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Current International Scholars

Academic Year 2016-17

 

Juniors

ROSEMARY AGWUNCHA

ROSEMARY AGWUNCHA

Major(s): Pre-Health Studies/Theology

Minor(s): International Development Studies

Research Interests: Improving the access to and quality of healthcare in Nigeria; I am interested in learning more about the implications of religion in development as well.

Current Research: The Impact of Medical Travel on the Nigerian Healthcare System

Adviser: Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, CSSp

ragwunch@nd.edu


CHRISTIANOS BURLOTOS

CHRISTIANOS BURLOTOS

Major(s): Civil Engineering

Research Interests: Infrastructure development, structurally safe housing in the developing world, slum communities, sustainability of engineering outreach projects, household financial literacy, financial behavioral change techniques

Current Research: I am currently working with Engineering 2 Empower and developing a household financial literacy curriculum to assist potential homeowners in Léogâne, Haiti in achieving home ownership.

Adviser: Alexandros Taflanidis

cburloto@nd.edu


MORGAN DUNN

MORGAN DUNN

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Italian

Research Interests: International economics

Current Research: Documenting and analyzing all economic trade agreements in the world from the 1950s to present

Adviser: Jeffrey H. Bergstrand

Abroad: Rome, Italy - Spring 2017

mdunn5@nd.edu


KING FOK

KING FOK

Major(s): Pre-Health Studies/Sociology

Minor(s): International Development Studies

Research Interests: Sociology, global and public health, access to care, rehabilitative services, cultural sociology, empowerment

Current Research: I am currently researching the decision-making process of amputees to pursue rehabilitative services.  Additionally, I am looking at the materiality of prostheses in relation to the social perception of amputees.

Adviser: Terence McDonnell

kfok@nd.edu


JOHN HALEY

JOHN HALEY

Major(s): Film, Television, and Theatre/Peace Studies

Research Interests: Human rights, climate change

Current Research: Climate change adaptation

Adviser: Debra Javeline

Abroad: London, United Kingdom – Spring 2017

jhaley4@nd.edu


ROGE KARMA

ROGE KARMA

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Research Interests: Education, international law

Current Research: Global education and its role in development

Adviser: Paolo G. Carozza

Abroad: Jerusalem, Israel - Spring 2017

rkarma@nd.edu


LOUIS LIU

LOUIS LIU

Major(s): Accountancy

Minor(s): Anthropology

Research interests: International trade, global flows, cross-cultural studies

Current research: Classifying Asian trade agreements according to type from 1950 to 2017

Adviser: Jeffrey H. Bergstrand

Abroad: London, United Kingdom - Spring 2017

lliu7@nd.edu


TIMOTHY MACHASIO

TIMOTHY MACHASIO

Major(s): Economics

Research Interests: Social protection mechanisms in developing countries, utility implications of conditional vs. unconditional cash transfer programs to government welfare recipients, welfare implications of a revenue-neutral flat tax policy

Current Research: Effect of mentoring on skill-building among Kenyan entrepreneurs (as opposed to formal classes etc.)

Adviser: Joseph Kaboski

tmachasi@nd.edu


LUKE MAILLIE

LUKE MAILLIE

Major(s): Physics-in-Medicine

Minor(s): Glynn Family Honors Program, International Development Studies

Research Interests: Global health, scale, health systems

Current Research: We're writing a case study on the Right to Health program run by Compañeros en Salud (CES), and are now looking to begin another case study on the development of the national surgical plan in Zambia.

http://science.nd.edu/news/69463-powering-and-empowering-tanzania-with-gravity-lights/

Adviser: Steve Reifenberg

lmaillie@nd.edu


LAUREN O’CONNELL

LAUREN O’CONNELL

Major(s): Anthropology/Pre-Health Studies

Minor(s): Glynn Family Honors Program

Research Interests: Intercultural healing and medical anthropology; environmental and women's global health and sustainable development; medical training and social networks 

Current Research: Analyzing the social networks of doctors in Mexico and the resulting impact on medical training and changing empathy levels

Adviser: Vania Smith-Oka

loconnel@nd.edu


DANIEL OLIVIERI

DANIEL OLIVIERI

Major(s): Science-Business

Minor(s): International Development Studies

Research Interests: Healthcare recidivism as a target measure to evaluate PM&R programs, participatory scenario planning

Current Research: Participatory scenario planning and futures in development peace building

Adviser: Ann Mische

dolivier@nd.edu


CAROLINE PALMER

CAROLINE PALMER

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Research Interests: Economic policy on poverty, micro econometric analysis, and macro theory

Current Research: Well-Being at Work project

Adviser: Matt Bloom

Abroad: Dublin, Ireland - Spring 2017

cpalmer5@nd.edu


JOSIAH PONNUDURAI

JOSIAH PONNUDURAI

Major(s): Political Science/Theology

Minor(s): Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Research Interests: Religious freedom and Islam, inter-religious dialogue, Christianity and political activism

Current Research: I am working on a project with Professor Philpott that seeks to identify actors and methods that could potentially lead future reconciliation efforts in post war Iraq and Syria. 

Adviser: Daniel Philpott

jponnudu@nd.edu


NATASHA REIFENBERG

NATASHA REIFENBERG

Major(s): Philosophy

Minor(s): Glynn Family Honors Program/Hesburgh Program in Public Service/Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Research Interests: Gender biases in legal processes, reproductive rights, transitions to peace in Latin America and impunity in said transitions 

Current Research: Impunity in El Salvador post Amnesty Law decision

Adviser: Doug Cassel

nreifenb@nd.edu


KELLY SMITH

KELLY SMITH

Major(s): History

Research Interests: Genocide studies, forgiveness and reparation, disability studies

Adviser: Ernesto Verdeja

Abroad: Oxford, United Kingdom – Academic Year

ksmith57@nd.edu


TAYLOR STILL

TAYLOR STILL

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Education, Schooling, and Society/Italian

Research Interests: Education and development, substantive political representation, comparative politics, women's human rights, gender-based violence

Current Research: Pedagogy in education, cross-cultural comparison of education models, and the nuances of “learning” and “schooling”

Adviser: Susan D. Blum

Abroad: Rome, Italy - Spring 2017

tstill@nd.edu


TIANYI TAN

TIANYI TAN

Major(s): History/Political Science

Research Interests: Comparative legal traditions, legal philosophy, international law

Current Research: Chinese Human Dignity in a Legal Context

Adviser: Paolo G. Carozza

ttan1@nd.edu


XIAO TANG

FLORA TANG

Major(s): Political Science/Theology

Minor(s): Philosophy, Religion, and Literature

Research Interests: Political philosophy of communist and totalitarian regimes, religion and politics, political dissent and human rights, and the intersection between politics, language, and literature

Current Research: Political philosophy of the Communist Party in Eastern Europe, Russia, and East Asia

Adviser: A. James McAdams

Abroad: Jerusalem, Israel - Spring 2017

Xtang3@nd.edu


ABIGAIL VERES

ABIGAIL VERES

Major(s): Accountancy

Minor(s): Sustainability

Research Interests: Agricultural, sustainability, environment with overlays of the economy, institutions and government

Current Research: Defining hybridity; GMO groceries and the market

Adviser: Emily Block

averes@nd.edu


ANNE VIESER

ANNE VIESER

Major(s): History

Minor(s): Education, Schooling, and Society/Medieval Studies

Research Interests: Education

Current Research: International education, pedagogies in education and the success of different learning methods

Adviser: Susan D. Blum

Abroad: St. Andrews, Scotland - Spring 2017

avieser@nd.edu


MARIA VILLALTA

MARIA VILLALTA

Major(s): Marketing

Minor(s): International Development Studies

Research Interests: International migrations and its socioeconomic consequences

Current Research: Migration from Haiti to America; comparison of treatment of Haitian Migrants in the United States with the treatment given to Mexican Migrants in the United States

Adviser: Karen Richman

mvillalt@nd.edu


SIYING YANG

SIYING YANG

Minor(s): Glynn Family Honors Program

Research Interests: How corporate social responsibility changes in different social settings

Current Research: Financials of Confucius Institutes in the US; hard power and soft power of China

Adviser: Lionel M. Jensen

syang7@nd.edu

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AKUA AGYEI-BOATENG

AKUA AGYEI-BOATENG

Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior

Minor(s): Africana Studies

Research Interests: The history and success of developmental ideas in West Africa from the colonial period to now

Current Research: Locating mentions of civilization, labor, progress, agriculture, women, and Benguela in Portuguese traveller accounts of West Central Africa

Adviser: Mariana Candido

aagyeibo@nd.edu


GIANFRANCO CESAREO

GIANFRANCO CESAREO

Major(s): History/Political Science

Research Interests: Political regimes in developing countries and sustainability

Current Research: The relationship between development, demography, and welfare institutions in different nations

Adviser: J. Samuel Valenzuela

gcesareo@nd.edu


DANTE DOMENELLA

DANTE DOMENELLA

Major(s): International Economics/Mathematics

Minor(s): Theology

Research Interests: Development economics, economic inequality

Current Research: Discrepancy between health and education performance in Bangladesh

Adviser: Amitava Krishna Dutt

ddomenel@nd.edu


VICTORIA ERDEL

VICTORIA ERDEL

Major(s): Sociology

Minor(s): Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Research Interests: Human trafficking, human rights, comparative law, Latin American and East Asian studies

Current Research: Enslavement of the Ovimbundu people and other West African ethnic groups; women's roles in the slave trade

Adviser: Mariana Candido

verdel@nd.edu


ANNELISE GILL-WIEHL

ANNELISE GILL-WIEHL

Major(s): Environmental Engineering

Minor(s): International Development Studies

Research Interests: Exploring the issues of policy and scaling development projects

Current Research: Incorporating the preferential option for the poor into practical policy

Adviser: Sara Sievers

agillwie@nd.edu


MATTHEW GREEN

MATTHEW GREEN

Major(s): International Economics/Mathematics

Research Interests: Effects of public art on economic development, population dynamics

Current Research: Cross-referencing public US census data with Ellis Island logbooks to track and understand immigrant individuals' welfare over time

Adviser: Kevin Donovan

mgreen11@nd.edu


ALLISON HIDALGO

ALLISON HIDALGO

Research Interests: Causes of genocide, how differences in beliefs about shared past history affects the current relations of countries, Israel-Palestine conflict

Current Research: Mass atrocity prediction and detection

Adviser: Ernesto Verdeja

ahidalg3@nd.edu


YIZHI HU

YIZHI HU

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): Asian Studies/Business Economics

Research Interests: Comparative politics, political ideology and systems, Asia-Pacific relations

Current Research: Patriotic education in authoritarian regimes, national Identity of Younger Generation Taiwanese

Adviser: Karrie Koesel

yhu3@nd.edu


SEOK HEE JANG

SEOK HEE JANG

Major(s): Science-Business

Minor(s): International Development Studies/Korean

Research Interests: Health initiatives and policies in developing countries where intellectuals have either left or moved out of the country, creating an effect in the economy of that country

Current Research: Data analysis on immigration and how the countries act accordingly when the intellectuals from their countries immigrate out of the country and therefore cause the country to lose knowledge

Adviser: Kirk Doran

sjang2@nd.edu


HANA KIM

HANA KIM

Major(s): Accounting/Economics

Research Interests: Economics of education; examining education models across countries in order to determine the effect of environment on a child's future success; discerning educational policy options that provide disadvantaged children with equal opportunity for upward mobility

Current Research: Studying the relationship between extensive margins and innovation; identifying trends in knowledge production in response to disruptors in new industries

Adviser: Kirk Doran

ekim13@nd.edu


JULIE MARDINI

JULIE MARDINI

Major(s): American Studies/Spanish

Research Interests: Identity formation as it connects to politics in Latin America and the Middle East, American imaginings of "others"

Current Research: Caribbean borderlands

Adviser: Marisel Moreno

jmardini@nd.edu


STEPHANIE MASTORAKOS

STEPHANIE MASTORAKOS

Major(s): Economics/Finance

Research Interests: Development economics, business ethics

Current Research: Measuring the effects of a newly constructed hospital and insurance program on maternal and child health outcomes in Dandora, Kenya

Adviser: Terence Johnson

smastora@nd.edu


NORA MCGREEVY

NORA MCGREEVY

Major(s): History/Spanish

Minor(s): Glynn Family Honors Program

Research Interests: Education, Latin America, women's history

Current Research: Working with Professor Beatty to research the emergence of the middle class in late nineteenth century Mexico

Adviser: Ted Beatty

nmcgreev@nd.edu


DEBORA PAUL MULOKOZI

DEBORA PAUL MULOKOZI

Research Interests: Education policy with regard to street children in Tanzania

Current Research: How refugees in Kakuma, Kenya adjust to their conditions and the way poverty is institutionalized

Adviser: Rahul Oka

dmulokoz@nd.edu


MACKENZIE NOLAN

MACKENZIE NOLAN

Major(s): Arabic/Political Science

Minor(s): Business Economics

Research Interests: Religion in politics, international security, extremism, international relations

Current Research: American foreign policy

Adviser: Michael Desch

mnolan10@nd.edu


LETHABO NTINI

LETHABO NTINI

Major(s): Economics/Political Science

Research Interests: Effective education policies and practices in Sub Saharan Africa

Current Research: Wellbeing at work for teachers in under-resourced schools

Adviser: Amitava Dutt

lntini@nd.edu


SARAH PIESLAK

SARAH PIESLAK

Major(s): Chemical Engineering

Minor(s): Peace Studies

Research Interests: Dignified sanitation solutions in schools in the developing world to increase retention rates

Current Research: Assessing the scope of sanitation deficiencies and evaluating needs of private sanitation for families in Haiti

Adviser: Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa

spieslak@nd.edu


JOSHUA PINE

JOSHUA PINE

Major(s): Chinese/Political Science

Minor(s): Catholic Social Tradition

Research Interests: Politics and religion in China, international development

Current Research: Political education in China

Adviser: Karrie Koesel

Abroad: Beijing, China - Spring 2017

jpine@nd.edu


SARAH SEABERG

SARAH SEABERG

Major(s): Anthropology

Research Interests: Archaeology, sociocultural anthropology

Current Research: Working on mapping out the cultural sites of a South American tribe, and developing images of indigenous peoples to further that research

Adviser: Christopher Ball

sseaber1@nd.edu


JOHN SHEEHY

JOHN SHEEHY

Major(s): Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

Minor(s): Chinese/Glynn Family Honors Program

Research Interests: Behavioral dynamics of patient populations; health systems of the developing world

Current Research: The political epidemiology of global health intervention

jsheehy@nd.edu


NATALIE VELLUTINI

NATALIE VELLUTINI

Major(s): Biological Sciences/Economics

Research Interests: Global health and comparative democratization in Africa

Current Research: Scanning existing literature to better understand the barriers to women's participation in rural Mali

Adviser: Jaimie Bleck

nvelluti@nd.edu


NATALIA YEPEZ-FRIAS

NATALIA YEPEZ-FRIAS

Major(s): English/International Economics

Research Interests: Human rights, specifically child rights, imprisonment conditions, and labor rights

Current Research: Empirical economic research on innovation and migration

Adviser: Kirk Doran

nyepezfr@nd.edu


LAN ZHOU

LAN ZHOU

Major(s): Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics/Economics

Minor(s): Actuarial Science/Glynn Family Honors Program

Research Interests: Intellectual property protection, intercultural communications, financial technology, big data

Current Research: Global Business Communication

Adviser: Elizabeth Tuleja

lzhou5@nd.edu


 

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