Adjunct professors/fellows

Leslie Armijo

Adjunct Professor

Leslie Elliott Armijo (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, and an expert on the international relations and financial development of large emerging powers, especially in Latin America and South Asia. Recent publications include “The Political Economy of Development Finance in Latin America” (Oxford Research Encyclopedias, 2020); “The Monetary and Financial Powers of States: Theory, Dataset, and Observations on the Trajectory of American Dominance” (New Political Economy, 2019); The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (Oxford 2018); Unexpected Outcomes: How Emerging Economies Survived the Global Financial Crisis (Brookings 2015); and “Can International Relations and Comparative Politics be Policy Relevant? Theory and Methods for Incorporating Political Context” (Politics & Policy 2015). 

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Paul Meyer

Adjunct Professor

Harbour Centre 7276

Paul Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Oslo (1976–1978), Moscow (1982–1984) and Brussels (1988–1992) where he was Political Counsellor in Canada's delegation to NATO. From 1992–1997, he served at the Embassy in Washington D.C. as Minister-Counsellor (Political) and from 2001-2003 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo. In Ottawa, Paul held a variety of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, primarily in the field of international security policy. He was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998–2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007–2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament.

In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Advisor to ICT4Peace. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.

Jennifer Allen Simons

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D. received her B.A. from Antioch University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Simons is Founder and President of The Simons Foundation Canada, an innovative private foundation based in Vancouver committed to advancing positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law, and human security. Dr. Simons is an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University’s School for International Studies and Senior Visiting Fellow and Dialogue Associate at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.  Her other academic activities include membership in the Research Steering Committee of the Will to Intervene (W2I) Project , Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University; Visiting Professor, University of Queensland (2007); Academic Advisory Board Member and Visiting Research Fellow (philosophy ), Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Center for Theoretical Study, Institute of Advanced Studies (1994); Member of the Citizen’s Panel on Nuclear Weapons, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, The City University of NY; and former Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia (2002-2006). Dr. Simons is also a Founding Partner of Global Zero; a Council Member of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; a Patron of Initiatives pour le Désarmement Nucléaire – IDN (Nuclear Disarmament Initiative – NDI); a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; and has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of important non-governmental organizations.

Robert Springborg

Adjunct Professor

Professor Robert Springborg is Adjunct Professor, School of International Studies, Simon Fraser University; and Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs in Rome. In 2016 he was Visiting Scholar at the Belfer Center, Harvard University, and in 2014 was a Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris. Until October 2013, he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. From 2002 until 2008 he held the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Before taking up that Chair he was Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. From 1973 until 1999 he taught in Australia, where he was University Professor at Macquarie University. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, College of Europe (Warsaw), Canterbury University and Sydney University.


David Thompson

Simons Research Fellow

Harbour Centre 7237

David is the Simons Foundation Canada Postdoctoral Fellow within the School for International Studies. An anthropologist by training, his research centers on prisons and incarceration in Brazil. David draws on ethnographic fieldwork to examine the forms of social and political life that emerge within the nation’s prison system, and to highlight the entanglements of punishment, reform, race and gender.

David is currently developing a book manuscript that analyzes the interventions made in the lives and futures of those incarcerated in Rio de Janeiro in the name of “resocialization.” He is also working on a new thread of research regarding the shifting politics of prison construction in Brazil. David’s work has been published in the International Review of Social Research, the Cultural Anthropology Editor’s Forum, and various online outlets. His research is supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Aryan Karimi

Simons Research Fellow

Harbour Centre 7241

Dr. Karimi is trained in Sociology (PhD 2019, University of Alberta, Canada) and Anthropology (Master's 2014, KU Leuven, Belgium). He previously held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (UBC, Canada) as well as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany). As a Simons Foundation Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of International Studies, and building on his experiences of conducting qualitative research with racialized immigrants and refugees, he is now exploring the impacts of participation in the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program on Canadian citizens regarding their viewpoints on citizenship and national belonging. In a second strand of his work, he is developing critical analyses of the dominant sociological theories on assimilation, integration, and race-ethnicity. To date, his publications appear in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Migration Studies, and International Migration among others.

Oskar Timo Thoms


Oskar N.T. Thoms completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University (2017), where he studied international relations, comparative politics, and quantitative methods, and earned an M.A. in Sociology (2005) and a B.A. in International Development Studies (2003) at McGill University. Previously, he was a Research Associate/Fellow at McGill University and the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies, and worked as a consultant on policy research projects supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada). He co-authored scholarly articles in Journal of Peace ResearchHuman Rights QuarterlyConflict & Health, and International Journal of Transitional Justice. His ongoing research focuses on human rights and transitional justice.

Ana Vivaldi


Ana Vivaldi's interdisciplinary research brings politics of indigeneity and race into inquiries on the production of space, (im)mobilities and embodiment. Through the use of ethnographic and visual methodologies, it clarifies questions surrounding indigenous sovereignties, and emergent forms of urban conviviality, in particular, the way mobility among marginalized populations shapes social and spatial assemblages that challenge subordination. Ana has an ongoing interest in exploring the possibilities of ethnographic methodologies and perspective over the social, what has pushed her into critical engagements with Social Theory including. Overall, it contributes to understanding governance and development in Argentina and Latin America, in their intersections with processes of urban formation and spatial mobility with indigeneity and racial relations generated in contexts of economic and political subordination.