Alumni Archive

Alumni Archive

Since 1925, ICWA has sent 170+ critical thinkers abroad to develop new ways of perceiving, navigating and improving our highly globalized world.

During their two-year cultural immersion fellowships, ICWA fellows write monthly dispatches. Use the searchable database below to learn about our fellows and read their dispatches dating back to 1925.

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Joshua Levkowitz

Syrians in exile (2021 - 2023)

Syrians in exile

James Courtright

West Africa (2021 - 2023)

Fulani societies

Steven Tagle

Greece (2021 - 2023)

Cultural and geopolitical transformations on Greece's frontiers

Astha Rajvanshi

India (2020 - 2022)

Lives of women and marginalized communities in India

David Kenner

Saudi Arabia (2019 - 2021)

Economic Changes in Saudi Arabia

Emily Schultheis

Germany (2019 - 2021)

Historical Memory and the Rise of the Far-Right

Elizabeth Hawkins

(2019 - 2021)

Push Factors Leading to Emigration and Asylum Seeking

Karina Piser

France (2017 - 2019)

Social Cohesion and Secularism in France

Matthew Chitwood

China (2017 - 2019)

Rural to Urban Transformation in Yunnan province

Archival Collection in Print
The complete historical collection of Institute of Current World Affairs is also available to researchers at the Columbia University Library. A finding aid online for the ICWA records can be viewed here. Please note that it’s necessary to click on “view all” under Container List on the left margin to see the contents list. That provides only a description of the materials; researchers must visit the library to view the documents. Users can email the main RBML reference services at to request copies.