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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Return to the Globalization and Democracy homepage.