The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS) can occasionally host Visiting Scholars from U.S. and foreign universities to work in close collaboration with specific UCI faculty on issues related to global peace and conflict studies. Visiting Scholars in the past have included senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced doctoral students in a broad range of fields.  

Applicants must have secured funding from a fellowship or a university sabbatical. They must also have a clearly defined research project developed in conversation with a scholar (or team of scholars) at UCI, who is willing to serve as liaison and host during the applicant’s stay. Scholars and advanced doctoral students may apply to be in residence for a period from one month to one year. Visiting scholars will have office space and library privileges and will be encouraged to participate in events at CGPACS and the broader UCI community, and to hold a public presentation about their research during their fellowship period.

Interested individuals should first communicate with relevant UCI faculty to develop a research proposal, and to secure agreement from this faculty member to serve as liaison and host during the applicant’s stay. Applications consist of relevant correspondence with UCI faculty, the applicant’s CV, a 2-page description of the research project (including why a residency at UCI would be beneficial) and the proposed dates of residency. All applications should be sent to: Lina Celia Moncayo,




Research Fellow

Office: (949) 824-6410



Areas of Expertise 

International Security, Regional Organizations, NATO, SCO, OSCE, U.S.-China relations, Middle East, Conflict Management, Defense and Peace Economics, Belt and Road Initiatives


Christina Lin is a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on China-Mediterranean/Middle East relations and ways for U.S.-China cooperation in a changing international order. Specific areas of interest include China's Belt and Road Initiatives, its rising role in the Middle East's economic and security landscape, and the interplay between regional security architectures such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as an evolving paradigm of China-U.S./West relations in a multi-polar world.

She holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy and Security Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a former Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lin is the author of "The New Eurasian Embrace" in Toward Well-Oiled Relations? China's Presence in the Middle East Following the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and "The Dragon's Rise in the Great Sea: China's Interests in the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean" in The Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: Multipolarity, Politics and Power (Routledge, 2015).

Recent activities and publications

  • “The Chinese MENA Narrative: Peace with Development via the Belt and Road Initiative” in Political Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa--Perceptions of Instability and Conceptions of Order, Wolfgang Mühlberger and Toni Alaranta eds., Springer, 2020.
  • "Can OSCE temper Sino-US competition in the Asia Pacific?", Zijin Forum for International Affairs, December 3, 2019.
  • "How China sees its stabilising role in MENA" in Fractured stability : war economies and reconstruction in the MENA, Luigi Narbone ed., European University Institute, September 2019.
  • The Belt and Road and China’s Long-Term Visions in the Middle East, Working Paper # 47, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, February 2019.
  • “The Repercussions of Turkey-China Relations on its Transatlantic Relations” in Turkey and Transatlantic Relations, Sasha Toperich & Aylin Unver Noi, eds., Brookings Institution/Center for Transatlantic Relations, November 28, 2017.
  • PeaceGame, participant in tabletop exercise on Middle East crises convened by Foreign Policy Magazine and Government of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, March 5-6, 2017.
  • Liberal Order in a Post Western World, German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy Collaborative Report, by Trine Flockhart, Charles A. Kupchan, Christina Lin, Bartlomiej E. Nowak, Patrick W. Quirk, Lanxin Xiang, April 2014


 Pierre Bourgois

Pierre Bourgois

Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, France, 2018,
Political Science
Visiting Research Fellow
University of California, Irvine – Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS)
Social Science Tower, Office 717

Research Interests
Francis Fukuyama’s Political Thought, Neoconservatism, Theories of Democracy, U.S. Domestic Policy, U.S. Foreign Policy, Transhumanism/Posthumanism/Bioconservatism, Enhanced Soldier

Pierre Bourgois holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux. He defended a dissertation in November 2018 entitled “Is He One of Them? Francis Fukuyama and American Neoconservatism”. In this work, he defended the thesis that Francis Fukuyama’s thought, despite some observable differences, perfectly embodies the American neoconservative ideology. In other words, he wanted to illustrate that it is possible to understand, through the Fukuyamian thought, what is neoconservatism in terms of ideas. In his opinion, this is proof, beyond the undeniable diversity, of a broader ideological unity within the current. His dissertation was awarded with the Thesis Prize of the University of Bordeaux.
In 2019, He has been selected by the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry for the Armed Forces, as part of its postdoctoral fellowships program (“Ambassador” Program), to develop a project on the link between military transhumanism and democracy, and more specifically, on the U.S. situation with regard to the strategic issue of the enhanced soldier. This project is conducted within the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS) at the University of California, Irvine, and is attached to the Montesquieu Research Institute (IRM) of the University of Bordeaux.


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