Jacob Sims is a hybrid graduate student at Duke University and serves as Director of IJM Cambodia where he leads a team of investigators, lawyers, social workers, programmatic, and operational staff in the fight against labor exploitation. Jacob’s research looks at where and how well the assumptions of global humanitarianism align with the totalizing project of western late-modernity versus the radical project of the Church historic. Jacob previously directed international development policy research and taught courses at the College of William & Mary, led humanitarian programs in northern Myanmar, and co-founded a social justice organization in eastern Uganda.
Ehsan Sheikholharam Mashhadi is a Teaching Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Holding graduate degrees in architecture and religion, his work examines the religiosity of non-religious architecture. He draws on urban projects recognized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture to show how spatial practices function in the construction of religious subjectivities. Ehsan has received recognition from institutions such as the University of Miami, Dumbarton Oaks’s Mellon Initiative, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. His work has been published in the American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion, Iran Namag, Maydan, and WIT Press. Ehsan also serves as a Graduate Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics.
Joseph Roso is a PhD candidate at Duke University in the Department of Sociology. He is primarily interested in the sociology of religion, with a specific focus on how religious beliefs and communal worship practices intersect. He is currently studying discourse around immigration issues among evangelical opinion leaders and how this discourse has changed over time.
Kenna McRae is an MA student in Bioethics and Science Policy at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society. She is studying how religious leaders and initiatives in resettled refugee communities affect health advocacy, policy, beliefs, practices, and outcomes in the United States. Kenna has a BS in Physics and a BA in Global Health from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, and she will pursue graduate education in Bioengineering after her time at Duke. She hopes to unite bioengineering, bioethics, and science policy to improve health equity for vulnerable populations.
Elliot Mamet is a PhD candidate in political science at Duke University. His dissertation research analyzes the long entanglement of incarceration and democracy. He is interested in how the prison bounds notions of citizenship and undercuts democratic equality.
Qiu Lin is a PhD candidate at Duke Philosophy and a research associate of Duke’s Center for Comparative Philosophy. Her main research areas are early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of modern physics, and Chinese Islamic philosophy.