Alumni Notes: Fall 2019

  • Takiyah Harper-Shipman (Ph.D. ‘17) is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College   Her first book, Rethinking Ownership of Development in Africa, was published by Routledge Press this past summer as part of its “Routledge Studies in African Development” series.
  • Juhem Navarro-Rivera (Ph.D. ‘15) is currently serving as Director of Political Research and Managing Partner at Socioanalitica Research LLC.  In that capacity, he has contributed greatly to the Black Census Project survey. Dr. Navarro-Rivera has also served as a consultant and senior specialist/analyst on Latina politics, secularism and religion in politics, and Black politics for think tanks — he has published numerous reports with these entities. 
  • Yazmin Garcia-Trejo (Ph.D. ‘14) has been doing communications research at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Dr. Garcia-Trejo formerly served as a research fellow with the Roper Center when it was still located at UConn. She was also interviewed for the American Political Science Association’s careers website and participated at an APSA-sponsored roundtable for students interested in careers beyond academia.
  • Derefe Chevannes (Ph.D. ‘19) is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Memphis. His article entitled “Having It (Ode to Motherhood)” has been accepted for publication in Caribbean Writer.
  • George Morgan, Jr.. (POLS B.A. ‘18) is currently a law student at Quinnipiac Law School.  George is the vice president of the school’s Student Bar Association and the Northeast Region Parliamentarian for the National Black Law Student Association. George will soon be traveling to Mexico with some peers and a law professor to present legal research at the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Summit.
  • Emily Luna, (POLS B.A. ‘17) is running for a position on the Manchester Board of Education. Emily has also been working full time for the Connecticut General Assembly for House Democrats as a Constituent Engagement Coordinator. 
  • Andrew Cain, (POLS 5th year M.A. ‘18), is now working at George Washington University as an Academic Department Administrator.
  • Charles A. Duelfer (History B.A. ’74), a former special advisor to the director of the CIA, recently co-authored an article with Professor Stephen Dyson.  Their article “Leader Assessment: How the U.S. Policy and Intelligence Communities Analyze Foreign Statespersons” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  • Kevin Generous (Ph.D. ‘16) presented a conference paper, “Complex Deterrence: A Research Agenda for 21st Century Non-Linear Warfare” to the War and Use of Force Panel at the New England Political Science Association’s April 2019 meeting in Portland, Maine. He also served as the discussant to the U.S. Foreign Policy and Order-Building Panel. Both panels were sponsored by NEPSA International Relations Section.
  • Dr. Generous will also serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science next year at Eastern Connecticut State University. He will continue to teach an International Relations course at Avery Point as adjunct professor. 
  • Megan Handau, (POLS B.A. ‘18)  recently worked with Professor Evelyn Simien to publish the article: “The Cult of First Ladyhood: Controlling Images of White Womanhood in the Role of the First Lady”. This article was a condensed version of Megan’s honors thesis.
  • Recent graduate Gabriela Ramalho Tafoya (Ph.D. ‘19) has joined the Political Science department as an NSF-funded Postdoctoral Researcher on Professor Lyle Scruggs’ Comparative Welfare Entitlements Project.  She worked with Professor Singer on the article, “Voting Behavior in Latin America”, which will be published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics.