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


Congratulations to Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra! 


Recognizing our first Global Governance and Human Security student to be awarded his PhD degree. Arvind successfully defended his disertation 'Kashmir as a Protacted Social Conflict: Examining the Role of Non-States Actors in the Policymaking Process'.


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)"  The 2016 Annual Meeting is taking place June 16–18 at Fordham University, New York.

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.


Students Theresa Sommers and Shelley Brown  Collaborate with Faculty to Publish Research on Woman's Health

Professor Sprague and Parpart partnered with doctoral students and South African colleagues to interview 20 nurses with direct or indirect experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV).  Read More About Collaboration  and Read Published Article: When nurses are also patients: Intimate partner violence and the health system as an enabler of women's health and agency in Johannesburg 

Samiullah Mahdi International Relations Fulbright Student

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


Parfait and Wade International Relations Students 








Conflict Resolution Saadia Ahmad has been awarded The El-Hibri Foundation scholarship in peace education.  Her work focuses on interfaith and religious conflict resolution.Read More

Global Governance and Human Security PhD Student and IGERT Fellow Jeremiah O. Asaka's latest scholarly work has been published in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. The work is a review of a 2015 edited volume by Prof. John Lonsdale entitled Colonial Kenya Observed: British Rule, Mau Mau and the Wind of Change.Read More

Global Governance and Human Security PhD student Michael Denney (second from right) attends Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security at Purdue University. His team was awarded Best Presentation by their peers for their program on modernizing agricultural extension services in Cambodia. Read More

International Relations student Salif Mangane attended the UN Sustainable Development summit in New York, which featured Pope Francis and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai. Salif was selected as Youth Representative to the opening ceremony.
PhD student Sudeshna Chatterjee received a competitive scholarship to participate in the second Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies & Critical Theory at the University of Bologna Summer 2015. Congratulations! Read More.

Our doctoral student from Ethiopia, Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu, received a very prestigious and generous dissertation research fellowship from the International Livestock Research Institute to work on climate change adaptation in Ethiopia. The fellowship will cover a stipend as well as travel and research expenses for 3 years. Read More.


International Relations students Parfait Gasana and Wade Cedar have won a 2014 Diversity and Inclusion (DANDI) Award. Nominated in the education category for their work to establish the Kigali Reading Center, the first English language children's library and literacy program in Rwanda. Read More.

Huseyin Sari, graduate student in the International Relations program attended the Geneva Peace Conference. Read More

African Successes: Reasons for Hope in Peace and Development. Watch this Talk by CPDD Executive Director Darren Kew and MSPA International Relations Student Parfait Gasana! Watch You Tube Video
Students Present at Conflict Studies and Global Governance Conference 
Conflict Resolution Students present Master's Projects Read More
Global Governance and Human Security PhD Student,  Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy, attends UN Climate Summit with Faculty Mentor Read More
Modupe Oshikoya, GGHS PhD Student Works toward Peace in Nigeria Read More 
Global Governance and Human Security PhD Student Charlie Bracket works on Boston's Ex-Offender Policies Read More
Kylie Milburn, Conflict Resolution student,spent the summer  in the Middle East with Ultimate Peace summer camp. Read More about Ultimate Peace
Global Governance and Human Security PhD Student Jamie Hagen attended The Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence conference in Istanbul. Read More.
Michael Denney as an International Relations student joined Provost Langley and Ivanova to travel to Ethiopia to sign a memorandum of understanding between Addis Ababa University and UMass Boston. Denney graduated from the IR Program and is now a Global Governance and Human Security PhD Student.Read More





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