2020 Klarman Fellows

  • Chiara Galli
    Chiara Galli
    a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research examines the experiences of unaccompanied minors who escaped violence in Central America as they navigate applications for asylum in the United States. Between 2015 and 2019, Galli interviewed nearly 100 unaccompanied minors and their immigration attorneys and conducted observations for 80 cases of children in immigration proceedings during an ethnographic study. She will work with Filiz Garip, professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society.
  • Charles Petersen
    Charles Petersen
    a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at Harvard University. His dissertation, “Meritocracy in America, 1930-2000,” shows how meritocracy – a society ruled by intelligence and knowledge – became the core tenet of a “New Gilded Age,” with Silicon Valley as its headquarters. He will continue his investigation of meritocracy through American history in collaboration with his faculty host, Aaron Sachs, professor of history.
  • Francesco Sgarlata
    Francesco Sgarlata, a Ph.D. candidate in theoretical particle physics at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. He does research on applications of effective field theories to particle physics, on cosmology and on black holes. Recently, it has been shown that higher-spin particles are useful probes to study the gravitational dynamics of systems of rotating black holes; Sgarlata wants to inspect this analogy further in order to validate or rule out the possible existence of new particles responsible for new forces affecting black hole dynamics. His faculty host is Csaba Csaki, professor of physics.
  • Vijay Varma
    Vijay Varma, a recent Ph.D. recipient in theoretical astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology. His research is on developing novel models that accurately extract astrophysical information from gravitational waves emanating from merging pairs of black holes and neutron stars. Predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein and detected directly just four years ago, such waves reveal insights into these exotic objects as well as the fundamental nature of space-time. His faculty host is Saul Teukolsky, the Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics.
  • James Walsh
    James Walsh, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. He does research in logic and analytic philosophy, and his current work concerns axiomatic theories in mathematics. He is also interested in the role of formal languages in theoretical inquiry. His faculty host is Alex Kocurek, assistant professor of philosophy.
  • Baobao Zhang
    Baobao Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Political Science Department, a research affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford, and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her current research focuses on the governance of artificial intelligence, specifically how governments in developed countries could prepare citizens for the work of the future. Her faculty host is Sarah Kreps, professor of government.