Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment

Scholars in Residence


==> Scholar-in-Residence Program Overview 


Dr. Camille Washington-Ottombre

Dr. Camille Washington-Ottombre is the HCC’s short-term Scholar in Residence for Summer 2019. Dr. Washington-Ottombre is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Smith College (MA, USA). She received her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from Purdue University (IN, USA) and her MA in Environmental Economics from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France). Her research and teaching interests revolve around adaptation to climate change and environmental justice. She explores how small communities in the Global South and U.S. campuses respond to climate change. In research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, she assessed the adaptive capacity of small rural communities in Kenya, Zambia, and Belize. Dr. Washington-Ottombre has also been studying the role of institutions of higher education as agents of change by analyzing the development and the impact of measures relating to campus sustainability. As a HCC Scholar in Residence, she will analyze the possibility for just and successful community-based adaptation to climate change in the Middle Atlas area.

Dr. Gregory White

Gregory White is the Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. He is also a member of the Environmental Science & Policy Program Committee. He teaches courses on global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy. He also offers a senior seminar on North African politics.

He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of North African Studies. In 2009–10 he received a New Directions Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, where he studied climate and earth science at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

His published work includes Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World (Oxford University Press, 2011) and North Africa: Continuity and Change, co-edited with Yahia Zoubir (Routledge Press, 2016).


Dr. Karla McKanders

Dr. Karla McKanders is the HCC’s short-term Scholar in Residence for Spring 2018. Dr. McKanders is a Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School where directs the Immigration Practice Clinic and teaches Refugee Law and Policy and Immigration Law. Her scholarship focuses on immigration federalism and critiques of national and international systems for processing refugees. Prior to entering into teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. McKanders received her law degree from Duke University and her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.

Fall 2017

Dr. Bozena Welborne

Dr. Bozena Welborne is our scholar-in-residence for Fall 2017. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and currently teaches courses in Government and Middle East Studies at Smith College. Welborne is also a contributing scholar to the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Her current research considers the impact of foreign capital on institutional reform and social change in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on gender. While in Morocco, she is gathering data on sources of campaign finance for female candidates related to her book project, The Business of Ballots: Financial Globalization and Women’s Political Agency in the Arab World. Welborne is also a co-author of the book, The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States, which is forthcoming with Cornell University Press (2018).

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Max Gallien

Max Gallien is our first rising scholar-in-residence at the HCC.  A PhD student in International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE), he received an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. He is a political economist interested in informal economies in North Africa, including informal associations, informal cross-border trade, and the role of gender in the informal economy. He is currently conducting research for a study of informal economies in Northern Morocco and Southern Tunisia.

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Spring 2016 

Dr. Etty Terem

Etty Terem received her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies and History from Harvard University. She currently teaches Middle Eastern History at Rhodes College. Her research has focused on the history of nineteenth and twentieth centuries Morocco, modernity and historical change, Islamic law and society, Islamic reform. Her present project continues the study of Islamic reform in the context of colonial Morocco (1912-1956).

She is the author of: Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Dr. Aili Mari Tripp

Dr. Aili Mari Tripp was our scholar-in-residence for the academic year 2015-2016. She came to us from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the year to study women and legal reform in the Maghreb. Her past research has focused on women and politics in Africa, women’s movements in Africa, transnational feminism, African politics (with particular reference to Uganda and Tanzania), and on the informal economy in Africa.

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Selected Books

  • Women and Power in Postconflict Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2015.
  • Gender, Violence and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives, Edited with Myra Marx Ferree and Christina Ewig. New York University Press. 2013.
  • Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. 2010.
  • African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes. Aili Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa (co-authors). New York: Cambridge University Press. 2009.
  • Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights. Edited with Myra Marx Ferree.  New York: New York University Press. 2006.
  • Women & Politics in Uganda.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Oxford: James Currey and Kampala: Fountain Publishers.  2000.
  • Changing the Rules:  The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania.  Berkeley and Los Angeles:  University of California Press.  1997.


Dr. Nadia Sonneveld

Dr. Nadia Sonneveld is our scholar-in-residence for the academic year 2014-2015. Dr. Sonneveld comes from the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, and is an internationally recognized expert in Muslim family law. She has conducted extensive research in Egypt on the introduction and implementation of a shari'a-based divorce reform. Generally, the common denominator in all her research activities is the focus on shari'a as a lived and contested reality that must be studied against the black letter of state codified Islamic law. Previously she was a guest scholar at the School of Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London. She is author of Khul' Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life (2012). In Morocco, her work focuses on the question of whether women judges differ from male judges in the way they apply the Mudawanna family law reform of 2004. Please contact the Hillary Clinton Center for further information.

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