We’re pleased to announce the appointment of two new fellows who will launch their fellowships over the next few months:
Based in Istanbul, Joshua will immerse himself in Syrian communities living in Turkey and neighboring countries. He’ll examine issues related to migration, identity and threats to security, including the degree to which Syrians are able to assimilate or integrate, the perception and effects the diaspora is having on host societies, and networks between Syrian migrants and Syria. Joshua has been living in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil as a senior program specialist on reconciliation with United States Institute of Peace. He has a Masters degree in international relations and international economics with a concentration in conflict management from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Astha will examine the lives of women and other marginalized people in India and greater South Asia. She’ll explore how minorities navigate safety and freedom in a rapidly changing political and economic landscape. Previously, she worked for the New York Times Magazine and was a recipient of the Open City Fellowship from the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York. Astha emigrated to Sydney, Australia from New Delhi at age nine. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, where she was a Brown Institute scholar for media innovation and a global migration reporting fellow.