Bell Fellow Profiles


Erika Meza

Harvard David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow


2019–2021 Cohort

2018–2020 Cohort



2018–2019 Cohort

2017–2019 Cohort

2016–2018 Cohort

2016–2017 Cohort

2015–2017 Cohort

2014–2016 Cohort

2013–2015 Cohort


2012–2014 Cohort

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2012–2014 Bell Fellows (left to right: Clemens Noelke, faculty member Wafaie Fawzi, Dan Corsi)...See a larger photo

  • Daniel Corsi, PhD, was awarded his doctorate in health research methodology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. As a Bell Fellow, he focused specifically on issues of intergenerational health and nutrition in low and middle income countries.  Daniel’s previous research included the social and geographic distributions of smoking, diabetes, body mass index, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease in populations worldwide.
  • Clemens Noelke, Dr.rer.soc., is a sociologist studying the effects of institutions and policies on skill formation, health, educational attainment and labor market outcomes. He was awarded his Dr. rer.soc. from the University of Mannheim in 2010. As a Bell Fellow, he examined the relationship between institutions, labor market dynamics and health outcomes. Part of this project dealt with how institutions regulating the incidence or consequences of unemployment shaped health outcomes over the life course and across generations.

2011–2013 Cohort

2011 to 2013 Bell Fellows

2011–2013 Bell Fellows Rania Salem (front right), Beltran-Sanchez (back row)... See a larger photo

  • Hiram Beltran-Sanchez’s research focuses on developing and applying demographic methodologies to studying adult population health at national and individual levels.  As a Bell Fellow, he furthered his research by linking increases in life expectancy with human longevity, and by studying the implications of longer life expectancy on compression/extension of morbidity. He also continued his research on physiological and health patterns in the adult Mexican population and their links with earlier life conditions.
  • Rania Salem’s research lies at the intersection of the sociology of families, gender, economic sociology and development studies. As a Bell Fellow, she extended her previous research on the measurement of women’s work in Egypt to other Arab countries, where the low rate of female labor force activity is believed to be an artifact of the male bias of conventional labor force surveys. She also collaborated on a project in rural Egypt that investigates interactions between women’s wage work and experiences of intimate partner violence.

2010–2012 Cohort

Analia Olgiati, PhD, is concerned with the impact of individuals’ health status and their access to health services on South-South migration flows. Her research mostly focuses on within-country migration in South Africa. As a Bell Fellow, Analia developed a research agenda focused on the health-related determinants of return migration. In particular, she studied the role of poor health outcomes on the decision to search home-based care by comparing migrants who were about to go back to their sending regions to migrants who remained in the receiving community. Analia also analyzed the role of public antiretroviral programs as attractors of returning migrants in poor health.

Yuhui Zheng, PhD’s main research area is health economics. Her research focuses on trends in population health and the attendant social and economic consequences, as well as on economics of chronic disease prevention and management. As a Bell Fellow, Yuhui examined how demographic and health transitions affect population health and economic growth in China, as well as the roles of medical technology and government policies. 

2009–2011 Cohort

Rocío Calvo, PhD, addresses policy-relevant research questions on the impact of the welfare state on the incorporation of foreign-born individuals and their descendants into recipient societies.  As a Bell Fellow, Rocío continued to focus on the relationship between social policy and immigrant incorporation. She investigated the role of different welfare systems on the social capital accumulation of the children of immigrants as compared to their parents and to the native-born population.

Santosh Kumar, PhD, is a development economist with an interest in understanding the causes of poor health and a low standard of living in developing countries. His research mostly focuses on India, and he gained experience in evaluating various anti-poverty projects while working at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Delhi from 2002-2004. During his Bell Fellowship at the Harvard Pop Center, Santosh conducted policy-relevant research related to poverty, health, and education and made policy recommendations with the aim of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty and disparities by 2015.

2008–2010 Cohort

Mauricio Avendano, PhD, integrates econometric and epidemiological approaches to study the impact of social policy on health in Europe and the US. Additionally, he studies the impact of family support policies on the health of mothers, and whether cross-national differences in family-support policies explain life expectancy differences between the US and European countries.

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, PhD, was senior programme manager of academic programmes with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a Public Private Partnership of the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other private stakeholders. In addition to her Bell Fellowship at HCPDS, she received a Balzan Fellowship at University College, London for research in social epidemiology and to develop research networks in the area of society and health. Her research focal areas include aging and elderly, global health, the history of public health, and infectious diseases.

2004–2005 Cohort (Bell Fellows)

2004 to 2005 cohort of Bell Fellows

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  • Kavi Bhalla (India)
  • Myoung-Hee Kim (South Korea)
  • Sangeetha Madhavan (USA)
  • Susan Pick (Mexico)
  • Kevin Thomas (Sierra Leone)

2003–2004 Cohort (Bell Fellows)

2003 to 2004 cohort of Bell Fellows

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  • Jesica Gomez Jauregui Abdo (Mexico)
  • Fauzia Ahmed (Bangladesh)
  • Roland Pongou (Cameroon)
  • Ilavenil Ramiah (Singapore)
  • Xiaoming Sun (China)

2001–2003 Cohort (Bell Fellows)

2001 to 2003 cohort of Bell Fellows

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20012002 Cohort
  • Mariama Awumbila (Ghana)
  • Nathalie Mondain (France)

20022003 Cohort

  • Olaronke Ladipo (Nigeria)
  • Nancy Luke (USA)
  • Zarina Maroof (Pakistan)

2000–2001 Cohort (Bell Fellows)

2000 to 2001 Bell Fellows

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  • Katherine Bliss (USA)
  • Amal Fadlalla (Sudan)
  • Michel Guillot (France)
  • Muhammed Lecky (Nigeria)
  • Lu Zhi (China)

1999–2000 Cohort (Bell Fellows)

1999 to 2000 cohort of Bell Fellows

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  • Paolo Belli (Italy)
  • Audrey Elster (Scotland/South Africa)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)
  • Michel Guillot (France)
  • Mary Yaa Oppong (Ghana/UK)
  • S.V. Subramanian (India)
  • Fouzieyha Towghi (Pakistan/USA)

1998–1999 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1998 to 1999 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Development Fellows

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  • Arachu Castro (Spain)
  • Junhong Chu (China)
  • Eliane Goncalves (Brasil)
  • Rhoda Kanaaneh (Israel)
  • Andrea Ledward (U.K.)
  • Rakesh Rajani (Tanzania)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Monica Aberg
  • Nirmala Banerjee
  • Trina Bauling
  • Philippe Fargues (France/Egypt)
  • Kaval Gulahati
  • Satomi Kurosu (Japan)
  • Gunnar Kvaale (Norway)
  • Jesse Ribot
  • Bryan Smith (USA)
  • Jennifer Prah Ruger
  • G, Shantakumar (Singapore)

1997–1998 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1997 to 1998 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Development Fellows

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Back row
  • Sandra Garcia (United States)
  • Manabi Majumdar (India)
  • Ghazala Kabani (Pakistan)
  • Evelyn Awittor (Ghana)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)

Front row

  • Kerry Malloy (administrator)
  • Arup Maharatna (India)
  • Ravai Marindo (Zimbabwe)
  • Nancy Dorinville (Haiti/United States)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Nirmala Banerjee (India)
  • Joel Cohen (United States)
  • Beth Frederick (United States)
  • Kul Gautam (Nepal)
  • Melissa Lane (UK)
  • Stephan Klasen (UK)
  • Edna Roland (Brazil)
  • Vladimir Shkolnikov (Russia)
  • Noala Skinner (UK)
  • James Sherry (United States)

1996–1997 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1996 to 1997 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Development Fellows

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  • Shelah Bloom (United States)
  • Vasant Saberewal (India)
  • Kerry Malloy (administrator)
  • Shuzhuo Li (New Zealand)
  • Monde Makiwane (South Africa)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)
  • Christine Nare (Senegal/Burkina Faso)
  • Jacob Oni (Nigeria)
  • Sanjay Reddy (India)
  • Supriya Guha (India)

Not pictured:

  • Alejandra Gonzalez-Rossetti (Mexico)
  • Margot McLean (New Zealand)
  • Haroldo Torres (Brazil)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere (Ghana)
  • Leila Bisharat (United States)
  • Daniel Callahan (United States)
  • Sidney Calllahan (United States)
  • James Sherry (United States)
  • Belgin Tekce (Turkey)
  • Syed Masud Ahed (Bangladesh)
  • Babatunde Osotimehin (Nigeria)
  • Shobha Raghuram (India)

1995–1996 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1995 to 1996 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Development Fellows

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  • Akinlabi Jimoh (Nigeria)
  • Francoise Ghorayeb (Lebanon)
  • Zhu Junming (P.R. China)
  • Anne-Marie Codur (France)
  • Narendra Gupta (India)
  • Margaret Luck (United States)
  • Miriam Ornstein (administrator)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)
  • K.R. Thankappan (India)
  • Shiv Someshwar (India)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Bolanle Awe (Nigeria)
  • Alok Bhargava (India)
  • Mari Bhat (India)
  • Robert Cassen (United Kingdom)
  • Melakeberhan Dagnew (Ethiopia)
  • Finn Diderichsen (Sweden)
  • Jean Dreze (Belgium)
  • Richard Jolly (United Kingdom)
  • George Martine (Canada/Brazil)
  • Elisabeth Michanek (Sweden)
  • Lisbet Palme (Sweden)
  • James Sherry (United States)
  • Belgin Tekce (Turkey)
  • Richard Turkson (Ghana)
  • Gita Sen (India)

1994–1995 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1994 to 1995 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Development Fellows

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  • Adam Thiam (Mali)
  • Balla Silla (The Gambia)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)
  • Jesse Ribot (United States)
  • Jacob Adetunji (Nigeria)
  • D. Narayana (India)
  • Georgia Kaufmann (United Kingdom)
  • Miriam Ornstein (administrator)

Missing from photo:

  • Felicia Knaul (Canada)
  • Jonathon Simon (United States)
  • Xiaoying Zheng (China)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Maria Bhat (India)
  • Jean Dreze (Belgium/India)
  • George Martine (Canada/Brazil)
  • Roberto Sanchez (Mexico)

1993–1994 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1993 to 1994 cohort of Bell Fellows and Career Dev Fellows

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  • Alayne Adams (Canada)
  • Jacob Adetunji (Nigeria)
  • Riti Ansan (Bangladesh)
  • Lola Dare (Nigeria)
  • Timothy Evans (Canada)
  • Winifred Fitzgerald (administrator)
  • Anne Johnston (United States/Australia)
  • Ajay Mehta (India)
  • R. Prabhakar (India)
  • Tahmina Rahman (Bangladesh)
  • Jesse Ribot (United States)
  • Jennifer Zeitlin (United States)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Sudhir Anand (India)
  • Mari Bhat (India)
  • Jean Dreze (Belgium/India)

1992–1993 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

1992 to 1993 cohort of Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows

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  • Alayne Adams (Canada)
  • Riti Ahsan (Bangladesh)
  • Sarah Castle (United Kingdom)
  • Mushtaque Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
  • Timothy Evans (Canada)
  • Peggy Levitt (United States)
  • Simeen Mahmoud (Bangladesh)
  • Farid Midhet (Pakistan)
  • M. Prakasamma (India)
  • Hnin Hnin Pyre (Burma)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Isher Ahluwahlia (India)
  • Sudhir Anand (India)
  • Sonia Correa (Brazil)
  • Jean Dreze (Belgium/India)
  • Julio Frenk (Mexico)
  • Saraswathy Ganapathy (India)
  • Linda King (Mexico)
  • Sudhakar Rao (India)
  • Gita Sen (India)
  • Chewya Spindel (Brazil)

1991–1992 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

  • Maitreyi Das (India)
  • Jody Heymann (United States)
  • Felicia Knaul (Canada)
  • Shiv Kumar (India)
  • Muhammed Lecky (Nigeria)
  • Peggy Levitt (United States)
  • Christopher Murray (New Zealand)
  • Jonathon Simon (United States)
  • Rachel Snow (United States)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Manju Mehta (India)
  • Marvellous Mhloyi (Zimbabwe)
  • Gita Sen (India)
  • Debrework Zewdie (Ethiopia)

1990–1991 Cohort (Bell Fellows/Career Development Fellows)

  • Jody Heymann (United States)
  • Arun Joshi (Nepal)
  • Shiv Kumar (India)
  • Muhammed Lecky (Nigeria)
  • Christopher Murray (New Zealand)
  • Rachel Snow (United States)
  • Sarah Zaidi (Pakistan)

Senior Exchange Fellows

  • Shakeb Afsah (India)
  • Bina Agarwal (India)
  • Rosemary Aquino (Philippines)
  • Nancy Billica (United States)
  • Nagaraja Hardashup (India)
  • Marvellous Mhloyi (Zimbabwe)
  • Hillary Ng’Weno (Kenya)