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Past Recipients of Graduate Student Research Funding

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Graduate student research funding supports faculty-supervised doctoral student research activities, particularly field-based work on global poverty and economic development in middle- and low-income countries. Awards made during an academic year were not necessarily utilized that same year.


2020 - 2021 Academic Year

  • Gender and Equity
    Governments and Institutions
    Feyaad Allie, Department of Political Science 
    Why Do Marginalized Groups Remain Underrepresented? The Case of Muslims in India
  • Education and Skills
    Cauê Dobbin, Department of Economics
    Financial Aid, and the Supply and Demand for Higher Education
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Emilia Groupp, Department of Anthropology
    Cultivating the Sun: Solar Development in Rural Tunisia
  • Governments and Institutions
    Haemin Jee, Department of Political Science
    Effects of the Social Credit System on Political Attitudes in China
  • Governments and Institutions
    Mian (Jason) Luo, Department of Political Science 
    AI, Big Data, and Economic Development: the Rise of Digital Governance in China?
  • Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Nic Lyon, Department of Political Science
    Tolerance in the Metropolis? Urbanization and Inter-group Relations in Africa
  • Governments and Institutions
    Andres Felipe Rodriguez Martinez, Department of Economics 
    The Caged Economy: Do Traditional Leaders Create Distortions Through Redistribution? Evidence From a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Sierra Leone
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Jonas Metzger, Department of Economics 
    Friends Don't Lie: Allocating Digital Credit via Peer Information
  • Gender and Equity
    Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Education and Skills
    Ana Trindade Ribeiro, School of Education
    Can a Growth Mindset Intervention Reduce the Gender Gap in Challenge-Seeking Behavior and Competitiveness?
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Governments and Institutions
    Alexa Russo, Department of Anthropology 
    Imagining Agrarian Alternatives: Sustainable Agriculture and Indigenous Alterity in Cooperatives in India
  • Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Governments and Institutions
    Aliz Tóth, Department of Political Science
    The State of Land Acquisition: How Conflict Over Land Undermines State Capacity and Development
  • Governments and Institutions
    Natalia Vasilenok, Department of Political Science
    Should I Stay or Should I Go? Peasant Responses to the Land Reform in the Late Russian Empire
  • Governments and Institutions
    Floyd Zhang, Graduate School of Business
    Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
    A Study of the Political Economy of Nationalism in Autocracies: Identity, Redistribution, and Growth

2019 - 2020 Academic Year

  • Gender and Equity
    Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics (Spring Quarter)
    Paternalistic Discrimination in Bangladesh - Evidence from the Lab and from the Field
  • Gender and Equity
    Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics (Fall Quarter)
    The Economics of Domestic Violence - Evidence from Bangladesh
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Yiming He, Department of Economics 
    The Effects of Slum Clearance on Its Residents: Evidence from Victorian England
  • Trade and Migration
    Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Seyedeh (Zahra) Hejrati, Department of Management Science and Engineering 
    How Can Digital Platforms and Data-Driven Algorithms Foster Entrepreneurship Among Refugees?
  • Trade and Migration
    Kimberly Higuera, Department of Sociology
    The Migration of Money: The Social Life of Mexican Remittances
  • Gender and Equity
    Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Suhani Jalota, School of Medicine (Spring Quarter)
    Social Signaling of Male Pride in Husband-Wife Pairs and Women's Employment in Digital Jobs from Home
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Gender and Equity
    Suhani Jalota, School of Medicine (Fall Quarter)
    Raising the Bar: Increasing Women's Own Aspirations and Men's Expectations of Them
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Rupali Kaul, Graduate School of Business 
    Understanding Role Marketing Analytics And Business Development in Emerging Markets: A Field Experiment with SMEs in Rwanda and Nigeria
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Education and Skills
    Abísola Kúsimo, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
    Engineering the Arts: Scaling up Collective Efforts to Increase the Yield of Successful Novice Ghanaian Product Developers and Innovators at a Start Up School
  • Governments and Institutions
    Jiwon Kim, Department of Political Science
    Voting for Peace? How Conflict Shapes Vote Choice in Myanmar
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Alexandr Lenk, Department of Economics
    Improving Neighborhood Safety in Developing Cities via Non-Monetary Public Prestige Channels: Experimental Evidence from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
  • Governments and Institutions
    Erxiao (Marshall) Mo, Department of Economics 
    Protest to Win Hearts and Minds: Experimental Evidence from Hong Kong's Anti-Extradition Movement
  • Gender and Equity
    Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Beatriz Pousada, Department of Economics
    Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Consequences of Domestic Labor Outsourcing to the Employment Relationship 
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Aliz Tóth, Department of Political Science 
    Development vs. Democracy: The Politics of Land Acquisition and Resistance
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Réka Zempléni, Department of Economics (Fall Quarter)
    Too Much or Too Little Faith? Behavioral Biases and Opportunity Entrepreneurship in Colombia
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Réka Zempléni, Department of Economics (Spring Quarter)
    How to Best Leverage Personality Tests for Supporting Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries?
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Réka Zempléni, Department of Economics (Spring Quarter)
    Evaluating a Novel Approach for Expanding the Pool of Entrepreneurs Creating Small and Growing Business in Myanmar
  • Governments and Institutions
    Dai (Adela) Zhang, Department of Anthropology
    Is Good Governance "Good" Development? Dialogue and Local Political Cultures in Peru
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Ruxi (Anna) Zhang, Department of Political Science
    Redistribution and Territorial Control: Evidence from China
  • Gender and Equity
    Tianrong (Sally) Zhang, Department of Economics
    Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Imperfect Information and Hidden Expenditures: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Tanzania

2018 - 2019 Academic Year

  • Gender and Equity
    Governments and Institutions
    Aala Abdelgadir, Department of Political Science 
    Islamic Conservatism and Women's Empowerment
  • Gender and Equity
    Governments and Institutions
    Levi Boxell, Department of Economics 
    Politicians, Information, and Gender Discrimination in Ghana
  • Gender and Equity
    Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics 
    Domestic Violence and the Emergence of Social Norms, A Randomized Control Trial in Bangladesh
  • Health
    Trade and Migration
    Kim Connor, Department of Anthropology
    Immigrant Diets, Past and Present: Dining at the Grosse Île Quarantine Station in 1847
  • Health
    Shreya Deshmukh, Department of Bioengineering 
    Microscale magnetic levitation to detect drug resistance in malaria-infected blood at the point of care in resource-limited settings, with a pilot study in Busia, Uganda
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Yiming He, Department of Economics
    The Long-Term Impact of Slum Demolition on Its Residents: Evidence from Victorian London
  • Health
    Environment and Climate Change
    Gender and Equity
    Jitka Hiscox, Department of Civil Engineering 
    Beyond Happiness: The Effect of Water Connections on Premises on Maternal Stress, Caregiving and Child Development in Rural Western Uganda
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Wanyi Li, Department of Management Science and Engineering 
    Afforestation Incentive Design for Smallholder Farmers in Uganda
  • Gender and Equity
    Nic Lyon, Department of Political Science
    Transnational Advocacy and Same-Sex Rights in Uganda
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Gender and Equity
    Odyssia Ng, Department of Economics
    Do Men Make More, or Report Making More? Measuring Microenterprise Profits in India
  • Gender and Equity
    Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Beatriz Pousada, Department of Economics 
    Consequences of Domestic Labor Outsourcing for the Employment Relationship
  • Health
    Innovations in Methods and Data
    Christine Pu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
    Tracking the Culprit: Quantifying Sources of Campylobacter Transmission Routes in Rural India through Next Generation Microbial Tools
  • Gender and Equity
    Education and Skills
    Ana Trindade Ribeiro, School of Education 
    Do What I Do, or Do What I Say? How Parents’ Attitudes and Expectations Shape the Gender Gap in Competition for the Next Generation
  • Gender and Equity
    Health
    Evan Rosenman, Department of Statistics
    Identifying Preventive Measures for Sexual Violence in Areas of Conflict
  • Gender and Equity
    Catherine Thomas, Department of Psychology 
    "Personal Initiative” versus “Interpersonal Initiative:” Testing the Psychological, Social, and Economic Effects of Two Models of Women’s Agency in Niger
  • Governments and Institutions
    Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Aliz Tóth, Department of Political Science
    India's Urban Voter Problem: Theory and Evidence
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Governments and Institutions
    Chun-Yu (Jo Ann) Wang, Department of Anthropology
    Refining Politics: Oil Development, Environmental Activism, and Political Improvisation in Rural Malaysia
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Tianmei Wang, Department of Earth System Science
    Coupled Effects of Climate and Soil Arsenic on Rice Yield and Quality in China
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Work
    Hugh Xiaolong Wu, Graduate School of Business 
    The Value of Delegation in Hiring
  • Health
    Governance and Institutions
    Tongtong Zhang, Department of Political Science 
    Fining for Living: Central-Local Struggle in the Relaxation of One-Child Policy

2017 - 2018 Academic Year

  • Trade and Migration
    Travis Baseler, Department of Economics 
    Information Asymmetries and the Perceived Returns to Migration: Experimental Evidence from Kenya
  • Work, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
    Gabriel Chiu, Department of Sociology (Fall Quarter and Spring Quarter)
    The Spirit of Entrepreneurship in China
  • Health
    Shreya Deshmukh, Department of Bioengineering 
    Microscale magnetic levitation to detect drug resistance in malaria-infected blood at the point of care in resource-limited settings, with a pilot study in Busia, Uganda
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Health
    Jenna Forsyth, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
    Exploring Lead Chromate Adulteration of Turmeric in Bangladesh
  • Work, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
    Khonika Gope, Department of Management Science and Engineering
    The Effects of Customized Entrepreneurship Training Programs on Entrepreneurial Ventures in Developing Economies
  • Governance and Institutions
    Diego Jiménez Hernández, Department of Economics
    Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Should your Government Sell you Goods? Evidence from the Milk Market in Mexico
  • Innovations in Methods and Data
    Environment and Climate Change
    Andrew Hume, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
    Identifying Environmental Data Gaps for Improved Coastal and Marine Resource
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Health
    Isabel Jones, Department of Biology 
    Solutions to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty in Madagascar
  • Health
    Chao Long, School of Medicine 
    An Anthropological Exploration of Skin Donation in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Governance and Institutions
    Work, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
    Hernán Felipe Barahona Kunze, Department of Economics 
    Quasi-Experimental Evidence on Public-Private Wage Differentials from Brazil
  • Governance and Institutions
    Trade and Migration
    Elisabeth van Lieshout, Department of Political Science
    Demanding Deals: Developing Countries' Behind-the-Border Commitments in Trade
  • Governance and Institutions
    Gender and Equity
    Marshail Malik, Department of Political Science 
    How Do Ethnic Parties Decline? The Microfoundations of Identity Politics in Pakistan’s Megacity
  • Education and Skills
    Anna Popova, Department of Education 
    Education Technology in Developing Countries: Does Replacing Teachers with Computers Really Improve Student Learning?
  • Education and Skills
    Victoria Pu, Department of Economics 
    Quantifying Query Costs of School-Choice Match in Gaokao Admissions: Welfare Implications of Immediate Acceptance, Deferred Acceptance, and the Chinese Parallel Method
  • Governance and Institutions
    Education and Skills
    Leonardo Rosa, School of Education 
    School Dropout and Juvenile Crime in Latin America: Evidence from Brazil
  • Environment and Climate Change
    Health
    Daniel Smith, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Optimal Chlorination of Drinking Water in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Governance and Institutions
    Ashutosh Thakur, Graduate School of Business
    Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Matching Problem of Civil Service
  • Health
    Gender and Equity
    Environment and Climate Change
    James Winter, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Introduction of On-Premises Piped Water Access to Rural Households in Southern Zambia: Implications for Poverty Alleviation, Female Entrepreneurship, and Water Quality
  • Governance and Institutions
    Dai (Adela) Zhang, Department of Anthropology
    Provincialized Poverty: Encountering the 'State' through Resource-Based Development in Peru
  • Urbanization and Infrastructure
    Governance and Institutions
    Ruxi (Anna) Zhang, Department of Political Science 
    Nation-building and Redistribution in China

2016 - 2017 Academic Year

  • Education and Skills
    Cauê Dobbin, Department of Economics 
    Returns to Tertiary Education: Evidence From an Unintended Experiment in Brazil
  • Governance and Institutions
    Work, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
    Emanuele Colonnelli, Department of Economics
    Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Corruption and Firms: Evidence from Brazil
  • Work, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
    Health
    Governance and Institutions
    Joshua Kim, Department of Economics
    Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Food Labelling and (Mis)Information: Evidence from the Chilean Industry
  • Governance and Institutions
    Christiana Parreira, Department of Political Science
    Kinship, Religious Identity, and Local Service Provision in Weak States: Evidence from Postwar Lebanon 
  • Education and Skills
    Anna Popova, Department of Education 
    Education Technology in Developing Countries: Does Replacing Teachers with Computers Really Improve Student Learning?
  • Governance and Institutions
    Environment and Climate Change
    Shiran Shen, Department of Political Science 
    Breaking the Pollution Cycle: Career Incentives of Local Leaders and Air Pollution Control in China