Current Fellows


Robbie Corey-Boulet • WEST AFRICA •  2014 -  2016

Robbie will divide his time between Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Liberia, researching LGBTI activism and homophobia in West Africa. As a journalist in Southeast Asia and West Africa, most recently with the Associated Press in Dakar, Senegal, he has written about anti-gay legislation in Liberia, sexual violence against transgender sex workers in Abidjan and acts of torture committed by the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire. Robbie’s work has been published by World Policy Journal, Guernica, Asia Literary Review and, among other publications. Proficient in French, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Brown University (2007) and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (2008).


Malia Politzer • SPAIN/INDIA •  2013 -  2015

Based out of the south of Spain, Malia is looking at the primary migration routes via Morocco and the Spanish enclaves in North Africa. She previously worked for Mint, an Indian business and economics news daily paper, where she wrote on a variety of social issues including disability issues, internal migration, gender, social entrepreneurship and development trends. As a fellow at the Village Voice, she wrote primarily about immigration. Malia has won multiple awards for her reporting and published articles in the Wall Street Journal Asia, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy Magazine, Reason Magazine, and Migration Policy Institute’s monthly magazine The Source. She has reported from China, the US-Mexico border and South Korea, and speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Mandarin, and intermediate Hindi. Malia holds an M.S. in multimedia and investigative journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Stabile Fellow, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College.


Chi-Chi Zhang • China •  2012 -  2014

Based in southwestern China, Chi-Chi will be working in an urbanizing landscape impacted by incredible social change, mass migration, and a growing yet potentially problematic economy. She will be writing about China's next generation and its role in the country's political, economic and social development. As a producer for CNN in Beijing, Chi-Chi covered ethnic dilution in Inner Mongolia, traveled to the North Korean border for Kim Jong-il's death and documented Tibetan unrest in Sichuan Province. She previously worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Beijing, covering events such as the lead-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Xinjiang riots and China's 60th anniversary. A Utah native who moved back to China in 2005, she has also lived in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Follow her on Twitter @chi2zhang.



From the Archive

High from inhaling glue fumes, Toni, 15, screams and spreads his arms in the rain in Coelhos, 1999

"Their lives play out on the sidewalks. There’s Josenildo, 16, tall, skinny, on glue and in the streets because his family refuses to tolerate his homosexuality. His buddy Murilo, also 16 but a foot smaller than Josenildo, spends nights in his grandfather’s house and his days with glue-addicted friends. His skin has the telltale ashen look of glue addiction. I have gotten to know Murilo’s younger brother, Tota, 14; Abrahao, 10; Clevsom, 10; Careca, 14; Toni, 15; Disha, 13; and the other street children of Coelhos.” [read newsletter]

—Tyrone Turner


ICWA Fellow (1998-2000)