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International Visitors: 2019-2020

Sophie Lemiere


Political Anthropologist

Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20
Christopher Family International Visitor, 2019-20

Feb 2020

Sophie Lemiere is a Political Anthropologist and a Fellow for the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University.

In 2014, she received her PhD from Sciences-Po, France. Her thesis was the first study on the political role of gangs through umbrella NGOs in Malaysia. In 2007, her Masters research on the apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society was awarded the second prize for International Young Scholar from the ISIM, Leiden. She has held research positions at RSIS-NTU in 2011 then at ARI in 2012 and has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Columbia. She was awarded the postdoctoral fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 2017-18 and subsequently the NUS-Stanford Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellowship in Contemporary Southeast Asia in 2018-19.

Starting from September 2019, Sophie will be based at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University. She has also been awarded the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (National Endowment for Democracy-NED), in Washington, D.C.

Lemiere was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Joanne Liu


Physician and International President

Doctors Without Borders

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20
Bliss Carnochan International Visitor, 2019-20

Jan-Feb 2020

Dr. Joanne Liu has served as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders since 2019. She is a pediatric emergency physician who has devoted her career to medical humanitarianism. Her role was built on a career in the field with MSF, and she has undertaken more than 20 missions since 1996, in Central Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East

Dr. Liu trained at McGill University School of Medicine, in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill.

Dr. Liu’s operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide. She is a staunch defender of MSF’s unique identity as a field-based organisation that does not compromise on cutting-edge care in crisis response work. As part of this commitment, Dr. Liu continues to practice medicine, both in the field with MSF, as well as hospital shifts in Montreal. She believes that quality-driven patient care should be equally applied across the global health arena.

She was nominated by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.

Alain Schnapp


Professor Emeritus, Classical Archeology

Panthéon-Sorbonne University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20

Feb 15-Mar 15, 2020

Alain Schnapp is Professor Emeritus of classical archaeology at the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His main interests are Greek iconography and cultural history of Antiquity. He has been visiting scholar or visiting professor in various universities and research institutes, including Princeton University, Stanford University, Getty Research Institute, Churchill College (Cambridge), Universität Heidelberg, Universität Basel, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Morphomata Köln, Istituto Orientale  Napoli, Università di Perugia, Collegium Budapest, and the University of Aarhus.

Main publications:

  • A.Schnapp and P. Vidal-Naquet: The French Student Uprising, Beacon Press 1971
  • The Discovery of the Past, British Museum Press, Abrams, New York 1996
  • Le chasseur et la cité, chasse et érotique dans la Grèce ancienne, Albin Michel, Paris 1997
  • Alain Schnapp with L. von Falkenhausen, P. Miller, T.Murray (ed): World antiquarianism, comparative perspectives, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Was ist eine Ruine? Entwurf einer vergleichenden Perspektive, Wallstein, Göttingen 2014
  • Ruines, essai de perspective comparée, Les presses du Réel, Dijon, 2015
  • J. P. Demoule, D. Garcia and A. Schnapp(eds) Une histoire des civilisations, comment l’archéologie bouleverse nos connaissances, Paris , La Découverte 2018

Schnapp was nominated by the Department of Classics.