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Hilton Simmet, Assistant Director and Principal Editor of Aesir Lab

A recent graduate of Harvard College, Hilton Simmet is a Fulbright Scholar studying alternative development strategies and modernization in Senegal. Concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Physics, Hilton has a wide range of interests: from working on projects on Biblical Scholarship as Junior Research Partner at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, to labs in particle physics, where he performed diagnostic analyses on data collected from the Muon detector of the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS detector in Switzerland. Graduating from Social Studies with highest honors, he was also recipient of the Charles S. Noble Scholarship, and received the undergraduate prize at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Science, Technology and Society Program at Harvard.  Hilton has also taught workshops in Guatemala on alternative agricultural methods and natural building techniques as participating member from the Valhalla Ecovillage in Montreal. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Africa—speaking English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese—and has acquired a deep perspective on sustainable communities and the intellectual and moral underpinnings of such initiatives. A contributing editor of the Aesir Lab’s Think Tank Team, Hilton’s areas of interests include modern imaginaries and development, statecraft and its alternatives, and the embedded assumptions of cross-cultural engagements.

He can be reached at simmet@aesirlab.com.