Maxwell Dean's Office Summer Project Assistantship Program Awardees

The Summer Project Assistantship Program is offered annually by the Maxwell Dean's Office to faculty in the Maxwell School, providing summer funding for the graduate assistant of their choice, to support  preliminary research for and/or preparation of a proposal for external project funding in the subsequent year. The application deadline falls in April. Successful faculty applicants are expected to provide a written report on the submission of a related proposal to an external funder within one year of the issuance of the award. Since 2004, the Maxwell School has invested approximately $175,000 into this internal program, resulting in over $3.2 million in related sponsored awards.

2018 Awardees

Sherburne Abbott, Geography

Project Title: Using the Science of Societal Benefits to Inform and Motivate Action on Environment and Sustainability 

Graduate Assistant: To be determined 

Kristy Buzard, Economics

Project Title: Research and Development Laboratories in the Production Process

Graduate Assistant: Jorge Valdebenito

Shana Gadarian, Political Science

Project Title: American Anxieties about Globalization

Graduate Assistant: Akanksha Patnaik

Peng Gao, Geography

Project Title: Long-term evolution of Onondaga Creek and its social and cultural impact on riparian urban communities

Graduate Assistant: Patrick Oberle

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Political Science

Project Title: China Foreign Policy Barometer

Graduate Assistant: Aykut Ozturk

Mengxiao Liu, Economics

Project Title: The Effect of Mergers & Acquisitions on Multinational Firms’ Innovation Decisions

Graduate Assistant: Yimin Yi

Gretchen Purser, Sociology

Project Title: The Project, Performance, and Politics of Job Readiness

Graduate Assistant: Brian Hennigan

Nazanin Shahrokni, Sociology

Project Title: “Pink Rides” Go Global: A Comparative Study of Four Illustrative Cases of Women-Only Taxis across the Globe

Graduate Assistant: Fitore Hyseni

Merril Silverstein, Sociology 

Project Title: Religiosity, Health, and Mortality Over the Adult Life Course

Graduate Assistant: Wencheng Zhang

2017 Awardees

Kristy Buzard, Economics

Project Title: Lobbying, Uncertainty, and the Ratification of Trade Agreements

Graduate Assistant: Hoang Pham, Economics

Julia L. Carboni, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Organizations grant application

Graduate Assistant: Francisco Santamarina, Public Administration and International Affairs

Peng Gao, Geography

Project Title: Quantitative assessment of social and economic impacts of flooding on urban communities

Graduate Assistant: Siqi Li, Science and Engineering

Rebecca Peters, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: Transportation Administration in the Borderlands: The Moral and the Material at the Zambia-Angola Border

Graduate Assistant: To be announced

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology

Project Title: Living with Cancer at the Crossroads: Assessing risks and seeking cures for reproductive cancers in India

Graduate Assistant: Alisa Weinstein

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology

Project Title: Cervical and Breast Cancer in India: a socio-cultural study

Graduate Assistant: Jessica Posega

2016 Awardees

Susan Millar, Geography

Project Title: Snow Cover, Land Use, and Flood Hazard: Understanding the impact of urbanization on local and regional climates and flood runoff

Graduate Assistant: Justin Hartnett, Geography

Tina Nabatchi, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: Patient Engagement Strategies for Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care

Graduate Assistant: Suyeon Jo, Public Administration 

Carol Faulkner, History/Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Project Title: Citizenship and Civic Engagement grant research

Graduate Assistant: Cassandra Schmitt, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Natalie Koch, Geography

Project Title: Laboratories of liberalism: The impact of American higher education in the Gulf Arab states

Graduate Assistant: Tina Catania Urbano, Geography

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology

Project Title:  Cervical and Breast Cancer in India: a socio-cultural study

Graduate Assistant: Jessica Posega, Anthropology

Peng Gao, Geography

Project Title: Evaluating uncertainty and accuracy of modeling sediment dynamics over a storm event in a medium-sized watershed in central New York

Graduate Assistant: Gregory Ruetenik, Earth Science

2015 Awardees

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Research and Development Laboratories in the Production Process
Graduate Assistant: Hyunseok Jung, Economics

Shana Kushner Gadarian, Political Science
Project Title: Understanding Institutional Interactions: Gender, Race and Representation
Graduate Assistant: Logan Strother, Political Science

Peng Gao, Geography 
Project Title: Modification of an Event-Based Watershed Model, DWSM
Graduate Assistant: Gregory Ruetenik, Earth Science

Thomas Keck, Political Science
Project Title: Toward a Global Repository of Free Speech Jurisprudence
Graduate Assistant: Brandon Metroka, Political Science

Guido Pezzarossi, Anthropology
Project Title: Determining Market Dependence in Colonial Guatemala: Elemental Characterization of Maya Ceramic Artifacts
Graduate Assistant: Paul Noe, Anthropology

Spencer Piston, Political Science
Project Title: The Dehumanization of Black Americans in the Contemporary United States
Graduate Assistant: Laura Rodriguez Ortiz, Public Administration.

Gretchen Purser, Sociology
Project Title: Faith-Based Job “Readiness” Programs
Graduate Assistant: Brian Hennigan, Geography

2014 Awardees

Jacob Bendix, Geography 
Project Title: Geographic variation in the impacts of California riparian wildfire 

Graduate Assistant: Michael G. Commons, Geography

Robert Rubinstein, Anthropology 
Project Title: Neighborhood Trauma Resulting from Gun Violence in Syracuse 
Graduate Assistant: Shaundel Sanchez, Anthropology

Abdulaziz Shifa, Economics 
Project Title: Optimal taxation in a developing economy with limited fiscal capacity
Graduate Assistant: Shulin Shen, Economics

Shannon Novak, Anthropology 
Project Title: A Bioarchaeological and Biomolecular Approach to Intersections of Social Identities and Local Biologies at the Historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church, Manhattan (ca.1810-1846)
Graduate Assistant: Stephanie Gladyk, MSc Forensic Science

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Endogenous Politics and the Design of International Trade Institutions 
Graduate Assistant: Yusuf Bagir, Economics

Merril Silverstein, Sociology 
Project Title: Does a Step-Gap Equal a CareGap in the Intergenerational Relationships of Older Adults? 
Graduate Assistant: Yooumi Lee, Social Science

Mark Monomier, Geography 
Project Title: Inventing Cartography 
Graduate Assistant: Emily Bukowski, Geography

Peng Gao, Geography 
Project Title: Modeling event-based nutrient movement at the watershed scale 
Graduate Assistant: Justin Hartnett, Geography

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology 
Project Title: Socio-cultural Responses to Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Projects in India 
Graduate Assistant: Jonathan Jackson, Anthropology

Ines Mergel, Public Administration 
Project Title: Open Innovation and Open Collaboration in Government 
Graduate Assistant: Ari Epstein, Public Administration 

2013 Awardees

Madonna Harrington Meyer, Sociology 

Project Title: Grandparenting Children with Disabilities 

Graduate Assistant: Jessica Hausauer, Sociology

Kristy Buzard, Economics

Project Title: Trade Policy and Institutional Structures
Graduate Assistant: Jae Yoon Lee,Economics

Ines Mergel, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: Big Data in the Public Sector: Institutionalization of Emergent Governance Mechanisms
Graduate Assistants: Roza Vasileva, Public Administration

Gladys McCormick, History 

Project Title: The Untold Story of Political Prisoners in Mid-Twentieth Century Mexico, and The Life of a Forgotten Hero: The Case of Jacinto Lopez and his Fight for Rural Mexico

Graduate Assistant: Jennifer Monti, Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

Glyn Morgan, Political Science

Project Title: Why are Some Majority Muslim Countries More Religious Than Others?

Graduate Assistant: Ebrahim Soltani

Christopher R. DeCorse, Anthropology

Project Title: Assessing the Impacts: Coastal Sierra Leone during the Atlantic Slave Trade

Graduate Assistants: Samuel Amartey, Sean Reid, Anthropology

Dawn Dow, Sociology

Project Title: The Black Man’s Code: How African American Male College Students Navigate Racial Stigma

Graduate Assistant: Marcus Bell, Sociology

Eloenora Patacchini, Gary Engelhardt, Doug Wolf; Economics (2), Public Administration and International Affairs 

Project Title: The Impact of Social Networks on the Health Care and Living Arrangements of Older Americans

Graduate Assistant: Jordan Christopher Stanley, Economics

Janet Wilmoth, Sociology

Project Title: Aging and Disability

Graduate Assistant: Yooumi Lee, Social Science

2012 Awardees

Shena Ashley, SoonHee Kim, W. Henry Lambright; Public Administration and International Affairs, Political Science 

Project Title: Global Governance and Public Administration: The Future of the Discipline

Graduate Assistant: Flavia Rey de Castro Pastor

Robert Bifulco, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: The Impact of Race-Neutral School Assignment on School Segregation

Graduate Assistant: Sun Jung Oh

Peng Gao, Geography

Project Title: (1) Identifying Different Processes of Controlling the Transport of Sediment and Geochemical Materials in Poorly and Well-Managed Watersheds (2) General Patterns Characterizing Suspended Sediment Load Dynamics from Supply-Limited to Transport-Limited Watersheds

Graduate Assistant: Michael Gurney Commons

Cecilia Green, Sociology

Project Title: The New Chinese Presence in the Anglophone Caribbean

Graduate Assistant: Yan Liu

Andrew London, Janet Wilmoth; Sociology

Project Title: Veteran Health: Analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data

Graduate Assistant: Jessica Hausauer

Prema Kurien, Sociology

Project Title: The Political Incorporation of Religious Minorities in Canada and the U.S.

Graduate Assistant: Jocelyn Killmer

Yingyi Ma, Sociology

Project Title: Why are they initially over-represented, but ultimately under-represented?—An Investigation of the Attainment of a Science/engineering Bachelor’s Degree for Racial Minorities

Graduate Assistant: TBD

Rebecca Warne Peters, Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: In the absence of the state: contests over professional childbirth care and the role of international organizations in post-war Angola

Graduate Assistant: Megan Lee 

Hans Peter Schmitz, Political Science

Project Title: The Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Middle-Income Countries: The role of TNGOs

Graduate Assistant: Lindsey Spector

David Van Slyke, William Banks; Public Administration and International Affairs

Project Title: The Prospects of Institutional Transfer: An Analysis of U.S. Security Assistance Contracts as an Inducements for Developing Afghan National Security Forces

Graduate Assistant: Nicholas J. Armstrong

2011 Awardees

Douglas Armstrong, Anthropology

Project Title: Archaeological Exploration of the Transition from Indentured to Enslaved Labor in Seventeenth Century Barbados

Graduate Assistant: Katherine Hicks

John Burdick, Anthropology

Project Title: What Difference do TNGOs Make to Indigenous Struggles in Brazil and Guatemala?

Graduate Assistant: Melinda Gurr

Matthew Cleary, Political Science

Project Title: Indigenous Autonomy in Southern Mexico

Graduate Assistant: Ioana Emilia Matesan

William Horrace, Economics

Project Title: Two-Stage Least Squares with Aggregated Instruments

Graduate Assistant: Ying Deng

Amy Lutz, Sociology

Project Title: Immigrant-Native Differences in College Destinations among Blacks and Whites in the Post-Grutter Era

Graduate Assistant: Gokhan Savas

Ines Mergel, Public Administration

Project Title: Knowledge incubation in the public sector

Graduate Assistant: Pat Fiorenza

Devavish Mitra, Mary Lovely; Economics

Project Title: Globalization and Entrepreneurship in Developing Asia

Graduate Assistant: Ian Wright

Shannon Novak, Anthropology

Project Title: The Children of Spring Street: A Stable Isotope Study

Graduate Assistant: Anthony Faulkner

Deborah Pellow, Anthropology

Project Title: The Changing cartographies of embodiment in Postcolonial Ghana

Graduate Assistant: Kwame Edwin Otu

Jamie Winders, Geography

Project Title: Between Making a Living and Making a Place: Understanding Immigrant/Native-Born Tensions in New Destinations

Graduate Assistant: Thor Ritz

2010 Awardees

Subho Basu, History

Project Title: Contested Homeland: Colonial Geography, Territoriality and Muslim Nationalism in Bengal

Graduate Assistant: Saneep Banerjee

John Burdick, Hans Peter Schmitz; Anthropology, Political Science

Project Title: The Impact of Rights Based Approaches (RBA) on Grassroots Activism and Advocacy

Graduate Assistant: Jesse Harasta

Peng Gao, Geography

Project Title: Dynamic linkage between variable sediment sources and downstream sediment load at the watershed scale

Graduate Assistant: Maria Josefson

Prema Kurien, Sociology

Project Title: Globalization, Religion, and Ethnic Politics: Indian Americans in the Public Sphere

Graduate Assistant: Anirban Acharya

Yingyi Ma, Sociology

Project Title: Higher Education in China: Opportunity or Quagmire?

Graduate Assistant: Dan Zhang

Gladys McCormick, History

Project Title: Authoritarianism and Popular Mobilizations in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Mexico

Graduate Assistant: Robert Solonick

Tina Nabatchi, Public Administration

Project Title: CNY Speaks

Graduate Assistant: Greg Munno

Thomas Perrault, Geography

Project Title: Mining, water, and rural livelihoods in the Bolivian Andes

Graduate Assistant: Barbara Greene

Margaret Usdansky, Sociology

Project Title: Promoting Successful Career Trajectories among Women and Minority STEM Faculty

Graduate Assistants: Chantell Frazier, Alecea Standlee

Hongying Wang, Political Science

Project Title: The Political Economy of China's New Welfare State

Graduate Assistant: Jing Lin