John-Michael Arnold, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-17

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Andrew Bell, 2012-14

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Andrea Baumann, 2010-11

Tyson Belanger, Visiting Scholar, 2014-15

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Meredith Blank, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2015-17

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Austin Carson, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2011-12

Austin Carson

Austin Carson is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago where he specializes in secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security, and global governance. At the core of all his projects is an interest in understanding how governments selectively reveal and conceal what they do and the disjuncture this creates between the “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics. His current book project draws on dissertation research on covert forms of military intervention and their role in states’ pursuit of limited war. Other projects analyze how states signal through covert action, why and how states ignore exposed secrets, how disclosure and concealment affect compliance with international regimes and theories of limited war. His research has been published in International Organization, Security Studies, and Journal of Conflict Resolution. Austin Carson graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 2013 and has held research fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

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Brent Durbin, 2010-11

Brent Durbin

Brent Durbin teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, strategic intelligence, military conflict and culture, and international relations. He also directs Smith’s Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program. Durbin's research centers on the political and organizational dynamics of U.S. national security, with a particular focus on the CIA. His book The CIA and the Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Durbin has held research fellowships at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He is co-director of the Bridging the Gap Project, which promotes connections between scholars and the broader foreign policy community.

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Melissa McAdam Ellison, 2011-12

Meredith McAdam Ellison

Melissa McAdam Ellison is currently a Senior National Security Analyst with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Melissa’s work ranges from more traditional national security analyses to contributions to the Lab’s new National Health Mission Area, where she uses operations research analysis and other analytical tools to improve patient prognosis for multiple sclerosis with the clinical care team at Hopkins Hospital and the engineering team at the Lab. Prior to coming to JHU/APL, Melissa was a field representative and analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded research and development center.  She spent two years as the field representative to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) in Virginia Beach, VA.  Melissa has worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy; in Afghanistan, supporting U.S. Army operations; and with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.  Dr. Ellison holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research has been supported by the University of California, Berkeley; the Smith Richardson Foundation; the United States Institute of Peace; and the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation.  In 2014, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) named her a Next Generation National Security Leader.  Melissa graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in classics and political science from the University of California, Berkeley and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Marco Fey, Visiting Scholar, 2011-12

Marco FeyMarco Fey is a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). In this capacity, he is working for the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. Prior to joining PRIF’s International Security Department in 2009, he concluded his studies in International Relations at Goethe University Frankfurt. Marco’s research focuses on emerging technologies and non-proliferation. He has published on additive manufacturing, nuclear weapons, and missile defense. In 2010, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), UK, and in 2011, he spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University.



Payam Ghalehdar, Visiting Scholar, 2012-13

Payam GhalehdarPayam Ghalehdar is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Prior to this position he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany and spent a year at the University of Cambridge as a Lecturer in International Relations from October 2015 to September 2016. He obtained her Ph.D. from the European University Institute in March 2015, during which Payam spent time at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University. His research interests span International Relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and the role of emotions in foreign policy decision-making.



Jamie J. Gruffydd-Jones, Visiting Scholar 2016-17

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Oded Haklai, Visiting Scholar, 2011-12

Oded Haklal

Oded Haklai is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator at the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Ethnic Conflict Research. Oded Haklai has been teaching at Queen’s since July 2004. His book on the politics of Palestinian ethnonationalism within Israel was awarded the 2012 Shapiro Award for best book in Israel Studies. In addition, he has research projects on the politics of settlers and territorial disputes, state-minority relations, and Israeli politics. Winner of several prestigious research grants, Haklai has held several visiting fellowships including at the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University. In 2015, he became the founding director of the Laboratory for Ethnic Conflict Research at Queen’s. His research interests are in politics of nationalism and ethnicity, state and majority-minority relations, Middle East politics, politics of Israel, Palestinian-Israeli relations, and settlers and territorial disputes.

Navid Hassibi,  Visiting Scholar, 2013-14

After his time as a Visiting Scholar with the ISCS in the winter/spring of 2014, Navid returned to his previous employment as an international affairs professional within a national security portfolio agency of the Canadian government. He also co-founded a not-for-profit international affairs think tank based in Ottawa, Canada where he provides analysis on international security issues in various outlets, such as the Huffington Post, among others. 

Olivier Henripin, Pre-Doctoral Fellow 2013-14, Visiting Scholar 2014-15

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Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson, Pre-Doc 2012-13

Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson

Joshua is currently an Assistant Professor of International Affairs with the George HW Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University.  His research focuses on broad issues of U.S. foreign policy, Cold War history, international relations theory, and international security, with particular emphasis on grand strategy and alliance politics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and previously held fellowships with Harvard University, George Washington University, Dartmouth College, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. His book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: Rising States and the Fate of Declining Great Powers is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2018.  Additional research has appeared in International Security, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, and other venues. You can find his occasional tweets on U.S. foreign relations and international affairs by following @shifrinson.

Mark Jaegar, 2011-12

Rebecca Jensen, Visiting Scholar 2016-17

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Tyler Jost, Visiting Scholar 2016-17


Tyler Jost is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University and Graduate Student Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. In the fall of 2018, he will join the Brown University Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for International Affairs as an assistant professor. Mr. Jost’s research focuses on international security and Chinese foreign policy, with a particular interest on the design of institutions responsible for national security decision-making. His dissertation offers a theory of the origins and consequences of national security institutional design, coupling original cross-national time series data with new archival and interview data from China, Taiwan, India and Pakistan. Other research projects utilize qualitative, statistical and experimental methods to address theoretical puzzles regarding the politics of national leaders, elite advisers and cyber security in a variety of regional contexts. Previously, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments to Afghanistan, U.S. Cyber Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Some of his writing has been published by War on the Rocks and Center for a New American Security.

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Kim Inwook, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2013-15


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Jakub Kosciolek, Visiting Scholar, 2013-14

Daniel Krcmaric, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2014-15


Dan Krcmaric is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He also serves as a faculty affiliate of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, where he co-directs the War and Society Working Group. His research interests are at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics with a focus on how international actors shape internal conflict. Professor Krcmaric’s current book project explores the relationship between international criminal prosecutions, exiled leaders, and civil war dynamics. The dissertation on which the book is based received the American Political Science Association’s 2016 Kenneth Waltz Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of international security. Dan received his BA in economics and political science from University of Notre Dame in 2009, his MA in political science from Duke University in 2012, and his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 2015. During his Ph.D., Daniel spent time at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies from 2014-2015 as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

Sameer Lalwani, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2012-14


Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Deputy Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where he researches nuclear deterrence, inter-state rivalry, strategic culture, and counter/insurgency. He also teaches international security politics as an Adjunct at George Washington University. Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Lalwani completed his PhD from MIT’s Department of Political Science with dissertation research studying counterinsurgency and national security decision-making in South Asia. He has conducted extensive fieldwork and over 250 interviews in the region. Lalwani’s work has been published in a number of venues including RAND, Oxford University Press, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, and the New York Times. He has been a Predoctoral Fellow at the Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, an Adjunct at the RAND Corporation, a Visiting Fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences, a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Tobin Scholar, a Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft Fellow, and a member of the CNAS Next Gen National Security Leaders Program. Publications

Jeffrey Lantis, 2010-11


Jeffrey S. Lantis is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Global & International Studies Program at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and served as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Security & Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2010. He served as a Visiting Scholar at the ISCS in 2010, during a sabbatical from his work as a Professor of Political Science at The College of Wooster. During his time in Washington, he conducted research on how technology innovations challenge international normative architectures. He then developed that research into several published articles as a book, entitled Arms and Influence: Technology Innovations and the Evolution of International Security Norms (Stanford University Press, 2016). Since then, he has continued to foster contacts and conduct elite interviews and archival research in Washington, DC, for a variety of projects. His forthcoming book, Rocking the Boat: How a New Generation in Congress is Challenging Authority and Shaping U.S. Foreign Policy (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press), draws on work in DC in 2017. He has continued to research and publish on topics that he began to develop during his time at ISCS, including studies of nuclear cooperation agreements, nuclear modernization and strategy, and foreign policy decision-making.

Dr. Dong Sun Lee, 2010-11

Dong Sun Lee is a professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations and director of the Institute for Global Education, Korea University. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and conducted research for the East-West Center, before assuming his current position. He also was a visiting scholar at the George Washington University in 2010. His research interests include Asian security and international relations theory. His current research focuses on Asian security order, East Asian alliances, nuclear proliferation, and asymmetric conflict. He is author of Power Shifts, Strategy, and War: Declining States and International Conflict (Routledge, 2008) and of articles in scholarly journals, including Asian Security, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of East Asian Studies, Korea Observer, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, and Pacific Focus. He also contributed to edited volumes such as The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia (Stanford University Press, 2008) and The International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010). Dr. Lee also serves on policy advisory boards for the Republic of Korea’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, National Defense, and Unification.

Andy Levin, Visiting Scholar, 2014-15

Rui Lyu, Visiting Scholar, 2016-17

Julia MacDonald, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2011-14

Julia Macdonald

Julia Macdonald was a fellow at ISCS from 2012-14 while working on her PhD in Political Science from the George Washington University. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies (on leave 2016-17), where her research focuses on state threat assessments, use of force decisions, and U.S. military strategy and effectiveness. Her recent work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Armed Forces and Society, and in various policy outlets. Previously, Julia was a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT. She has also worked for the RAND Corporation in Washington D.C. and the New Zealand Ministry of Defense.  Julia holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University, an M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her current research interests include foreign policy decision making, military strategy and effectiveness, US national security policy.

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Oriana Mastro, 2010-11

Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Jeane Kirkpatrick visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, and coercive diplomacy. This year she is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Mastro also continues to serve as officer in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a Political Military Affairs Strategist at PACAF. For her contributions to U.S. strategy in Asia, she won the Individual Reservist of the Year Award in 2016. Previously, Dr. Mastro was a fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow, a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. Additionally, she has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND Corporation, U.S. Pacific Command, and Project 2049. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.

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Kathryn McNabb-Cochran, Visiting Scholar, 2012-13








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Sara B. Moller, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2013-15

Sara Bjerg Moller is Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international cooperation and conflict processes. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2016. Prior to undertaking Ph.D. studies, she worked as a Research Associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is currently completing work on a book manuscript on alliances and military interventions. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, National Interest, Middle East Times, and World Politics Review.

J. Thomas Moriarty, II, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2012-13

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Jerry Nockles, 2011-12

NocklesJerry Nockles is a researcher with the Australian National University, Canberra and a regular contributor to the Lowy Institute for International Policy – Australia’s premier international policy think tank. He had a lengthy career with the Royal Australian Navy, including active service in the liberation of Kuwait whilst serving in the Destroyer, HMAS BRISBANE, in 1991.  His research interests include American foreign policy and history, international relations theory and practice, and Australian politics.  He was most recently a visiting scholar with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.



Lindsey O'Rourke, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2012-13

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Ivan Oelrich, Visiting Scholar, 2016-17

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Elai Rettig, Visiting Scholar, 2015-16


Elai Rettig is an advanced-stage Ph.D. Candidate and a lecturer at the School of Political Science in the University of Haifa (Israel) and a lecturer at the Tel Aviv campus of New York University. He is also a research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv and a fellow at the Haifa Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy in the University of Haifa. His fields of research include energy geopolitics and energy security in the Middle East and West Africa, military power and the "resource curse" phenomenon, Israel's energy policy, and prospects of resource cooperation in the East Mediterranean region. He is a former visiting scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University (2015-16). He has published peer-reviewed articles in the International Journal of Press/Politics, Israel Affairs, and Military and Strategic Affairs, written policy papers on energy development for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), and the Israeli Ministry of Energy, and published opinion pieces in Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, and War on the Rocks. He is a scholarship recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of Science, and of the Chaikin Chair in Geo-strategy of the University of Haifa. 

Anna Samson, Visiting Scholar, 2015-16

Jacquelyn Schneider, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2015-16


Jacquelyn G. Schneider is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies and a core faculty member of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. Her work has appeared in print in Journal of Conflict Resolution and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and on-line at War on the Rocks, Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, National Interest, and The Center for a New American Security. Jacquelyn is an active member of the defense policy community with adjunct positions at the Center for a New American Security and previously at the RAND Corporation. Before beginning her academic career, she spent six years as an Air Force officer in South Korea and Japan and is currently a reservist assigned to U.S. Cyber Command. Jacquelyn holds a B.A. in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University, a M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University. Her research interests include: the intersection of technology, security, and political psychology with a focus on cyber, unmanned technologies, and northeast Asia

Frank Smith III, Visiting Scholar, 2015-16


Frank Smith is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research interests include biosecurity, cybersecurity, and the potential impact of quantum computing on international relations. Smith has been a visiting scholar with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley, and with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs; he has also been a fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute, and with the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He has a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in biological chemistry, both from the University of Chicago.



Chana Solomon-Schwartz, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2012-14

 ChanaChana Solomon-Schwartz received her Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University in January 2018. Her dissertation, "The Strong Power of Weak Commitment: Treaty Ratification and Reservation Removal in the Service of Human Rights" looks at why states increase their levels of commitment to human rights treaties protecting women and racial minorities. Other research interests are the pedagogy of undergraduate introduction to international politics courses and the impact that gender has on foreign policy decision-making. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and has studied Arabic in Jordan and Morocco.




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Andras Szalai, Visiting Scholar, 2011-12


Andras Szalai was a Fulbright visiting researcher at ISCS between February and September 2012. He worked under the supervision of Dr. Charles Glaser on a PhD dissertation, which investigated the role of security experts in US nuclear strategy through the case study of the early Cold War’s RAND Corporation. He defended his work in 2015. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the European Studies Department of ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary; and also works as a research fellow at the Center for European Neighborhood Studies of the Central European University, also located in Budapest. His research interests include: Critical Security Studies, Nuclear Security, Constructivist Approaches to International Relations, and Theories of European Foreign Policy.



Joseph Torigian, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2014-15

TorigianJoseph Torigian is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and his research interests include elite politics and foreign policy in China, Russia, and North Korea. In the fall, he will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. In Fall of 2018, he will start work as an assistant professor at the School of International Service at American University.





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Jane Vaynman, Visiting Scholar, 2012-13








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Kenneth Vincent, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-17

Tristan Volpe, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2012-13


Tristan Volpe is a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he examines the spread and impact of technology in the nuclear age. In September 2017, Volpe will join the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis. Volpe’s work explains the use of nuclear latency as a strategic bargaining chip in world politics, and he is currently leading a new project to assess the impact of emerging technologies such as 3D printing on the future of nuclear proliferation. Volpe was previously the 2015 Stanton nuclear security fellow at Carnegie and a Lawrence Scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 2013 until 2015. In this latter capacity, he served as a consultant to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State, and led LLNL’s Nuclear Crossroads Initiative to bring the laboratory, academic, and policy communities together to address issues at the intersection of nuclear deterrence and proliferation. Volpe remains a visiting scientist at LLNL’s Center for Global Security Research. He received a Ph.D. and B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and the University of California (Los Angeles), respectively.

Jin Wang, 2010-11

Alec Worsnop, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2015-16


Alec Worsnop is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and a non-resident fellow in the Modern War Institute at West Point. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He studies issues at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics including civil war, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, and institutional development in conflict or post-conflict environments. While at ISCS as a Research Fellow, he completed his dissertation, "Organization and Community: The Determinants of Insurgent Military Effectiveness." 




Zhang Yimeng, 2011-12

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Shingo Yoshida, 2011-12

Keitan Zhang, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-17