Fellows

The World Peace Foundation Program at The Fletcher School will provide Fellowships on an ad hoc basis to students and individuals who are working on research of interest to the WPF and is relevant to the foundation’s research programs. WPF is a non-grant giving foundation and does not solicit grants or fellowship applications.

Academic Year 2020-2021

Headshot Dr. Willow Berridge

Dr. Willow Berridge (July 2020-June 2022) is a Lecturer at Newcastle University, UK, and Research Fellow at the World Peace Foundation. She is a specialist in 20th century Sudanese history and her books include  Khartoum Springs: Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan (London: Bloomsbury 2015) and Hasan al-Turabi: Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Dr. Samuel Perlo-Freeman (January 2020-December 2022) is a Research Coordinator at Campaign Against Arms Trade in the UK, focusing on UK military spending and arms procurement. While working at WPF between 2016 and 2018, he led the project to create the WPF Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption. Previously, he was a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 2007 to 2016, working on issues of military expenditure, arms industry, and arms trade. As head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure project, he completed a project in 2016 to extend SIPRI’s unique military expenditure database backwards in time from 1988 to the 1950s. He holds PhDs in Mathematics and Economics, and is the author of numerous publications on military expenditure, the arms industry and trade, defence and peace economics, development economics, and mathematics.  Publications by Sam Perlo-Freeman as part of the Global ArmsBusiness and Corruption program can be found here.

Dyan Mazurana (July 2015-July 2020), PhD, is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, an Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School and a WPF Senior Fellow, leading the program on “Children and Youth Staying Safe in Conflict.” With WPF, Mazurana’s work uses gender analysis to focus on the violence experienced by civilian populations, and the ways that perpetrators are motivated and they violence they inflict.  Her work then investigates how both victims and former perpetrators emerge from armed conflict and a range of challenges they face in the lives moving forward because of their wartime experiences. Her current project explores how conflict-affected, at-risk children and youth try and protect themselves and remain resilient, and how these protection strategies relate to programs designed by actors seeking to aid young populations. Her full bio and a complete list of publications is available through the Feinstein International Center. Publications produced through Dyan Mazurana’s WPF Fellowship are available here.

Aditya Sarkar (January 2021-January 2023) is an independent researcher, and has been a fellow at World Peace Foundation since 2017. His research focuses on the political economy of transactional political systems, labour, and migration/displacement. He is currently advising the Government of Sudan on developing a National Employment Policy, and has advised the Federal Government of Somalia, as well as the Job Creation Commission in Ethiopia on similar issues. He has worked with the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the Open Society Foundations, and is qualified as a lawyer in India and in England and Wales. He previously worked with Linklaters LLP (a global law firm) in London as well as the Ministry of Commerce in India. He holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a graduate of the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India.

headshot Emma Soubrier

Emma Soubrier (September 2020-June 2022) is a Visiting Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (Washington, DC) and an Associate Researcher at the Centre Michel de l’Hospital, Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA, France). Her research in International Relations, Security Studies, Arms Trade, Political Science and Political Economy focuses on the Middle East, particularly the Gulf region. Through an analysis of evolving foreign and defense policies as well as procurement strategies of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Emma assesses the shifting power dynamics between global arms suppliers and client states – and between stakeholders within producing countries, as a result of increasing blurred lines between the political, economic, and strategic dimensions of the arms trade. Having worked for 3.5 years at the French Ministry of Defense and for 3 years at Airbus Defence & Space, Emma has written and spoken for an extensive range of audiences beyond the academic world and she has developed a practitioner’s experience and professional networks which inform her research in a distinctive way.

Head shot of Paulos Tesfagiorgis

Paulos Tesfagiorgis (January 2020-December 2021) served as Senior Advisor on Democracy and Constitution Building at International IDEA’s Regional Programme for Africa. In that capacity, he worked closely with the African Union Commission on constitutional development and promotion of constitutionalism throughout Africa. Paulos has extensive teaching experience in Public International Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He was involved in the drafting of the first post-independence Eritrean Constitution; subsequently, coordinated and chaired the Law Reform Programme (1997-1998) of Eritrea. He was also involved in drafting the first election law for Eritrea. Paulos was involved in supporting of the Iraqi constitution making process in Baghdad as a Senior Legal Officer for the UN. He has been engaged in building peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia since the renewed war of 1998-2000. Currently, Paulos serves as a Senior Advisor on Transitional Justice and Constitution Making for the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan. During the struggle for independence for Eritrea, Paulos was responsible for relief and rehabilitation activities as the chair and director of the Eritrean Relief Association, ERA, 1976-1990. Paulos holds an LL.B. from Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and LL.M. from McGill, Montreal, Canada. Paulos Tesfagiorgis is a long-standing advocate for human rights in Eritrea and peace in the Horn of Africa. His ongoing research into openings for democracy in Eritrea and the resolution of Eritrea’s conflicts with its neighbors contributes to the WPF’s ongoing work on peace in Africa.