Selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates, the Office of Graduate Studies has chosen 12 PhD students representing seven graduate programs across the university to participate in the 2018 UMass Boston Transdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program.
This program is a collaboration between the Social Science Research Council and the University of Massachusetts Boston, with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to expose doctoral candidates to the possibilities of transdisciplinary research, to develop proposals that are competitive for external funding, and to increase the support networks and retention of students at this critical stage in their careers.
These doctoral students will participate in a dissertation seminar this spring, led by Professor of Anthropology Rosalyn Negrón, to help them prepare to defend their dissertation proposals in the following academic year. Students will develop cogent and fundable dissertation research proposals that draw on inter- or transdisciplinary theories, methods, or approaches. In addition to the dissertation seminar, the Office of Graduate Studies will also offer a summer bootcamp on transdisciplinary methods.
Students in this cohort will also earn a small stipend in summer research funds to support their dissertation proposal development.
Michelle Crist (Sociology; Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Hartwell). Does the availability of Narcan encourage drug users to engage in riskier behavior?
Anna Dubrova (Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Faculty Advisor: Maria Ivanova). Global governance of chemicals and waste: Assessing the effectiveness of global environmental conventions.
Yaeli Foint (Management; Faculty Advisor: Benyamin Lichtenstein). Sustainability and social enterprise in water and sanitation in developing contexts.
Meredith Gamble (Sociology; Faculty Advisor Jorge Capetillo). Central American immigrants’ perspectives on rights, organizing, and activism in Evangelical Protestant and grassroots advocacy institutional contexts.
Bediha Ipekci (Counseling and School Psychology; Faculty Advisor: Steven Vannoy). Post-traumatic stress and resilience among Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Jessica Karch (Chemistry; Faculty Advisor: Hannah Sevian). How abstraction manifests in undergraduate physical chemistry problem solving.
Kelly Luis (Earth and Environmental Sciences; Faculty Advisor: ZhongPing Lee). After the storm: Coastal underwater habitat mapping for improved storm response and coastal management.
Kundan Mishra (Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Faculty Advisor: Stacy VanDeveer). Distress, determinants, and decisions: A case study of decision making in seasonal migrant households.
Zenobia Morrill (Counseling and School Psychology; Faculty Advisor: Heidi Levitt). Understanding practitioner and service-user perspectives of the psychotherapy process and the impact of relational and cultural context.
Jean-Pierre Murray (Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Faculty Advisor: Margaret Karns). The migration security nexus: Exploring the securitization of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic.
Savitha Rajamani (Urban Leadership and Education; Faculty Advisor: Patricia Krueger-Henney). Critical caste theory in education.
David Sulewski (Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Pugh). Peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance in post-conflict Colombia: A case study of Colombia’s Pacific coast.