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Graduate Students and Research Associates

Graduate Students for 2013–14

JESSICA ALCORN (vitae) is a first-year student in the joint PhD in Public Policy program administered by the School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. Prior to beginning studies at IU, she worked as a research associate at the Center for International Trade and Security, focusing on a range of domestic and international security issues. Jessicaís research interests broadly encompass the use of interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of various environmental policy mechanisms. More specifically, she is interested in electricity policy mechanisms, community and regional economics, energy policy, land use change, and applied econometrics. Jessica earned a MPA in Public Administration and Policy and BAs in both Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

ELIZABETH BALDWIN (vitae) is a second-year PhD student in the Public Affairs program at IUís School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Her primary research interest is in energy policy, and her current work focuses on the way that decentralized regulatory decision-making processes affects the electricity resource mix across US states. She is a research assistant to two faculty research teams that are affiliated with the Ostrom Workshop, contributing to ongoing research on renewable and distributed generation in developing countries and water policy implementation in Kenya. Elizabeth earned a JD from IU Bloomington in 2011.

JACOB BOWER-BIR (vitae) investigates the evolution of moral norms and the influence those norms have on various social policies. His current research explores the relationship between peoplesí understanding of justice and economic desert and their tolerance for economic inequality. Jacob is conducting additional studies on group decision making, strategic network formation, spatial voting models, and heuristics. His early work focused on the introduction of market forces to traditionally public services, with a special concentration on school choice in American public education. He is broadly interested in the distribution of influence and benefits in collective-action scenarios.

STEFAN CARPENTER (vitae) is a first-year student in the joint PhD in Public Policy program administered by the School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. Prior to attending IU, Stefan worked as an attorney and provided pro bono services for several non-profit environmental organizations. His research interests include the use of community-based resource management to supplement national and international environmental law. Stefan earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. from Boston University.

YUAN (DANIEL) CHENG (vitae) is a first-year Joint PhD student in Public Policy of IUís School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. He holds a masterís degree in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a bachelorís degree in Environmental Science from Zhejiang University, China. He has extensive field experiences with environmental NGOs in China. He is interested in how peopleís uses of natural resources are shaped by markets, government, and formal and informal sets of institutions, with a special focus on policies leading to the change of property rights of key natural resources like forest and rangeland in China and other developing countries. During his studies at the Ostrom Workshop, he wants to carefully examine the benefits and costs of such policies, and how different governance structures affect economic and environmental outcomes. He also holds a strong research interest in the role of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.

CHUNG-YUAN (CY) CHIU (vitae) is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science from Taiwan. Over the past few years, he has been working on several policy issues such as water rights politics, irrigation management, environmental politics, as well as local governance, and had extensive field experience working in both Taiwan and Mainland China. He approaches these issues through examining institutional constellations of governance, where regime factors, government structures, local politics dynamics, and informal social rules interact with one another. He is also interested in exploring the political implications of governance consequences based on the institutional analysis framework, with an emphasis on democratic transition. Parts of his research results have been published in Comparative Politics and other Taiwanese journals.

RYAN T. CONWAY (vitae) is a fourth-year student in the Political Science PhD program. Exploring the subfields of public policy and political science research methods, his papers have investigated international forestry and greenhouse-gas policy, humanitarian aid coordination, and community healthcare systems. He is a member of the Managing the Health Commons research team and he coordinates both the Radical Commons and Community commons working groups. Ryanís current research explores Elinor Ostromís 7th design principle of commons management, pertaining to the rights of local commons users to make their own rules; he is investigating its relation to community self-determination struggles and autonomist political theory.

GRAHAM EPSTEIN (vitae) is a student in the joint PhD program in Public Policy at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. He is broadly interested in exploring the social, ecological, and institutional factors that effect the sustainability of social-ecological systems and our ability to diagnose those factors. More specific interests include public good provision, rule compliance, and methodological approaches to the study of sustainability. Graham holds a BSc in Ecology from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in International Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph.

SEAN FEDORKO (vitae) is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Prior to his studies at IU, Sean worked for the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics where he enjoyed training student-researchers in social science research ethics and interview skills, as well as contributing to survey instrument design. Sean is primarily concerned with the institutional and infrastructural sustainability of communities. Specifically, he is interested in reurbanization and the related social, economic, and institutional changes of cities in the New England/Great Lakes region. Seanís background is in Philosophy and Political Science and he hails from the mighty and glorious city of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Kirk Harris (vitae) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at IU. His dissertation focuses on how underlying social features like ethnic divisions and levels of civic participation in public life affect accountability linkages between citizens and politicians in recent democracies in the development world, as applied in a comparative study of local development initiatives by Kenya's Constituency Development Fund (CDF). This research connects to a broader interest in African politics, democratization, and political economy in the developing world. Prior to coming to IU, Kirk worked for humanitarian relief, development, and peacebuilding organizations in Nairobi, Kenya, New York City, and Khartoum, Sudan. He has a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Whitworth University.

CATHRYN E. JOHNSON (vitae) is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Prior to beginning her studies at IU, Cathryn worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where she supported programs to strengthen political participation and democratic institutions in West Africa. Cathrynís research interests are rooted in the democratization process. Specifically, she is interested in how formal and informal institutions influence citizen engagement in democratic processes and shape the outcomes of policies to improve citizen welfare. Cathryn earned an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in International Studies and French from Whitworth University..

URSULA KREITMAIR (vitae) is in the joint PhD program in Public Policy of IU's School of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. Her research concerns the effective management of common-pool resources at both the local and international levels. She is particularly interested in the behavioral dimension of collective action surrounding social dilemmas and studies these using experimental and computational methods. Ursula holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University; an MSc in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Regulation from the London School of Economics; and an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University College, London.

CARRIE LAWRENCE (vitae) is currently a PhD candidate of Health Behavior at IU School of Public Health, after working 20 years in social services in Indiana, primarily in the field of child welfare practice and state policy. She has also served as an adjunct Instructor of Family Law and Policy in the School of HPER, Health Policy in the School of SPEA, and is a current Instructor at Indiana State University. Her research interests include health policy capacities in communities and among health professionals, and social constructions of and by health policy target populations. Current research includes applying the work of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom to health care, evaluating the current tobacco-free policy at IU Bloomington, Exploration of State Cervical Cancer Policies, working with the IU School of Medicine on community engagement within Purpose Built Communities, applying health behavior with patient engagement approaches to the Patient Centered Medical Home, the integration of electronic personal health records to improve diabetic outcomes, and granular patient privacy control of electronic medical records.

SANCHAYAN NATH (vitae) is a doctoral scholar in the Joint PhD Program in Public Policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Political Science. His doctoral research examines the relationship between leadership and outcomes in collective action scenarios around water bodies in urban centers in India. Prior to joining the doctoral program, he has worked for more than five years across the academic, nonprofit and corporate sectors. He holds a graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and an undergraduate degree in engineering from RVCE Bangalore in India. He has also completed a post graduate diploma in environmental law from the National Law School of India University Bangalore in India.

NAVEED PAYDAR (vitae) is a doctoral student in the Joint PhD program in Public Policy at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Political Science at IU. His research interests include energy policy, multilevel governance, and applied econometrics. He is interested in factors that motivate firms in various industries to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, and the market potential and diffusion of sustainable technologies, such as plug-in electric vehicles. He has an ongoing theoretical interest in the Institutional Analysis and Development framework and the Social-Ecological Systems framework.

SELESTE SANCHEZ (vitae) is a second-year PhD student in Cultural Anthropology. Her research interests include equality, ethics, social justice, and human rights. Prior to starting her graduate program, Seleste worked in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. She worked with villagers on several development projects and conducted ethnographic research. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from Weber State University, Seleste focused on traditional market spaces and fruit trade networks in Mexico.

LUKE SHIMEK (vitae) is a student in the Public Policy Joint PhD program at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Department of Political Science. He received his BS in Mathematics, Economics, and International Relations from Wheaton College (IL), and his MA in Economics from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. His field of interest is institutions and governance with a particular emphasis on understanding corruption in bureaucracies, both through empirical study and the use of network formation games.

Research Associates

JAMPEL DELL'ANGELO is a postdoctoral research associate working on the National Science Foundation (NSF) project ďInstitutional Dynamics in Robust Social-Ecological Systems: Adaption to Climate Change in Snowmelt-Dependent Agricultural Systems.Ē He focuses on institutional analysis of community water projects water management and river basin governance around Mount Kenya. Previously, during his PhD research he applied, and modified, the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework to two different case studies: (1) watersheds preservation and resettlement of Tibetan nomads in Qinghaiís rangelands and (2) the decision-making processes of geothermal electric energy power production development and its effects on the water basin of Mount Amiata in central Italy. During his research, Jampel has collaborated on the documentary on environmental conflicts AquŪ nos vamos a quedar and he is now working on a video project related to the Kenyan activity.

SARAH MINCEY holds a PhD in Environmental Science and dual Masters in Public Affairs and Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Broadly, her research addresses the sustainability of social-ecological systems. Much of her work has been focused on the sustainable management of urban and community forests through the coproduction of the resource by citizens and neighborhood and homeowners associations working alongside nonprofits and public agencies. Her postdoctoral research at the Ostrom Workshop is focused on determining urban environmental governance strategies that yield positive public health outcomes.

Affiliated Research Associates