Ilka Vari-Lavoisier


Visiting Scholar
Ph.D., Sociology, École Normale Supérieure (Ulm, Paris), 2015
Ilka received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm, Paris) in 2015. She holds a joint Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and a B.A in Political Science from Science Po, Aix-en-Provence.  Her dissertation focused on the political consequences of migrants’ economic remittances in Senegal. As part of her doctorate, Ilka collaborated with the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). She was part of a collective project (funded by the French National Agency for Research) that consisted in developing a transnational survey design and she spent two years in Dakar as the research coordinator for the implementation of the IRD study for Senegal. While completing her dissertation, Ilka joined the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton, as Procter Fellow in 2013. Subsequently, she collaborated with the Center for Migration and Development and the Office of Population Research as Visiting Fellow at Princeton until 2015.