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International Relations and Comparative Politics

Fellowships & Awards

1. Student Innovation Fellow for 2016/2017 & 2017/2018

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Adnan was a Student Innovation Fellow (SIF) at the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia State University. As an Innovation Fellow, he worked on a host different projects that bring together academic and technological expertise to create new tools such as hybrid course modules, computational platforms that automate scenario building for advanced social science experiments. Adnan also worked with software teams to design data collection and mining platforms.

Adnan was the creator of the Atlanta Rap Map project that maps out Rap lyrics from famous Atlanta-based musicians over the last 20 years. The purpose of the project was to generate a living history of the city’s changing landscape while focusing on the uneven evolution of the city that is leaving substantial low-income portions of the city behind. The motivation behind the venture was to create policy tools that can be co-opted into future policy planning. This project was recently featured in a CityLab article.

Adnan also served as a team member on a larger project called ‘Teaching Atlanta’. The project creates a public repository of teaching materials and multidisciplinary experts whose focus is exploring how urban spaces in Atlanta, interact with Art, Social Science, and Policy.

2. Taiwan Fellowship


Adnan was awarded the Taiwan Fellowship in 2017 to conduct field research in Taiwan as well as the ASEAN region. The Fellowship contributed significantly towards his dissertation fieldwork concerning the role of systems and bureaucracies during democratization. The fellowship also allowed him to expand on his work within the domain of IR by exploring Taiwan’s engagement in southeast Asia through the New Southbound Policy introduced by the DPP Government in 2016. For the period of the fellowship, Adnan was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Political Science (IPS) at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung (Taiwan).