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  • Jacob Abolafia

    Jacob Abolafia

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Political Science

    BioI am a political theorist who writes on the history of political thought and critical theory, broadly construed.

    My dissertation (Harvard, 2019) “Penal Modernism before Modernity: Correction and Confinement in the History of Political Thought”, traced the treatment of the prison in political philosophy from Plato’s Athens to Jeremy Bentham’s London, with an eye towards our present carceral dysfunction. In addition to finishing a related manuscript on incarceration and the history of political thought, I am also engaged in research projects on political myths and political economy, as well as contemporary theories of rationality and society.

    I have published and taught on the history of political thought from classical antiquity to the present day. My ongoing research interests include social and political philosophy from early modernity through the critical theorists, Jewish and Islamic political thought, classical philosophy, and the intersection of social and political theory.

    After receiving my doctorate from Harvard’s Government Department, I was the 2019-2020 Harvard-Tel Aviv Post-doctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. And, as of 2020, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Institute’s Polonsky Academy in Jerusalem. I am currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Stanford Civics Initiative, based in the Political Science Department at Stanford University.

    I hold a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy from Yale University (2010), and completed M.Phils in Political Thought and Intellectual History (2011) and Ancient Philosophy (2012) at Cambridge, where I was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College until 2013.

    I live in San Francisco.

  • Diana Acosta Navas

    Diana Acosta Navas

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Philosophy

    BioDiana Acosta-Navas is an Embedded EthiCS fellow at Stanford University, based in the Center for Ethics in Society (EiS) and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, where she worked as adjunct lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was a recipient of the Edmond J. Safra Center Graduate Fellowship during the academic year 2017-2018, and worked as part of the Embedded EthiCS program in the years 2019 and 2020. Diana studied Philosophy at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, after which she did a Master's program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

    She works at the intersection of applied ethics, political philosophy, and public policy, addressing issues related to the protection of human rights in scenarios where violence, prejudice and inequality prevent their effective exercise. She has worked on analyzing the moral and political significance of transitional justice institutions and how these can be morally justified to the victims of human rights violations. Her current work analyzes how the moral principles that inspire the right to free speech may be best upheld in the current public forum and the role of digital platforms in creating conditions for a healthy public debate.

  • Julieta Alvarez-Manjarrez

    Julieta Alvarez-Manjarrez

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology

    BioSince my bachelor my main interest was the mycology. I did my bachelor thesis with morphology of Coccoloba uvifera's ectomycorrhizas, then my master thesis was about diversity of ectomycorrhizae in the Mexican tropical dry forest, and my PhD thesis was about the effect of the hurricane in soil fungal communities and the mycorrhizal network. I took a postdoc position in the Institute of Geology, where I studied the effect of waste water on agricultural microbial communities. I did two research stays in the University of Florida, and University of Tartu, Estonia.
    I taught courses in the Faculty of Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to undergradute students and one course to gradute students, I had advised four bachelor thesis from diverse topics related with fungi. I was treasurer of the Mycological Society of Mexico (2015-2018).
    One of my passions is to paint watercolor and I illustrated a children's book for a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NAtions (FAO) contest in 2020.