Jóhanna Kristín Birnir is the recipient of this year's National Academies Research Council's Department of Homeland Security Resident Research Associateship at the START and CIDCM. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California Los Angeles in 2001 and accepted a position as Assistant Professor at SUNY-Buffalo that same year. Her research is in the field of Comparative Politics.
Avishai Margalit is one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the contemporary human condition, the moral issues of our time, and current problems facing Western societies. In addition to his influence as a philosopher, he is highly regarded for his profound and cogent observations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader struggle between Islam and the West.
Anoop Sarbahi Postdoctoral scholar in the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) and jointly affiliated with the Department of Political Science and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011.