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2012 Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows

Karen Ellis is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago  in Political Science and holds a BS in Economics and an MA in Political Science.
LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2012-2014)
Ms. Ellis's MA thesis entitled, “Islamic State Interrupted: Contestation and Islamization in Contemporary Pakistan” engages debates about Islam, politics and the Sharia in Pakistan from partition until Zia ul-Haq’s administration by inquiring,“how did the Islamization project in Pakistan occur?” Building on some of those insights, her dissertation work focuses on the possibilities for understanding Islamic law and finance as modes of political struggle against inequality and injustice. Her work will construct a genealogy of Islamic law and finance by providing an historical account of the general trends that transformed Islamic systems of law during colonialism, as well as their lasting political effects on both legal and financial institutions in Muslim countries and communities.

Sarah Morando is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2012-2014)
Ms. Morando's research interests include international migration, sociology of law, employment/work, gender, and race and ethnicity. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Tears and More Tears: The Humanitarian Path to Citizenship,” examines various stages of the legal status acquisition process for migrants pursuing humanitarian-based forms of relief in the United States. A second research project, the basis of her Master’s research, investigates the early employment careers of second-generation Mexican young adults in Dalton, Georgia, a new destination of immigration in the South since the late 1980s.

Jamie Rowen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she completed a JD and MA in 2009.
ABF Doctoral Fellow
Ms. Rowen's doctoral research involves a comparative ethnographic analysis of mobilization around truth commissions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and the United States, as well as a web-based survey and qualitative analysis of actors who mobilize transnationally around the construct of transitional justice. The findings are used to develop a theory of the politics of mobilization in the wake of state-sponsored violence. Her research interests encompass a variety of topics including professional responsibility, international law and social movements. Jamie has studied religion and post-conflict justice in Vietnam, developed life skills educational programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa, worked with refugee women and children in Morocco, and examined human rights protections in Latin America with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica. In future work, she hopes to examine the use of social science in international criminal tribunals, and professional responsibility in representing accused war criminals.

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