volumes of The Palestinians in Israel: A Guide to History, Politics, and Society: the first volume was published in 2011 and the second in December 2015 (both volumes were published in English, Hebrew and Arabic). She has received several awards and grants for her research, among them the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award year 2015-2016; the 2015 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Columbia University, the Inaugural Postdoctoral Research Associate in Palestine and Palestinian Studies at Brown University 2016-2017, and the Postdoctoral fellowship of ISF 2017-2018.