Fischer will use her sabbatical to complete research toward, and to begin writing, a book on existentialist ethics from the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gabriel Marcel and Luce Irigaray.
Han plans to study rural China, with the hypothesis that the Chinese government today faces legitimacy crises in the rural areas. He will interview farmers and rural officials in order to test the hypothesis.
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