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John Krige (2014)


John Krige (PhD, University of Sussex, UK) is a historian of science and technology and an acknowledged expert on the history of nuclear and space programs in the cold war. Dr. Krige joined the Liu Institute for Global Issues as a Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College from July, 2014 – December, 2014.

He is currently the Kranzberg Professor in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While there he has also been the Charles Lindbergh Professor at the National Air and Space Museum, a Davis Fellow at Princeton University (History), and the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor at Caltech (Humanities and Social Sciences). In 2011, he won the Doreen and Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and in 2008, he received the GATech Distinguished Faculty Research Award.

The main focus of his research has been on the development of civilian nuclear and space programs in both Western Europe and the USA after WWII. He spent five years directing the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques at La Villette, Paris, after which he moved in 2000 to the School of History, Technology and Society at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. John Krige has authored or co-authored many books and book chapters, including Science and Technology in the Global Cold War (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014), Fifty Years of European Cooperation in Space.  Building on its Past, ESA Shapes its Future  (Paris: Beauchesne, 2014) and 50 Years of NASA’s International Collaboration in Space (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

His abbreviated CV can be read here:

Afuwa (2013-2014)

As a Visiting Fellow with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Afuwa used her work to explore relationships throughout the Atlantic diaspora. She is a Guyanese-born artist, facilitator and writer who uses myth and constructions of identity to question everything.  Her illustrations were featured in Briarpatch Magazine’s September/October 2013 issue accompanying Ajamu Nangwaya's article on police violence against youth of African heritage, and in the Love As A Radical Act forum on The Feminist Wire. She lives/works on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Squamish and Coast Salish territories, and is the co-creator and organiser of Black Before February, a Black arts event. She collaborated with other artists / researchers to create the DIRT Museum, an exhibition held in the Liu Lobby Gallery between May - September, 2014. 

Please find our more on her website:

Chris Dolan (2013-14)

Chris Dolan held the position of Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College. Dr. Dolan is an Activist-Academic, Author, Practitioner and Consultant .He took time away from his role as Director of the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in the School of Law at Makerere University in Uganda to work with Professor Erin Baines and others at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on his ongoing efforts to change global understandings of sexual violence against men and boys in conflict situations.

As project coordinator for the RLP’s work on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Persecution, Chris has regular contact with survivors of sexual violence, sexual minority groups, and refugee sex workers (male and female). Chris has spent more than ten years in Uganda, as well as spending a year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a year in Mozambique, and five years in South Africa. His recent book, Social Torture; The Case of Northern Uganda, 1986-2006 (Berghahn Books, 2009), is widely regarded as one of the essential references for those interested in understanding the situation in Uganda as well as gender dynamics and masculinities in conflict and post-conflict settings. Chris has also served as a country expert for LGBT asylum cases from sub-Saharan Africa since 2002. He currently chairs the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, established initially to combat the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was tabled in 2009, and more recently extending its focus towards sexual rights advocacy more broadly. 

View a presentation given at UBC on March 5th, 2014 by Dr. Chris Dolan titled "Investigating Conflict-Related Sexual Violence against Men in the Great Lakes Region of Africa." 

Download Chris Dolan's full CV here. 

Erin Jessee (2012-2013)

Erin Jessee was a Human Security Postdoctoral Fellow with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. She holds a doctoral degree in the Humanities from Concordia University in Montréal, a Masters in Archaeology with a specialization in the forensic sciences, and an undergraduate degree with a double major in Archaeology and Anthropology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Erin works primarily in Rwanda and Bosnia-Hercegovina, using qualitative methods to elicit a nuanced “view from below” of history, memory, politics, and rural life in the aftermath of genocide and related mass atrocities. In addition to several recent peer-reviewed articles, she is writing a manuscript on the political uses of history surrounding the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995. In addition, she has recently launched a new research program that assesses domestic and international efforts to locate, identify, and repatriate the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide from the perspective of Rwandan survivors.

Find out more on her website:

Ramprasad Sengupta (2011-13)

Professor Sengupta was in residence at the Liu Institute from October - November 2011, and from September 2012 - April 2013. He is Distinguished Fellow, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Steel Authority of India, and as advisor in energy modeling for the federal government’s Indian Planning Commission. Professor. Sengupta has also held positions as Dean and Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a visiting professor or scholar at universities in Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US.

Dr. Sengupta’s research interests include:

  • Energy, Resource and Environmental Economics, Human Development, and Ecological Issues of Sustainable Development;
  • Mathematical Policy Modelling and Analysis for Energy, Environment and Infrastructural Sectors;
  • Development Economics and Planning, Indian Economic Development, Economics of Infrastructural and Steel Sector, Globalisation and Institutional Issues.

Mojtaba Mahdavi (2012-13)

Mojtaba held the position of Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College from January to April 2013.

Mojtaba Mahdavi is Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East studies at University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests lie in democratization in the Muslim World, secularism, Islamism and post-Islamism, modern Islamic political thought, social movements, and international politics of the Middle East. Dr. Mahdavi's contributions have appeared in several refereed journals and essays, edited volumes and interviews in English, Farsi and Turkish languages. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including those from The Conference Fund of the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the IDRC Canada Partnerships Grant, Killam Research Operating Grants, and the Worldwide University Network (WUN) Grant.

May Haddad (2011-12)

May held the position of Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College from January to April 2012.

May Haddad is a physician, public health specialist, social activist, and artist. She has a life-time of experience in community health, reproductive health, youth and child development, training community workers, behavior change and communication, participatory evaluation, culture and diversity, and working with indigenous and displaced populations. Dr. Haddad founded the Creative Health Campaign (CHC) in Lebanon in summer 2006, in her capacity as the community health advisor to the American Near East Refugee Aid. Recently, May has also been directing a Facebook group, Sobhiyeh Sehayiwah (Morning Health Shop) with a membership of nearly 1,000. The group promotes people's health through networking, sharing news, skill enhancement and learning. Topics include health rights, nutrition, anti-smoking, smart use of medicine, women and health, anti-drugs, and environmental health.

Shuvaloy Majumdar (2010-12)

Shuvaloy was a Visiting Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues focusing on foreign policy and Middle East democratization. Shvaloy led large-scale democracy initiatives in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010 for the International Republican Institute (IRI). As Chairman of a Canadian anti-trafficking organization, he led deployment teams to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia between 2000-2003, for which he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal. Shuvaloy is also an editorial board member of C2C: Canada's Journal of Ideas.

Veronica Kitchen (2011-12)

Veronica was in residence at the Liu Institute from July - December 2011. She is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her main research project during her time at the Institute concerned counter-terrorism institutions which integrate professionals across levels of government and between various parts of the security field (police, military, intelligence, and planning) in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. This research was supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2010-2012). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, she was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre of International Relations at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Ph.D in political science at Brown University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, in 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Asia Czapska (2011-12)

Asia is the Advocate and Coordinator with Justice for Girls, and was a Community Visitor at the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies and the Liu Institute for Global Issues during Fall 2011. Based on nearly a dozen years of her advocacy work with Justice for Girls, Asia worked on Violence against Teenage Girls and Criminal Justice Repsonses, a research/policy paper which critically examined criminal justice and advocacy responses to the spectrum of violence against teen girls in Canada.

Bruce Broomhall (2010-11)

Bruce Broomhall pursued research on resource conflicts under international law while based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues from July 2010 to June 2011. This work builds on collaborations he has conducted over recent years with legal and policy experts from a range of fields in attempting to craft effective legal and policy responses to the problem of illicit, conflict-fuelling natural resource economies.

A graduate of UBC, Dr. Broomhall is professor of law at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he teaches international, transnational and Canadian criminal law. His research encompasses a range of issues related to efforts to establish an effective and legitimate system of international justice, including universal jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court, the role of the emerging system of justice within the existing framework for managing international peace and security, the impact of illegal economies of war on human security, the legal responsibilities of business actors in conflict settings, and the role of children in the transitional justice process.  

Kyla Tienhaara (2010-11)

Kyla held the position of Global Issues Visiting Scholar from September to December 2010. 

Kyla is a postdoctoral fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University. Kyla studied the scientific basis of contemporary environmental problems at the University of British Columbia before moving on to study international environmental law at the University of Nottingham. She spent four years at the Institute of Environmental Studies in Amsterdam, where she completed her PhD. Kyla is the volunteer co-coordinator of the Earth System Governance Fellows Network. Outside of academia, she has worked for a number of environmental non-governmental organizations. 

Kyla’s main area of interest is the intersection between economic law and policy and environmental regulation. Her PhD focused on investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. Her current project looks at the politics of ‘green’ stimulus measures produced by governments in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Wynet Smith (2010-11)

Wynet held the position of Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College. As the Coordinator and Natural Resources Expert of the United Nations Security Council's Panel of Experts on Liberia since August 2007, she spent her time at the Institute coordinating the preparation and submission of the Panel of Expert’s report to the Security Council, which includes an assessment of the contribution of natural resources to peace, security and development in Liberia. Her research focusses on opportunities and challenges related to natural resources in post-conflict and peacebuilding contexts.

Wynet was a Lecturer in Geography at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge from 2005-2008 and a Senior Research Associate at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC from 1999-2002. From 1995 to 1999, she held various lands and natural resources management positions with co-management and aboriginal organizations in northern Canada. She has also worked overseas in Africa and Asia. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, a MSc in Physical Geography from McGill University and a BA in English Literature from Concordia University.  

Margaret Purdy 

Margaret Purdy was an External Associate of the Security and Defence Forum Program at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and served as Principal Investigator with the Climate Change and Security Project. During her 28 years with Canada's federal public service, Margaret held a wide range of policy, operational and senior management positions.  Most of her work had a counter-terrorism focus, but she also provided leadership on transportation security, cyber security, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence assessments and protective policing.  She has published articles and book chapters on the security implications of climate change, the root causes of terrorism, the security of trade and transportation gateways, the role of diasporas in countering terrorism, and Canada’s counter-terrorism policy. 

Andreas Schloenhardt (2008-09)

Andreas is a senior lecturer at The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law. Since 2007, has been an Adjunct Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and in 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at The University of British Columbia Liu Institute for Global Issues, Vancouver.

His principal areas of research include criminal law, organised crime, narcotrafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, terrorism, international criminal law, and immigration and refugee law. His recent work focuses on organised crime legislation, the illicit trade in timber and timber products, the illicit market for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), and the plight of North Korean Refugees in China. His work is frequently cited by other scholars, in government publications, and judicial decisions, including the High Court of Australia.

Nahla Valji (2009-10)

Nahla was in residence at the Liu Institute from November 2009 - January 2010. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MA in International Relations and a Joint Diploma in Forced Migration Studies from York University, Toronto. She is currently a Senior Project Manager in the Transitional Justice Programme in Cape Town where she manages the African Transitional Justice Research Network, a network which focuses on building capacity amongst researchers and transitional justice activists on the African continent to inform, monitor, and conduct advocacy concerning transitional justice policies in their countries.  She is also the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, published by Oxford University Press.

Nahla was previously Gender Project Officer and Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, where she conducted training for South African parliamentarians on gender budgetary analysis in policy making. Prior to this she was employed as a Researcher at the Community Agency for Social Enquiry in Johannesburg.


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