Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World

 

Experts

Professors at the University of Michigan have a long tradition of being public intellectuals engaged in global discussions and debates about the world’s most pressing issues. They are excellent sources for news stories because they spend their careers researching the deep structures of countries – the economy, history, literature, politics, art, science, language and the many other things that serve as the vital underpinnings of culture and society.

The links below will introduce you to experts and help you connect with them. Another valuable resource is the interactive global map. Click on a country, and a pop-up will tell you who is working there. If you have any difficulty and  need assistance, contact the Michigan News office at +1-734-330-0474 or globalnews@umich.edu.

Experts for world regions:

Africa

CHAD

Kelly Askew
Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Researches performance, nationalism, media, postsocialism and the privatization of property rights. She also works in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Zanzibar.
Contact: 734-647-4434, kaskew@umich.edu

ETHIOPIA

Senait Fisshea
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Can discuss maternal healthcare in Ethiopia and other African nations.
Contact: sfisshea@umich.edu

GUINEA

Mike McGovern 
Political Anthropology
Works in West Africa and has studied Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad . His teaching focuses on politics, expressive culture, youth and rebellion.
Contact: 734-764-6077, mmcgov@umich.edu

GHANA

Tim Johnson
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Can discuss maternal health in Ghana and other parts of Africa.
Contact: trbj@med.umich.edu

Nahomi Ichino
Political Science
Focuses primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also conducted fieldwork in Uganda, Nigeria, Benin, MaLawi and Zambia.
Contact: 734–763–9715, nichino@umich.edu 

KENYA

Kelly Askew
Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Researches performance, nationalism, media, postsocialism and the privatization of property rights. She also works in Chad, Tanzania, South Africa and Zanzibar.
Contact: 734-647-4434, kaskew@umich.edu

MALAWI

Nahomi Ichino
Political Science
Focuses primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Benin and Zambia.
Contact: 734–763–9715, nichino@umich.edu

MOZAMBIQUE

Anne Pitcher
Political Science
Focuses on the interaction of political and economic reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special interest in Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Angola.
Contact: 734-763-5037, pitchera@umich.edu

NIGERIA

Nahomi Ichino
Political Science
Focuses primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Uganda, Benin, MaLawi and Zambia.
Contact: 734–763–9715, nichino@umich.edu

RWANDA

Christian Davenport
Political Science
Researches the Rwandan genocide.
Contact: 734-764-6154, cdavenpt@umich.edu

SOUTH AFRICA

David Lam
Economics
Has worked extensively in South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality.
Contact: 734-763-6015, davidl@umich.edu

Anne Pitcher
Political Science
Focuses on the interaction of political and economic reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special interest in Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Angola.
Contact: 734-763-5037, pitchera@umich.edu

Kelly Askew
Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Researches performance, nationalism, media, postsocialism and the privatization of property rights. She also works in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Contact: 734-647-4434, kaskew@umich.edu

Nkem Khumbah
Mathematics
Is the coordinator of the STEM- Africa Initiative and an expert on science education in Africa. He frequently travels to the continent for the World Bank.
Contact: nkhumbah@umich.edu.

SUDAN

Laura Nyantung Beny
Law
Is an expert on genocide in Sudan.
Contact: 734-647-9054, lbeny@umich.edu

TANZANIA

Kelly Askew
Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Researches performance, nationalism, media, postsocialism and the privatization of property rights. She also works in Chad, Kenya, South Africa and Zanzibar.
Contact: 734-647-4434, kaskew@umich.edu

UGANDA

Nahomi Ichino 
Political Science
Focuses primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, MaLawi and Zambia.
Contact: 734–763–9715, nichino@umich.edu

ZAMBIA

Anne Pitcher 
Political Science
Focuses on the interaction of political and economic reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special interest in Mozambique, South Africa and Angola.
Contact: 734-763-5037, pitchera@umich.edu

Nahomi Ichino
Political Science
Focuses primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Benin and MaLawi.
Contact:  734–763–9715, nichino@umich.edu

ZANZIBAR

Kelly Askew
Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Researches performance, nationalism, media, postsocialism and the privatization of property rights. She also works in Chad, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
Contact: 734-647-4434, kaskew@umich.edu.

Asia

CAMBODIA

Allen Hicken
Political Science
Studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries, including Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Contact: 734-615-9105, ahicken@umich.edu

John Ciorciari
Public Policy
Studies international Law, politics and finance. He has been a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes historical memory and justice for the Khmer Rouge atrocities.
Contact: 734-615-6947, johncior@umich.edu

Nick Rine
Law
Specializes in Cambodian Law, women and Law, child advocacy, development, asylum and refugee Law.
Contact: 734-764-6272, nickrine@umich.edu

Steven R. Ratner
Law
Focuses on public international Law, ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies, foreign investment and human rights violations.
Contact: 734-647-4985, sratner@umich.edu

CHINA

Linda Y.C. Lim (林愿清)
Business Strategy
Focuses on the  influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations.
Contact: 734-763-0290, lylim@umich.edu

Mary Gallagher
Political Science
Researches politics, labor issues, Law and society.
Contact: 734-615-9154, metg@umich.edu

Nicholas Calcina Howson
Law
Can discuss Chinese Law topics, including the Chinese judiciary and administrative agencies, corporate and securities Law and constitutional Law.
Contact: (734) 615-2892, nhowson@umich.edu

John Ciorciari
Public Policy
Has expertise in international Law, politics and international finance.
Contact: 734-615-6947, johncior@umich.edu

Yuen Yuen Ang
Political Science
Researches local bureaucracies and how the state and businesses interact.
Contact: yuenang@umich.edu

Xun (Brian) Wu
Business Strategy
Researches how competitive advantage is created and destroyed when industry landscapes are reshaped by economic, technological and institutional factors.
Contact: (734) 647-9542, wux@umich.edu

Susan Zielinski
Researches transportation models in China with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is the director of the Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation Project at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.
Contact: 734-763-1190, susanz@umich.edu

Lynda Oswald
Business Law
Focuses on intellectual and real property Law issues. Oswald has taught at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing and the School of Transnational Law at Peking University.
Contact: 734-763-9827, ljoswald@umich.edu

INDIA

Farina Mir
History
Specializes in modern South Asia, Islam in the region and British colonialism.
Contact: 734-647-5416, fmir@umich.edu

Leela Fernandes
Political Science
Studies labor politics, democratization and the politics of economic reform in India.
Contact: 734-780-7514, leelaf@umich.edu

Brian Min
Political Science
Studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics and civil conflict.
Contact: 734-546-6824, brianmin@umich.edu

Juan Cole
History
Researches the politics and culture of the Indian subcontinent with a focus on Indo-Pak relations.
Contact: 734- 764-6305, jrcole@umich.edu

Puneet Manchanda 
Marketing
Studies business in emerging markets, business in India, strategy and marketing.
Contact: 734-936-2445, pmanchan@umich.edu

M.S. Krishnan
Business, Computer and Information Systems
Studies business in India and computer information systems and has led several projects in India.
Contact: 734-763-6749, mskrish@umich.edu

Holly Donahue Singh
Anthropology
Researches how global politics and reproductive technologies intersect with local cultural factors and inequalities to shape fertility experiences.
Contact: hdsingh@umich.edu

Ritesh Mistry
Public Health
Has conducted studies about tobacco use, physical activity, food choice, and health care utilization.
Contact: 734- 936-1318, riteshm@umich.edu

Nachiket Chachani
South Asian Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture
Researches aspects of South Asian and Himalayan art, architecture, and visual culture.
Contact: 734.763.3289, nachiket@umich.edu

Ram Mahalingam
Psychology
Examines the relationship between power, representation of social groups, and psychological well-being.
Contact: 734.763.0049, ramawasi@umich.edu

Aswin Punathambekar
Communication Studies
Researches globalization, media industries and production cultures, media convergence, media history and public culture with a focus on South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.
Contact: 734.615.0949, aswinp@umich.edu

INDONESIA

Linda Y.C. Lim
Business Strategy
Focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in Southeast Asia, including the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations.
Contact: 734-763-0290, lylim@umich.edu

JAPAN

Mieko Yoshihama
Social Work
Researches violence against women, immigrants, mental health and community organizing.
Contact: 734-647-6255, mieko@umich.edu

Kenneth McElwain
Political Science
Researches public opinion, election analysis, party and campaign strategy.
Contact: 734-615-5685, kmcelwai@umich.edu

Jennifer Robertson
Anthropology
Has lectured and published on the topic of “disaster amnesia” in post 3-11 Japan. Her interests also include robotics, Japanese modern painting, ceramics and printmaking.
Contact: 734-763-4682, jennyrob@umich.edu

Kiyoteru Tsutsui
Sociology
Specializes in globalization, impact of global human rights on Japanese politics and the changing discourse around the Asia-Pacific War in Japan.
Contact: 734-763-0088, tsutsui@umich.edu

John Lee
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Can discuss nuclear reactor safety and nuclear reactors in general.
Contact: 734-764-9379, jcl@umich.edu

Kimberlee Kearfott
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Researches radiation detection in water and soil samples, environmental monitoring, internal radiation dose assessment and radiation safety.
Contact: 734-763-9117, kearfott@umich.edu

Ronald Gilgenbach
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Can discuss nuclear energy in general as well as political aspects of the disaster in Japan and its effects on U.S. policy.
Contact: 734-763-1261, rongilg@umich.edu

PAKISTAN

Juan Cole
History
Can discuss Pakistani politics and Indo-Pak relations.
Contact: 734- 764-6305, jrcole@umich.edu

PHILIPPINES

Allen Hicken
Political Science
Studies political institutions and political economy in the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand.
Contact: 734-615-9105, ahicken@umich.edu

Deirdre de la Cruz
History and Southeast Asia Studies
Specializes in Philippine history and ethnography, theories of religion, colonialism and post-colonialism, visual culture, mass media and global occultisms.
Contact: 734-615-8504, ddelac@umich.edu

Dean Yang
Economics and Public Policy
Researches economic problems of developing countries, corruption, international migration, disasters and health.
Contact: 734-764-6158, deanyang@umich.edu

SINGAPORE

Linda Y.C. Lim
Business Strategy
Focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in Southeast Asia, including the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations.
Contact: 734-763-0290, lylim@umich.edu

THAILAND

Allen Hicken
Political Science
Studies political institutions and political economy in the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand.
Contact: 734-615-9105, ahicken@umich.edu

Europe

CHECHNYA

Alexander Kynsh
Islamic Studies
Researches Islamic movements in the North Caucasus.
Contact: alkynsh@umich.edu

EUROPEAN UNION

Kai-Uwe Kuhn
Economics
Can discuss the European banking crisis, mergers, competition policy and state aid.
Contact: 734-763-5317, kukuhn@umich.edu

FRANCE

Jim Adams
Economics
Studies the French economy, European Union, industrial organization and the sources and uses of market power.
Contact: 734-764-5273, jimadams@umich.edu

GERMANY

Andrei Markovits
Comparative Politics and German Studies
Can discuss European politics, political ideology and sports and politics.
Contact: 734-213-2226, andymark@umich.edu

Johannes von Moltke
Screen Arts and Cultures
Can discuss German film history, critical theory and film theory.
Contact: 734-764-8018, moltke@umich.edu

Geoff Eley
Contemporary History
Can discuss German unity, nationalism and integration since 1989-90, film, fascism and the right.
Contact: 734-763-2289, ghe@umich.edu

Julia Hell
German
Can discuss modern German literature, ruin studies, intellectual history and political theory.
Contact: 734-764-8010, hell@umich.edu

ITALY

Dario Gaggio
History
Is an expert on modern Italy, political economy and environmental history.
Contact: 734-763-2297, dariog@umich.edu

Ugo Troiano
Economics
Researches political economy, public finance, tax evasion and applied microeconomics.
Contact: 734-763-9561, troiano@umich.edu

POLAND

Brian Porter-Szucs
History
Studies modern Poland, Roman Catholicism and the economics of socialism and Capitalism, Roman Catholicism.
Contact: 734-764-6803, baporter@umich.edu

RUSSIA

Anna Grzymala-Busse
Political Science
Focuses on political parties and political competition, state development and transformation, and post-communist politics. She has written about party competition and the paradoxical comeback of communist successor parties.
Contact: 734-764-0351, abusse@umich.edu.

Melvyn Levitsky
International Policy and Practice
Had a 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat and served as officer-in-charge of U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations. He was also a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Contact: 734-615-4262, levitsky@umich.edu

Yuri M. Zhukov
Political Science
Researches the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict at the international and local levels.
Contact: zhukov@umich.edu

Ronald Grigor Suny
Social and Political History
Focuses on nationalism, ethnic conflict and genocide.
Contact: rgsuny@umich.edu

William Zimmerman
Political Science
Focuses on the links between attitudes to markets, democracy and foreign policy in Russia.
Contact: 734-763-1348, wzim@umich.edu

TURKEY

Fatma Muge Gocek
Sociology
Can discuss Turkey’s denial of the Armenian genocide, social change, gender and gender roles and sociology of the Middle East.
Contact: 7340-647-4228, gocek@umich.edu

Ronald Grigor Suny
Social and Political History
Is an expert on the Armenian genocide.
Contact: rgsuny@umich.edu

Erdem Cipa
Near Eastern studies
Can discuss contemporary politics in Turkey.
Contact:  734-647-4637, ecipa@umich.edu

UKRAINE

Yuri M. Zhukov
Political Science
Researches the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict at the international and local levels.
Contact: zhukov@umich.edu

Pauline Jones
Political Science
Is interested in newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources and states with predominantly Muslim populations.
Contact: 734-764-5207, pjluong@umich.edu

Zvi Gitelman
Political Science and Judaic studies
Researches ethnicity and politics, especially in former Communist countries. His most recent book is “Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine: An Uncertain Ethnicity.”
Contact: (734) 763-4393 or zvigitel@umich.edu

Greta Uehling
Anthropology and International Studies
Can discuss ethnic groups in Ukraine. Uehling is working on a project examining the politics of history in southern Ukraine, focusing on how patriotism and treason are affecting the construction of a tolerant, multi-ethnic society in Crimea.
Contact: uehling@umich.edu

Latin America

BRAZIL

Fernando Arenas
Romance languages and literature
Researches film, popular music and literature in the Lusophone world.
Contact: 734-764-5513, faranes@umich.edu

David Lam
Economics
Has worked extensively in Brazil, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality.
Contact: 734-763-6015, davidl@umich.edu

Melvyn Levitsky
International Policy and Practice
Was the U.S. ambassador to Brazil in 1994-98. He can discuss politics, economics, diplomacy and drug policy.
Contact: 734-615-4262, levitsky@umich.edu

Maria Carmen Lemos
Natural Resources & Environment
Researches development and climate, especially the relationship between anti-poverty programs and risk management.
Contact: lemos@umich.edu

CUBA

Silvia Pedraza
Sociology and American Culture
Can discuss the impact of the embargo on Cuban society.
Contact: 734-647-3659, spedraza@umich.edu

Ruth Behar
Anthropology and Women Studies
Is the author of several books, including “Bridges to Cuba.” Behar is also a native of Cuba who immigrated to the U.S. as a 5-year-old child after the revolution. She has visited Cuba many times and has written extensively about crossing cultural borders.
Contact: 734-936-0365, rbehar@umich.edu

MEXICO

Melvyn Levitsky
International Policy and Practice
Can discuss the drug trade and violence that has afflicted Mexico. Before his academic career, Levitsky worked as a U.S. diplomat for 35 years and served as assistant secretary of state for international narcotics matters.
Contact: 734-615-4262, levitsky@umich.edu

Sherrie Kossoudji
Social Work and Economics
Has written numerous articles on the legal status of immigrant workers in the U.S. and the incentives to cross the border illegally. Kossoudji has also written on wealth disparities for immigrants.
Contact: 734-763-6320, kossoudj@umich.edu

Ann Lin
Public Policy
Can discuss federal efforts to reform immigration policies. Her research focuses on policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy.
Contact: 734-764-7507, annlin@umich.edu

Jason De Leon
Anthropology
Can discuss the lives of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. He works in the Sonoran Desert, uncovering the stories behind the thousands of items—shoes, backpacks, photos, food wrappers—discarded by migrants.
Contact: 734-764-8577, jpdeleon@umich.edu

Middle East

Susan Walz
Public Policy
Is an expert on international human rights. Her research has focused on Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
Contact: 734-615-8683, swaltz@umich.edu

Mark Tessler
Political Science
Examines the political implications of attitudes and values held by ordinary citizens in the Middle East. He also co-directs the Arab Barometer.
Contact: 734-615-9149, tessler@umich.edu

Juan Cole
History
Studies the ongoing political change in the Arab world. His research interests also include the social and intellectual history of the Middle East and Muslim South Asia.
Contact: 734-764-6305, jrcole@umich.edu

Monica Hakimi
Law
Worked with local authorities in Iraq to set up a property claims commission. Her work focuses on the Law of human rights, armed conflict and governing the cross-border use of armed force.
Contact: 734-647-3729, mhakimi@umich.edu

Steven R. Ratner
Law
Focuses on public international Law and a range of challenges facing governments and international institutions since the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies and human rights violations.
Contact: 734-647-4985, sratner@umich.edu

James Morrow
Political Science
Researches crisis bargaining, the causes of war, military alliances, arms races, power transition theory, links between international trade and conflict, the role of international institutions, domestic politics and foreign policy.
Contact: 734-763-6590, jdmorrow@umich.edu

Kathryn Babyan
Iranian History and Culture
Studies early modern Iranian history, Shi’ism, Sufism, gender and sexuality.
Contact: 734-763-1597, babayan@umich.edu

Christiane Gruber
Art History
Focuses on Islamic painting, Islamic representations of the Prophet Muhammad and Iranian post-revolutionary art and visual culture.
Contact: 734-764-5400, cjgruber@umich.edu

Fatma Muge Gocek
Sociology
Can discuss Turkey’s denial of the Armenian genocide, social change, gender and gender roles and sociology of the Middle East.
Contact: 7340-647-4228, gocek@umich.edu

Ronald Grigor Suny
Social and Political History
Is an expert on the Armenian genocide.
Contact: rgsuny@umich.edu

Erdem Cipa
Near Eastern studies
Can discuss contemporary politics in Turkey.
Contact:  734-647-4637, ecipa@umich.edu