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Shauna Gillooly

Shauna Gillooly received her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine in September 2021. Shauna received her B.S. (with honors) in International Affairs & Spanish Language from Florida State University in 2016, and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her dissertation research was focused on the relationships between the international, national, and local levels during processes of peacebuilding and transitional justice amidst continued political violence. Her primary case study is Colombia, where she has conducted extensive fieldwork for the past four years. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship, which provided funding for her fieldwork in the Pacific Coast of Colombia (Cauca, Nariño, and Valle del Cauca). 

Her past work has focused on social movement transitions to political parties in Latin America, as well as the impact of political violence legacies on voter behavior. Her previous work has been published in academic journals such as PS: Political Science and Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities, The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and PLOS ONE. It has appeared in media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Conversation, and policy-focused platforms such as E-International Relations.

At GRI, Shauna is working on the TRIP Survey Project, where she will work on ongoing projects looking at data and perspectives from faculty and policy makers on the state of the International Relations discipline over the last 20 years. She will also be working on her book manuscript during her time as a post-doc, which examines the fragility of peace processes in Colombia and Northern Ireland.

More details on Shauna’s profile and research can be found at

Julius Nyerere Odhiambo

Julius Nyerere Odhiambo is a postdoctoral fellow who works with GRI’s Ignite research lab. Odhiambo holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from The University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He is a spatial epidemiologist whose research focuses on quantifying the joint burden of disease, health outcomes, and their associated determinants at policy-relevant thresholds, particularly in resource-constrained settings.

Odhiambo is working with his GRI mentor Professor Carrie Dolan to develop a methodological framework for spatially allocating COVID-19 vaccinations that optimizes coverage, existing facilities, proximity, and funding in Malawi and Kenya. They are also working to understand the role and extent of Chinese health financing in Africa. Odhiambo is an official collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease (GDB) Project (IHME, University of Washington). His research has been published in BMJ Global Health, BMC public health, and PLoS neglected tropical diseases.

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Giuseppe Paparella

Giuseppe Paparella is a post-doctoral fellow in Security and Foreign Policy at the Global Research Institute. Giuseppe holds a PhD in Security Studies from King’s College London, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Bologna and the University of Bari in Italy. Giuseppe’s research agenda is concerned with the socio-psychological dimensions of American diplomacy and statecraft in the Asia-Pacific. He is also interested in studying the relationship between nationalism and foreign policy, and in the application of historical knowledge to illuminate current challenges and policy choices. His work has been published in both scholarly and policy outlets, including The International History ReviewNational IdentitiesDiplomacy and StatecraftThe Strategy BridgeDefence-in-DepthThe Imperial & Global Forum, and The International Spectator.

At GRI Giuseppe will be working on his book manuscript, which investigates the impact of American presidents' nationalist beliefs on American foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific between 1898 and 1972; he will start his second book project, centered on Sino-American foreign relations before the Cold War; and he will participate in collaborative projects in applied history and international relations.

More details on Giuseppe’s profile and research can be found at

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Nara Sritharan

Nara Sritharan received her PhD in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2022. Nara received her BSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2013. Her dissertation research was focused on peacebuilding and ethnic reconciliation in post-conflict/conflict countries. Her primary case study is Sri Lanka, primarily the northern and eastern regions inhabited by ethnic minority groups. Her work has been supported by the Political Economic Research Institute Fellowship and the PERI Bernard Family Fellowship.

Her past work has focused on subnational foreign allocation in conflict/non-conflict zones and the intersection of domestic governmental politics and international donor politics. Her previous work has been published as blogposts and policy briefs through Security in Context and Human Security Lab.

At GRI, Nara is working on the AidData Tracking Underreported Financial Flows methodology, where she will work on sharpening the use of the extensive data collection through creating metadata, conducting research at the nexus of geospatial analysis and econometrics, and analyzing the environmental impact of the Belt & Road Initiative in the Global South. She will also be working on publishing her current working papers.

More details on Nara’s profile and research can be found at

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Samuel Weldeegzie

Samuel Weldeegzie is a post-doctoral fellow at GRI where he teaches Econometrics and does research on urbanization and labour market outcomes in Africa. Samuel holds a B.A. Economics from Jimma University, Ethiopia and an M.A. Economics of Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to William and Mary, Samuel received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University. He has examined the long run effect of conflict on human capital in Ethiopia and is broadly interested in areas of development and labour economics.

For further insight into why Kumar and Odhiambo decided to pursue post-doctoral fellowships at GRI, click here.


Tanu Kumar

Tanu Kumar is a post-doctoral fellow who works with GRI’s Digital Inclusion and Governance Lab (DIGLab) and AidData. She also directs the Global Cities and Digital Democracies Lab. Kumar holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She studies political behavior and service delivery in developing countries. One strand of her research explores how policies to house and provide essential services to growing urban populations shape, and are further shaped by, the behavior of urban citizens and politicians in India. Another strand looks at how low-income households use mobile phones.

With her GRI mentor Professor Phil Roessler, Kumar is working on a collaborative project (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and BRAC) in Blantyre, Malawi, that aims to understand how providing women with smartphones affects household consumption, and whether interventions to promote cooperative intra-household use of the phone further affects outcomes. Kumar’s work has been published or is forthcoming with the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Development Economics, and World Development. Starting in summer 2022, Kumar will be an Assistant Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University.


Kelebogile Zvobgo

Kelebogile Zvobgo was GRI’s first ever pre-doctoral fellow (2019-21) and an inspiration for its growing post-doctoral program. She holds a B.A. (hons.) in International Relations and French Language & Literature from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California. Zvobgo works on quasi-judicial and judicial bodies that have proliferated around the globe over the past half-century to address serious violations of human rights law and humanitarian law. In particular, her scholarship has centered on domestic truth commissions and international criminal tribunals, especially the International Criminal Court.

While at GRI, Zvobgo completed her dissertation entitled, Governing Truth: NGOs and the Politics of Transitional Justice. It asks why some governments but not others adopt transitional justice institutions, design them to succeed, and follow up on them with additional measures. Zvobgo argues and demonstrates that domestic and international civil society actors, who compose a global network, help drive government transitional justice policy through their advocacy, technical expertise, and operational assistance. In 2022, Zvobgo will receive the Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation in Human Rights from the International Studies Association. Zvobgo is now turning her dissertation into a book manuscript.

During her time as a pre-doctoral fellow with GRI, Zvobgo published in leading peer-reviewed and public outlets like Journal of Human Rights, International Studies Quarterly, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. She also established the International Justice Lab (IJL) at GRI, which brings together faculty and students from across the United States to conduct collaborative research on human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts. IJL aims to produce high-quality social science research that is relevant to policy makers, practitioners, and civil society advocates. Through IJL, Zvobgo employed a team of undergraduate researchers to assist with the last waves of data collection for her dissertation, one of whom joined Zvobgo in Guatemala for fieldwork. After her time as a pre-doctoral fellow with GRI,  Zvobgo joined W&M's Government Department as an Assistant Professor.