2008 Pardee Center Summer Fellows
The following graduate students worked as Summer Research Fellows with the Pardee Center during Summer 2008. A number of them continued their Pardee Center research beyond the Summer Term:
Dr. Alexandra Crampton received her doctorate in Social Work and Anthropology from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science in December, 2007. Her research examines the meanings and outcomes of domestic and international interventions used to help vulnerable populations. Current work includes global aging and the ethics, politics, and social practices of “doing good” through professional and informal interventions. Dr. Crampton has worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution for several years, and was a graduate research fellow in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School from 2006-7. Her paper addressing debate on the merits of community mediation won the Henry J. Meyer award for the best student paper in her doctoral program in 2006. She has published a range of peer-reviewed and invited articles on the topics of aging, adult guardianship, cross-cultural aspects of intervention work, and teaching negotiation.
Stuart Fairclough’s interests and background span globalization, state building, political and business risk and the role of strategic philanthropy in international development. His professional experience includes a period with UBS, initially with Group Policy and Research, an advisory unit to the Board on macro and public policy issues, and subsequently as Economist/Senior Editor with the Investment Center of UBS Wealth Management & Business Banking. He has also acquired experience with Oxford Analytica, an international consulting firm which provides business and government leaders with analysis of world affairs. Stuart is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and German from the University of Surrey, and an MA with a focus on international political economy from the University of Warwick, UK. He is fully fluent in French and German.
Jenna Gordon received a BA from Wesleyan University in Italian Studies and is currently a 2009 MA candidate at Boston University in International Relations and International Communication. Prior to graduate school Jenna volunteered in a rural Costa Rican community teaching English as a Foreign Language. Latin America is Jenna’s geographical area of concentration for International Relations studies and her focus in International Communication is communication research. As a Pardee Center Graduate Fellow her research focuses on public diplomacy, global communication and international understanding.
Elana Kimbrell is a 2008 Masters candidate at Boston University in International Relations and Environmental Policy. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. Her research focus is on problems of transition and sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe, and on the widespread impact of the European Union’s environmental policies. She wrote her thesis on water resource management in the Danube River Basin.
Roshan Malik has worked at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and at ActionAid, focusing on issues of international trade and development, especially those related to trade in agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods. Recently he was associated with Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy (IATP) working on issues related to agriculture trade and right to food. Roshan has been involved in Food Security Analysis- Pakistan (2003) jointly conducted by SDPI & World Food Program. He was also associated with various inter/national networks and campaigns promoting sustainable agriculture and food security. As a Pardee Center Graduate Fellow his research focuses on linking indicators of food insecurity with indicators of national governance and of human development.
Grant Marlier is doctoral student at the Department of Political Science, Boston University.
As a Graduate Fellow at the Boston Univeristy Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Grant did research on a paper that looked at the longer-range trends in globalization and higher-education, especially on US Univeristies expanding aborad in deeper and more permanent ways than before.
As a Visiting Graduate Fellow at the Pardee Center, Dirk Swart did research on the future and impact of technological development in Africa. He has published research on trade treaty negotiation and policy, and is employed at Cornell University. Dirk completed his undergraduate education in Computer Science and Business Policy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and holds a Masters degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
As a Visiting Fellow at the Pardee Center, Nadaa Taiyab did research on the future of transportation in developing country cities. Ms Taiyab has consulted for Environmental Defense Fund on climate change advocacy in India. Additionally, she has contributed to a leading Indian business weekly magazine on climate change policy. Ms Taiyab was recently a Fellow with the Acumen Fund. In the past, she has worked in Indonesia for the World Bank on a project to promote private sector development in post-conflict areas and as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York. Ms Taiyab completed her undergraduate education in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree on business and environmental policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Rachel Thrasher completed her Master’s degree in International Relations at Boston University in 2008. She received her J.D. in June of 2007, also from Boston University, and was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While in graduate school, she focused her research on issues surrounding U.S.-style free trade agreements and their legal impact on Latin American countries. Her Note, entitled Indirect Expropriation under NAFTA and DR-CAFTA: Potential Inconsistencies in the Treatment of State Public Welfare Regulations, was published in the Boston University Law Review in October of 2006.
Jordan Winkler is a PhD student in Boston University’s Department of Geography. Jordan’s research focuses on quantifying the economic impact of climate change through changes in ecosystem services. He aims to assist decision makers at all levels in minimizing vulnerability to climate change by translating quantitative modeling results into policy solutions. He has worked as a consultant for the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Global Development and Environment Institute to assess priorities for adaptation funding in the Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as addressing the potential impacts of international climate policy on oil exporting nations. His past research focused on the use and improvement of seasonal climate forecasting in Africa.
Moeed Yusuf is a PhD student and Teaching Fellow at Boston University’s Political Science Department and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Boston University Pardee Center. He is also a Research Fellow at Strategic and Economic Policy Research, Pakistan and a Visiting Associate at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan. Most recently, he was based at the Brookings Institution as a Special Guest researcher. Moeed Yusuf’s research focuses on strategic concerns related to South Asia, especially those falling within the ambit of Pakistan and India’s security policy, the political economy of democratic transitions in Pakistan, as well as developmental issues related to South Asian trade and poverty.