The following is a list of the current Open Society Fellows.
Asef Bayat will study unconventional forms of activism “from below” in the Arab world and beyond.
Law professor David Cole will write a book that explores the effectiveness of civil society organizations in making human rights meaningful.
Jacob Dlamini’s work examines the lingering effects of the apartheid-era culture of secrecy on South Africa’s efforts to forge a democratic and open society.
Helen Epstein will write a book on charity and the politics of epidemics.
By interviewing contemporary witnesses, Feffer will look at lessons learned from the Soviet collapse and its aftermath.
Felbab-Brown will study seven illicit economies to draw lessons about ways to enhance human rights and security.
James Forman, Jr., is writing the history of criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C., from the 1970s to the present.
Petina Gappah, a Zimbabwean lawyer and writer, will survey the rising influence of Pentecostal churches in Africa and its effect on human rights, democracy, and social justice.
Gevisser is writing a book on the rights of sexual minorities in the age of globalization.
Angelo Izama will use a variety of media to chronicle the rise of the oil sector in Uganda and work to counteract the “resource curse.”
Jameel Jaffer will write a book about the transformation of official secrecy and individual privacy in the United States since September 11, 2001.
Suki Kim will tell the stories of ordinary North Koreans in the wake of tumultuous changes in the region.
Veteran activist and writer Diarmid O’Sullivan will investigate whether increased transparency leads to greater accountability in resource-extractive industries.
Photojournalist Asim Rafiqui will use a variety of media to present a more nuanced and personal perspective on the issue of access to justice in Pakistan.
Ben Rawlence will record the stories of young Somali refugees in Kenya, to learn of their hopes for their country and their aspirations for themselves.
Spencer is investigating the provision of essential services to irregular migrants across Europe.