Post-Doctoral Fellows

Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee is a Research Fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Shikha’s research and writing takes an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in understanding labour markets, migration, and variegated citizenship. Shikha’s focus on female labor migration for employment in garment, domestic, and other work sectors provides a prism for understanding interactions between gendered social governance and legal, financial, and political regimes.

Shikha has completed her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a BA in English and Ethnicity, Race and Migration from Yale University, and is a PhD Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law.

Shikha’s work is informed by more than a decade of experience working with grassroots campaigns and civil society organizations in the U.S., South Asia, and globally, using legal, media and community organizing approaches. Shikha is a Research Fellow at Global Labor Justice. Shikha has been an Ella Baker fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, and a Fulbright fellow at Swayam. She has worked with numerous organizations in South Asia including Asia Floor Wage Alliance, Human Rights Law Network, Jan Sahas Social Development Society, PRADAN, the Society for Labour and Development, and the South Asia Women’s Fund.

In 2015, Shikha jointly founded HELM Social Design Studio, the first social design studio in South Asia dedicated to partnering with human rights defenders and their organizations to ideate, fund and build social design solutions that promote human rights and access to justice (http://helmstudio.org/).  

Read Shikha’s work at http://bit.ly/shikhasb and follow her on twitter @shikhaphone.

Samantha Maurer Fox is the 2018- 2020 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Zolberg Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia. She received her BA with high honors from Dartmouth College in 2008, where she was a Senior Fellow, and her MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universität in 2010. Her dissertation, titled “Eisenhüttenstadt: the Social and Cultural Effects of Remaking Urban Environments,” focuses on contemporary urban renewal efforts in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, a steel manufacturing city on the border between Germany and Poland founded in 1950 as a socialist utopian project.

Sara Romero, Ph.D. is the Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow within The New School’s Psychology Department and at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is a recent graduate of Fordham University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, where she received a specialization in health psychology.

Her research focuses on assessing stress and trauma reactions and its related health outcomes within migrant communities. Recently she worked on research focused on cross-cultural adaptation and the creation of measures of psychological distress for a forced migrant community. Her current research projects include a cross-national comparison of trauma-related outcomes and PTSD prevalence between the Unites States and Mexico, and the assessment of trauma perceptions.

She will be teaching graduate courses in global mental health within The New School’s Psychology Department and working with Adam Brown, Ph.D. within the Trauma and Global Mental Health lab and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility on studies related to community-based interventions for migrant populations who are experiencing stress and trauma reactions.