Anil Menon among 7 chosen by Cornell University for prestigious post-doctoral scholarships


Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences has selected 7 researchers for its 2022 cohort of Klarman Postdoctoral Fellows. Among them is Indian-American Anil Menon.

Describing the candidates as “seven exceptional early-career scholars” from around the country, Cornell said they will be awarded three-year fellowships to pursue independent research in the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

They will begin their fellowships in fall 2022, “exploring some of humanity’s most pressing questions,” each working with a College of Arts & Sciences faculty mentor.

“Our first two cohorts of Klarman Postdoctoral Fellows have already enriched our academic community in so many ways – sparking new ideas, perspectives and creativity across Cornell,” President Martha E. Pollack is quoted saying in the Feb. 7 press release. “These highly coveted fellowships attract applicants of an extraordinary caliber, and I look forward to seeing what our newest Klarman Fellows will achieve and contribute in the years ahead.”

Menon is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Michigan. He will write a book on the political legacy of forced migration, which is on the rise globally due to climate change and conflict, the press release said.

Menon argues that forced migrants can develop a shared identity grounded in their victimization, which in turn can help mobilize their vote toward parties that champion their grievances.

His faculty host at Cornell is Thomas Pepinsky, the Walter F. LaFeber Professor of government.

Currently, Menon is a Rackham Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, according to his profile on the University of Michigan website.

“My research is motivated by three broad questions. How do traumatic experiences – ranging from interstate wars and forced migration to public health crises – shape short- and long-term political attitudes, behaviors, and institutions?” and related issues on economic and political development and rhetorical appeals to the past.

Among the academic journals which have published or are expected to publish his writings are the American Political Science Review, The Economic Journal, PLOS ONE, International Journal of Public Health, and Current History. He has also been featured in press outlets like The Washington Post and The Conversation.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.

Before joining University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Menon completed an MSc. in Economic History (Research) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Economics and History at Middlebury College. v



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