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Winners 2013–2014  

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins [bio]
History, Columbia University
Home advisor: Samuel Moyn, Professor of History
Faculty sponsor: Jean-Marie Donegani, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po
Research Project topic: The King's Philosophers: Liberal Intellectuals in Politics during the Cold War

My current research focuses on the intellectual influences of Raymond Aron - the French sociologist and Cold War champion of liberalism. The Alliance Program will help facilitate my research on Raymond Aron by enabling me to benefit from the intellectual resources that are available at Sciences Po. In particular it will allow me to enter into conversations with scholars working on similar topics and fine-tune my understanding of Aron’s long relationship with Sciences Po and his influence there today.

Martin Messika
History, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Home advisor: Patrick Weil, Professor of History
Faculty sponsors: Rebecca Kobrin, Assistant Professor of American Jewish History, Columbia University; Emmanuelle Saada, Associate Professor, French and History; Director, Center for French and Francophone Studies, Columbia University
Research Project topic: Comparing Jewish North-African migrations: France, Canada

My participation in the Alliance Program will be a great asset to my doctoral work on North African Jewish migration to France and to Canada. It will enable me to study the role of Jewish Welfare organizations from the United States in shaping these streams. My aim is to carry out archival research in New York and deepen my knowledge of the historiography on this subject. I am looking forward to take part in the academic life of Columbia University. My doctoral research will benefit from the guidance of specialists in colonization and as well as in Jewish History such as Professor Emmanuelle Saada from the Center for French and Francophone Studies and Professor Rebecca Kobrin from the History department and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.

Asheesh Kapur Siddique
History, Columbia University
Home advisor: Christopher Leslie Brown, Professor of Historye
Faculty sponsors: Stephane Van Damme, Associate Professor in Modern History, Sciences Po; Stephen Clay, Professor of History, Sciences Po
Research Project topic: Daring to Ask: The Questionnaire and the Problem of Knowledge in the Late Eighteenth Century British Atlantic Enlightenment

The Alliance Program's Doctoral Mobility Grant will provide me with the opportunity to pursue crucial research in French archives for my dissertation on the history of the questionnaire and other related Enlightenment practices of social research in the Atlantic World, within the extraordinary institutional context of Sciences Po in Paris. The Enlightenment was an age of vital transnational intellectual exchange - to recover that history, historians today must research and think transnationally as well.

Fanny Giansetto
International Private Law and Arbitration, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Home advisors: Horatia Muir-Watt, Professor in private international law and comparative law; Vincent Heuzé, Professor of Private Law and Criminal Sciences
Faculty sponsor: George A. Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School
Research Project topic: Rethinking sovereign debt litigation in respect of modern developments

A period of stay across the Atlantic can only be said vital to anyone seeking to work on sovereign debt. Columbia University houses some of the most learned professors in this field and I am therefore more than confident that exchanges will be very fruitful during my stay.

Rachel Silveri [bio]
Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Home advisor: Branden W. Joseph, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
Faculty sponsor: Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac, Professor of Art History, Sciences Po; Kaira Cabanas, Lecturer in the Discipline of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Research Project topic: The Art of Living in the Historical Avant-Garde

I am deeply grateful to have the support of the Alliance Program for my dissertation research on the historical avant-gardes. The doctoral mobility grant will enable me to conduct archival research at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou's Bibliothàque Kandinsky and the Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet; it will also provide me with the wonderful opportunity to be associated with the Centre d'histoire at Sciences Po and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with the faculty and students there.

Cléo Chassonery-Zaïgouche [bio]
Economics, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Home advisor: Annie L. Cot, Professor of Economics
Faculty sponsor: Carl Wennerlind, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University
Research Project topic: Explanation, Measurement and Evidence: a History of the Economics of Discrimination

Visiting Columbia University would give me access to many archival resources - especially the John Bates Clark Papers - that are central to my work on the early thought on economic discrimiantion in relation to productivity and wage determiantion.

Sonia Coman
Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University
Home advisor: Anne Higonnet, Professor of Art History
Faculty sponsor: Etienne Jollet, Professor of modern Art History, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Research Project topic: Redefining ‘Actress’: Women Artists in France, 1780-1830

The Alliance Program grants me the chance to make significant progress on my research project under the supervision of Professor Etienne Jollet at Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. The wealth of research information pertinent to my topic, available in Paris through the host institution, will also help me considerably in the elaboration of my study.

Sarah Cook
History, Columbia University
Home advisor: Gregory Mann, Associate Professor of History
Faculty sponsor: Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle, Professor in Political Science, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Research Project topic: Making Global Health in Cameroon, 1945-70

The Alliance Program Doctoral Mobility Grant will allow me to conduct archival research in Paris that is crucial to my dissertation, while also benefiting from the guidance of French scholars of Cameroon at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. I also look forward to the opportunity to exchange with French graduate students who are studying Africa through participation in seminars.

Anna Tompsett [bio]
Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Home advisor: Douglas Almond, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics
Faculty sponsors: Michel Colombier, Scientific Director at IDDRI ; Laurence Tubiana, Professor in Economics
Research Project topic: Essays on Infrastructure and Development

As with all problems in Sustainable Development, the questions addressed in my thesis require insights from multiple disciplines. The Alliance Doctoral Mobility Grant will allow me to gain input into my research from faculty from a wide range of disciplines while visiting the pioneering interdisciplinary Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) at Sciences Po.

Fanny-Elisabeth Rollet
Philosophy of Law, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Home advisor: Laurent Jaffro, Professor and Chair of Philosophy department; Max Kistler, Professor of Philosophy
Faculty sponsor: To be determined, Columbia University Law School
Research Project topic: Criminal intentions: reasons for action, excuses and attempts in the criminal law

As a PhD student graduated with a double degree in philosophy and law, a research period at Columbia will be of great benefit for my work. My main purpose is to be able to elaborate thoroughful comparisons between American, French and German criminal laws, specifically as regards the role of intention in excuses and attempts. And, in this regard, I am particularly eager to work under the supervision of Pr. George Fletcher, faculty member of the Center for Law and Philosophy in Columbia, whose aim is to encourage cooperation in "areas of overlap" such as the one my research belongs to. It will also allow me to attend high-level courses on comparative criminal law, and, in sum, to learn a great deal about the theory of criminal law.

Lorenzo Andrés Cerda Planas [bio]
Environmental Economics, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Home advisor: Bertrand Wigniolle, Professor of Economics, Title
Faculty sponsor: Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics Columbia University
Research Project topic: Moral motivation influencing population dynamics of environmentally friendly people

My PhD research is focused on how the environmental consciousness of societies can evolve and how this effect can influence international environmental agreements. This scholarship program is invaluable for my research as it allows me to work at Columbia University with some of the top scholars in this field.

Chang Hyun Kim
Physics, Ecole Polytechnique
Home advisor: Gilles Horowitz, Professor in solid state Physics
Faculty sponsor: Ioannis Kymissis, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Research Project topic: Photocurrent study on the carrier injection behavior in organic-field effect transistors

My research visit at Columbia University deals with the experimental investigation of the theoretical models developed during the past years' research at Ecole Polytechnique. This project not only broadens the spectrum of my Ph.D. dissertation but also initiates an active collaboration between Laboratory of Physics of Thin Films and Interfaces (Ecole Polytechnique) and Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics (Columbia University).

Alicia-Dorothy Mornington
Political Thought, Sciences Po
Home advisor: Astrid von Busekist, Professor of Policial Science
Faculty sponsor: Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University
Research Project topic: Consent to Harm and the Limits of Autonomy

My current work focusses on consent to waiving fundamental rights in arbitration, and tort reform in the US. It is an invaluable opportunity for me to be able to go to Columbia to access key material on American law. It also gives me the privilege of getting advice from Columbia faculty members in Politics, History and Law. My dissertation examines the limits of consent in political and legal, and there are several American specialists on this topic I have planned to consult with.



Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.