The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Welcomes Its 2022 Distinguished Scholars

February 2, 2022

(NEW YORK) – The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its 2022 HFG Distinguished Scholars. The twelve leading researchers, chosen through a rigorous peer-review competition, are exploring important problems of violence in the world.

The Distinguished Scholars are investigating a myriad of issues, including violence against women, policing and crime, radicalization, and the environmental parameters of war and conflict.

TOP FROM LEFT: MARGHERITA BELGIOIOSO, AREEJ SABBAGH-KHOURY, EDUARDO MONCADA, STEPHEN DAVIS, MOHAMMED IBRAHIM SHIRE, ORE KOREN, ABBY CORDOVA, ANDREW PAPACHRISTOS, LAURA BLUME, RAUL SANCHEZ DE LA SIERRA, RENARD SEXTON, ERIC TENKORANG.

In selecting the ​​recipients of the awards, previously known as the Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grants, highest priority was given to research that addresses the causes, manifestation, or prevention of current problems of violence.

“In endowing his foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim wisely observed that efforts to ameliorate problems of “man’s relation to man” must be preceded by clarifying study of their causes,” said Foundation Director of Research Joel Wallman. “As always in our deliberations, the research projects funded in this round of our Distinguished Scholars competition were chosen for their exceptional potential to shed light on situations of serious violence. From Central America to the South China Sea, these are sites of ongoing violence or past conflict that threatens to reignite.” 

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is a leader in creating and disseminating knowledge on the nature, consequences, and reduction of violence in its many forms, including war, crime, and human aggression.


2022 Scholars and Research Topics

Margherita Belgioioso (University of Kent) Rebel Tactics, Local Public Support and the Upcoming Phase of the Peace Talks in Southern Thailand

Laura Blume (University of Nevada, Reno) Cataloguing Murder: Tracking Violence Against Public Figures in Central America

Abby Cordova (University of Notre Dame) Violence against Women and Political Engagement in Multi-Violence Contexts: Evidence from El-Salvador

Stephen Davis (University of Kentucky) and William Mattingly (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) The Bitter Aloe Project: Building a Prosopographic Understanding of Apartheid Era Violence Through Advanced Machine Learning

Mohammed Ibrahim Shire (University of Portsmouth) Targeted recruitment: Explaining why certain clans join and and eschew Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Ore Koren (Indiana University Bloomington) Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks and Political Conflict in Africa

Eduardo Moncada (Barnard College at Columbia University) State Responses to Non-State Security Provision: A Comparative Urban Study in the Americas

Andrew Papachristos (Northwestern University) Murder by Structure: How Street Gangs Built the Great American City

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Disintegration and Intracommunal Violence Among the Palestinian Citizens in Israel

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (University of Chicago) Morality, Violence, and Opportunism: Inside the Nduma Defense of Congo Militia

Renard Sexton (Emory University) Ground-Truthing Fishing Conflicts in the South China Sea

Eric Tenkorang (Memorial University) and Yaa Adobea Owusu (University of Ghana) Kinship, Lineage Norms and Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Ghana

For more information contact: 

Nyeleti Honwana, Program Officer

info@hfg.org | 646.428.0976

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