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Visiting Fellows

Sunshine Blanco

Sunshine Blanco

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Sunshine Blanco is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year, where she will be assisting Theresa Savella, the Filipino instructor, with language instruction. Sunshine works as an English teacher at the prestigious Philippine Science High School and was formerly a researcher in the ethnology division of the National Museum of the Philippines. In addition to being a Tagalog teaching assistant, Sunshine will be conducting reasearch alongside Theresa Savella.

Carol Colfer giving keynote address at IUFRO 2014 World Congress

Carol Colfer

Visiting Fellow, CIIFAD, Cornell University, Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia

Carol Colfer is a Senior Associate (anthropologist) with CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia); and a Visiting Fellow at CIIFAD (Cornell Institute for  International Food and Agricultural Development) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has long, ethnographic experience in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States; and global, forest-related experience in criteria and indicators, adaptive collaborative management and governance.



Lecturer, Department of Pedalangan, Institute of Indonesian Arts Surakarta, Surakarta, Indonesia

Darsono is a highly accomplished performer of classical Javanese gamelan. He is working towards his master's degree on the subject at ISI Surakarta, his alma mater. Darsono has teaching experience not only in his home country but also in the US and the Netherlands. For the 2018-2019 year, he will be a Visiting Critic here at Cornell, serving as a guest director of the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble. He will also collaborate with the Department of Music on new projects.

S. Osterreich

Shaianne Osterreich

Associate Professor and Ithaca Seminar Coordinator, Department of Economics, Ithaca College

Shaianne Osterreich is an associate professor of economics at Ithaca College. Her research interests are international trade, poverty alleviation, and gender, and she has been working on/with Indonesia since 2006. In 2005-2006 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. As a visiting fellow, she is working on the linkages between Indonesian manufacturing and the Decent Work agenda, put forth by the ILO and the Government of Indonesia.

Alexandre Pelletier

Alexandre Pelletier

PhD, Political Science, University of Toronto

Alexandre Pelletier is a newly-minted PhD from the University of Toronto whose dissertation is entitled "The Political Economy of religious fields: Explaining variation in Islamic militancy in post-Suharto Indonesia." He will conduct postdoctoral research on religious intolerance and anti-minority mobilization in Islamic Indonesia at Cornell for two years starting in September 2018.

Mike Rattanasengchanh

Mike Rattanasengchanh

Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Lao Language, Cornell University

P. Michael Rattanasengchanh is an Ithaca native who is glad to be home. He just finished his Ph.D. at Ohio University where he wrote his dissertation on U.S.-Thai public diplomacy. At Cornell, he will be using the library’s resources to prepare his dissertation for publication. In addition, he is working on an oral history project about second-generation Laotian-Americans, specifically looking at how they have navigated the American and Laotian spaces. On top of his research, he is the Laotian language instructor.

Mesrob smoking a pipe

Mesrob Vartavarian

Visiting Fellow, Cornell Southeast Asia Program

Mesrob Vartavarian is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program. He studied history at UCLA (BA/MA) and Cambridge (PhD) and began his career as a scholar of early colonial South Asia but has since shifted his research focus to modern Southeast Asia with an emphasis on the Philippines. His interests include colonial state formation, plunder politics, borderland insurgencies by ethnic minorities, postcolonial praetorian regimes, and Cold War-era conflicts across insular and mainland states.

Xiaojia Zhou

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of International Politics, Fudan University, Shanghai

Xiaojia Zhou is a post-doctoral fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai. His areas of interest are international relations and comparative politics. While at Cornell, he will work on a comparative research project on how Buddhism influences policies toward religious minorities in Burma and Thailand.