Current Visiting Scholars

Matt Chessen, U.S. Department of State, Washington DC

(August 2016-July 2017)

Matt Chessen served as the Coordinator for the International Cyber Policy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he worked to promote an open, interopable, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strenghtens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation. He has also worked for Razorfish, served in U.S. Embassy in Iraq, ISAF Headquarters, and Office of eDiplomacy. 

Reseach: The Impacts of Advances in Artificial Intelligence on International Relations of the United States


Diego Silva, University of Campinas, Brazil

(September 2016-May 2017)


Diego Rafael de Moraes Silva is currently PhD Candidate on Science and Technology Policy from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CISTP. He is also researcher at the Group of Studies on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators from UNICAMP and associate researcher at the Group of Social and Historical Studies on Public Statistics from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

Reserach Topic:  Innovation indicators and measurement; Policy design and evaluation


Vincent Ialenti, Cornell University, United States

(January 2017-August 2017)

Vincent Ialenti is a PhD Candidate in Cornell University's Department of Anthropology. He is spending 2017 at CISTP as a MacArthur Nuclear Waste Solutions Fellow. Vincent's ethnographic research explores how Finland’s nuclear waste disposal
experts endowed deep time, succession, death, imagination, and uncertainty with form when developing what could, in the 2020s, become the world’s first operational high-level nuclear waste repository. He has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a Mellon Graduate Fellowship from Cornell’s Society for the Humanities. His MSc dissertation on the U.S. Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project's construction licensing procedure was awarded the London School of Economics’ Isaac Schapera Prize. Vincent is an active contributor to Cornell Law School’s multilingual trans-Pacific think-tank Meridian 180 and has designed and taught an innovative writing seminar called “Nuclear Imagination: Technologies & Worlds” for Cornell’s John S. Knight Institute. Vincent has also written public commentary articles for NPR, Forbes, Nautilus Magazine, and other media outlets To read some of Vincent's written work, visit


Forthcoming. “Alter-Ecologies: Envisioning Papal & Ecomodernist Nuclear Energy Policy Futures.” In Laudato Si’: Reflections on the Legal, Political and Moral Authority of Catholic Social Thought in an Era of Climate Crisis (eds Frank Pasquale & Michael Perry). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2014. “Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain.” Science & Technology Studies (Official Journal of EASST: European Association for Studies of Science and Technology) 27(2).


Lindsay Krall, Stockholm University, Sweden

(January 2017-December 2017)

Lindsay Krall is a post-doctoral MacArthur fellow in Nuclear Security Issues with a broad interest in the sustainable implementation of nuclear energy. She has received a B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Geological Science from Stockholm University. Her doctoral research, which involved tracing the redox history and mobility of natural uranium in fractured granitic bedrock using uranium and thorium series isotopes, was jointly supported by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, MetTrans and the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, by whom she was employed.


For bios of our previous visiting scholars, please click here.