Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program

Resources for GGHS PhD community members


Welcome Fall 2023 Cohort

Buket Altınçelep holds a master’s degree in international relations from Middle East Technical University and a bachelor’s in international relations from TOBB University of Economics and Technology.

Research interests include:

  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Peacebuilding, Climate and Disaster Diplomacy
  • Human Rights and Human Security
  • Environmental Law, Justice, Politics and the role of IOs, the UN, and NGOs

George Awazi: Obtained master’s degrees in international human rights and Humanitarian law from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and International Business Law from the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon, with Post Graduate Diplomas in Global Health Law and International Environmental law, among others.

Research interests include:

  • Healthcare and Wellness Prerogatives
  • Conflict Prevention, Mediation, and Peacebuilding
  • Environmental Governance

Sahar Badiezadeh holds a master’s degree in international law from Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch. Her interdisciplinary research is about establishing a link between global environmental change and human rights.

Research Interests include:

  • Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
  • Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis and Ethnic Minorities
  • Relationship between the Environment and Health

Farman Kakar holds a master’s in international relations from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has his bachelor’s in political studies from the same university.

Research interests include:

  • Conflict Management
  • Political Islam
  • Identity Politics Concerning Pakistan

Tafadzwa Makara holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint master’s degree (EMJMD) in European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (Pass with Distinction) from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, University of Porto, Portugal and Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, and a BSc Hons in Social Ecology from Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe.

Research interests include:

  • Global Governance, Environment, and Climate Change
  • Human Security in Southern Africa
  • Political Economy of Energy Transitions and Extractive Industries
  • Community-based Natural Resources Management in the Global South
  • International Political Economy
  • Post-conflict Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Weston Marume holds a master’s degree in international development studies from Ohio University, USA, concentrating on Environment and Development, and a bachelor’s degree in development studies from the Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

Research interests include:

  • Energy Transitions and Society in Developing Countries
  • Politics of Natural Resource Governance
  • Environmental Security Policy and Governance
  • Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Dominic Offei holds an MSc. in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, an M.A in Governance and Regional Integration from the African Union’s Pan African University, Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) hosted by the University of Yaoundé II, Soa- Cameroon.

Research Interests include:

  • Trade and Regional Integration in Africa
  • Global Governance and International Organizations
  • Human Security
  • Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism
  • International Human Rights and the Proliferation of Small Arms
  • Light Weapons and Transnational Organized Crime

Lilian Sibanda holds a BA in Global Affairs from UMass Boston and an MA in Global Governance and Human Security from UMass Boston. Her research focuses on the role of international organizations in alleviating global rural poverty.

Research Interests include:

  • International Organizations and Human Security
  • Social Justice and Equity Work
  • Rural Communities and Community Engagement
  • Poverty and Social Development

Fall 2022 Cohort

Abiodun Baiyewu holds an LLM degree in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Centre, focusing on International Human Rights. Abiodun has worked with the Global Rights and Negotiation and Conflict Management Group.

Research interests include:

  • The Impact of the Global Governance System on Shrinking Civic Spaces
  • Fragile States and Human Rights
  • Natural Resource Governance and Climate Change
  • Global Health Law and Corporate Accountability

Adebobola Omowon holds a B.A in History and International Studies from Osun State University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan.

Research interests include:

  • International Diplomacy
  • Peace and Peacebuilding
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Analysis of Conflict in the Social Media Space
  • Early Warning and Early Response Systems.

Ashraf Amiri holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston, United States, and a BA in International Relations from Kateb University, Afghanistan. Ashraf is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship.

Research Interests Include:

  • Civil Society
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Identity and Conflict (with a special focus on ethnic conflicts in Afghanistan)
  • Peace Education in Conflict/post-conflict Societies
  • Non-state Actors and Global Politics and Security.

Augustine B. Aboh holds an MA in Terrorism, International Crime, and Global Security from Coventry University, United Kingdom, and a B.SC in Political Science from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Research Interests include:

  • Human Security of Displaced Communities (IDPs &Refugees)
  • Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime
  • SALW Proliferation and Armed Conflict in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Geopolitics and National Security Policies
  • Intelligence, Local Security and Resilience
  • Global Policy and Development Intervention.

James Kintu holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Management (M.A. PAM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Political Science and Social Administration).

Research interests include:

  • Governance of Climate Change
  • Gender for Sustainable Food Security in Uganda.

Paola Munoz-Gamboa holds a BS in Biology from the University of Costa Rica (UCR), and an MS in Environmental Studies from Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, Ohio University. 

Research interests include:

  • Peace Building in Central America
  • International Environmental Policies
  • Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Forest Management by Indigenous People and Local Communities

Rana A. Hajjaj earned a master’s in business administration from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, focusing on Organizational Leadership and Change Management.

Research interests include:

  • International Diplomacy and Peace
  • Foreign Policy and International Relations
  • Conflict Transformation in the Middle East Region
  • Governance Role of the International Community, Including the UN, in Mitigating and Preventing Conflict

Satwika Paramasatya holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in Peace Studies of International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

Research interests include:

  • Global Health and Health Equity
  • Civil Society and Transnational Advocacy Network
  • Human Security and Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.

Fall 2021 Cohort

Amadou B Jallow holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of The Gambia (UTG), and MA in International Studies (International Development Studies) from Ohio University.  

Research interests include: 

  • Voting Rights and Diaspora Participation in African Politics 
  • Migration and Development  
  • International Political Economy 
  • Forest Policy and Climate Change

Carl Cowan holds a MS in Healthcare Emergency Management from Boston University and a BS in Information Management & Technology from Syracuse University. 

Research interests include: 

  • Ethics and decision-making methods
  • Intersectional approaches in global crisis response
  • Multilateral humanitarian response and recovery mechanisms

Christine Turner Langevin holds an MA degree from the University of New Hampshire in Political Science with a focus on comparative politics. Christine has worked in regulatory compliance of organic agricultural and manufactured goods. 

Research interests include:

  • Non-governmental organizations in global governance
  • International relations and comparative policy analysis  
  • Organizational theory

Fridah Dermmillah Obare holds a Master of Science in Biology of Conservation degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management degree from Moi University, Kenya. She works with Kenya Wildlife Service and is passionate about reptile conservation. Dermmillah is a member of the IUCN Species Specialised Commission – Crocodile Specialist Group.

Research interests include:

  • Economic valuation of wildlife resources
  • International policy analysis
  • Community involvement in wildlife utilisation
  • Multi Environmental Agreements

Jiedine Irene Alexandria Phanbuh from Shillong, India; earned a master’s degree in public policy, with distinction, from The Carsey School of Public Policy, at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked for The American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C on matching military service members and immigrant families in Texas with pro bono lawyers; and for the Town of Durham, NH on census matters.

Research interests:

  • International environmental policy and relations 
  • Mitigating risk of conflict over transboundary natural resource management.
  • International diplomacy and peace
  • United Nations system for the environment and the role of international organizations in mitigating conflict

Nkasi Wodu holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He also holds a Law Degree from the Rivers State University, Nigeria and has been called to the Nigerian Bar. He is a certified mediation trainer and practitioner. He facilitated one of the largest peacebuilding networks in Nigeria and one of the most comprehensive early warning and early response platform in West Africa. He is a new voices fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Research Interests include:

  • Armed conflict in sub Saharan Africa
  • Fragility and resilience in conflict affected State
  • Business, peacebuilding and human rights 
  • Early warning and early response
  • Global policy and human security
  • Transnational organized crime

Pryanka Peñafiel Cevallos holds a M.Res. in International Relations with mention in Security and Human Rights from Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Hemisferios University. Before joining UMass Boston, Pryanka worked as professor and researcher in Ecuadorian universities. 

Research interests include:

  • Nonviolent Resistance
  • Latin American Foreign Policy
  • Migration and human rights
  • Peace and conflict studies

Fall 2020 Cohort

Muhammad Ali holds an MA degree in Development Management from Ruhr University, Germany, and an MBA degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He has worked in different sectors including microfinance, philanthropy, and rural development.

Research interests include:

  • Government-civil society relations
  • Closing civic space and securitization of civil society
  • Human security and human development
  • Violence, extremism, and the role of civil society

Kuntala Bandyopadhyay holds a Master in Philosophy and Master of Arts in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Kuntala has worked as a researcher in climate and energy, infrastructure financing, and governance issues. 

Research interests include:

  • Climate finance 
  • Global governance, environment, and climate change
  • Low-carbon transition of the emerging economies

Margaret Gatonye holds a BA in Mass Communication (Public Relations) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi, an MA in Int’l Studies (African Studies), and an M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from Ohio University. She is formerly the CEO of the Aquaculture Association of Kenya and Head of Aquaculture Projects in East Africa with Larive Group Kenya.

Research Interests Include:

  • Trade Policy, Food Safety Regulatory Frameworks, and Int’l Relations
  • Global Fisheries Governance
  • Community Development and Resiliency
  • Gender and Decision-Making Processes
  • Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change, and Food Security

Brian Harding holds a Bachelor of Arts in Botany (2002) from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Master of Science in Ethnobotany (2005) from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Since 2007, Brian has worked as a climate change and environmental consultant in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, and Latin America. He has worked with the United Nations and the Green Climate Fund.

Research interests include:

  • Institutional Reform and Change Management
  • Action Research
  • Climate Change Adaptation 
  • Global governance, environment, and climate change

Stephen E McAvene holds an MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and a BA in History, minor in Middle Eastern Studies, from Worcester State University. 

Research interests include:

  • Non-State actors in International Relations
  • Conflict and Social Change
  • Refugee Agency and Identity

Judit Senarriaga holds a BD in Political Science and Administration from Pompeu Fabra University, and a Master in Political Analysis and Institutional Assessment from the University of Barcelona. Before joining UMass, Judit worked in a political party as a Parliamentary Advisor for the Spanish Congress and Senate, and previously as Advisor of a member of the Board of the Parliament of Catalonia and as a Community Manager.

Research interests include:

  • Decision-making process
  • Legislative analysis and comparative public policy
  • Global governance, environment, and climate change
  • Implementation of international environmental agreements and their effectiveness

Aamir Yaqoob holds an MPhil in Political Science from GC University Lahore, Pakistan, a certificate of Distinction in Community Service from Forman Christian College. He attended International Summer School 2015 on Gender Equality at the University of Oslo in Norway and International Leadership Summit 2017 in the UK. 

Research interests include:

  • Human Rights and Human Security
  • Women Rights, Gender & Development
  • Transnational Relations & Social Inclusion

Rebecca Yemo holds a Master of International Studies with a concentration in Global Governance and Sustainable Development from North Carolina State University(NC, USA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

Research interests include:

  • Human Rights Enforcement Mechanisms
  • Role of International Organizations in Global Governance
  • Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Fall 2019 Cohort

Emily Anderson holds an MA in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, and a BA in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. 

Research interests include:

  • Politics, religion, culture, and health
  • Human security and compulsory education 
  • Global governance, environment, and climate change 
  • International migration and education  

Allyson Bachta is a PhD candidate researching violent attacks on education in conflict settings. After completing her coursework, she spent two years conducting research for Padraig O’Malley, McCormack School’s John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation for his upcoming book (in press) on Brexit’s impact on the Northern Ireland peace process. She is currently a full-time researcher at Alliance for Peacebuilding (Washington D.C.) and an associate at Essential Partners (Cambridge, MA).  

Apollon Bouzerdan holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UMass Lowell, a BA in Philosophy from Saint John’s Seminary, Boston MA, and a degree in Dental Laboratory Technology from Middlesex Community college, Lowell MA, where he has been an educator for the past fifteen years.

Research interests include:

  • Overpopulation, urban development, waste management, and the environment.
  • Effects of climate change migration on host nations.
  • Middle East conflicts and peace initiatives.
  • Refugee crisis in Lebanon.

Kate Butterworth is a Ph.D. candidate. Her research interests include sovereignty and international organizations. She holds an MA and MS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After working for the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration and on the Conflict Early Warning Analytics program at the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at UMass Boston, she will begin an internship at the Department of State.

Dennis Jjuuko holds an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society (Pass with Distinction) from King’s College London, and a BA in Ethics and Development Studies (Honors) from Uganda Martyrs University. He is an alumnus of the Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars of the African Leadership Center at King’s College London, and a former Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg.

Research interests include:

  • Governance of security
  • Transitional and traditional justice nexus
  • Natural resources governance
  • Transactional and transformational leadership in Africa
  • Emerging powers in global leadership

Muna Killingback Holds an MPA, International Relations from UMass Boston and a BA in English and Journalism from Douglass College of Rutgers University.  Muna worked for international NGOs in Geneva for 11 years and is a former Director of Communications for the World YWCA, the headquarters of the global YWCA movement.

Research interests include::

  • Governance, structure, policy-making processes, and impact of international non-governmental and faith-based organizations
  • An intersectional analysis of organizations and public policies
  • Role and influence of media in international relations
  • Human rights, peace, and social and economic justice

Prince De Makele MOUNGUEMBOU holds a bachelor’s degree and a Masters 1 in Business Law from Marien Ngouabi University (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) where he graduated in 2013. In 2017, he received a Fulbright scholarship to complete a Masters in the United States. He went on to earn a Masters in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston two years later, in 2019.

Research interests include:

  • The resource-conflict nexus
  • Environmental peacebuilding and natural resource governance
  • Child soldiers
  • Global governance of migration and human security in Africa
  • Social activism in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Non-violent social movements in Africa
  • Mediation and negotiation

Benjamin Daniel Obtained a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Library and information science, and Peace and conflict studies respectively both from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria

Research interests include:

  • Third-party interventions
  • Environmental justice and sustainability 
  • Human security
  • Information literacy and education

Carlos A. Pérez-Espitia received a Law degree from St. Bonaventure University, Colombia and holds an MA in Global Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bridgeport, CT. He has taught International Law and Human Rights at La Salle University in Colombia and has been an advisor to the Office of the Inspector General of Colombia in the prevention and protection of Human Rights violations.

Research interests include:

  • International Law and Development
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Corporate accountability and International Human Rights mechanisms 
  • Transitional justice in post-conflict and fragile settings

Mahdi Hasan holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Dhaka Bangladesh.

Research Interests Include:

  • International Negotiation
  • Peace Agreement
  • Third party interventions 

Fall Cohort 2018

Meg Hassey regularly engages her academic background in science, education, and policy with her research into plastic governance. Meg traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the UN Environment Assembly 5.2 and served as a researcher for the delegations that co-led the resolution – End Plastic Pollution: Towards an International Legally Binding Instrument. She continues to attend global meetings which will culminate with a draft of the next global environmental treaty.

Her research interests include the framing and narratives of environmental issues. In doing so, she engages the old environmental adage: Think globally; act locally, to gain an understanding of the human security issues with plastic and its presence (or not) in global governance and vice versa. She does this while teaching at Babson and Wellesley and raising two toddlers. 

Uluç Karakaş holds a BA in International Relations from Ankara University, Turkey and an MA in International Relations from Bilkent University, Turkey.

Research Interests Include:

  • Conducting research on various conceptions of human security and their uses in different cases
  • Global governance of migration and refugees
  • Syrian refugees in Turkey and their governance
  • The effects of climate change on international and human security
  • Global governance of climate change

Leena Maqsood holds a postgraduate diploma in Development Support Communication and MA in Mass Communication from the University of the Punjab Pakistan, MPhil in International Development Studies from Iqra University Pakistan. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to do an MA in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University USA. 

Research Interests Include:

  • Gender and informal sector of the economy
  • Prospects for rural development and hazards of urbanization in Southern Asian region
  • Information and communication technology for human development

Ellen Busolo holds Masters in Diplomacy from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at The University of Nairobi where she also earned a BA in Journalism and Media Studies.  She is Co-founder of a Community Based Sport Organization, Simama Africa, at Kariobangi area in Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Interests Include:

  • Diplomacy
  • Gender
  • International Sports Governance and Policy
  • Sub Saharan Africa with a focus on East Africa

Krystal-Gayle O’Neill is a PhD candidate and is from St. Catherine, Jamaica. Her research interests include the decriminalization of LGBTQ sexualities in the Anglo-Caribbean. She earned an MA in Conflict Resolution from UMass Boston, an M.Phil. in Social Sciences from Wesleyan University, an MSc in College Student Affairs and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and a BEd from The University of Technology, Jamaica. She was a Mercatus Center Don Lavoie Fellow and Adam Smith Fellow during the 2021-2023 academic year, as well as a 2022-23 fellow at the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

Alan Zebek holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and earned an MA in International Affairs from The New School University. His work to date has been centered on global energy politics in relation to socioeconomic, political, and security developments in post-Soviet Eurasia and Eastern Europe. 

Research Interests Include:

  • Global energy governance
  • Economic and energy security in the Greater Black Sea region
  • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)  
  • Post-soviet “frozen conflicts” nationalism 

Fall 2017 Cohort

Prince O. Boateng holds a BS in Marine Business and Commerce from New York Maritime, an MA in Transportation and Logistics Management from American Military University, and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. 

  • Research Interests Include:
  • U.S. national security strategy
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • The interconnection between human security/food security and U.S. national security 
  • Using Realism IR theory to address human security/food security challenges 

Michael J. Cole is a Coasts & Communities IGERT Fellow with a Master’s Degree in International Relations

  • The Water-Energy-Resource Nexus
  • Distributional Climate Mitigation/Adaptation Policy Outcomes
  • Global Food Supply-Chain Governance, Wastes & Inequalities
  • State-Society Relations under Authoritarian Regimes

Candace Famiglietti holds an MS in International Studies with a focus on International Human Development, Society, and Education, as well as a BS in Finance and a minor in International Business from Oklahoma State University. She also works as a consultant to non-profit organizations and has taught courses on Environmental Justice, Waste, Gender and Environment, and Global Environmental Activism at Babson College. Additionally, prior to pursuing her PhD, she co-founded the social enterprise, EbenGroup, where she worked as a managing partner for seven years. 

Research Interests Include:

  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Gender and Environment
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade Policy and Practice
  • Environmental Justice
  • (De)colonization and Indigenous Rights and Politics
  • Community-based and Intersectional Approaches to Wildlife Conservation

Denise Muro earned her MA in International Studies with a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wyoming and has bachelor’s degrees in English and International Studies. Her research explores the securitization of migration and immigrant and refugee integration in the Boston area, and she has a background in nonprofit work with immigrant and refugee communities. She recently was selected for a grant from the Boston Area Research Initiative for urban scholarship and public policy for her work with MAP Network exploring challenges and pathways to strengthen immigrant and refugee services. You can follow her work and research here.

Research Interests Include:

  • Gender, race, and migration, and intersectional approaches to understanding migration experiences
  • The securitization of migration
  • Community building among newcomers and residents
  • Racial justice and restorative justice

Roberto “Nick” Rico has a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Research Interests Include:

  • International illicit economies and their relationship with legal economies
  • Drug decriminalization and legalization regimes
  • Resource politics and resource-driven conflict
  • Latin America

Nancy Riordan holds a Master of Science International Relations, University of Massachusetts Boston and a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence, Penn State. 

Research Interests Include:

  • Global space governance 
  • National space policy

Mario Siddhartha Portugal-Ramírez holds a master’s degree in sociology from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Ecuador). He did his undergraduate studies in sociology at Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno (Bolivia).

Research Interests Include:

  • Medical sociology/anthropology
  • Medical pluralism
  • Global health policies related to intercultural health practices
  • Digital medicine 
  • Indigenous people´s political movements from Americas

Jack Whitacre attended Kenyon College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His publications explore environmental law, the rights of nature, ocean clusters, and maritime security. In 2020 he completed internships with the Department of State (remote) and the Civic Action Project in Boston, MA.

Research Interests Include:

  • Wetland Policy
  • Coasts and Communities
  • The Ramsar Convention   

Shino Yokotsuka holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts and master’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the Ohio University and the University of Delaware. Shino currently works for the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, assisting and publishing research with the focus on diversifying a mediation field. Shino also serves as a mediator for DC Superior Court. Her research explores minority rights, religious freedom, and conflict analysis and resolution.

Fall 2016 Cohort

Anna Dubrova has an LL.M. in Legal Regulation of Public Administration and Human Rights from both Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania). Anna is currently working on her dissertation research and writing, and she covers international chemicals & waste meetings with the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team.

Research Interests Include:

  • Global environmental governance
  • Implementation of environmental conventions
  • Sustainable development and sustainable production and consumption patterns

Anatole France Pitroipa has earned Master’s Degrees in Social Ethics from Boston College, (STL 2008); in Public Policy from Georgetown University, (MPP 2010) and in Political Science from Laval University, (MA 2015). Anatole is currently working on his research and writing, including conducting grant-funded fieldwork in Burkina Faso

His research interests include:

  • Dynamics of religious extremism and the expansion of transnational violence/crime 
  • Diffusion mechanisms of terrorism/jihadism in the Sahel and across the so-called “Arc of instability” in Africa;
  • Challenges presented by religious extremism and violence to the issues of Governance and Human Security in Africa.

David Sulewski is writing his dissertation on the topic of complementary pathways to protection for refugees in Europe. He currently works as Senior Community Sponsorship Technical Assistance Associate for the Refugee Welcome Collective at Church World Service, supporting private refugee resettlement programs across the country. 

Research Interests Include:

  • Forced migration and peacebuilding
  • Refugee resettlement and integration
  • Role of faith-based communities in conflict resolution
  • Local peacebuilding communities amidst conflict

Fall 2015 Cohort

Nyingilanyeofori Hannah Brown has an MA in sustainable international development and an MA in coexistence and conflict from Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Hannah is working to finalize her dissertation proposal and teaching in the UMass Boston Honors College.  

Research Interests Include:

  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainable governance
  • International and local governance for crisis management
  • Religious and inter-ethnic coexistence

Linda Holcombe holds a master’s in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University. Linda is working on her dissertation research and writing and teaching part-time at a Boston area university, after completing extensive fellowship-funded fieldwork and Swahili language study, in Uganda, as a Boren National Security Fellow.

  • International wildlife crime 
  • Wildlife trafficking

Elly Rostoum holds degrees from Harvard University, Bates College, and Stanford University. Stay in touch through Twitter @EllyRostoum. Elly is currently working on her dissertation research and writing and teaching as an Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School for Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.

Research Interests Include: 

  • Energy geopolitics
  • Intelligence threat assessment
  • Arab domestic politics
  • Intersections of religious and political governance

Michael Scanlon has over five years of experience in global health and development. He has a BA in international studies and an MPH in epidemiology from Indiana University. Michael is currently working on his dissertation research and writing in Kenya, as a 2019-2020 Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow. He is also a Fellow of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Research Interests Include:

  • Global health diplomacy and governance 
  • Health and conflict 
  • Securitization of health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS
  • Health systems financing 

Fall 2014 Cohort

Beth Fascitelli graduated with a BA in anthropology from Amherst College and a masters in international affairs from SIPA, Columbia University.

Research Interests Include:

  • multi-party conflict resolution and consensus-building
  • conducting conflict and stakeholder assessments
  • facilitating dialogue with Christians and Hindus 
  • spearheading efforts to promote company-community dispute resolution. 

Paul Yoo holds a BA in history and political science from Miami University and an MA in Korean studies from Korea University and an MA in comparative and regional studies of East Asia from American University.

Research Interests Include:

  • Securitization, Northeast Asia 
  • Inter-Korean Relations
  • Korean Politics
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Human Security
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