Residential Fellows



Amin Karbasi

Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

Amin Karbasi is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Yale University, where he leads the Inference, Information, and Decision (I.I.D.) Systems Group. Prior to that he was a post-doctoral scholar at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2013-2014). He obtained his Ph.D. (2012) and M.Sc. (2007) in computer and communication sciences from EPFL, Switzerland and his B.Sc. (2004) in electrical engineering from the same university.

Amin’s main research interest is machine learning. During his stay in Silliman he would like to get engaged in start-up ideas that make use of big data. 

Marjan Hamadani

Marjan Hamadani obtained her Bachelor and Master in Fine Art (with a major in traditional Persian handicrafts) from “Isfahan Art University”, Iran. She also obtained her diploma in stained glass from “Ecole de Vitrai” from Switzerland. At the same time, she was a student in “Conservatoire de Musique” in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Interests: In general, she enjoys carving and inlaying on wood, designing Persian carpets (that are everywhere in Silliman, like in the common room), working on leather, and Persian drawings. However, her main interest is to design lighting objects from colorful glasses. She would love to interact with all the art majors (and art lovers) in Silliman, learn from them and occasionally teach them something interesting. 

Joe Fischel

Joe is an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program. He received his MA (2007) and PhD (2011) in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and received his BA from nearby Wesleyan (2004).  He teaches courses on sex, justice, consent, and law, as well as several of the WGSS core courses. Joe is the Mellon Forum Faculty Fellow for Silliman.

Interests: Joe wants you to become a WGSS major! Whether that recruitment effort succeeds or fails, he is also happy to talk about his other interests – running, yoga, Scrabble, an embarrassing array of Netflix series, The New York Times – and to learn about yours. 

Igor Souza

Igor Souza is a lecturer in Directed Studies and in English, and an associate research scholar in Judaic Studies. He received his MA (2008) and PhD (2014) from the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. He teaches courses on writing, ancient and medieval philosophy, Judaism, and deviance.

Interests:  Igor is a polyglot and a Francophile. He is a power lifter and can be often seen at Silliman gym. He loves cooking, teas, classical music, fresh pastries, French novels and films, and the lowest brow shows one can watch on Bravo and E!

Igor and Joe began dating in Chicago in 2005 where they met at the University of Chicago. They got married in Provincetown, MA in 2012.  Provincetown is their favorite place in the world (Silliman is a close second).