Six McCormack Graduate School doctoral students presented their research at the prestigious International Studies Association (ISA) conference in Providence this November.
In sessions they described as “enriching,” “highly relevant,” and “empowering,” the six Global Governance and Human Security students addressed such topics as gender in world politics, atrocities and humanitarian intervention, and movements and institutions of human rights.
Commenting on the value of the conference, PhD candidate Yuliya Rashchupkina noted, “I received useful feedback on my work from scholars in the field. During the panel, I also learned about the work of others around gender and neoliberal approaches to nature which enriched my own perspectives.” She plans to integrate the comments in her current dissertation study and future work.
Beth Fascitelli, in her first experience at such a conference, also found the conference rewarding. “The feedback I received was hands-down the best part of my experience. My panel discussant had read my paper carefully and provided detailed feedback on its strengths and areas for improvement. I was frankly overwhelmed by how much thought he had put into it. All of his feedback was highly relevant and useful.”
Fascitelli also praised the keynote talk and panel presentation she attended on “Survival Strategies for (Female) Scholars.” She said, “As an older student and a mother, I have found the PhD experience to be challenging and isolating. These events spoke to these feelings, and I was able to connect with other women who had children while doing their PhD. I felt for the first time in my PhD experience that I am part of a larger community of women scholars who can offer each other mutual support, encouragement, and learning. It was a very empowering and enriching experience.”
McCormack student Jaime Hagen, in addition to her own talk, participated in the pedagogy workshop which “offered a rare opportunity to hear from a group of mentors about teaching international relations.” She explained that the workshop also included time to get individualized feedback on her philosophy of teaching statement that she found very beneficial.
"All of us at McCormack are impressed by the presenters ̶ both the valuable research they have conducted already and shared at the conference,” said David W. Cash, dean of the McCormack Graduate School, “and the lively curiosity they are continuing to exhibit for learning ̶ personal as well as professional."
The following list includes the conference presentation titles and student presenters.
- “Mainstreaming Strategy in Development Cooperation: Uncovering its Pitfalls and Transformative Potential” by Yuliya Rashchupkina
- “The Drafting Process for the Sustainable Development Goals: An Analysis of Stasis and Change in the United Nations Development System” by Beth Fascitelli
- “What is Gender and Who are Women? Queer Questions for the Women, Peace and Security Architecture” by Jamie J. Hagen
- “The International Criminal Court: Research into How the Court’s Design Contributes to a Restorative Justice Approach” by Safiya St. Clair
- “Restricted Freedom and Identity Crisis: A Battle Over Prayer in Schools in the Contemporary United States and Japan” by Shino Yokotsuka
- “The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the Human Rights Approach to Human Trafficking: Explaining the Organizational (Mis)Fit” by Jean-Pierre Murray