Meet Our International Exchange Students

Jan Burzlaff
History

Jan will be visiting the History Department as a Procter Fellow coming from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). He intends to work under the supervision of Prof. William Ch. Jordan. After a one-year program at Sciences Po Lille in politics, Jan decided to turn to the study of History and Philosophy before specializing in Medieval History, the very core beginning of our modern world. His master's degree earned at EHESS deals with the ways the medieval citizens in the Holy German Empire saw and represented their cities, drawing on new patterns to understand political and social issues in the late Middle Ages. His main interest relays on Medieval History and on the links between communities, cities, and individuals, not to mention the new historical narratives of Global and Emotional History. 

Jan is looking forward to attending courses in several departments and discussing with scholars and other fellow students. He will also try to think about a potential history of social amnesia and intentional oblivion in the Middle Ages which has mostly been forgotten by now. He welcomes all sort of questions and would be happy to get in touch with prospective students. 

Anna Maria Cimino
Classics

Anna Maria Cimino comes to Princeton from Valle Agricola, a picturesque village in the mountains of Campania, in the South of Italy. She is currently pursuing her second year of the PhD program in Classics at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Her field of research is Latin Literature, and she is about to begin working on her final dissertation led by professor Gianpiero Rosati.

Before arriving in Pisa, Anna Maria lived in Rome for six years, and there, she attended Sapienza University. In 2012, she earned her BA degree (summa cum laude) in Classics with a dissertation in Roman History about the political agreement between Rome and Maccabees signed in 161 BC.(1Mac. 8: 17).

In 2015, Anna Maria obtained her MA degree (summa cum laude) in Philology, Literature and History of the Ancient World: her dissertation was about the characterization of Latinus’ kingship in the Aeneid, considered within the social and cultural paradigm of pre-Roman Bronze and Iron Age Italy and that of political and religious establishments of ancient Rome. Her research project for the PhD program consists of an analysis of all those elements –within the second exad of the Aeneid – that constitute a manifestation of the cultural memory of the poem and that could be proven to be interpreted as actual factors of intertextuality, just like literary quotes.

Anna Maria has chosen to spend a period of study within the Department of Classics at Princeton to collaborate with several professors who share her scientific interests and field of research. The chance of cooperating with them and attending their classes will provide an important opportunity for her to improve her academic profile. In fact, she would like to build her training on multidisciplinarity and open it up to suggestions from anthropology, sociology and psychology, in order to achieve a wider perspective about the Ancient World.

Beside Classics, Anna Maria is fascinated by Anthropology, and she is interested in Folklore and Legends of the South of Italy.

Hélène Daccord
Woodrow Wilson School

Hélène is a visiting research fellow from École Normale Supérieure in Paris. After beginning a master’s program in management science at ESSEC Business School Paris, Hélène entered École Normale Supérieure Ulm in order to lead a research project in economic geography. She will be studying at the Woodrow Wilson School, and working under the supervision of Prof. Eduardo Morales.

Hélène’s main research focus lies at the intersection of management and geography. She is particularly interested in digital innovation and its diffusion within space, which can offer so much to understand how competitive firms elaborate innovation strategies.

Hélène earned her master’s degree in Geography last year at Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne University, writing a dissertation on the importance of proximity for aeronautical industries to innovate with big data. She is passionate about innovation strategies and wants to make the most of her year at Princeton to lead a multi-disciplinary research project, as it involves geoeconomics, geopolitics and strategic management.

Alessia Di Santi
Art and Archaeology

Alessia is a Visiting Exchange Student in the Department of Art and Archaeology. She is from Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), where she is currently attending a Ph.D. program in History of Art. Her field of research is Classical Archaeology; in particular, she is interested in Roman Sculpture, especially in Roman Portraiture. Her Ph.D. thesis is focused on Antinous' images, with a special attention to their formation, diffusion and success. At Princeton Alessia will conduct research for her final thesis.

Freddy Foks
History

Freddy is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge and is visiting Princeton’s Department of History as a Procter Fellow. His thesis is a cultural and intellectual history of social anthropology in Britain. More broadly, he is interested in conceptions of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ in Anglo-American intellectual culture and in the interrelations between the social sciences and political thought from the nineteenth century to the present.

Vanessa Grothe
Politics

Vanessa is a visiting graduate student in the Department of Politics, attending Princeton on a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship. She holds a bachelor’s degree in North American Studies and Economics from Free University of Berlin. Currently, Vanessa is studying towards a master’s at the same university with a focus on Inequality Studies. She plans to deepen her understanding of impacts of race, ethnicity, and gender on social status.

Vanessa has worked in the field of international education and is involved in local politics. She serves as the speaker of a citizens committee, which works together with Berlin’s administrative apparatus to improve the living environment of the city. Upon the completion of her master’s program, she plans to pursue a career in politics.

In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys playing theater and travelling. She is looking forward to meeting people from all over the globe and engaging in discussions with students from various disciplines at Princeton University.

Syafiq Johar
Mathematics

Syafiq is a visiting graduate student at the Princeton University Department of Mathematics as a William Alexander Fleet Fellow. He was awarded the BSc, ARCS, MSc and DIC degrees in Pure Mathematics from Imperial College London and is pursuing his DPhil in mathematics at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Partial Differential Equations, University of Oxford. His main research area is in differential geometry and partial differential equations, with special interests in geometric curvature flows. For his DPhil, he is studying the singularity formation in the Ricci flow equation, supervised by Professor Andrew Dancer. In Princeton, he will be studying geometric analysis under the guidance of Professor Alice Chang. Syafiq is currently a Faculty of Science Fellow at the National University of Malaysia and was a Midyear Research Scholar at the University of Auckland, working with Professor David Gauld.

Apart from research, inspired by John Horton Conway and Marcus du Sautoy, Syafiq is also interested in communicating and teaching mathematics. He was an undergraduate tutor at St. Edmund Hall in University of Oxford. When Syafiq completes his DPhil studies, he plans to remain in academia, working in both teaching and research. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, travel and cultural exchange.

Michael J. Kalisch
History

Michael is a third-year PhD student in American Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is visiting Princeton as a Procter Fellow, and is affiliated with the History Department. Michael previously read English at Oxford, and holds an MPhil from Cambridge.  He is writing a thesis about the role of male friendship in contemporary American fiction.

Maximillian E. Long
History

Max is visiting Princeton as a Fleet Fellow attached to the Department of History. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Oxford, where he wrote his thesis on memory and literary revision in late twentieth century travel writing, centred on the works of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor.

At Oxford, Max developed an interest in the History of Emotions after taking courses in the early Flemish Renaissance and Martin Luther’s German Reformation. His current research is concerned with the application of this discipline to twentieth century literary and media studies, with a focus on inter-war British literature and cinema, exploring the influence of technology on the process of artistic creation.

Max is interested in recent developments in landscape literature and the interrelation between space, place and memory. He is also keen on urban and architectural history, long-distance walking and expanding his language skills. 

Charles J. Louis-Sidois
Economics

Charles is a visiting PhD student in economics from Sciences Po. He has a master's degree in economics and public policy from Sciences Po and Polytechnique. He is interested in political economy and game theory. Charles' research topics include social norms in voting, political participation and more recently political parties and party discipline.

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