Daniel Alarcón divides his time between Peru and Oakland, California, though his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is oriented towards Latin America. His fiction has received numerous awards: he was listed among the New Yorker’s “20 under 40” new writers, a finalist in the 2010 O. Henry Prize, winner of a PEN Literary Award in 2008. In addition, the British literary magazine Granta in 2007 named him the Best Young Novelist. As an IRP Fellow, Alarcón’s foray into investigative reporting explored the social and political landscape of the Peruvian penal system, with a special focus on Lurigancho, one of South America’s most notorious prisons.

Antonia Juhasz, based in San Francisco, has written three books on the oil industry and the environment and numerous articles on this topic, most notably her cover story in The Nation on the hidden health risks of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Her articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post and in many other publications.  She graduated from Brown University and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. Her topic, as an IRP Fellow, explored the oil rush in Afghanistan in which China was pitted against the petroleum giants.

Emad Mekay joins the IRP after a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in which he explored how to use information technology and Freedom of Information laws to make Arab governments and U.S. policy in the Middle East more transparent.  From Cairo, Mekay reported on political and business issues around the Middle East for some of the world’s leading newspapers and news agencies. As an IRP Fellow, Mekay researched how the U.S. tried and ultimately failed to influence the political shifts of the Arab Spring movement that is sweeping dictators from power around the Middle East.

The 2012-2013 fellowships were made possible by core grants from the Sandler Foundation and the Hellman Foundation along with donations from Scott and Jennifer Fearon, The Financial Times, Peter Wiley, and the Zimmer Family Foundation.