Carolyn Caine
Institute for Policy & Social Research

Research showcase, reception planned for IPSR Doctoral Research Fellows

Thu, 03/31/2022

LAWRENCE — The Institute for Policy & Social Research and The Commons at Spooner Hall will present the IPSR Doctoral Research Fellows Reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 1. This event will showcase the research of the 2021-2022 Doctoral Research Fellows, an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars in social science and related disciplines. Throughout the academic year, the fellows meet to share research and develop professional skills. In this fast-paced research symposium at Spooner Hall, each fellow will give a five-minute overview of their research followed by five minutes of audience Q&A.

Presentations will include:

“Stakeholders' Perspectives on Implementing Interventions to End Child Marriage in Malawi,” Linda Chimwemwe Banda, social welfare

Adviser: Juliana Carlson, associate professor of social welfare

“Partisanship and Support for Restricting the Civil Liberties of Suspected Terrorists,” Cora Caton, political science

Adviser: Nazli Avdan, assistant professor of political science

“Literary and Filmic Representations of Sovereignty, Corruption, and Governance in Francophone Haiti and West Africa,” Brigid Enchill, French & Francophone studies

Advisers: Van Kelly, professor of French, and Kimberly Swanson, associate professor of French

“Her Income, His Income, or Both? Change over Time in the Couple-Level Economic Predictors of Marriage Formation,” Matt Erickson, sociology

Adviser: ChangHwan Kim, professor of sociology

“Geopolitics of Cuban Sousveillance: Challenging Authoritarianism through Video Activism of Public Space,” John Paul Henry, geography

Adviser: Shannon O'Lear, professor of geography & atmospheric science

“Steps and Missteps in Understanding Policy Implementation: A Story of Special Education,” Suman Rath, special education

Adviser: The late Tom Skrtic, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education

“Does Disability Matter? Women with Disabilities' Utilization of Fertility Services,” Darcy Sullivan, sociology    

Adviser: Jarron Saint Onge, associate professor of sociology

“Our Home but Not Our Homeland: Placemaking among Tibetans in Dharamsala, India,” Carolisa Watson, geography

Adviser: Alex Diener, professor of geography & atmospheric science

“Do Stand-Your-Ground Laws Increase or Decrease Traffic Fatalities,” Haoyi Wei, economics

Adviser: Donna Ginther, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics.

Students who are interested in participating in the program in AY 2022-23 are encouraged to attend and talk with the graduating fellows program cohort. Applications begin with a letter of nomination due May 6. Details can be found online at:  

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is requested. Please email Mandy Frank at to register and specify any dietary restrictions.

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