The VIPRE Initiative is very pleased to have recruited two new doctoral students to join its team as Research Assistants for the project. The two PhD students – Alice Baroni and Basil Farraj – are both very promising young researchers whose own interests overlap with, complement, and extend those of the VIPRE Initiative. The doctoral candidates will work closely with the Lead Researcher, Jonathan Luke Austin, to carry out the core research of the Initiative over the next four years. More information on Alice and Basil is available below.
Alice Baroni is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a Research Assistant for the Violence Prevention (VIPRE) Initiative. Alice’s work investigates the way in which settler colonial ideologies inform security policies through discursive practices, with a comparative focus on Israel and the United States. Her work is situated at the intersection between security studies, political sociology and belief systems theory. Alice has previously worked as a research consultant and as a project officer for non-governmental organizations both in Italy and Palestine.
Basil Farraj is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and a research assistant for the VIPRE Initiative. Basil’s work focuses on political prisoners, violence directed against them, and ways in which they resist the incarcerating regimes. His work reaches for the intersections of memory, resistance and art by prisoners and others at the receiving end of violence. Basil has previously conducted fieldwork in a number of countries including Chile and Colombia.