Following are recent news stories and accomplishments by students in our graduate programs.

GGHS Doctorial Students Hannah Brown, Polly Cegielski and Adriana Rincon 

Have been selected to participate in the 2017 University of Massachusetts Boston-SSRC Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program (UMB-SSRC TDPD) Program. The program includes two workshops with doctoral students from other universities and a $5,000 research budget.  More About SSRC


 GGHS Doctoral Candidate Chris Graham

Christopher Graham, Doctoral Candidate in the Global Governance and Human Security program, has been awarded the Jamaica House Fellowship. The Fellowship provides recipients with the opportunity to work on, support, and implement high priority initiatives in the National Policy Office (NPO) within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), and other Government Miniseries, Departments, and Agencies. Fellows will spend two years acquiring first-hand, high-level exposure and experience in government, leadership, and national and foreign policy decision-making. Christopher is also assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Government of Jamaica. His research interest includes international political economy, small states' development, global governance, and development policy. Christopher's dissertation research is on the political economy of diaspora governance in the Global South.  

GGHS Doctoral Candidate Jason McSparren

Named a Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2017-18) by The West African Research Association/Center (WARA/WARC) for his dissertation project titled, ‘Seeking a Nexus between Transparency, Accountability and Sustainable Development in the Extractive Industries: Evaluating capacity of civil society organizations in Mali’. Read More 




GGHS Doctorial Students Polly Cegielski and Linda Holcombe

Were each awarded a 2017 National Security Education Program (NESP) Boren Fellowship, among the most competitive and high profile security-related, nationally competitive fellowships in the USA

GGHS Doctoral Candidate Hannah Nyingilanyeofori Brown

Has been awarded THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (IPRA) FOUNDATION, Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship.   This 2- year fellowship (2016-2017) is awarded to women from the developing world for studies in the field of peace. More Info



GGHS Doctoral Candidate Jeremiah Asaka

Coasts and Communities fellow is conducting his field work in the northern rangelands of Kenya in summer 2016. Here, he is preparing to hold a focus group discussion with a group of Samburu warriors under an acacia tree. Read More. 

Doctoral Candidate to be awarded the ACUNS 2016 Dissertation Award

Gabriela Bueno de Almeida Moraes  submission was chosen unanimously out of a very competitive field of applications.The Dissertation Award brings a financial award in the sum of US $1,500. She will be introduced and recognized at the Annual Meeting as the Award winner where she will present a paper about institutional complexity and forest-related sustainable development goals titled "The Trees and Everything Else: What Institutional Complexity Means for Forest-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"  





Samiullah Mahdi International Relations Fulbright Student

Fulbrighter is at the Forefront of a Media Revolution in Afghanistan.  Afghan journalists Samiullah Mahdi featured on PRI The World: Television in Afghanistan is pushing boundaries, and viewers like what they see. Mahdi, is studying International Relations at UMass Boston on a Fulbright scholarship.

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Saadia Ahmad Conflict Resolution Master's Student

Earned a $5,000 Peace Education Prize from the El Hibri Foundation based on her strong work in interfaith dialogue and understanding. "Saadia represents the best of the McCormack Graduate School—passionate about shaping solutions to real-world issues and problems." Read More




Abigail Kabandula GGHS Doctoral Candidate

Abigail Kabandula GGHS Doctoral CandidateAttended the 2015 ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on "The Evolution of UN Peace Operations: Contemporary Challenges and Requirements", hosted by ACUNS and the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI). "The workshop is a great opportunity for me as it will inform my research in peacekeeping operations in Africa and global governance.  It presents a valuable chance to learn about what other scholars and policy-makers in my field are working on. It will be an occasion to network with new scholars in the field and seek out opportunities for collaboration." Abby


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