SCAS News - 20 February, 2023

SCAS Announces New Fellows for the Academic Year 2023-24 (6)

Today, we are pleased to introduce three of our Pro Futura Scientia Fellows who will be in residence
at the Collegium during the next academic year (2023-24).

Further names will be announced throughout the spring term.

Click here to see a list of all the Fellows who have been presented as of today (the list will be updated
along with further announcements).

Dr. Arthur Asseraf is Lecturer in the History of France and the Francophone
World at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His
research interests lie in the history of information, media, and race, particularly
in 19th and 20th century France, North Africa and the Mediterranean area.
His first monograph, Electric News in Colonial Algeria, was published in 2019
and won the Middle East Studies Book Prize from the British-Kuwait Friendship
Society. His second book, Le désinformateur: une enquête sur Messaoud Djebari,
was published in 2022. Currently, Dr. Asseraf is engaged in a project which
examines how racial categories shift when the state denies that race exists, by looking at the intersection
of social science, media, and rumour in late 20th century France. Arthur Asseraf will be at SCAS as a
Pro Futura Scientia Fellow in residence during the academic year of 2023–24.

Dr. Thor Berger has a PhD in Economic History from Lund University, Sweden,
and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Economic History at Lund
as well as Research Affiliate with the Economic History Programme, Centre for
Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, UK. He has held postdoctoral
positions and visiting fellowships at Lund, at the Research Institute of Industrial
Economics, Stockholm, at the International Institute of Economic Studies (IIES),
Stockholm University, and at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Berger’s
research uses historical “big data” and quantitative techniques to answer questions
that straddle the intersection of economics, history, and sociology. In particular, his work has analyzed
the extent to which economic and social (dis)advantages are transmitted across generations, the causes
and consequences of innovation, and how technological change affects individuals, firms, and communities.
In 2023–24, Thor Berger will be a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow in residence at SCAS.

Dr. Jennifer Mack has a PhD in architecture, urbanism, and anthropology
from Harvard University, USA. She has subsequently held postdoctoral positions
at IBF, the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, at Uppsala University and
at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, with research on
migrant urbanism and religious architecture. Mack’s 2017 book, The Construc-
tion of Equality
(U of Minnesota P), received the Margaret Mead Award from
SfAA/AAA in 2018. Mack’s research lies at the intersection between architectural
history, anthropology, and the environmental humanities. At SCAS, she will work on
the project “Public Modernism: Reports from the Welfare City” which will craft alternative narratives about
modernist New Towns. Jennifer Mack will be a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow in residence in 2023–24.