Postdoctoral Research Programs


Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson
Jason Jackson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute and a senior fellow and lecturer in the Management Department of the Wharton School.  His research focuses on the origins and evolution of the institutional arrangements that shape relations between business and the state. It assesses the implications of business-government relations for market competition, economic growth and industrial development.  Jason is completing his Ph.D. in Political Economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his dissertation is entitled Institutions, Economic Interests and Policy Preferences: Insights from the Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment in India.  He holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.  He has received fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council and the UK-based Overseas Development Institute, and has worked with a variety of private, non-governmental and international organizations in the Caribbean, South Africa and the United States such as UNIFEM, UNDP, the Caribbean Development Bank and Oxfam America on issues of trade and regional integration, industrial and technology policy, poverty, gender, migration and climate change.  In Spring 2013, he will teach an undergraduate course at the Wharton School entitled 'The Political and Social Environment of the Multinational Firm'.

Keren Weitzberg

Keren Weitzberg
Dr. Keren Weitzberg received her PhD in history from Stanford University in June 2013. Her dissertation, which spans the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial eras, examines the history of the Kenyan branch of the Somali diaspora. Keren has traveled extensively in East Africa, where she has conducted archival research and oral histories. Owing to her use of diverse methodologies and her interest in the ways in which the past and present inform one another, her work sits at the intersection of the disciplines of history and anthropology. Her specializations include: the history of Kenya and its relationship to the Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa; the history of the British Empire; nationalism in Kenya and Somalia; and Islam in East Africa. Her next project will focus on the history of the jua kali sector (Swahili for "hot sun"), which includes small-scale artisans who operate in the so-called "informal" economy of Kenya.


Isabella Alcañiz
Dr. Isabella Alcañiz is a former postdoctoral researcher and visiting professor at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a Licenciada in International Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston from 2005 to 2010. Her research examines economic, science, and energy networks in Latin America and has been published in U.S. and European journals such as the Latin American Research Review, the British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Latin American Perspectives.

Matthew Barton

Matthew M. Barton
Dr. Matthew M. Barton is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2012 after taking both a BA (2005) and MA (2006) from the University of Florida.  His dissertation, State, Society, and the Struggle for Political Authority in Nineteenth-Century Minas Gerais, Brazil analyzes popular resistance to state-building efforts on a gold-mining frontier.  The dissertation argues that — contrary to the historical experience of many Western European nations — the Brazilian government took a remarkably uneven approach to state-building, even in times of international war, in a region of immense demographic and economic importance.  Dr. Barton’s research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.  His broader research interests concern war and collective violence, independence movements in Latin America, and state development on frontiers.  While at the Lauder Institute, Dr. Barton will teach a class concerning regional rivalries and state formation in Latin America.

Shanana Chattaraj

Shahana Chattaraj
Dr. Shahana Chattaraj is a former postdoctoral researcher in Global Cities at the Lauder Institute for the 2012-2013 academic year.  She holds a Ph.D. in public affairs (urban planning/sociology) from Princeton University and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Shahana’s research interests are located broadly at the intersection of globalization, economic development and urbanization in emerging economies, with a particular interest in state-business-civil society relations in globalizing cities, the informal economy, and emerging patterns of socio-economic and socio-spatial inequality in urban centers.  Her dissertation compares urban restructuring in the context of globalization in Mumbai and Shanghai, with a focus on the role of the sub-national state.  While at Lauder, Dr. Chattaraj will be preparing an article for publication on the political economy of Mumbai, and working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation.  She will also be leading a graduate seminar on Cities in the Global Economy, and co-teaching a City and Regional Planning course on urban poverty, as well as advising Lauder students in their own research.  Dr. Chattaraj is also involved in a comparative urban research project on urban governance with the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, and is collaborating with the Penn Institute of Urban Research on two projects. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Chattaraj has worked with the United Nations Population Fund and the World Bank as well as a community organization in New Delhi, where she grew up.

Sinziana Dorobantu
Dr. Sinziana Dorobantu is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute and a senior fellow and lecturer in the Management Department of the Wharton School of Business between July 2010 and June 2012. She holds a B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria, and an M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, where she completed her dissertation research on government regulations of foreign direct investment. Sinziana‘s research interests span the areas of government-business relations and international business, with a particular focus on issues relating to multinational firms‘ stakeholder engagement strategies and the international expansion of firms in infrastructure industries. She is the co-author of “Rosia Montana: Political and Social Risk Management in the Land of Dracula,” a Wharton School case study, and has presented various research papers at the meetings of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference and the Midwest Political Science Association. In spring 2011, she taught an undergraduate course at the Wharton School of Business on the Politics of the Multinational Firm.

Francisco Flores-Macias

Francisco Flores-Macías
Dr. Francisco (Paco) Flores-Macías is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute. He holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of specialization are comparative political economy, business-government relations, policy and strategy in the energy industry, state-owned enterprise behavior, Latin American studies, and public opinion research. His doctoral dissertation examines the performance of state-owned enterprises in the oil industry by focusing on Mexico’s Pemex, Brazil’s Petrobras, and Venezuela’s PDVSA. He is co-author of "Pemex: Can the Oil Giant Turn Around," a Harvard Business School Case Study. He also worked as project manager for the Transnational Working Families Survey at the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing on the impact of migration on family health.

Marton Markovits

Marton Markovits
Dr. Marton T. Markovitsis a former postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Center for African Studies.  He holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.  His work focuses on African political and economic development.  He has conducted extensive research in the field on the political economy of poverty reduction, debt relief, and economic growth, and on democratization, elections, election monitoring, and political transformation in West Africa.  His dissertation examined the role of local civil society in the monitoring of national elections on state reform, democratization, and political and economic development in Ghana and Senegal.  He is the co-author of, “Strong State, Hollow State: The Democratic Republic of Congo” in The Politics of the Developing World, Oxford University Press.  He has traveled, lived, worked, and studied throughout West, East, and Central Africa.  He has also served as a consultant to civil society organizations in Africa, and to the Government of Ghana.  While at Lauder, Dr. Markovits is working on two articles, one on the process of indigenous democracy promotion in Ghana, and another on comparative election monitoring efforts in West Africa.  He leads graduate seminars on contemporary issues in African political economy, as well as teaches courses on politics across Africa, and advises Lauder students on research and travel related to Africa.

Matthew Tubin
Dr. Matthew R. Tubin is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Lauder Institute and a Senior Fellow in the Management Department at the Wharton School.  At Wharton, Matthew will help coordinate the Wharton Global Summit in the MBA program, a one-day event focusing this year on the Euro crisis. Since 2010, Matthew has worked as Senior Analyst and manager for Lustick Consulting, a consultancy focused on political risk-related projects for DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, and Lockheed Martin-ATL.  He received his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA in Economics and Political Science at Binghamton University.  Matthew’s primary research interests include risk and uncertainty, financial crises, and quantitative financial risk management culture. His dissertation, entitled, Uncertainty, Ideas, and the Fatal Conceit of Mastering Risk in International Finance includes quantitative analysis of financial market environments dominated by game-changing tail-events as well as qualitative case studies about the restructuring of foreign sovereign bonds, the rise of currency derivatives, and financial risk models such as Value-At-Risk (VaR). Matthew has taught courses about the politics of financial crises, international political economy, international security, international development, international relations and comparative politics at Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania. His research has appeared in Third World Quarterly, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and various edited volumes.  Matthew is currently working on a paper entitled, "Dr. Strange-Economist or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Financial Models."