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Past Recipients of Graduate Student Research Funding Beginning Autumn Quarter 2021

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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.


2022 - 2023 Academic Year

Daliah Al-Shakhshir, Graduate School of Business
Opportunities or Concessions: The Political Consequences of Economic Integration Under Occupation

Simi Aluko, Doerr - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Industrializing Vernacular House-Building: Towards a Community-Centered, Sustainable Construction Methodology for Urban Africa

Paras Arora, Department of Anthropology
A Home Away from Home: Tracing the Rise of Family-Led Institutional Care for Autistic Adults in Delhi, India

Mathew Ayodele, Department of History
Missionaries, Midwives, and Indigenous Maternity Care in Colonial Nigeria, 1900 – 1970

Ameze Belo-Osagie, Department of Political Science
Nigeria Decides: Campaign Strategy in the 2023 Election

Adrian Blattner, Department of Economics
Breaking the Bubble - The Determinants and Effects of Contact

Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics
Paternalistic Discrimination

Alicia Chen, Department of Political Science
Losing Hearts and Minds: The Backlash to Chinese Development Aid

Ronald Chen, Department of Anthropology
No Country for Old Laws?: Tribal Law as Alternative Dispute Resolution in Jordan

Ayodele Dada, Department of Psychology
Framing Education as a Legacy to Reduce Gender Disparities in Nigeria

Camille DeJarnett, Department of Political Science
From Cacophony to Community? Assessing the Political Potential of Cross-ethnic Languages in Post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa

Joao Francisco Pugliese, Department of Economics
The Effects of Increasing Access to and Reading of Professionally-Produced News

Harsh Gupta, Department of Economics
Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship Recipient
The Role of Patient Beliefs and Physician Incentives in Influencing Pharmaceutical Brand Preferences

Ian Harryman, Department of Earth System Science
Social Networks, Environmental Change, and Health Among Shodagor Communities in Bangladesh

Jamie Hintson, Department of Political Science
Potemkin State-Building: Understanding State Expansion in Contemporary Africa

Florencia Hnilo, Department of Economics
Playgrounds in India: Impacts on the Community

Harman Jaggi, Department of Biology
Understanding Land Use Change as Pathways to Socio-ecological Development: with Evidence from Indian Trans Himalaya

Christopher Knight, Department of Biology
Social-Ecological Connections Between Seafood Borne Disease and Food Security in the Central Pacific

Akhila Kovvuri, Department of Economics
Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship Recipient
Strength in Numbers: Role of Coordination and Critical Mass in India’s Female Labour Force Participation

Joy Kumagai, Department of Biology
Seagrasses and Urbanization: Understanding the Drivers of Seagrass Loss within Palau

Cesar Lopez, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
Social Networks and Public Investments in Small-scale Irrigation Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Evidence from Bolivia

Eva Lestant, Department of Economics
The Art of Selling: Food Retailers

Mae MacDonald, Department of Political Science
What are the Effects of Employment Rights for Refugees and Their Asylum Countries? The Case of Kenya

Victor Manuel Marquez Padrenan, Department of Anthropology
Governance and Pastoral Work. State-building Processes in Chiapas, Mexico, and Temuco, Chile

Tamar (Tamri) Matiashvili, Department of Economics
The Effects of Introduction of Modern Medicine: the Case of the Russian Empire

Bill Nadeem, Department of Anthropology 
Charting Trauma Care in a Refugee Camp: An Ethnographic Study of  Critical Injury

Fridah Nyakundi, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
Impact of Aggregations on Productivity and Commercialization of Aquaculture among Intermediary Aquaculture Farmers in Kenya

Caylee O'Connor, Department of Economics
Can Unconditional Salary Increases Improve Education Quality? Evidence from the Dominican Republic

Natalya Rahman, Department of Political Science
Paths into the Labor Force and Women's Empowerment in Pakistan

Poornima Rajeshwar, Department of Anthropology
The Gender of Policing: An Ethnography of Women’s Police Labor in India

Vlasta Rasocha, Department of Economics
Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship Recipient
Breaking the Bubble - The Determinants and Effects of Contact

Christian Robles-Baez, Department of History
Setting-Up the Coffee Empire: The United States and Brazil in the Early 19th Century

Emily Russell, Department of Political Science
Policing the Plantation: The Long-Run Influence of Plantation Labor on Coercion in Assam

Siddharth Sachdeva, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
Using AI to Enable Climate Finance for Agroforestry in India

Esteban Salmon Perrilliat, Department of Anthropology 
Power to the Prosecution? An Ethnography of Charging Decisions in Mexico City

Anirudh Sankar, Department of Economics
Learning About Irrigation Through Intermediaries

Eli Scott, Department of Political Science
Assessing the Influence of Rural Values, Identity, and Consciousness in South Africa

Sahana Subramanyam, Department of Economics
Information as Bargaining Power

Ceyenna Tillman, Department of Biology
Investigation of Community Impacts on Fisheries of Seagrass Loss in Palau

Sumer Vaid, Department of Communications
Digital Media and Wellbeing in India: A Digital Phenotyping Study

Mark Walsh, Department of Economics
Choosing Your Words Wisely? Filtered Communication and Mobile Banking Information Diffusion in Pakistan

Shan Yang, Department of Anthropology
Surviving Austerity: Infrastructure, Debt and Informal Livelihoods in Kenya

2021 - 2022 Academic Year

Ishita Ahmed, School of Education
Measurement Matters: Designing and Validating Holistic Child Development Measures in Rural Bangladesh

Daliah Al-Shakhshir, Graduate School of Business
Local Integration of Palestine Refugees in Jordan

Feyaad Allie, Department of Political Science
Power, Exclusion, and Identity: The Politics of the Muslim Disadvantage in India

Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics
Paternalistic Discrimination in Bangladesh 

Alvaro Calderon, Department of Economics
Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
Deliberation and Political Accountability

Gloria Chikaonda, School of Law
Zimbabwean Marriage Reforms: Stakeholders, State Power and the Challenge of Social Engineering

Aria Duncan, Department of Earth System Science
Protecting Rice from Coupled Climate and Arsenic Threats

Tiên-Dung Hà, Department of Anthropology
The Rise and Fall of Vietnam's COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Infrastructure: How COVID-19 Affects Vietnam's Economy, Science and Politics

Seyedeh Zahra Hejrati, Department of Management Science and Engineering
How Can Digital Platforms and Data-Driven Algorithms Foster Entrepreneurship Among Refugees?

Kimberly Higuera, Department of Sociology
Migrating Money: The Social Status Implications of US-Mexico Remittances

Jamie Hintson, Department of Political Science
State Consolidation in the Shadow of Civil Conflict

Florencia Hnilo, Department of Economics
Breaking Ties?

Rupali Kaul, Graduate School of Business
Assessing the Impact of Relational vs Transactional Selling Approaches: Field Experiment with Small Firms in Latin America

Akhila Kovvuri, Department of Economics
Role of Labor Demand in Explaining Low Female Labor Force Participation in India

Alexandr Lenk, Department of Economics
Can Moral Nudges Play a Role in Development? Evidence from a Field Experiment with Promises

Angela Leocata, Department of Anthropology
Navigating Aspirational Trajectories: Underemployment in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Lily Liu, Department of Economics
Gender Differences in Advice-giving: Evidence from Lab-in-the-field Experiment 

Sebastian Lucek, Department of Political Science
Social Re-Engineering: Political Coalitions and Social Change in India

Nicholas Lyon, Department of Political Science
Varieties of Urbanism: Within-City and Across-City Variation in Urban Experiences in Uganda

Mae MacDonald, Department of Political Science
Explaining Variation in Violence Against Women in Refugee Camps

Andrés Felipe Rodriguez, Department of Economics
Governance Institutions and Cooperation: An Experiment in Sierra Leone

Janice Ndegwa, Department of History
Indigenous Expertise, Inventive Uses of Language, and Practical Experience as Archives of Technological Knowledge: Insights from Youth in Cameroon

Shantanu Nevrekar, Department of Anthropology
Banking on Community? Cooperative Banks and Markets of Financial Inclusion in Small Town India

Teathloach Wal Nguot, Department of Anthropology
At the Coast: Mobility and Diaspora in Macronesia

Joao Francisco Pugliese, Department of Economics
News Consumption in Developing Countries: Consumption Patterns and the Effects on Increasing Consumption on Information Knowledge and Political Preferences

Matthew Ribar, Department of Political Science [Autumn Quarter]
Who Wants Property Rights? Evidence from Niger

Matthew Ribar, Department of Political Science [Spring Quarter]
Who Wants Property Rights? Land Titles and Perceptions of Land Security

Emily Russell, Department of Political Science
Linking Formal and Informal Governance for Tribal Communities in Madhya Pradesh

Alexa Russo, Department of Anthropology
Imagining Agrarian Alternatives: Sustainable Agriculture, Gender, and Cooperatives in India

Anirudh Sankar, Department of Economics
Improving Technology Adoption through Participatory Scientific Empowerment: Evidence from Uganda

Bianca Santos, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Social and Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on Small Scale Fisheries in Palau

Priyam Saraf, Graduate School of Business
Cognitive Communities, Managerial Decision-Making and Organizational Technology Adoption in Bangladesh

Chinmay Sonawane, Department of Biology
Benefits of Lions to Low-Income Farmers in Kenya

Catherine Thomas, Department of Psychology
Enculturating Behavioral Science for Development: Beyond the WEIRD, Independent Paradigm

Sarah Thompson, Department of Political Science
According to Tradition: Compliance and Legitimacy in Tribal Communities in Pakistan

Angela Tsao, Department of Earth System Science
Scalable Mapping of Cashew Plantations in Mozambique for Climate-Smart Tree Cropping

Mark Walsh, Department of Economics
Understanding Peer Effects in Platform Industries: Experimental Evidence from Mobile Money in Pakistan

Renan Chaves Yoshida, Department of Economics
Ronald I. McKinnon Fellowship for Graduate Students
Stigma, Beliefs, and Productivity