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February 10, 2018
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Four Global Governance & Human Security Doctoral Students Chosen for Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Program

student working on laptop computerSelected from a pool of highly competitive candidates, the Office of Graduate Studies has chosen 12 PhD students representing 7 graduate programs across the university to participate in the 2018 UMass Boston Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program. Among them include 4 students from the PhD Program in Global Governance and Human Security at the McCormack Graduate School – the largest number from any one doctoral program.With funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this proposal development program is a collaboration between the Social Science Research Council and the University of Massachusetts Boston designed to expose doctoral candidates to the possibilities of transdisciplinary research, to develop proposals that are competitive for external funding, and to increase the support networks and retention of students at this critical stage in their careers.These doctoral students will participate in a dissertation seminar this spring led by Professor of Anthropology Rosalyn Negrón to help them prepare to defend their dissertation proposals in the next academic year. Students will develop cogent and fundable research proposals that draw on inter- or transdisciplinary theories, methods, or approaches. In addition to the dissertation seminar, the Office of Graduate Studies will also offer a summer bootcamp on transdisciplinary methods.

Students in this cohort will also earn a small stipend in summer research funds to support their dissertation proposal development.

McCormack Graduate School awardees include:

Anna Dubrova

Dissertation topic: Global governance of chemicals and waste: Assessing the effectiveness of global environmental conventions
Faculty Advisor: Maria Ivanova

Kundan Mishra

Dissertation topic: Distress, determinants, and decisions: A case study of decision making in seasonal migrant households
Faculty Advisor: Stacy VanDeveer

Jean-Pierre Murray
Dissertation topic: The migration security nexus: Exploring the securitization of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic
Faculty Advisor: Margaret Karns

David Sulewski
Dissertation topic: Peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance in post-conflict Colombia: A case study of Colombia’s Pacific coast
Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Pugh

We congratulate these burgeoning scholars.

January 29, 2018
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McCormack PhD Candidate Earns Post-Doc Fellowship from International Studies Association

Jaime HagenThe International Studies Association (ISA) has awarded its James Rosneau Post-doctoral Fellowship to Global Governance and Human Security PhD candidate Jaime J. Hagen to further her research in the field of gender and security. This fellowship begins next year and supports the research of newly minted scholars in the social sciences.

Graduate Program Director Stacy VanDeveer praises Hagen’s accomplishment. “This esteemed award recognizes Jaime’s outstanding scholarship in feminist security studies. Her work focuses on an important global policy challenge and seeks creative solutions that matter to the LGBTQ community.”

Prior to joining the McCormack Graduate School to pursue her doctoral studies, Hagen completed an MA in political science at Brooklyn College. Working as a consultant for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, she conducted research for the 2012 Women, Peace and Security policy briefs. She also spent time working at several non-government organizations.

Hagen has published scholarly and freelance articles on gender, feminist security studies, and LGBTQ politics. She also contributed a chapter on LGBTQ sexuality and social media for the book, Gender, Sex and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century.

She is a member of the executive committee of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies interest group of the International Studies Association. At the ISA-NE conference in November, she presented her research on “What is Gender and Who are Women? Queer Questions for the Women, Peace and Security Architecture,” related to her dissertation work on gender in post-conflict and transnational LGBTQ advocacy networks.

News of Hagen’s award was shared on the front page of the January ISA newsletter. Upon completion of her dissertation, she will work ¾ time on her own research while devoting the remainder to ISA projects. The fellowship carries a $50,000 annual stipend.

Graduate Program Director Stacey VanDeveer praises Hagen’s accomplishment. “This esteemed award recognizes Jaime’s outstanding scholarship in feminist security studies. Her work focuses on an important global policy challenge and seeks creative solutions that matter to the LGBTQ community.”

 

 

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