2020 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows

Ahmad Azari, Pardee School, MA, International Affairs – Appleton Schneider Fellow*
He studied Middle East oil and climate change policies, with a focus on the United Arab Emirates.
Andrea Beltrán-Lizarazo, GRS, PhD, Sociology
She analyzed the effects of asset forfeiture laws in Colombia’s drug enforcement policies and, more broadly, the impacts of drug trade-related violence on urban inequalities across Latin America.
Sarah Hopkinson, GRS, PhD, English
She examined how works of nonfiction and fiction produced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina shape socio-cultural understandings of climate change.
Julia Marrs, GRS, PhD, Geography
She examined total atmospheric CO2 in Boston over the past five years to characterize this anomalous growing season in light of the dramatic reduction in emissions during the COVID-19 outbreak, and explored potential implications for the future of CO2 emissions in urban areas.
Christine Marsico, Wheelock College, PhD, Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development
She used survey data from 5,000+ high school students in New England to explore the frequency and impacts of immigration-based harassment and bullying.
John Okechi, GRS, PhD, Biology
He analyzed the impacts of cage aquaculture in Lake Victoria on the environment and on food security in surrounding communities.
Ziyue Shen, GRS, MA, Global Development Economics
She studied economic recoveries from outbreaks of contagious diseases, comparing four countries’ experiences (SARS, China 2003; H1N1, Mexico 2009; MERS, South Korea 2015; and Ebola, Liberia 2014-15).
Hannah Sherseth, GRS, MA, Economic Policy – Appleton Schneider Fellow*
She analyzed maternity leave policy in the United States, focusing on the social and economic impacts compared to other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.
Taylor Thomas, School of Theology, PhD, Theological Studies
She explored how monastic traditions can provide frameworks for global societies that are sustainable and equitable.
Marial Williams, Sargent College, OTD, Occupational Therapy
She studied the intersections of music and public health, particularly in relation to communicable diseases.

More information about the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program and previous summer fellows can be found here.

*Two master’s students are designated as Appleton Schneider Fellows in honor of BU Alumnus Appleton Schneider, who provided a bequest to the Pardee Center endowment to support the Graduate Summer Fellows program.