Alumni Notes: Early Fall 2020

Dr. Benjamin Carbonetti ’15 Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and Human Rights at Trinity College, has been named Director of the college’s Human Rights program. Created in 1998, the program was the first of its kind at a liberal arts college in the United States.

Dr. Takiyah D. Harper-Shipman’s ’17 Ph.D. recently published book, Rethinking Ownership of Development in Africa, is gaining significant attention in the discipline.  Dr. Jane Gordon edited a four-piece symposium on the book for a recent issue of the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

Erin Perrine ’10 (CLAS) was recently appointed Director of Press Communications for the Trump Campaign.  She was recently interviewed on Washington Post Live discussing the Republican National Convention and issues driving the 2020 election.

Justin Monell ’14 (CLAS) has been named Director of Career Services at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Felecia Scott  ’92 (CLAS) was among 17 UConn alumni honored at The 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards. The gala celebrates the contributions that women in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, sports and public service have made to impact the lives of those throughout their communities.

Six alumni, including Franklin Valez ’19 (CLAS), were selected for the Governor’s Innovation Fellowship, a state-backed initiative to retain Connecticut’s talent by placing the most promising college graduates in some of the top companies in the state.

Stephen Jewett ’00 MA, a Democrat from West Hartford who has helped run the party’s national convention podium for five straight conventions, was relegated to the sidelines this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gregory Williams ’15 Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado, has published a new book, Contesting the Global Order: The Radical Political Economy of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein (2020). In it, Dr. Williams explores what it means to be a radical intellectual as political hopes fade.

Dr. WIlliams also published an essay on “the brutality of capitalism” for The Monthly Review’s website.

Dr. Meghan Peterson ’18 Ph.D. was recently nominated by one of her students for the Avery Point Excellence in Student Engagement & Support Award.  According to her former student Cassidy Martin, “Professor Peterson was one of the best professors I’ve had in my time at Avery Point … her willingness to go above and beyond for her students is inspiring.”

Dr. Ross Dardani ’17 Ph.D., now an assistant professor of political science at Muhlenberg College, learned that his recent article on citizenship in American Samoa was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Legal History.

Last year, David Mendoza ’16 (CLAS) completed his Master’s degree in international business from the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France.  He is currently launching his own business (Cold Mountain Tech LLC), which aims to build a blockchain-based digital freight forwarder that can improve the transparency and control of supply chains in the movement of containers.  He hopes the business can grow and expand to satisfy many other needs.

Kyle Bagshaw ’13 (CLAS) completed his Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan in 2017 and is now a Research Associate at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Yale School of Medicine Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)

Dr. Timothy R. Bussey ’18 Ph.D. published a piece in the magazine Bust entitled “What We Can Learn From “Mrs. America” — And Why The ERA Fight Must Continue.

Jason D’Andrea ’15 (CLAS) has been accepted to Fordham Law School and began his studies there as a Stein Scholar this fall.  Jason previously served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Los Angeles, and then later as a policy advisor to the chair of the California Board of Regents.

Dr. Yazmin Garcia Trejo ’15 Ph.D.,a social science researcher in the Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group of the U.S. Census, was quoted last spring in the New York Times, explaining gender dynamics underlying low response rates to the current U.S. Census in the wake of COVID-19.

Dr. Sarah Hampson ’14 Ph.D has been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

Dr. John Dearborn ’13 Ph.D, a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer at Yale University, has won the APSA’s 2020 E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government.  The title of his dissertation was “The Representative Presidency: The Ideational Foundations of Institutional Development and Durability.”