2013 Graduate Fellows

AC4’s 2013 Graduate Student Fellowship Cohort

Individual Fellowship Recipients

Broache_headshotMichael Patrick Broache
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Political Science

Michael Broache’s research examines whether, how, and under what conditions International Criminal Court prosecutions initiated during ongoing conflict affect civilian victimization, conflict intensity, and conflict duration. Michael is developing case studies of the impact of ICC prosecutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, and Uganda and is using AC4 funds to support fieldwork.

 

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Kate Cronin-Furman
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Political Science

 

Kate will use the AC4 funds to travel to Sri Lanka to investigate debates over accountability for war crimes allegedly committed at the end of the civil war in 2009. This research will be used to construct a key case study for her dissertation: “Bargaining over Justice: Accountability in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity.”

 

cathlin_goulding_ac4Cathlin Goulding
Teachers College
Peace and Human Rights Education

Cathlin Goulding is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Teaching. She previously taught high school English in the East San Francisco Bay Area, and now works as a research assistant for the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project. For her AC4 project, she is examining sites of public memory around two interrelated historical moments: the Japanese American Internment and the detainment of suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay Prison. The research aims to understand the design thinking and pedagogical decisions in the construction of these sites and, ultimately, how public memory sites can potentially cultivate meaning making not only of difficult pasts, but the debates of our own times.

 

Photo_MasaMasahiko Haraguchi
School of Engineering
Environmental Engineering

As an AC4 fellow, Masa would like to investigate the vital components of economic systems that are resilient to disasters. By understanding how companies are responding to natural hazards, Masa would like to examine the role of private sectors and the environmental policy to bolster economic security.  In particular, his study will focus on the resilience of supply chains to flood risks.

 

Sara Bjerg MollerSara Bjerg Moller
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Political Science

As an AC4 fellow, Sara will travel to NATO headquarters in Belgium for interviews with international military staff. Her dissertation seeks to understand when and why states  choose to fight as an alliance or coalition, as well as the influence the institutional makeup of these security arrangements has on military effectiveness.

Heather Olsson_imageHeather Olsson
School of International and Public Affairs
Security Policy

As an AC4 fellow, Heather will research in partnership with the Center for International Conflict Resolution USAID’s water management initiatives and revolving loan mechanisms to community-based organizations in Jordan. She will evaluate the prospects for building local capacities and the effectiveness of the international community’s involvement to reduce economic disparities in water distribution. By understanding how households are adapting to water scarcity, she will examine USAID’s long term engagement strategy in Northern Jordan.

 

Katherine's MDP PicKatherine M. Rodrigues
School of International and Public Affairs
Development Practice

As an AC4 fellow, Katherine’s research will explore the dynamics of poverty and violence in Liberian street youth through a series of semi-structured interviews.  She hopes to gain an understanding of youth’s conceptualization of, and experiences with, poverty and violence, as well as mechanisms for change.

 

Photo Raul Sanchez de la Sierra3Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Economics

As an AC4 fellow, Raul studied war and stationary bandits in the Congo. He trained a team of 6 Congolese surveyors, and obtained with them data on the local economy and institutions dating back to 1990 for 100 villages of the Kivus. He exploited unusual world shocks to study how armed groups’ institutions respond to endowments. Based on the trade-offs faced by criminal organizations in this context, the project aimed at providing empirical evidence on the motives leading the initial stages of state formation.

 

AC4 Photo - Meg SullivanMeg Sullivan
School of Continuing Education
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

As an AC4 fellow, Meg studied early warning technologies and early warning response systems in Kenya. In particular, she investigated the state of interagency coordination (between government, NGO and international actors) around these technologies in the aftermath of the March 2013 elections.

 

AC4 pictureLauren Young
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Political Science

Lauren’s AC4 project and dissertation examines when and how politicians in Zimbabwe choose to use violence to compete in elections. In this and her other work in Liberia and Haiti, she uses quantitative and experimental methods to understand elite interests and violence in politics.

Team Fellowship Recipients

DSC_0038Jennifer C. Hull, Kaleigh Schwalbe, and Saad A. Saad
School of Continuing Education

As AC4 graduate fellows, Kaleigh, Jen, and Saad (pictured left to right) will be researching the conflict responses of American Muslims and Arab-Americans to post 9/11 and post Boston Marathon bombing backlash. They will be exploring the backlash as a site of identity conflict, paying particular attention to: the wide range of conflict responses demonstrated by the participants; the complexity of the participants’ views of themselves and the conflict; the complexity of their social networks and support systems; the adaptivity of their responses; and their conflict satisfaction levels.  They will be conducting their research in New York City and Detroit, Michigan.