Jonathan Guyer on his upcoming ICWA Fellowship in Egypt.

ICWA Fellow Jonathan Guyer on Public Radio International

In the wake of the tragic Charlie Hebdo attack, newly appointed ICWA Fellow Jonathan Guyer has become a media sensation. A specialist on Arabic cartoons and culture, Jonathan is ideally suited to supply a unique Middle East-based perspective on developments. Most recently, Jonathan was interviewed on Public Radio International. He has also written several articles, including an editors’ pick at and he has given about a dozen other interviews to leading media outlets in the U.S. and Europe. See the full list here. We look forward to hearing more from Jonathan as he begins his ICWA Fellowship in May.

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Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship Awards 2014

SCOTT ERICH (Fellowship 2015-2017)

Scott will be examining culture and rapid development in the Sultanate of Oman, a country with an increasing regional and international profile. Scott is already deeply familiar with Oman having traveled there, studied indigenous Modern South Arabian languages, researched the country’s maritime history, and worked at the Sultan Qaboos Center in Washington, DC.  More recently, Scott has been working at the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  Scott completed a certificate in Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Chicago, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, where he was awarded the Nicholas Prize in Religious studies for his ethnographic work on visitation rituals to shrines in southern Oman. He will travel with his wife, Emily, a social worker and environmentalist.

ALLYN GAESTEL (Fellowship 2015-2017)

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Allyn will explore one of Africa’s most complex and compelling countries through the lens of women's health. She is a freelance journalist who covers inequality and the human repercussions of politics. Her 2011 reports exposing power structures and human rights abuses in medicine in India in The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Atlantic were reprinted in the New York Times Op Talk and in an advocacy guide by the White Ribbon Alliance, a leading women’s health advocacy group. In 2013, she revealed the deadly underground abortion market in Nigeria under a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The \Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Reuters, The Atlantic, CNN, Al Jazeera, France 24, among other outlets.

JONATHAN GUYER (Fellowship 2015-2017)

From Cairo, Jonathan will focus on the intersection of art, mass media, and satire in Egypt and North Africa, examining connections between cultural currents and political change across the region. He has been living and working in Egypt since 2012, where he is senior editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, a policy journal published by the American University in Cairo. Managing the journal’s digital strategy, Jonathan edits the Cairo Review’s blog and books section. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Fulbright fellow researching political cartoons in Egypt. He previously served as a program associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force in Washington, DC, and as assistant editor of Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel.  A frequent analyst on Public Radio International, he has contributed to Guernica, The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, Salon, and othersHis research on Egyptian satire has been cited by the Associated Press, CNN, The Economist, New Statesman, Reuters, and TIME, as well a variety of international news outlets. A cartoonist himself, he blogs about Arabic comics and caricature at Indeed, Jonathan has been in high demand by the media in the wake of the terrorist killings of cartoonists in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

Jonathan recently penned a cover story for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard's Nieman Reports, a quarterly publication devoted to thought leadership in journalism.  His article, "The Offending Art: Political Cartooning After the Charlie Hebdo Attacks" is on satire around the world.  In the story, Jonathan analyzes different approaches to satire and discusses the complex power dynamics involved in this specific kind of political commentary.  

JESSICA REILLY (Fellowship 2015-2017)

In a first for ICWA, Jessica and her partner Josh Moman will conduct a seafaring Fellowship, exploring adaption to sea level rise in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  Sailing the Pacific coast of Central America, crossing the Panama canal into the Caribbean, Jessica will focus on how communities actually experience the effects of sea level rise — storm surge, inundation and erosion — and how these changes tear at the social fabric.  She will bring her background in science and technology to the effort, including mapping experience which she will apply to gather data and build maps showing vulnerability to sea level rise for each country.  By harnessing wind and sun to travel, Jessica hopes to access remote locations, share the ocean-bound experience of local communities, and listen to and document stories of climate adaptation at the shores of Latin America and the Caribbean with words, images, and video.


Fellowships 2015

Supported from the Institute’s endowment, Fellows with appropriate topics may receive support from specically endowed funds, including: John O. Crane Memorial Fellowship Area of Study: Central and Eastern Europe or the Middle East. John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships Graduate degree in forestry or forest-related specialties required. Donors’ Fellowship Appointments every two years. Topics and areas of study are unrestricted.