Current Visiting Scholars

Maria Moskovko, Lund University, Sweden


(January 2018 – July 2018) 

Maria MoskovkoMaria Moskovko is a PhD student in the area of Research Policy at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University (Sweden). Maria is interested in how present-day multinational research infrastructures are governed, funded, and organized. The specific focus of her PhD project is on implementation of a European Union (EU) policy instrument called European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), which enables establishment and operation of collaborative research facilities.  

During her stay at IISTP Maria examines the US participation in European research infrastructure projects and explores how the system of national laboratories functions in the United States. Prior to her research pursuits at Lund University, where she also earned her M.Sc. in European Affairs degree, Maria had worked at the Council of Europe.  

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(August 2017-August 2018)

Ann Meceda


Ann Meceda is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Sustainable Development Working of Arctic Council (in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs).  Prior to that tour,  she worked as a Labor/Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, Mexico.


Research Topic: Emerging financial technologies and their potential long-term impact on international economic policy.

Maria Foss, University of Campinas, Brazil

(August 2017-April 2018)

Marina Carolina Foss


Maria Carolina Foss is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Science and Technology Policy at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at IISTP. Maria’s doctoral research explores the difficulties and challenges in designing and implementing public procurement for innovation in Brazil. She received her MSc Degree from the Law School of Sao Paulo University and in her master dissertation, she investigated the role of the intellectual property protection of software on the promotion of innovation in Brazil.


Research Topic: Public procurement for innovation; contracts and innovation law. 

Ariel Braunstein, The George Washington University, United States

(August 2017-April 2018)

Ariel BraunsteinAriel Braunstein currently works as a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) fellow, researching the legal implications of geologic repository standards for high-level nuclear waste. She is a joint degree student, pursuing her J.D. at The George Washington University Law School and her Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. Both degrees are expected to be conferred in January 2019. Ariel has worked in the Office of the General Counsel at NNSA, as well as in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She will be published in the Emory International Law Review next spring.



Vincent Ialenti, Cornell University, United States

(January 2017-August 2017)

Vincent IalentiVincent 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

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.