Information on past IRCPL researchers is available here

2016-17 IRCPL Research Scholars


Matthew Winters is a South Asian Studies Master’s student at Columbia University focusing on agrarian development in Bangladesh. Their academic interests include anthropological analysis of climate change adaptation, gender equity, and development-induced displacement. Currently Matthew is working on an upcoming publication related to agricultural livelihood adaptation in southwest Bangladesh. At IRCPL Matthew is involved with the ‘Sufis, Salafis, and the Public Sphere’ project.


Kevin Louis Witkow received a Masters Degree from the Religion Department at Columbia University in 2016. His interests include the anthropology of religion and secularism, Islam, and Palestine/Israel. During his time at Columbia his work focused on secularism and the politics of history writing in Palestinian nationalist thought. At IRCPL Kevin works primarily on the ‘Sufis, Salafis, and the Public Sphere’ project.