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).


Allyn Gaestel • WEST AFRICA •  2015 -  2017

Ms. Gaestel will spend the next two years exploring one of Africa’s most complex and compelling countries through the lens of women's health. Allyn is a freelance journalist who covers inequality and the human repercussions of politics. Allyn started her career as a United Nations Correspondent in New York, and has also worked in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Mexico, The Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. She has earned grants and fellowships to support her reporting from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The International Reporting Project, The International Women’s Media Foundation, The National Press Foundation and others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, CNN, Reuters, The Atlantic, France 24, among other outlets.


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

Julius Nyerere digs in, Tanganyika 1963

“To one newly arrived on this coast from West Africa, the most striking thing about Julius K. Nyerere, President of Tanganyika, is the photograph on Page 3 of this newsletter. It is an official picture, used widely on posters and on the 1963 calendar of the Tanganyika African National Union, the governing political party… To my knowledge, no West African chief of state has had himself photographed using an agricultural tool. In West Africa, the visual symbols of government all too often seem to add up to this: mobilization for the masses, Mercedes for the ministers.” [read newsletter]

—David Hapgood

West Africa

ICWA Fellow (1961-1963)