Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.
Amir Aziz (they | them): 2023-24 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Amir Aziz is a 2023-2024 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies working with Professor Minoo Moallem. Dr Aziz is a scholar of gender, ethnic, and feminist studies, critical carceral studies, disability studies, and immigration with expertise in the contexts of Algeria, France, and the U.S.
Dr. Aziz's research focuses on how ‘War on Terror’ practices of incarceration, surveillance, and detention have impacted Muslim immigrant women and gender non-normative/gender non-conforming Muslims, particularly Muslims of African, South/South-East Asian, and West Asian origin. Dr. Aziz’s current project examines how so-called 'counter-terrorism’ surveillance and informancy programs by ICE and security agencies in the U.S. have enacted gendered/racialized forms of disablement and deprivation, such as women’s forced unveiling and indefinite detention.
Dr. Aziz is also a filmmaker working on a project on Guantánamo Bay's devastating legacy of torture and human rights violations, highlighting the stories of countless innocent people illegally held captive at Guantánamo. Dr. Aziz holds a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University - New Brunswick and an M.A. in French Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Christian Henry (he | him): 2022-23 Chancellor's Fellow
Christian Henry is a 2022-23 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology working with Professor Bruce Baldwin. Dr. Henry's research delves into leaf level response to an environment with a focus on stomatal response to drought and the effects of leaf hair on water use. His dissertation is entitled, "The Significance of the Leaf Surface During Drought: Insight into Function of Stomata and Leaf Hair." As a postdoctoral fellow, he is currently exploring the evolutionary spatial relationships of leaf traits to climate.
Christian holds a Ph.D. in Plant Ecophysiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S., in Biology from Hampton University.
Justin Myles (he | him): 2023 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
Justin Myles is a 2023 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics working with Professor Uros Seljak. Justin studies observations of galaxies and clusters of galaxies to test models of the past and future development of the Universe. As an observer, Justin combines multiple forms of data ranging from visible light to X-rays to better understand galaxies and the hot clouds of gas they inhabit. His dissertation at Stanford University is titled “Combining Spectroscopic and Imaging Galaxy Surveys for Improved Measurements of Large-Scale Structure”. Justin’s current research is investigating the use of statistical methods and Bayesian inference as well as machine learning methods including deep neural networks to analyze data from large astrophysical surveys such as the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
Justin received his Ph. D. and M. S. in Physics from Stanford University. He earned his B. S. from Yale University.