Current Visiting Scholars

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Dr. Alda Benjamen

Avimalek Betyousef Post-Doctoral Fellow in Assyrian History

Dr. Alda Benjamen is the Avimalek Betyousef post-doctoral Fellow in Assyrian history. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. Her expertise lies in the twentieth-century intellectual, cultural and political history of Iraq and Syria. Her work focuses on issues of minoritization and pluralism, raising questions about memory, home, and belonging in multilingual and diasporic communities in the context of rural-to-urban and global migrations. Dr. Benjamen obtained her PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a Master’s degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Toronto’s Near and Middle Eastern Studies Department.


Yi-Nou Chang 

Ph.D. Candidate in History, National Cheng Chi University

Yi-Nou Chang holds a B.A. in History, a B.S. in Physical Therapy, and a M.A. in History. He is particularly interested in history of modern China and European military history. In his master dissertation, he examined military transformation in late Qing China (1901-1911), discussing the elements and essence of the “New Army”.  

His PhD thesis explores how Chinese People Voluntary Army contest effectively against UN army leading by the United States throughout the Korean War. With the approach of military science, he manages to analyze its military doctrine conducted on the battlefield, in order to explore how Chinese army adopt modern military knowledge and materials. Furthermore, to discover the adaptation and innovation they made during the war, with its effect to postwar China.

Yi-Nou is also a practicing physical therapist in Taiwan.


Nathan Ellstrand 

Ph.D. candidate in History, Loyola University Chicago

Nathan Ellstrand is a PhD candidate in History at Loyola University Chicago.  Among various topics, he is interested in United States-Latin American transnational history, ideology, and borderlands.  He is currently writing his dissertation on the political activities of the Unión Nacional Sinarquista, a right-wing Mexican Catholic organization, in the United States during World War II.  His work for his Masters in Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego covered women's leadership in the Partido Liberal Mexicano while the party was in exile in early twentieth century Los Angeles.  Nathan has also conducted research and presented on the sanctuary movement of the 1980s.


Matthew Guariglia

Visiting Research Scholar 

Matthew Guariglia finished his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in April 2019 where his research and teaching focused on the intersection of racial and ethnic formation, state building and state power, and urban policing in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At UC Berkeley he is turning his dissertation into a monograph which analyzes how U.S. colonial governance in the Philippines and Caribbean, understandings of racial difference, technological and intellectual connections with Europe, and demographic shifts caused by migration and immigration, changed policing in New York City. His other research concerns the history of surveillance, the state's relationship to information, technologies of governance, and the relationship between bureaucracy, power, and state violence. He currently serves as a Policy Analyst for surveillance and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his writing can be seen in the Washington PostMuckRock, and the Urban History Association's blog The Metropole, where he serves as the founding editor of the "Disciplining the City" series. 


Anna Lehner

Ph.D. Candidate, Historical Seminar at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Anna Lehner is a Ph.D student at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich specialized in late modern and regional history. Her research focuses on the political history of the state of Bavaria in Weimar Germany. In her dissertation she examines how the state of Bavaria was governed during the 1920s and early 1930s. Therefore, she is interested not only in the governmental actors on state level but also in different individuals and groups trying to control their surroundings and themselves and the dynamics created by these different attempts. In Berkeley, she will be working on governmental techniques which operated through direct encounters between the members of the state government and different social groups in agricultural, peripheral areas but also in urban contexts, especially in the city of Munich. Anna is interested in a cultural history of politics and ‘the state’ inspired by the perspective of Michel Foucault’s thoughts on Governmentality.


Alison Klairmont Lingo

Research Associate


Guillaume Minea-Pic

Ph.D. Candidate, European University Institute in Florence and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris

is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence and at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.  His Ph.D. thesis explores the global origins of the Gulag in the pre-Stalin period and interrogates concentration camps' role in early Soviet culture. In Berkeley, Guillaume will be working on the Soviet Secret Police, their approach toward violence especially and the “bureaucratization” of repression during the 1920s. He is interested in confronting evidences from this field with Arendt’s theory on the banality of evil and Weber’s theory on routinization.


Siou-meng Syu

Visiting Research Scholar 

Siou-meng Syu received her Ph.D. at National Taiwan University in July 2020 and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Academia Sinica in 2021. Her research focuses on Chinese society during WWII, with particular attention to the Japanese-occupied territories. In her research, she has examined the food rationing system implemented in Shanghai and its connection to state power, social inequality, changes in diet, and the emergence of an underground market. She is also working on a monograph about the development of personal identification cards in modern China. At UC Berkeley, she is conducting a food study that traces the critical transitions in Chinese pork consumption and trade in ham during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in a Sino-American "trade war" that took place in the Philippines a century ago, with its implications for how the place of Chinese ham was challenged in the marketplace by the American meat industry.


Christin Zühlke

Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin

Christin Zühlke is a Ph.D. Student at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the Yiddish writings of the Sonderkommando prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau with an approach to Cultural Studies and Literature. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and German Literature and Linguistics and an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Philosophy. Christin was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University Jerusalem in 2016/17. In April 2019, she became an ELES Research Fellow, and she will be a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley for the entire year of 2021. She is currently working on an edited volume on microhistorical approaches on an integrated history of the Holocaust.

During her studies, Christin has worked in political and historical education since 2007; she was an intern at the German Desk of the International School for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem and the educational department of the Jewish Museum Berlin. In 2014, she was in charge of the Death March Memorial in the Below Forest, which is part of the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.