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Global Fellows 2006–2007

The UCLA International Institute is proud to introduce the 2006–07 Global Fellows.

These eight outstanding visiting scholars, all near the beginning of their careers, will join a community of scholars committed to the UCLA International Institute's mission of educating global citizens. Professor Françoise Lionnet of the UCLA Departments of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature will continue in her role as director of the program in 2006–07.

Cheris Chan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 2004. She has published articles and chapters on new religious movements in Chinese societies and the new labor management in various workplaces. Her research interests are in the fields of cultural sociology, economic sociology, globalization, and ethnography. She is currently writing two articles, one on culture and agency in social embeddedness, and the other on culture and the making of a market. As a Global Fellow, she will work on her book manuscript, tentatively entitled "Local Cultures and Globalizing Markets: Making Insurance a Way of Life in Chinese Societies." The project examines how a life insurance market is emerging in mainland China, where discussion of premature death is a cultural taboo. It focuses on the global-local dynamics on the ground in order to understand how culture shapes the trajectory and the features of the market. The book also includes the cases of Hong Kong and Taiwan for comparative purposes.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is Assistant Professor of postcolonial literatures in the English Department at Cornell University. She is the editor, with George Handley and Renee Gosson, of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (Virginia 2005). She is the author of Roots and Routes: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (Hawai'i, forthcoming), a work that examines the literatures of Pacific indigeneity alongside diasporic production of the black Atlantic. She has also published articles on Maori, Cook Island, Jamaican, Trinidadian and other island literatures in journals such as Interventions, the Journal of Caribbean Literatures, SPAN, and Thamyris. As a Global Fellow, she will concentrate on the literal "seeds" of diaspora, tracing the exchange of plants and peoples between the island colonies of the tropics in an effort to understand the ways in which ecological imperialism facilitated modern globalization, and to examine how this non-human history is implicated in postcolonial inscriptions of place.

Karen Eggleston is Assistant Professor of Economics at Tufts University and a research associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1999. Eggleston’s research focuses on how to design incentives, especially in lower- and middle-income countries, to promote "healthy choices" for individuals and for society: choices that improve lives, spur economic development, and promote an efficient and equitable health system. Her co-authored book Welfare, Choice and Solidarity in Transition: Reforming the Health Sector in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press 2001, with János Kornai), has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, and Hungarian. Other recent publications include “Hospital Competition under Regulated Prices: Application to Urban Health Sector Reforms in China” (with Winnie Yip, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 2004) and “Multitasking and Mixed Systems for Provider Payment” (Journal of Health Economics 2005). As a UCLA Global Fellow, Eggleston will study health and development in China and South Africa. Specifically, her two projects analyze government and private sector roles in health service delivery in China, and the relationships between socioeconomic status, health behavior, and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Eric Hayot is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. His first book, Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2004. He has published essays on topics ranging from digital culture to contemporary poetry in such journals as Comparative Literature, Postmodern Culture, Twentieth Century Literature, and PMLA, and is a co-editor of two forthcoming collections of essays, Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota, 2007) and The EverQuest Reader (Wallflower, 2007). As a UCLA Global Fellow, Hayot plans to complete a book entitled On Chinese Pain: Compassion, Cruelty, and Biopolitical Modernity, 1550 to the present. He has taught classes in modernism, critical theory and literary analysis, and comparative literature.

Smitha Radhakrishnan completed her PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006. Her work employs multi-sited ethnography to study the cultural politics of globalization, merging conventional approaches to development and political economy with a transnational feminist perspective. In her dissertation, she focused on the production and circulation of new discourses of national belonging among upwardly mobile Indian information technology workers in India, South Africa, and California.  She has published several articles, including "Time to Show Our True Colors: the Gendered Politics of 'Indianness' in Post-Apartheid South Africa" (Gender and Society 2005). At UCLA, she intends to produce a book manuscript that refines the theoretical tools of transnational ethnographic method to understand the cultural dimensions of globalization, drawing from her extensive empirical work on the "new" middle classes of Asia.

Krislert Samphantharak is Assistant Professor of Economics and Charles Robins Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2003. His research focuses on corporate finance and economic development, especially in Southeast Asia. Recent papers include "Mixing Families with Business: A Study of Thai Business Groups and the Families behind Them" (with Marianne Bertrand, Simon Johnson, and Antoinette Schoar) and "Households as Corporate Firms: Constructing Financial Statements from Household Surveys" (with Robert Townsend). As a Global Fellow at UCLA, Samphantharak will continue working on projects on family business in emerging economies and the roles of family networks and finance on economic development in rural Thai villages. He also plans to complete a book on "Comparative Economic Development of Southeast Asia."

Nina Sylvanus is a social anthropologist at the Centre d’Etudes Africaines at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she received her PhD in 2006. In her dissertation, based on ethnographic fieldwork in Togo and Benin, she investigates the constitution of a West African trading network and its global links to broader networks of trade. During her time at UCLA, Sylvanus will work on a book project "The Fabric of Globality: West African Women in the World Commodity Trade." In her research she explores a vista of cultural and economic globalization that allows for alternative spaces of African agency and alternative outcomes by moving beyond commonplaces about African marginality in globalization narrative and development discourse.

Jeff Timmons is a political scientist at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, where he teaches courses in political economy and Latin America. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a Phd from the University of California San Diego. His 2004 dissertation won the Best Dissertation award from the Western Political Science Association and the Jean Fort Award from UCSD. Publications include: "The Fiscal Contract: States, Taxes and Public Services" (World Politics 2006) and "The Political Determinants of Economic Performance: Political Competition and the Sources of Growth" (with Pablo M. Pinto, Comparative Political Studies 2005). At UCLA, he hopes to complete a book manuscript about fiscal contracts which attempt to explain cross-country variations in tax structures and government performance. In addition, he will continue working on a multi-country study about market structures which looks at the causes and consequences of imperfect competition, particularly in Latin America. Before coming to UCLA, Timmons served as contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit in Venezuela and as a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.

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