New Professors (2016-2017)

Autumn 2017


Cyrus Schayeg (Switzerland and Iran)

Associate Professor, International History 

PhD, Columbia University

Prior to joining the Institute, Cyrus Schayegh taught for nine years at Princeton University, first as assistant professor and then as associate professor. From 2014 to 2017 he led Princeton’s Programme of Near Eastern Studies. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as assistant professor at the American University of Beirut’s department of history and archaeology.

His main areas of expertise cover the modern Middle East, global history, decolonisation, the Cold War, development studies and historiography. His current research projects focus on the
interactions between globalisation and post-war decolonisation, Arab perspectives on decolonisation in Africa and Asia, interwar European inter-imperial cooperation and historiography. 

Professor Schayegh has published two books, The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2017) and Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (University of California Press, 2009). He has co-edited two works: The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with Andrew Arsan) and A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880–1940 (Tauris, 2014, co-edited with Liat Kozma and Avner Wishnitzer). He has contributed to numerous reviews, including American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Geschichte und Gesellschaft and International Journal of Middle East Studies.

A polyglot, Cyrus Schayegh speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Persian and Spanish.


Spring 2017


Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor, Interdisciplinary Programmes

Dr. Phil., Université de Zurich

Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Columbia University (Teachers College), New York, has been appointed Professor at the Graduate Institute, starting in February 2017. She holds a dual academic affiliation, splitting her time between the Graduate Institute (Spring semesters) and the Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG) an associate programme of the Institute where she serves as Director, and Columbia University in New York (Fall semesters).

A graduate from the University of Zurich (1983, Dr. Phil. in social psychology with minors in sociology and anthropology), she worked for the first ten years of her career at the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Zurich. Following the example of the Republic of Geneva, she built the first policy research unit at a Swiss cantonal ministry of education that dealt specifically with multicultural education. A three-year postdoc research grant enabled her to go to the Universities of London, Toronto and UC-Berkeley to examine education policies for immigrants, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States from an international comparative perspective.


Autumn 2016


Susanna HECHT (United States of America)

Professor, International History

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Susanna Hecht's research focuses on the intersections of economies, cultures and land use, and the socio-environmental effects of these processes, an approach known as political ecology.

Her focus area is the Latin American tropics, and more specifically Amazonia. Her research explores the dynamics of land use change and what it implies about human relations with nature, economies and tropical development.

She is Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She has worked with the governments of Brazil, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia and for European and US development agencies such as GTZ, as well as The World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank, and many non-government organizations.

Her recent book, Scramble for the Amazon and the Lost Paradise of Euclides da Cunha, won the Eleanor Melville Award for best book in Latin American environmental history from the American Historical Association, and the Carl O. Sauer Award.


Graziella MORAES SILVA (Brésil)

Assistant Professor, Anthropology and sociology of development

PhD, Harvard University

Between 2011 and 2016 she was at the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil and is still affiliated to the Graduate Programme in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA) and to the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED) at the same university. 

She works at the intersection between inequality studies and cultural sociology.  Her current research projects focus on comparative race relations and elite’s perceptions of poverty and inequality.  

She is one of the authors of "Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigmatization and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel " (Princeton University Press 2016), and "Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America " (University of North Carolina Press 2014).

Her courses have focused on the sociology of inequalities, race and ethnic relations, and political sociology.


Julia CAJAL GROSSI (Argentina and Italy)

Assistant Professor, International Economics

PhD, University of Warwick

Julia Cajal Grossi joined the faculty in 2016 after completing her PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick, an MSc. in Economics from the same university, and a BSc. in Economics from National University of General Sarmiento. She was awarded the Robert Solow Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Cournot Center, and a CAGE Research Grant.

She is an empirical microeconomist, her research focusing on development, industrial organisation and trade. She has studied buyer-seller relationships in international trade, and has produced extensive research into Bangladesh’s garment industry. Her research papers include “Searching for Trading Partners in Developing Countries: Experimentation with firms in the Fast Fashion Industry” and “Firm Performance in a Global Value Chain: Dressing Up in Bangladesh.” She is currently working on a new paper, “Dynamic Linking and Bargaining: Garments in Bangladesh”.

At the Institute, she will be teaching Masters courses on Trade and Development and on Econometrics, as well as a PhD course on Advanced International Trade. Her professional experience includes working as a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.


Sungmin RHO (South Korea)

Assistant Professor, International Relations/Political Science 

PhD, Stanford University

Before joining the Graduate Institute, Sungmin Rho obtained a PhD from the department of Political Science at Stanford University. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.A. Economics from Seoul National University.

Her research interests include international and comparative political economy, Chinese politics, migration and immigration, globalisation, international organisations and human rights. Her projects have included work on Chinese consumer behaviour and the politics of migration, producing working papers including Anti-Foreign Sentiment and Labor Protests in Non-democracies: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in China and Why Don't Trade Preferences Reect Economic Self-Interest?

A fluent Chinese speaker, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in China (Shandong, Yangtze River Delta, Guandong), and spent time working for a non-governmental organisation in Shenzhen. She has served as a Research Fellow on Apple Inc.’s Academic Advisory Board, researching labour conditions at supply chain factories in China.