Our Research Fellows

Our work at the Metropolitan Society depends on the contribution and commitment of our excellent research fellows. If you are interested in being considered for a fellowship in any of our fields, please contact us below:

Robert Ames

Robert Ames

Robert Ames

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

Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston

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

Edmund Ruge

Edmund Ruge

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

Jessica P. Scott

Jessica P. Scott

Jessica P. Scott

Jessica Scott is an expert on the intersections of climate change, security, sustainable development, and resilience. She is currently an education manager for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Prior to joining the SDSN, Jessica completed her masters degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she focused on the geopolitical impacts of a changing climate.