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Michèle Lamont

Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Dept. of Sociology and African & African America Studies, Harvard University.
Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.

Research interests: Culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods.
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Gbemisola Abiola

Graduate Research Fellow, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion; Ph.D. candidate in African and African-American Studies Department, Harvard University.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2020-2021).

Research interests: Critical terrorism studies, anthropologies of political violence, forced migration and displacement studies and post-conflict reconstruction.    

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Merih Angin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program (2018-2019); Assistant Professor of International Relations, Koç University.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2018-2019).

Research interests: International political economy, international organizations with a particular focus on the IMF and the World Bank, international development, migration, SOE privatizations, investment arbitration, AI, statistical methods, agent-based modelling, computational simulation, machine learning and mixed methods in social sciences. 

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Wolfgang Aschauer

Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program (spring 2020); Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2019-2020).

Research interests: Social cohesion in the Western world; sociology of Europe; and quantitative methods such as crossnational survey research and equivalence issues in comparative research.

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Kristina Bakkær Simonsen

Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program (fall 2019); Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2019-2020).

Research interests: Intersection of politics and belonging in relation to immigrant integration issues and national identity, from the point of view of minorities and majorities alike. 

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Stefan Beljean

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2018-2020).

Research interests: Cultural sociology, sociology of education, theory, sociology of knowledge, cultural production, work and occupation, and the relationship between social inequality and processes of valuation and evaluation in society. 

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Yael Berda

Faculty Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; Gerard Weinstock Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Harvard University; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2019-2021).

Research interests: Intersections of sociology of law, bureaucracy and the state, race and racism and sociology of empires.

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