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Student Achievements Abound in Global Governance, Human Security PhD Program


During the spring 2017 semester, several students in the PhD Program in Global Governance and Human Security earned fellowships from Jamaica to West Africa, research grants, and teaching positions from Boston to Arlington, Virginia.

“These accomplishments point to the high quality students who choose to study at the McCormack Graduate School,” said Dean David Cash. “I continue to be impressed by the breadth of their expertise and their commitment to build a more secure and sustainable world.” Tim Adivilah, Charla Burnett, Christopher Graham, and Kundan Mishra, and David Sulewski received 2017 research seed grants in the amount of $500 each from the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human, Security, and Global Governance.

Polly Cegielski and Linda Holcombe each earned a 2017 National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship, among the most competitive, high profile security-related fellowships in the United States. According to the program website, these Boren Scholars will “study the languages and cultures most critical to our nation’s security. In exchange, they agree to utilize those skills within the government by seeking and securing federal employment for at least one year.”

Miranda Chase was awarded a 2017-18 Adam Smith Fellowship by the Mercatus Center at the George Mason University. Chase will receive a quarterly stipend and travel funds to participate in workshops on political economy at the Arlington, VA university.

Three students were selected to participate in the 2017 UMass Boston Social Science Research Council Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program. Hannah Brown, Polly Cegielski, and Adriana Rincon will attend workshops with doctoral students from other universities and each receive $5,000 to support their dissertation research.

Christopher Graham was chosen for the two-year Jamaica House Fellowship to work in the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Among his core duties, Graham will provide analyses and oversee the progress of initiatives across government agencies.

Jinyoung Kang accepted a position as an assistant professor of business at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA. She is currently completing her dissertation on “The Emergence of Private Governance in a Nonwestern Context: The Case of South Korea.”

Awarded by the West Africa Research Association, Jason McSparren received a 2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for his research on natural resource governance in Mali.

Michael Scanlon will teach an undergraduate class on global health this fall at UMass Boston’s Honors College. His research interests include global health diplomacy and governance, health and conflict, securitization of health issues, and health systems financing.

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