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Winners 2013-2014

Riva Kastoryano [bio], Sciences Po
Mae Ngai [bio], Columbia University
Research Project: "MIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE: TRANSNATIONAL CHALLENGES THEN AND NOW. A proposal for a transnational graduate course"

International migration patterns have shaped and reshaped individual and collective identities throughout history and across the world. In the present time of globalization, these dynamics have posed particular political and social challenges in both the United States and Europe and have commanded the attention of scholars working and teaching in diverse disciplines on both sides of the Atlantic. Our project will offer an interdisciplinary and comparative graduate course on transnational migration and citizenship in the United States and Europe. It will be co-designed and co-taught by Riva Kastoryano, a Sciences-Po political sociologist and Mae Ngai, a Columbia historian, and offered simultaneously to students in New York and Paris, using video conferencing and personal faculty exchange.

Sudipta Kaviraj [bio], Columbia University
Christophe Jaffrelot [bio], Sciences Po
Research Project: "The Visual Field of Democracy in India"

This project will try to open up investigation of a field which is rarely analysed in the study of democracies, though it can be argued that it plays an increasingly important part in the formation of public opinions and the deliberative processes of democratic systems. Politics can be seen and analysed as a visual field – to include all the acts and events that happen visually in political public life. Spectacle has always been a very significant aspect of political power – even in pre-modern times. Examples can be found in the development of rituals of royalty and courts in pre-modern regimes; this can also be extended to the study of the emergence of architecture and public building with the formation of a mass public for political authority and political action. There exist some studies of the spatial public sphere about European states, and of political rhetoric in modern democracies. But this literature in any case is still quite sketchy, and there is very little on this kind of study of politics regarding India. This project will therefore try to fill a gap in the study of Indian democracy by looking at this interesting and unusual field.

Francois Gemenne [bio], Sciences Po
Michael Gerrard [bio], Columbia University
Research Project: "Developing a Research Agenda for Climate Change Resettlement"

This project is focused on the topic of displacement and resettlement associated with climate change. As climate change impacts become more severe, and governments develop land‐intensive mitigation and adaptation responses, there is little doubt that there will be an increase in the amount of government‐led resettlement in this century. Resettlement has both positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, it can represent an important protection for vulnerable communities that would otherwise be left to their own devices as a result of climate‐related disasters or land acquisitions for major mitigation and adaptation projects. On the negative side, the track record of resettlement associated with large infrastructure and development projects has been decidedly mixed. The opportunity and the challenge of resettlement implies a need for research to guide policies. Given the shift in discourse in the climate debates towards “loss and damage”, a term of art under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that refers to unavoidable economic and societal impacts, there is a salience to this topic that will make it attractive to donors. This transatlantic collaboration comprises a multidisciplinary team with expertise in climate change law and policy, climate vulnerability and adaptation, resettlement research, geography, demography, anthropology, humanitarian affairs, and public health. The collaboration will leverage organizational connections, funding opportunities, and research networks in France, Europe, and the USA, and engage two student interns from Columbia and Sciences Po.

Paul - André Rosental [bio], Sciences Po
David Rosner [bio], Columbia University

The two principal investigators have been deeply involved in research on silicosis, a disease of the lung that has affected workers and populations throughout the 20th century. David Rosner, (Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History, Columbia) along with Gerald Markowitz (Adjunct Professor, Columbia and CUNY Distinguished Professor of History) co-authored the first book on the history of silicosis in 1991 (Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Industrial Disease, Princeton University Press, 1991) and Paul-Andrè Rosental (Professor of History at Sciences Po) has written extensively and led international collaborative efforts to evaluate the history of this disease. In the past Drs. Rosner, Markowitz and Rosental have collaborated in the past in a working group on the history of this disease globally. This proposal seeks funding for support of a small conference of these professors and a few other colleagues who have continued to study this disease in its social as well as biological dimensions. Dr. Rosental is presently the principle investigator of a multi-year effort to evaluate the medical effects of silicosis through a grant from ERTC while Drs. Rosner and Markowitz are beginning work on looking at the history of this disease as it reshaped South African society in its role creating the conditions for the better-publicized epidemics of tuberculosis and AIDS. It is hoped that by bringing these scholars together in the Spring of 2014 they can exchange information and develop an on-going collaboration between their schools that will result in better coordination of their mutually supportive projects.


Antoine Georges [bio], Ecole Polytechnique
Andrew Millis [bio], Columbia University
Research Project: "Charge Transfer Physics In Correlated Electron Systems"

The project proposes a Columbia-Ecole Polytechnique collaboration for research at the intersection of theoretical physics and materials science with the goal of our understanding of the remarkable electronic properties of transition metal oxide materials such as the ‘high transition temperature’ copper-oxide superconductors by developing an ab-initio theory of electronic phases and dynamics in the strongly correlated situation. The specific goal is to use the projector based fully charge self-consistent density functional plus dynamical mean field techniques developed by the Polytechnique group to investigate the broader consequences of the Columbia group’s discovery of the importance of charge transfer physics in the properties of nickel-based oxide heterostructures.




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.