Our Research Fellows
Our work at the Metropolitan Society depends on the contribution and commitment of our excellent research fellows. They cover our four regional research areas, two topic areas and our original Global Narratives research project. If you are interested in being considered for a fellowship in any of our fields, please contact us below:
Rob Ames is a PhD candidate studying the relationship between religion and politics in Iran in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard. His work explores Sufism, rationality, and nationalism on nineteenth-century conceptions of the self, and its intersection with modernity in non-Western Societies, and he has published articles in Comparative Islamic Studies and Zaytoon.
- Suez - Middle East & North Africa (Iran)
- Global Narratives
Gregory Brew is a PhD Candidate at Georgetown University studying the history of U.S. foreign relations with the Middle East and Iran, the political economy of international oil and global energy. He also writes on contemporary issues of energy and geopolitics and is a regular contributor to OilPrice.com.
- Suez - Middle East & North Africa (Iran)
Lauren Dickey is a PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore. Her doctoral research focuses on cross-Strait relations and Chinese strategy toward Taiwan under Xi Jinping. She also writes frequently on Chinese defense and foreign policy issues. Prior to starting her PhD, Lauren worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program.
- Commodore - Western Pacific (PRC Politics & US Diplomacy)
Dmitry Filippov is a PhD candidate at the School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield. His doctoral research focuses on Japanese politics and foreign relations, Russo-Japanese and Sino-Japanese relations. He is also published on Russian politics. His writing has appeared in outlets such as The Diplomat, East Asia Forum and The Conversation.
- Rus' - Eastern Europe (Russian Politics)
- Commodore - Western Pacific (Japan & Russia)
CAPT Jim Goudreau, SC, USN (Ret) Previously worked at the Pentagon on energy and climate resiliency. While attached to the Secretary of the Navy's staff and the Chief of Naval Operations' staff, including serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, he focused on applications of technology, partnerships and behavior change to improve capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities globally across Navy and Marine Corps commands. He was responsible for crafting policy and developing strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia in support of the Department of the Navy’s energy programs. Those initiatives include operational and shore energy technology development, resiliency, energy efficiency, energy acquisition reform, training, education, strategic messaging and culture change. He holds a BS from Norwich University, a Masters in Management from Troy University and has completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business. He now leads global strategy and policy on climate resilience across a top Pharmaceutical firm.
- Palisade - Climate Change & National Security
Philip received his PhD from Harvard University in 2015, in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a secondary field in Anthropology. At the Met Society, Philip is working on the conceptual architecture for the Global Narratives Project, with a focus on Western Europe. His doctoral research focused on social change, ancient economies, colonies, and the relationship between daily social life and durable social institutions.
- Global Narratives Program - Western Europe Focus
Leah Molayem is specialist in the Middle East and North Africa, and has served as a policy analyst for several NGO’s including: The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the Conflict Awareness Project, and Asylum Access. Leah has a J.D. with a concentration in International Humanitarian Law from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Emory University. She speaks Persian, Spanish, and Hebrew.
- Suez - Middle East & North Africa (Egypt & KSA)
Nicholas Van Ness
Nick Van Ness is specialist in Economic Policy at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, where he is completing his MPA. He has done past research on Privatization in Brazil, the CFA Franc Zone post adoption of the Euro and the Affordable Care Act, and will be focusing on Trade & IPE at the Met Society. Prior to SIPA, he spent seven years at JPMorgan.
- Ricardo - International Political Economy (Trade & FDI)
Lemuel Robinson is an MA candidate in International Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research focuses on political economy issues in developing countries through quantitative economics. He has worked for NGOs in Peru and the Philippines and has been an industrial and systems engineer.
- Commodore - Western Pacific (Politics of Southeast Asia)
Edmund Ruge - Lead Fellow
Edmund Ruge is the lead of the Fellows Program at the Metropolitan Society for International Affairs. He is also an MA candidate in International Economics at The Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His concentration in Latin American Studies has led him to focus specifically on Brazilian political economy and to conduct research on demographic-based health care issues for the World Bank in Brasilia. Prior to attending SAIS, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique.
- 2026 - Western Hemisphere Relations (Brazil)
Michal Thim works for the Czech government as a cyber security and policy specialist with a territorial focus on Northeast and Southeast Asia. His research background also includes security issues of Central and Eastern Europe. From 2007 and 2010, Michal was a director of the Research Centre of the Association for International Affairs (AMO), a Prague-based foreign policy think-tank, where he currently holds a position of Research Fellow. Michal's work with the Met Society represents his own opinions and not necessarily those of the Czech Government.
- Rus' - Eastern Europe (Visegrad 4 & Cyber)
- Commodore - Western Pacific (Taiwan, ASEAN)