2015 Pardee Summer Fellows

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is pleased to announce the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows. These nine outstanding Boston University graduate students represent various schools and departments from across the university, including Earth & Environment, Political Science, Public Health, Biology, Sociology, and Mathematics & Statistics.

Starting June 1st, the Graduate Summer Fellows will spend 10 weeks at the Pardee House developing research papers to be considered for publication as part of the Pardee Center’s publication series. In addition, Summer Fellows will participate in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning and will interact with Pardee Center Faculty Fellows and post-docs.

The class of 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows includes:

Sahar Abi Hassan, doctoral student, Political Science
She studied the role of political trust in the emergence and consolidation of populist politics, through an individual-level study across ten Latin American countries.

Eliza Garfield, master’s student, Biology
She considered the colonial nature of corals used in coral reef restoration world-wide and the implications for new restoration methodologies that could enhance long-term reef survival.

Junda Jin, doctoral student, Political Science
His study introduced the concept of virtual water, the water needed in the production of one product, into China’s recent discussion about food security. The study discussed the perspective of implementing water-saving policies in China’s food production by analyzing China’s institutional regulators of agricultural practice.

Claire Seulgie Lim, doctoral student, Political Science
She explored the political, social, and religious aspects involved in defining the political identities of Senegalese women, and how the gender parity law at the level of the National Assembly is reflected in reality.

Emily Philipp, doctoral student, Sociology
She explored the history of U.S. foundations’ engagement with microfinance efforts to identify the characteristics of early and later financial supporters of this economic and social development strategy.

Kira Sullivan-Wiley, doctoral student, Earth and Environment
She analyzed the relationships between landslide, soil erosion, and flooding risk perceptions and risk management behaviors of small-scale farmers in the Bugisu sub-region of eastern Uganda, and investigated how those perceptions and behaviors are linked to their relationships with local and regional development and disaster risk reduction (DRR) organizations.

Andrew Trlica, doctoral student, Earth and Environment
He studied the relationship of albedo (surface brightness) to underlying urban land features and the influence it has on the local urban heat island effect, using the Boston metropolitan area as a test case.

Maanasa Venkatesh, master’s student, Global Health
She researched whom women in India communicate with within their social networks regarding decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, and why policies need to be reframed to address men, specifically, as the recipients of messages.

Zoey Zheng, master’s student, Mathematics and Statistics
She built a model to study how climate change will affect the prices and land allocation for ten main crops in villages or provinces in Indonesia.

More information about the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program and previous summer fellows is available here.