2017 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is pleased to announce its 2017 Graduate Summer Fellows. These eight outstanding Boston University graduate students represent various disciplines, including Earth & Environment, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, International Affairs, and Political Science.

The Graduate Summer Fellows spent 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 participated in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning and will interact with Pardee Center staff, Faculty Research Fellows and Associates, Visiting Fellows, and post-docs.

The class of 2017 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows includes:

Florian Bodamer, master’s student, International Affairs
He researched the long-term economic development impacts of innovation in the defense industry.

Calynn Dowler, doctoral student, Anthropology
She studied environmental change and migration in India’s Sundarbans Islands.

Ilyun Koh, doctoral student, Earth & Environment
He assessed the vulnerability of Brazilian coffee farms to climate change.

Erica Larson, doctoral student, Anthropology – Appleton Schneider Fellow*
She studied religious difference and coexistence among Indonesian youth by examining civic and religious education in a Muslim school, a Catholic school, and a public high school.

William Murphy, master’s student, Political Science
He analyzed the politics of tax havens in wealthy countries to determine policies to decrease tax avoidance.

Jonathan Shaffer, doctoral student, Sociology
He studied the political obstacles to financing the care, treatment, and prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Danielle Trachtenberg, doctoral student, Economics
She analyzed the effect on imports resulting from changes in domestic labor market conditions.

Alexandre White, doctoral student, Sociology
He examined how the risk of epidemic outbreak is determined, and what sort of threats trigger greater intervention from the World Health Organization.

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

*Starting this year, the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellow who is closest to completing his or her graduate degree is designated as the Appleton Schneider Fellow in honor of BU Alumnus Appleton Schneider who provided a bequest to the Pardee Center endowment to support Pardee Fellows.