Workshop Mentors


Christopher Lamont is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University. He has published widely on transitional justice, human rights, and research methods. He is the author of Research Methods in International Relations (2015), a second edition of this title will be forthcoming in 2021. His work on transitional justice and human rights has appeared in leading scholarly journals including the Journal of Democracy, Global Policy, International Journal of Human Rights, among others. He is also co-editor (with Arnaud Kurze) of Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice published by Indiana University Press in 2018, and Non-Western Visions of Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring (with Jan van der Harst and Frank Gaennsmantel), which was published by Routledge in 2015. His monograph, International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance (Routledge/Ashgate 2010) explored the international and domestic politics of international criminal justice processes in the former Yugoslavia. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow (2008) and MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and a BA in International Studies from the University of Mississippi. Previously, Dr. Lamont was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen (2011-2018) and prior to that he was an R.C.U.K. postdoctoral fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (2009-2011).

Marie aubrey villaceran

Marie Aubrey Villaceran is an assistant professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines (UP). She is currently the Deputy Director for Research and Publications at the UP Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Convenor of Decolonial Studies Program at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She holds a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University. She writes and handles courses on creative nonfiction and does research on gender and migration. 


Syed Farid Alatas is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He is also appointed to the Department of Malay Studies at NUS and headed that department from 2007 till 2013. He lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies prior to joining NUS. In the early 1990s, he was a Research Associate at the Women and Human Resource Studies Unit, Science University of Malaysia. Prof. Alatas has authored numerous books and articles, including Ibn Khaldun (Oxford University Press, 2013); Applying Ibn Khaldun: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology (Routledge, 2014), and (with Vineeta Sinha) Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon (Palgrave, 2017) and “The State of Feminist Theory in Malaysia” in Maznah Mohamad & Wong Soak Koon, eds., Feminism: Malaysian Reflections and Experience (special issue of Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies), 12, 1-2 (1994): 25-46. His areas of interest are the sociology of Islam, social theory, religion and reform, intra- and inter-religious dialogue, and the study of Orientalism.