Daniel Altschuler is a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Daniel’s research focuses on participatory development initiatives; his dissertation explores the dynamics of parental participation in community-managed schools in Honduras and Guatemala. He will spend this year completing his dissertation and working on academic publications on civic and political participation and civil society in Central America. Daniel will also continue doing journalistic writing during this year; he has recently published his work in such venues as Americas Quarterly, CNN.com, ForeignPolicy.com, NACLA’s Report on the Americas, and The Huffington Post. Previously, Daniel completed his master’s degree in development studies at the University of Oxford. Daniel was also a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, which enabled him to conduct oral history work in Chile and South Africa. In addition to his academic work, Daniel has worked with various non-profit organizations in the United Stated and South Africa, focusing on issues of housing and community organizing. As an Amherst College alumnus, Daniel is thrilled to be returning to the College.
Daniel’s article on community-managed schools: www.americasquarterly.org/node/1701
Christiane Badgley has been producing and editing social issue documentary films for the past twenty years, with much of her work focused on the U.S. criminal justice system and post-colonial African politics and history. While a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, Christiane wrote extensively about the North-South media flow and the influence of Western media in Africa. She continued this work in Ghana in the early 1990s, documenting the impact of U.S. media on the local economy and culture. Christiane is currently working on a multi-platform documentary project, “Pipe(line) Dreams,” which revisits the story of the World Bank-supported Chad-Cameroon Oil Development Project to consider the larger issue of oil and African development. As part of this work, she recently completed an initial short documentary, “Pipeline to Prosperity?,” produced for PBS/Frontline World. While in residence at Amherst, Christiane will continue her work on the “Pipe(line) Dreams” project. She will return to Cameroon and Chad to film along the northern half of the pipeline and will also begin work on a citizen journalist network to monitor ongoing pipeline issues. This participatory component of the project will encourage dialogue and civic engagement via the Pipe(line) Dreams Web site, changing the typical (Western) viewer/(African) subject relationship into a more meaningful and productive multi-directional conversation.
Christiane’s blog: pipelinedreams.wordpress.com
Shahrukh Rafi Khan formerly served as executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, and has taught at the University of Utah, Vassar College, and Mount Holyoke College. He has published extensively in refereed journals and has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited several books. His recent authored and co-authored books include Basic Education in Rural Pakistan: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Government, Private, and NGO Schools (Oxford: 2005); Harnessing and Guiding Social Capital for Rural Development (Palgrave/Macmillan: 2007); Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Forgetting the Power Structure (Oxford: 2007); and Export Success and Industrial Linkages: The Case of Garment Production in South Asia (Palgrave/Macmillan: 2009). His recent edited and co-edited books include International Trade and the Environment: Difficult Policy Choices at the Interface (Zed Books: 2002) and Market as Means or Master: Towards New Developmentalism (Routledge, forthcoming). Shahrukh has twice won the Akhtar Hameed Khan Book Prize and has engaged in academic consulting for several international organizations including the UNDP, World Bank, UNESCO, UNEP, and UNICEF. As a Copeland Fellow, he plans to work on international migration. He anticipates presenting a seminar on the topic of “Brain Drain: Turning Pain into Gain” during the fall semester. A grant from the Eqbal Ahmed Foundation enabled Shahrukh to conducted field research this summer (2010) on the military’s agrarian intervention in Pakistan’s Punjab province with some colleagues. He plans to work on several background chapters of this book project during his Copeland Fellowship and anticipates presenting a seminar on military and economic development in Pakistan during the spring semester.
Roger King will be researching and writing a sixth novel exploring the disparate lives of people caught up in “international development” and globalization, and working on a film adaptation of an earlier novel. The writing will draw partly on his experience of the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan. A current interest is in the way people simultaneously hold within themselves a capacity for violence toward others and the planet, and a contradictory impulse toward harmony. In addition to writing and film work, he has studied rural poverty, and worked extensively in Africa and Asia as a socio-economist and institutions expert for UN agencies and Oxfam. Originally from London, he earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Reading in England, and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts. Recent international work included developing alternative Global Future Scenarios—for the World Bank Strategy Department, and Afghanistan reconciliation and reconstruction proposals for UN agencies. He was executive producer of the feature documentary, Still The Children Are Here, set in Northeast India, in collaboration with Mira Nair. Among his books are the novels: Horizontal Hotel; Written on a Stranger’s Map; Sea Level; A Girl From Zanzibar; and the newly completed, Love and Fatigue in America. He has taught agricultural economics, development studies, and creative writing at universities in Nigeria, England, and the United States, though not simultaneously. Honors include prizes for novels and screenwriting, and numerous writing fellowships. His screenplay of A Girl From Zanzibar is currently in development as a feature film. Past international activities included work in twenty African and Asian countries. Projects ranged from rice farming and policy in Liberia, resettling ex-guerillas in Zimbabwe, jute in Bangladesh, facilitating popular participation projects, adult literacy, women’s savings and microcredit in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia and Zambia, large scale regional economic development in Pakistan, to evaluating the decollectivization of agriculture in Inner Mongolia, China.
Roger’s website: www.rogerking.org