Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Our 10 research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework for scholars working in regional and topical fields of study, while our cutting-edge initiatives connect cross-curricular faculty and research to address critical global issues. Together, they contribute to the Elliott School’s mission of producing scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues and engaging the public and the policy community in the United States and around the world, thereby fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions.

Visiting Scholar & Non-Resident Scholars of the Month

The Elliott School is home to eminent visiting and non-resident scholars conducting research relevant to our interests. If you would like to become a visiting or non-resident scholar, we encourage you to apply to our individual centers, institutes, and initiatives.

Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program welcomes Fulbright Scholar

Juan Pablo Scarfi

Dr. Juan Pablo Scarfi 

The Elliott School of International Affairs is proud to host Dr. Juan Pablo Scarfi, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the National University of San Martin in Argentina (UNSAM), as a Fulbright Visiting Fellow in its Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program (LAHSP) this year.

At the Elliott School, Dr. Scarfi will examine the connections between human rights and geopolitics in the Organization of American States (OAS) since the beginning of the Cold War, as well as how these concerns became magnified after the Cuban Revolution. Special attention will be given to how the work of U.S., Cuban and Argentine international lawyers, diplomats, politicians, activists and public intellectuals contributed to the creation of the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS), which monitors human rights issues in OAS member bodies. 

Dr. Scarfi’s project springs from his latest book, The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks, and he will be consulting materials from the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Presidential Library in additional to resources from the George Washington University. Before coming to GWU, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, UCL Institute of the Americas, and Université Paris 3 among many others. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is also a Research Associate at the Argentine National Research and Technological Council (CONICET).

The Institute for Korean Studies welcomes two Visiting Scholars for the coming year

Nanhee Ku

Professor Nanhee Ku

Professor Nanhee Ku, from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, will be studying the romanization of ancient Korean terminologies in Western academia.

Many non-Korean scholars of the field face a language barrier, and keywords such as names, locations and historical terms have often been transliterated without regard to a formal standard. In order to facilitate searches and promote exchange, Professor Ku will conduct a survey of existing literature on ancient Korean history, analyze the references made in Western academia, and study the process through which such terms were disseminated.


Hyun-Wook Kim

Professor Hyun-Wook Kim

Professor Hyun-Wook Kim, from Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, will be exploring policies that promote the opening of North Korean society.

Examples from history have shown that the introduction of outside information, rather than economic reform, was the key to opening closed states. This has certainly been the case for North Korea, which remains largely as it were despite economic exchange with South Korea. In order to propose alternative policy options, Professor Kim will be studying methods through which information can be delivered to North Korea.

The East Asia National Resource Center welcomes scholars on contemporary China

Yan Xu

Professor Yan Xu

Dr. Yan Xu is an Assistant Professor of Asian History and Chair of the History Department at Spelman College, and her research focuses on war culture, military-civilian relations, and state-society relations in 20th-century China.
At the Sigur Center, she will be translating her first monograph, The Soldier Image and State Building in Modern China, 1924-1945 from English to Chinese.

Professor Xu will also be expanding her translation with sources from the China Documentation Center to trace how the construction of the soldier image during the Second Sino-Japanese War affects China today. Her revised conclusion will integrate the disciplines of history, literature, and the arts to explain why understanding the soldier image is essential to understanding Chinese nationalism, state building, and civil-military relations in the early 20th century.


Huaying Bao

Dr. Huaying Bao

Ms. Huaying Bao is the Director of Foreign Experts Affairs at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she focuses on comparative cultural studies, cultural diplomacy, and immigration. At the National Resource Center, she will be studying cultural exchange strategies between China and the U.S. in order to improve Sino-US relations. 

Ms. Bao will survey the existing cultural diplomacy of both countries since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1979, then propose strategies to resolve the challenges posed by ongoing trade disputes. In addition to faculty at GWU, she will be working with professors from American University to broaden the scope of her research.