McCormack Speaks

November 7, 2018
by saadiaahmad001

Topol Grant Research Team Publishes First Article on Scaling Up Grassroots Nonviolent Movements

The Topol Peace Data Initiative seeks to explore the ways in which grassroots peace initiatives and nonviolent movements for social change can be scaled up and applied at an international scale. Members of the research team recently published its first article with Sage Journals, entitled: “Scaling Social Movements Through Social Media: The Case of Black Lives Matter.”

According to the abstract, the article explores the potential role of social media in helping movements expand and strengthen their impact, utilizing a case study of the Black Lives Matter movement to present the possibilities of social media to build connections, mobilize participants and resources, build coalitions, and amplify alternative narratives.

The article was co-authored by Marcia Mundt, a public policy doctoral student, along with Dr. Karen Ross, assistant professor of conflict resolution, and Charla Burnett, a global governance and human security doctoral student.

The publication is available as an open access article here.

July 5, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Public Policy Graduate Studies Roma Experiences in Serbian Labor Market, Earns Dissertation Award

Marija Bingulac, PhD

Marija Bingulac, PhD

The Romani people face numerous challenges in Serbia including disproportionately high rates of unemployment, poverty, and discrimination. They are 8 times more likely than non-Roma to live in absolute poverty. More than 60% of the Romani people are unemployed. Some 65% percent live in settlements without access to safe drinking water and 77% are without a sewage system; 26% do not have access to electricity.

Recent McCormack graduate Marija Bingulac (PhD, Public Policy) conducted research focused on measuring labor-market discrimination and hiring practices that create major barriers to gainful employment for the Romani. Continue Reading →

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