Current Visiting Fellows and Scholars


The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) hosts a number of Visiting Fellows each year, particularly through its annual Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship or other fellowship arrangements. It also periodically welcomes Visiting Scholars seeking a “home base” in Washington DC for Indo-Pacific related field work or independent research and writing, through partnerships with sponsor-institutions/programs (such as Fulbright Fellows) or self-supported individual arrangements.


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Dr. Lami Kim

Contact: [email protected]

Residency: August - November 2022

Research Topic: South Korea's Arms Exports and Its Implication for World Politics

Dr. Lami Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. In addition to her residency at EWCW, she is also serving as a Security and Statecraft Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholar, and an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. Her research interests are civilian and military uses of nuclear technology, emerging technologies and international security, and political and security issues in East Asia.  Her work has appeared in The Washington QuarterlyGlobal Governance, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, War on the Rocks, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairsthe Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Bureau of Asian ResearchRoutledgethe National Interest, and the Diplomat.  She has also provided commentaries regarding Asian security affairs to  media outlets, such as Washington Post, Newsweek, Time magazine, Al-Jazeera, LA Times, Voice of America, and Asahi Shimbun, among othersShe has served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, the Wilson Center, Pacific Forum, and the Stimson Center; as a US-Korea NextGen Scholar and a Nuclear Scholar at CSIS; as a Visiting Fellow at Seoul National University; and also as a South Korean diplomat.  She has taught at Harvard University, Boston College, and the University of Hong Kong.  She holds a PhD degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Nasir uddin

Dr. Nasir Uddin

Contact: [email protected]

Residency: Oct - Dec 2022

Research Topic: The Role of the United States in Redressing the Rohingya Crisis

Professor Nasir Uddin (PhD) is a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh and a Faculty of Anthropology at the University of Chittagong. Uddin carried out research at the University of Oxford (UK), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University (UK), the London School of Economics (LSE) at London University (UK), Heidelberg University (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), Delhi School of Economics at Delhi University (India), the University of Hull (UK), Kyoto University (Japan), and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). He has achieved a good number of prestigious awards and fellowships including the MEXT Scholarship (Japan), the British Academy Visiting Scholarship (UK), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (Germany), a Visiting Scholarship at LSE (UK), a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University (UK), and James Fellowship in Social Science with SSSHARC at the University of Sydney (Australia). His edited books include “Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and the State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” (Orient BlackSwan, 2017), “Indigeneity on the Move: Varying Manifestation of a Contested Concept” (Berghahn, 2017 [co-edited with Eva Gerharz and Pradeep Chakkarath]), “Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia” (Springer, 2019 [co-edited with Nasreen Chowdhory]), “Rohingya Crisis: Human Rights Issues, Policy Concerns, and Burden Sharing” (SAGE, 2021) and “Palgrave Handbook of Social Fieldwork” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022 [co-edited with Alak Paul). His latest book is “The Rohingya: An Ethnography of ‘Subhuman’ Life” (The Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Voices of the Rohingya People: A Case of Genocide, Ethnocide and ‘Subhuman’ Life (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022). He is globally known as the theorist of ‘subhuman’ life which is widely discussed and cited in the scholarship on refugees, stateless people, asylum seekers, camp people, forcibly displaced people, IDPs, illegal migrants, borderland people, and non-citizens. 

For additional information please email Ms. Kimery Lynch at [email protected].

A complete list of past Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars at EWCW, including links to their publications and seminars completed while in residence, can be found HERE.