Our Post-Docs

With Sié Center faculty and policy community mentors, post-doctoral fellows conduct their own research and contribute to collaborative research efforts designed to inform (and be informed by) contemporary policy concerns and strategies. 

Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Sié Center & Oxfam America 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Background: The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Oxfam America are excited to host this innovative post-doctoral fellowship program. This position serves as a bridge between Oxfam and the Sié Center and the goal of this position is to contribute to the mission of both organizations through collaborative research on policy-relevant questions related to women’s leadership and feminist U.S. foreign policy.


Sié Center - Oxfam America Post-Doc Fellow 2022-2023

Odmaa Narantungalag is our Sié Chéou-Kang and Oxfam America postdoctoral fellow from Mongolia. She has recently completed her Ph.D. in Economics from Massey University in New Zealand, and her research interests are in natural resource economics, energy, and development economics. Odmaa holds a master’s degree in international development from Tsinghua University in China and a bachelor’s degree in economics from American University in Bulgaria. She previously worked at the Ministry of Finance in Mongolia for various projects implemented by the United Nations Development Programme,  World Bank, and United Nations Environment Programme. 

Visiting Marie Curie Fellow Matteo C.M. Casiraghi

Marie Curie Fellow 2022 - 2024 and Visiting Scholar 2022 - 2023

Matteo C. M. Casiraghi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies, and University of Denver, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. His research interests focus on international norms, military operations, parliamentary debates, rhetorical political analysis, visual politics, and populism. His most recent articles appeared in West European Politics, the British Journal of Politics and IR, Small Wars & Insurgencies, and the Journal of Global Security Studies.


Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Ches Thurber will be joining us for the academic year while he’s on sabbatical. Dr. Thurber studies international conflict, security, peacebuilding, and global governance. His book, Between Mao and Gandhi: the Social Roots of Civil Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2021), examines the factors that shape dissident choices between violent and nonviolent strategies of resistance. His other research has been published or is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Journal of Global Security Studies and other journals. Ches is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He previously held research appointments at the University of Chicago and at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Visiting Scholar Aug. 2022 – Jan. 2023

Tatiana Zadirako is here from Russia and brings a breadth of experience and knowledge about multiple social justice and equity issues.  She has worked for over 26 years in Non-For-Profit sector with a focus on systemic approach to social problems solving as well as 7 years’ experience in Lomonosov Moscow State university Higher School of Business as teaching professor (Corporate Social responsibility and Business Ethics). Additionally, she helped with the development of Russia’s NGOs validation system similar to Charity Navigator in the USA.

Current Openings & Opportunities

Opportunities to join the Sié Center as a post-doctoral fellow are typically listed in the winter quarter. Please check back or reach out to us if you are interested in learning more.  

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Former Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • 2020-2021


    Rachel Schmidt, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2021-2022), Centre d’études sur la paix et la sécurité internationale de l’Université de Montréal (CEPSI); Instructor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; Research Fellow, The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society

  • 2019-2020

    William Akoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Fordham University

    Isigi Kadagi, Director, Education for Nature Program & Capacity Building Initiatives, WWF Science

    Emily Scott, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University

  • 2018-2019

    Juliana Restrepo SaninAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida 

    Kai ThalerAssistant Professor, Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara 

    Maja Halilovic-Pastuovic, Visiting Research Fellow, Irish School of Ecunemics, Trinity College Dublin

  • 2017-2018

    Yolande Bouka , Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University

    Kelsey Norman , Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University

  • 2016-2017

    Evan Perkoski, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

    Michael KalinSenior Advisor, Behavioral Insights 

  • 2015-2016

    Cassy DorffAssistant Professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty at the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University

    Devin Finn, Postdoctoral Research Fellows,Universidad de los Andes

    Steven T. ZechLecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, Monash University 

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