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.


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. 

Alison Klairmont Lingo

Research Associate

Juniele Rabêlo de Almeida

Associate Professor of History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil 

Juniele Rabêlo de Almeida is Associate Professor of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Her current research project examines the historical representation and understanding of social inequality in Brazil.  Working with Professor Emeritus Richard Cándida Smith as her faculty sponsor, she plans during her stay at Berkeley to begin a dialogue between the Laboratory of Oral and Image History at UFF and the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo in 2010.  Her dissertation, “Tropas em protesto: o ciclo de movimentos reivindicatórios dos policiais militares brasileiros,” examines the political and trade union organization of Brazilian elite state and federal police troops during the 1990s and the impact of their movement on political and social life in the country.  Her dissertation was published in 2015 as Tropas em protesto: manifestações policiais militares no Brasil, anos 1990.  Recent publications include Corpo-História e resistência libertária (2019), História oral e educação: experiência, tempo e narrativa (2019), and História oral e movimento social: narrativas públicas (2016) as well as numerous articles on the history of Brazilian police, censorship during the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), and debates over the democratization of Brazilian education.  

Britt Schlünz

Ph.D. student, Humboldt University Berlin/ Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

 Britt Schlünz is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate at Humboldt University Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. She is member of the International Max Planck Research School "Moral Economies of Modern Societies". Britt studied History and Philosophy at Humboldt University and University College London and earned an M.A. in History with a thesis on 19th-century German Culture Wars between the sciences and Catholic lay piety. In 2018 she was a visiting researcher at the German Historical Institute in Rome. Drawing on ecclesiastical and civic archival sources from Spain, Cuba and the Vatican Archives, Britt’s Ph.D. thesis investigates the relation of piety and politics in 19th-century Spain, with the focus on the renewal and adaption of Catholic devotion in the age of liberalism.  


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Christin Zühlke

Ph.D Student, 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.