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Recent Visiting Research Fellows

Dominique Caouette (June 2010-May 2011)

Caouette is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Montreal, Canada. His two research concerns are (1) the impact of independent and alternative media groups in civil society mobilization regarding free trade agreements in three Southeast Asian countries (Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia); and (2) the rural resistance and minorities-majority dynamics in frontiers regions in the context of state-building and market expansion. He was also the convenor of the previously mentioned Food Sovereignty Workshop. His fellowship ended last May 31, 2011.

Allan Lumba (October 2010-August 2011)

Lumba is a PhD student in the history department at the University of Washington. He is a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant. His research examines money's diverse histories of political purposes and social meanings and the consequences this had on the relationship between the state, market, and society in the first half of the twentieth century Philippines. By tracking key historical constructions of currencies and banking institutions from 1901 to 1949, his project traces the concerns and questions that emerge over authority and authenticity. In order to do so, the research situates currency and banking in the Philippines as a crucial element in the broader formation of American empire and the global capitalist system. His fellowship ended July 31, 2011.

Vincent Matteau (July 2011-October 2011)

Matteau is an MA student in International Studies at the University of Montreal. His research was focused on alternative forms of media and communications as part of various expressions of dissent in the Philippines. He conducted interviews to understand why people choose to engage in such forms of activism (motivations, training, structure of opportunities, etc.). His fellowship ended last October 31, 2011.

Nori Katagiri (August 2-12 2011)

Katagiri is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Security Studies of the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, USA. His research was focused on an investigation of the process of organizational development of violent insurgency groups, especially Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. During his stay in TWSC, he carried out archival research in the libraries and museums of major universities there and interview defense and diplomatic officials in the Philippines. His fellowship ended August 12, 2011.

Somchai Phatharathananunth (September 2010-June 2012)

Phatharathananunth is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Mahasarakham University, Thailand. His research is focused on the relationship between social movements and democracy in the period of post-authoritarian rule in the Philippines and Thailand. He is currently doing documentary research and fieldwork.

Melissa Gibson (October-December 2011)

Gibson is an MA student at the Department of Geography of the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research is focused on how the Philippine government is actively attempting to channel remittances into the official banking system. She interviewed informants from the government, business and NGO organizations involved in the remittance and development conversation. Her fellowship ended last December 31, 2011.

Simon Litalien (October 2011-February 2012)

Litalien is an MA student at the Department of Geography of the University of Montreal, Canada. His research is focused on the impacts of biofuel production on farming methods and on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in the Philippines. He interviewed small-scale farmers as well as local officials. His fellowship ended last February 1, 2012.

Joshua Eastin (October 2011-June 2012)

Eastin is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His research is focused on the intersection of the environment and politics. His dissertation analyzes the relationship between natural disasters, rebel recruitment and civilian mobilization in civil conflict in the Philippines. His research activities were divided into two stages: 1) collect sub-state quantitative data on natural disasters, state disaster relief activities, and conflict events; and 2) field work in three disaster sites---one in which the NPA provided relief aid to assist in reconstruction, one where the Philippine state conducted relief and reconstruction operations, and one where each actor shared these duties.

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