Fellows, Postdoctoral Researchers and Visiting Fellows
Our Research Community
The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics is home to a vibrant postdoctoral community who play a key role in our research culture. Our fellows and postdoctoral researchers, working on externally funded research projects or who are in receipt of competitively awarded fellowships, are driving new agendas and innovation in research across the school. Please take a look at their profiles and the work our fellows and postdocs are conducting.
Profiles of some of our research community:
Dr Michele Crepaz is an Illuminate Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast with a focus on comparative politics and public policy. His areas of specialisation are Interest Group Politics and Transparency Research.
While the first focuses on the examination of interest organisations' influence on public policy, the second explores the way in which contemporary governments have opened to public scrutiny through open data and other tools. Michele is also an affiliated scholar at the Good Lobby.
Dr Clara Fischer works in the areas of social and political theory, feminist theory, and gender politics. She is a Vice-Chancellor Illuminate Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
She has research interests in feminist-pragmatism, theories of emotion/affect, embodiment and shame, institutionalisation and containment, Irish feminisms, and gender and austerity. She has published widely in her interdisciplinary research area, including in journals such as Hypatia, Signs, and Feminist Review.
Her current research is on gender, emotion, and public policy, with a focus on “women and the politics of crisis.”
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Dr Hiroki Shin is a social and cultural historian of energy, transport and the environment, focusing on the nineteenth century to the present. He is a Vice-Chancellor Illuminate Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
He is interested in the historical development of modern energy technology and the impact of energy-intensive societies on culture, everyday life and the natural environment in the Global South and North.
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Dr Amjed Rasheed works on Middle East Politics and IR, the rise of China and the future of the world system, and the Global South narrative of world Order. He was the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast in 2021-22.
"I cannot begin to express how influential and unforgettable my experience at HAPP-QUB was. The Hillary Clinton Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to work in a dynamic, independent setting where I was able to complete ongoing research projects and begin new ones. The fellowship was a fantastic experience and left me feeling of accomplishment and success... especially since it led me to my current lectureship position, a mission that would not have been feasible without the fellowship."
Previously, he worked as a visiting lecturer at Tübingen University at the Institute of Political Science and as a postdoctoral fellow at Durham University, School of Government and International Affairs.
Dr. Rasheed is the co-author of Islam, IS and the Fragmented State (Routledge, 2021), and co-editor of Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugees (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). Dr. Rasheed has published in the leading journals, such as Middle East Policy and International Spectator. He has been writing for The Guardian, Open Democracy, The Conversation, and Global Policy.
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The School also runs a Visiting Fellowship initiative. Through this initiative, internationally recognized scholars are invited and funded to visit Queen’s for up to three months to collaborate with colleagues in the School on research matters of joint interest.
Dr Onni Hirvonen was a Visiting Fellow in the School during the spring of 2022. He is a Senior Researcher in social philosophy, based in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Dr Onni Hirvonen's main interests include Hegelian philosophy of recognition, critical social philosophy, and contemporary social ontology. Most recently he has worked and published on themes such as pandemics and democracy, social recognition of immigrants, arguments for workplace democracy, and a critical social ontology of private property.
At Queen’s, he collaborates with HAPP political theory and philosophy colleagues on theoretical openings for the democratization of our wider institutional world.
You can follow Dr Hirvonen’s work at: https://jyu.academia.edu/OnniHirvonen
Thomas M. Wilson, a Visiting Fellow in HAPP during the autumn semester of 2022/23, was a co-founder of QUB's Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR) in the 1990s and is currently Professor of Anthropology in Binghamton University of the State University of New York.
A past president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, he has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the UK, Hungary, Canada and the United States. He is the author of Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers: Anthropological Insights (University of Toronto Press, 2023), editor of the encyclopaedia European Society and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2023), co-author, with another CIBR founder, Hastings Donnan, of The Anthropology of Ireland (Berg/Routledge, 2020 ) and Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (Berg/Routledge, 2020 ), and co-editor of the Companion to Border Studies (Blackwell, 2012).
At Queen’s, he collaborates with HAPP politics and anthropology colleagues working on borders and identities.
Mary Frances Phillips, a Visiting Fellow in February 2023, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. Her interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on race and gender in post-1945 social movements, and the carceral state. Her research areas include the Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Black Feminism, and Black Power Studies.
She was selected as a 2021-2022 award recipient for a faculty fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame and the American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship in 2018-2019.
Her book, Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Wellness, and the Black Panther Party (New York University Press), is the first and only biography on Ericka Huggins and documents the previously untold story of her early life and career in the Black Panther Party. The heart of her book excavates Huggins’ day-to-day experience and acts of political dissent during confinement.
At Queen’s, Professor Philips collaborates with HAPP history colleagues working on gender, race, the legacy of slavery, and African-American social movements.
Illuminate is Queen's Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship scheme, designed to nurture high-potential independent early-career researchers, developing the research leaders of the future.
Researchers appointed in this scheme benefit from protected research time, support and training via the "Fellowship Academy" and fast-tracking career progression to Senior Lecturer or Reader (T&Cs apply).
Applications to the scheme are welcome at any time and are reviewed 3 times a year.
Reflecting Secretary Clinton’s interests and career, the Fellowship is open to outstanding early career researchers in the following broad areas: conflict transformation; global security; human rights, including women’s rights and children’s rights; international law; international politics; international relations; women in politics. Applications for 2023 open in Autumn 2022.
Qualifying externally funded fellowship award holders at Queen's are automatically inducted into the Fellowship Academy and will have the opportunity to benefit from the range of support provided.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships This is a scheme for Early Career and postdoctoral applicants. There are bi-annual calls from UKRI with fixed deadlines; Queen's runs a managed bid process with an internal deadline several months in advance of the relevant UKRI deadline.
BA Postdoctoral Fellowships This scheme is intended for applicants within three years of a successful PhD viva, with an annual call from the British Academy in late summer/autumn. Applicants should contact a potential supervisor and obtain agreement from Queen's in a reasonable time before submission.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships This fellowship is for early career applicants within four years of the award of their doctorate. There is an annual call from the Leverhulme Trust each winter, but Queen's runs a managed bid process with an internal deadline in mid-October in advance of the Leverhulme deadline.
ESRC NINE Postdoctoral Fellowships The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who have less than twelve (12) months postdoctoral research experience. You should identify a potential mentor within the School and then develop an initial expression of interest. This should be sent to HAPP by January, and successful candidates then apply to NINE with a deadline normally in March.
BA Newton International Fellowships This fellowship is for up to two years in any Humanities or Social Science-based research area. Applicants should be working overseas within 7 years of their PhD and wish to spend time in the UK. An annual call is made each spring.
Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships European and International fellowships are both offered in this scheme, and the available funding is for between 24 and 36 months. The next deadline is 12 October 2021. Applicants should contact a potential mentor in the School and obtain agreement from Queen's in a reasonable time before submission.
If you are interested in applying through HAPP at Queen's for any of these external fellowship schemes, please contact the School's Director of Research (at: HAPPresearch@qub.ac.uk). Please also contact relevant members of staff who might act as your mentor and/or collaborator.
The Research Culture Action Plan
The Research Culture Action Plan (RCAP) represents the commitment as a University community to continuously improving the environment in which research and innovation activities take place, both at Queen’s and in the wider sector. It identifies a series of tangible actions, both new and existing, which will be implemented over the coming years to promote a more supportive, inclusive, and collaborative research culture. RCAP is a constantly evolving document which is co-owned and co-delivered by the wider research community at Queen’s, and we seek ongoing feedback through our Research Culture Suggestion Box from all staff and students.
Full details may be found by visiting the Research Culture website.
- Fellowship Academy
The Queen’s Fellowship Academy provides professional and career development support for Research Fellows recruited through the Illuminate Scheme, other internal Fellowship Schemes (MHLS Vice-Chancellor/Patrick G. Johnston Fellowships) and other staff holding specified externally funded Fellowships. Staff in these posts will automatically become members of the Fellowship Academy. The Academy supports members in their development and progression. Members of the Academy will be supported through individual guidance from their Schools, leading academics and Professional Services. Networking, mentorship and tailored development will be offered.
Full details may be found by visiting the Fellowship Academy website.