Globalization and Democracy Fellows

Ian Feinhandler (Geography; Ian.Feinhandler@Colorado.EDU)

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Geography and am working with professors John O'Loughlin and Tim Oakes. I earned a Masters degree in Religious Studies in 1995, writing my thesis on Buddhist activism, also known as "engaged Buddhism." I explored how Buddhism was being used as both an analytical and practical tool by political, environmental and human rights activists. After finishing this degree I spent a year in South Asia working for a number of grassroots organizations on sustainable development and education projects. Upon my return to the United States I joined Citizens Energy in Boston, where I was a program manager for sustainable development projects in Angola and Ecuador. I came to the GAD program because I believe that the synthesis of disciplines found here provides the necessary breadth of analysis for an investigation into the effects of economic globalization on local political and social processes. Broadly speaking, my interests are in sustainable development, the impact of globalization on human rights and the environment, and ethno-national conflict in South Asia. I try to split my time between the mountains and the sea, and enjoy rock climbing, mountaineering, trail running, surfing, and open-water swimming.

Valerie Ledwith (Geography; Valerie.Ledwith@Colorado.EDU)

I am currently a Masters student in Geography. My research interests include the influence of globalisation trends upon the societies of the developing world. I am particularly interested in the effects of globalisation and liberal democratic ideology upon the geopolitics of development in relation to issues of population control. John O'Loughlin is my advisor and I am presently working as his research assistant. I received my B.A in Geography, Sociology and Political Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Robyn Marschke (Sociology; Robyn.Marschke@Colorado.EDU)

This is me "in Boulder." I was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1997. After the Red River Valley flooded that Spring, I worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for several months. Unfortunately, I did not get the privilege of walking around in a FEMA windbreaker like the people we see so much on television. After FEMA, I spent several months working at a Microsoft outsource helping customers with Excel software. I came to Boulder to become a sociologist, so GAD owns half of me and the sociology department owns the other half. My interests focus upon stratification and social movements, especially in China. Whenever there is a chance, I also like to throw in a little pragmatism a la John Dewey.

Jim Russell (Geography; James.M.Russell@Colorado.Edu)

This is a picture of me in the wilds of Madagascar, outside Maevatanna, searching for my patron animal, the three-toed tree sloth. I did not find any, but I guess I really didn't look that hard. Though I received my B.A. from the University of Vermont, I believe I obtained most of my education hitchhiking around Canada and the United States. During this time I experienced the wonders of globalization first hand while working in factories and in the fields as a migrant laborer. I became enamored with the cultural exchanges that took place at these work sites and I now wonder about the effects of cultural diffusion here in the United States. Though most people seem to lament the homogenization of the world, I have found that the rapidly changing identities retain a fiercely distinct character. I had the opportunity to test this hypothesis during a weekend in Vermont when I visited each and every McDonalds in the state and asked the same question, "Do you know the difference between a holstein and a jersey?" The variety of replies was astounding.

Takashi Yamazaki (Geography; Takashi.Yamazaki@Colorado.EDU)

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography. After teaching geography for more than eight years at Kyoto University and Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Japan, I came to Boulder on the Fulbright program. My interest is in examining the post-war democratization of Japan in terms of the geopolitical situation of Okinawa and the Japan-US relationship. I am also interested in the identity formation of Okinawans and its political implication in Japan. My academic adviser is Professor John O'Loughlin who is good at playing volleyball in the dark. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Geography from Kyoto University in 1985 and 1989 respectively. I am a third-degree black belt (B.B.?) in Aikido which emphasizes peace in action.

Jason Green (Economics; jasong@ucsub.Colorado.EDU)

After growing up in the deep south (Aiken, SC), I moved to the less deep south (Fairfax, VA), where I worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington DC. As an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!), I studied the interaction of foreign direct investment and trade. I intend to continue this line of research as a Ph.D. student in the economics program at CU (Go Buffs!). The GAD program is particularly interesting to me because it allows me to discuss the various views on trade found in each of the social sciences. My principal recreational activities are pool (pocket billiards) and sports. During my travels, I have visited Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands.

Kristian Gleditsch (Political Science; ksg@isere.colorado.edu)

My primary fields of interest are international relations (conflict and foreign policy analysis) and empirical methodology. I defended my PhD in Political Science in April of 1999, and will be a lecturer in social science methodology at the University of Glasgow beginning Fall of 1999. To read more about me, go to my personal homepage.

Patricia Martin (Geography; Pmartin@Colorado.EDU)

I am presently a Ph.D. student in Geography. My current research interests include examining the impact of economic globalization on degrees of substantive democracy, particularly in relation to changing class, ethnic and gender relationships. I also have a particular regional interest in the U.S.-Mexico boarder area. Dr. Lynn Staeheli is my advisor and I am also currently working as her research assistant. I recently earned a Master's degree at Miami University; my thesis for this degree examined economic development along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas. Prior to attending Miami, I spent four years in McAllen, Texas working in community development and as a public high school teacher. I received my B.A. in History and Spanish from Swarthmore College in 1990.

Michael Nicholson (Economics, Michael.Nicholson@Colorado.EDU)

I am currently a student in the MA/PhD program in the Department of Economics, where I plan to focus on issues of international trade and finance, as well as economic development. I graduated from Transylvania University in my hometown of Lexington Kentucky, in May 1996, with a major in economics and a minor in physics. I spent most of the past year working as a systems consultant for Apple Computers in London. I also traveled a bit in the Old World. I believe a holistic approach to social scientific research is vital in order to achieve a proper understanding of the evolving global economy. The GAD program is outstanding in this regard. In my leisure (which is scarce these days) I enjoy racquetball, mountain hiking, and televised college basketball. I'm pictured here in Amsterdam, gazing into the future.

Michael Stewart (Political Science, Michael.Stewart@Colorado.EDU)

I am a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Political Science where I am majoring in international relations. Prior to joining the GAD program I was enrolled in the Masters in International Affairs Program at Columbia University in New York. At Columbia my area of specialization was international political economy and my particular research interests pertained to developing countries in the world economy. Before pursuing graduate studies, I worked abroad for five years in international non-governmental organizations involved in various aspects of development. My professional experience includes serving as Deputy Executive Director of the Swiss-based Centre for Our Common Future, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Forum on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro (part of Earth Summit 1992), and International President of the Belgium-based International Association of Students in Economics and Management. My research interests within the GAD program pertain to the challenges posed to nascent democracies in developing countries by the dynamics of globalization, particularly with respect to implementing structural adjustment measures in pluralist societies.


Luiza Bialasiewicz (Geography; luiza@adder.colorado.edu)

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography working with Professor John O'Loughlin. My interests centre around the uses and reconstruction(s) of the past in Central and Eastern Europe and the ways in which the production/re-production of historical memories is acting to structure democratic political behaviour in the post-1989 era. In particular, my research shall focus on the active reconstruction of the Habsburg legacy in the south-eastern region of my native Poland, the former territories of Austro-Hungarian Galicja. I am also interested in the ways in which global cultural (and economic ...) flows are acting to transform local milieux, fundamentally problematising the very nature of local "collective memories" and their constitution.

Leigh Miller (Geography; Leigh.Miller@Colorado.EDU)

I am a master's student from Atlanta, Georgia with a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech University. In my GAD traineeship, I am working with Dr. Lynn Staeheli on issues of citizenship, including gender studies and political participation in urban and local contexts. Other topics of interest for me include indigenous populations, ethnic minorities, and the elderly in terms of their opportunities and exclusion in a globalizing world system. I plan on continuing toward my Ph.D. (projected date: Spring 2001) at CU through the GAD program.

Emma Barnes (Political Science; Emma.Barnes@Colorado.EDU)

With a first degree in economics, but experience working for a British government department, I was particularly attracted by the interdisciplinary nature of the GAD program. It allows me to pursue a Ph.D. program in Political Science in Boulder, while still making use of my economics background. As well as participating in the weekly interdisciplinary GAD seminar and my political science courses, I am working for Professor Ed Greenberg on his current project concerning the Boeing Corporation. My part of the project involves comparing Boeing with the European consortium Airbus Industrie, in terms of strategic vision, political framework and labor-management relations.

Eitan Schiffman (Political Science; Eitan.Schiffman@Colorado.EDU)

I am a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in political science. Originally from Chico, California, I received my B.A. in political science and completed a minor in Arabic at the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. I recently spent eight months as an intern at Givat Haviva, the national education center of a major kibbutz movement in Israel, where I helped develop new programs for improving Jewish-Arab relations and minority opportunities. I speak Hebrew and have lived in Israel for six years. My interests include comparative government, development, and the Middle East. In my GAD traineeship I am working with Professor James Scarritt in his research on democratic transitions and the potential for democratic consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Anna Secor (Geography; secor@adder.Colorado.EDU)

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department. My specialty area is political geography; my interest is in the interactions of Islamic and democratic ideologies in contexts of political and economic transition. My geographic focus is on the case of Turkey; working towards proficiency in Turkish, I spent this past summer at Bogazici University in Istanbul with support from the GAD program. I am an advisee and research assistant of Professor John O'Loughlin, who also directed my Master's thesis in the Spring of '96. My thesis focused on political cleavages and democracy in the context of Turkish national elections of December, 1995. I received my B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College in 1992.

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