Last year the Mershon Center restarted its Postdoctoral Fellows program. This year we are pleased to welcome two new postdocs: Hye Yun Kang, who received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and in philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, in June 2019, and Guillaume Wadia, who obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2018. At this event, Kang and Wadia will be discussing their research.
Kang's research investigates the intersection between law and security in security practices. In particular, she focuses on human security challenges that result from national security practices in international conflicts. She studies implementation processes of security policies, showing how security policies are understood, communicated, and materialized on the ground. Her dissertation features three case studies in Korea, in the United States, and in Europe.
Wadia is a historian of modern France and its empire with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. His project, “A Constellation of Outposts: French Security Services and the Administration of the French Protectorate of Morocco, 1912-1937,” examines the French colonial intelligence state. He argues that French intelligence officers in Morocco created a covert regime to evade outside scrutiny into the practices of empire. At the Mershon Center, Wadia will begin to transform his dissertation into a book project. Additionally, he intends to apply his research toward understanding digital colonialism.
This event is part of the Mershon Center's First Fridays seminars featuring research by Mershon Center affiliates and taking place the first Friday of each month. We welcome Mershon-affiliated faculty and graduate students, as well as the broader university community, to find out more about our work.