Student Successes: Winter 2020

  • A book chapter co-authored by Elizabeth Jennerwien (5th year POLS MA student) and Dr. Jane Gordon, titled “Revolutionary Responsibility: Mothering a Monster,” was recently accepted for publication in the forthcoming Creolizing Frankenstein, edited by Michael Michau-Paradiso.
  • Bryce Simmons, a POLS undergrad and former Washington, D.C. Honors Congressional Intern, has been accepted to seven law schools including UConn and George Washington University.
  • Congratulations also goes to three of our students and four of our professors on their University Scholar achievements! Shanelle Jones (advised by Professor Virginia Hettinger), Shankara Narayanan (advised by Professor Alex Anievas), Harry Zehner (advised by Professor Bayulgen), and Shreya Murthy, an Individualized major (advised by Professor David Richards) were all accepted as University Scholars this winter. 
  • Sercan Canbolat (PhD Candidate) has two forthcoming peer-reviewed articles slated to be published in International Studies Review (ISR). His solo article, which is a compendium of one of the chapters of his dissertation, is titled “Profiling Leaders in Arabic” and his co-authored piece (with Dr. Ozgur Ozdamar of Bilkent University and Dr. Micheal D. Young of SUNY-Albany) is titled “Profiling Leaders in Turkish.” Both articles will be published in an ISR special issue “Coding in Tongues: Developing Non-English Coding Schemes for Leadership Profiling” in May 2020. 
  • Mr. Canbolat also has a forthcoming book chapter (co-authored with Dr. Balkan Devlen from University of Copenhagen) titled “Historical Foundations of American Foreign Policy” to be published in American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future by Anatolian University Press. The volume is edited by Dr. Mustafa Aydin and Dr. Nejat Dogan and is slated to be used as a textbook in English by many international relations departments in Turkey where the medium of instruction is English. Sercan presented certain chapters of his dissertation project at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C. and at ISA-Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri last semester. 
  • PhD candidate Carolyn Conway’s paper “Multiple Group Identity, Candidate Affect, and Vote Choice in the 2016 American Presidential Election” (co-authored with Dr. Simien and Dr. Hayes) has been accepted as part of the panel “Identity in Confrontation with Power” at the New York State Political Science Association and New England Political Science Association. Carolyn was also recently awarded a scholarship from the Women’s Center to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in May 2020. 
  • PhD candidate Carol Gray was nominated for a P.E.O. Scholar Award by the P.E.O. Connecticut Chapter V. She will have an article published in the spring edition of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy and she was recently awarded a small stipend from the National Fellowships Incentive Program. Carol will be a 2020 W.E.B. DuBois Community College Fellow with the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 
  • Ms. Gray presented her dissertation research at the Oral History Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City this past November. In October, she presented at a UConn workshop entitled: “Environmental and Climate Justice: The Existential Challenge of Economic Rights.” Carol was a guest lecturer for two classes: Criminal Justice in Practice (speaking on death penalty practice in the U.S.) and Global Environmental Politics (speaking on nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai and the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya). She is scheduled to present twice at next month’s International Studies Association Conference in Hawaii: “Gender and Accountability: Missing from Egypt’s ‘Transitional Justice’” and “Gendering the Nakba and the Struggle for Palestinian Identity.”
  • Finally, Ms. Gray is pleased that three of her current students (from her “Japanese American Experience During World War II” class) will be readers of oral histories by Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II as part of UConn’s February 19 Annual Observance of the Day of Remembrance marking the day of the US government’s Executive Order 9066 which mandated the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. Click here for more information on this event.
  • Brooks Kirchgassner will be formally defending his prospectus on March 2, 2020!
  • Shankara Narayanan, an undergraduate Political Science major, conducted research last summer at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. He recently had a sample of the research published by the Jamestown Foundation, a D.C. think-tank focusing on regions strategically vital to U.S. foreign policy. 
  • Dr. Rachel Chambers (a post-doc with the Human Rights Institute), PhD candidate Brooks Kirchgassner, and former Political Science major Jessica Weaver (POLS B.A. ‘19) all delivered well-received presentations during the mid-day portion of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Summit on Friday Nov 22. Find links to their complete bios here.
  • Another PhD candidate, Fahd Rafiq, has been inspiring students as a teacher at UConn Stamford while working on his dissertation. Fahd recently spent time in Pakistan, conducting doctoral research.  He also presented a chapter of his dissertation at the Northeast Political Science Association conference in Philadelphia. A professor at the conference even recommended Fahd’s paper for review to be published in a management policy and practice journal.