Spring 2020 Fellows

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Participant , University of Iowa , Journalism & Mass Communication
Brian Ekdale studies media work within global digital cultures, or how and why people create media in the digital era. Much of his research focuses on Kenya, but he also has published scholarship on digital journalism, travel influencers, and social media algorithms. Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and documentary filmmaker. His current research project looks at the relationship between the gig economy and the informal economy in Kenya.
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Participant , University of Iowa , Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Chloe Angyal, PhD, is a journalist from Sydney, Australia who currently serves as Facilitator and Senior Fellowship Leader at The OpEd Project. The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. Its goal is to increase the number of underrepresented voices contributing to key commentary forums—which feed all other media, and drive thought leadership across all industries. 
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Author of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitution Reform, 1861-1876, Dr. Diffley has also edited To Live and Die: Collected Stories of the Civil War, a volume drawn from stories that first circulated in the magazines of the 1860s and 1870s. Both books have been funded by the NEH, and her continuing research has been supported as well by a Howard Foundation Fellowship. She has also edited Witness to Reconstruction, a collection of essays about Constance Fenimore Woolson’s sojourns in the mysterious and ravaged postwar South. Her most recent...
Participant , University of Iowa , History
At the center of Hoenicke-Moore's research lie two broad themes addressing the cultural underpinnings of international relations and liberal democracy respectively. She is interested in the relationship between the political culture of the United States and its foreign policy, on the one hand, and in European responses to ‘America’ as a democracy and a world power on the other. Her first book, Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), explored the political and intellectual context in which American popular and official conceptions...
Participant , The University of Iowa , Mathematics
Palle Jorgensen, born in Denmark, is a professor in Mathematics at the University of Iowa, and has also taught at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. His research is partly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and his publication list includes more than 200 research papers and 8 books in math areas such as pure and applied (operator algebras, and harmonic analysis), and mathematical physics (quantum theory), financial mathematics, stochastic processes, and dynamical systems.
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Participant , University of Iowa , Political Science
William M. Reisinger is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985. His research concerns authoritarianism and democracy in the former communist states, especially Russia. He has written or edited eight books, including The Regional Roots of Russia’s Political Regime, co-authored with Bryon J. Moraski (University of Michigan Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.