2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellows

Dawn Alexandrea Berry

Dawn Alexandrea Berry
Dawn Alexandrea Berry

Dawn Alexandrea Berry is a postdoctoral fellow at the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Her research centers on diplomatic history's intersection with foreign policy, security studies, and business and environmental history.

Berry explores the ways in which technological advances and the drive for strategic resources affect global geopolitics in moments of economic crisis and war, and how these crises are communicated to and remembered by local populations. Her current project Starspangled Ice: FDR, Global Security, and the Polar Regions (1914-2009) will be the first comprehensive study on the origins of American foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctic.

A historian by training, Dr. Berry is interested in promoting the relevance of history to policy and industry. She has co-edited an interdisciplinary volume on the governance of the North American arctic, to be published by Palgrave MacMillan. She has presented more than thirty academic papers, including "Challenges to Sustainable Mining in the Arctic" at the NATO Council of Canada, which used historical case studies to discuss contemporary challenges to extractive industries in the far north. She is also committed to communicating her research to a broad audience. In 2014 she acted as the Associate Producer for BBC at War, a two-part documentary on the role and expansion of the BBC during the Second World War.

Dr. Berry has taught at universities in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom. Most recently she was an Academic Visitor at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and an ORISE Fellow at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, Honolulu. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Margaret MacMillan. Prior to her doctoral studies she received a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) at the University of Alberta, Canada with a double major in Classics and History; and a thesis-based Master of Arts in Modern European History with a History of Medicine focus.

During the Spring 2016 semester, Dr. Berry taught a course titled, “Geopolitics on Ice: Technology, Resources, and War in the Polar Regions.” The course (HIST 4376/GOVT 4367/STS 4621).

Select Projects and Publications:





PDF icon Geopolitics on Ice - Course Flyer.pdf

Book: Governing the North American Arctic

An interview with Dawn Berry: Global Cornell 


Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz
Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz received her Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University, and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Barnard College for AY 2016-17. Bridging the subfields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, her research investigates how contestation over various forms of identity (e.g. ethnic, religious, neo-imperial) spills over from domestic politics to shape, and be shaped by, foreign policy.

A former Visiting Research Fellow at Bilkent University in Ankara, she specializes in the study of Turkey’s politics and society. While at Cornell, she taught two courses – Turkey and the Middle East, and Ottoman History and Imperial Legacies – and participated on numerous panels on the Turkey-Syria-ISIS-Kurds nexus, and on the refugee crisis.

As an Einaudi Fellow, Dr. Hintz also completed her book manuscript, now under contract with Oxford University Press. Using data gathered from a wide array of popular culture and social media sources as well as interviews, surveys, participant observation, and archival documents, the book presents an "inside out" theory of identity contestation to account for how the contours of debates over national identity change over time, and the conditions under which these debates spill over into foreign policy.

Her research also appears in the European Journal of International Relations, The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, and Turkish Policy Quarterly, as well as in op-ed pieces for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post (Monkey Cage blog), and Hürriyet Daily News.

Future projects include an analysis of the conditions under which domestic civil society groups choose to engage global governance actors in attempting to advance their platforms back home, and an investigation of pop culture’s role as a vernacular forum in which perspectives on foreign policy are reflected, informed, and contested.

Select Projects and Publications: 

The Heinous Consequences of Turkey’s Polarization

Cornell current event panel on Turkey, Syria and the Islamic State

The real refugee crisis is in the Middle East, not Europe

PDF icon Turkey and the Middle East flyer.pdf

Islamism in Turkey: Brown Bag Seminar Series, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

Roundtable Discussion: Syria and the Middle East; Other Media: Cornell Daily Sun; Cornell Cast 

In conversation with the Einaudi Center