Conference Program

2015 Undergraduate Associate Thesis Conference

February 5–6, 2015

Center for Government and International Studies, South Building 1730 Cambridge Street, Belfer Case Study Room (S020 on the concourse level)

Thursday, February 5

12:15 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

Steven B. Bloomfield, Executive Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

12:30–2:30 p.m. Globalization and Its Discontents

Chair: Kyle Jaros, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

  • Ralph “Tre” Hunt (African and African American Studies and East Asian Studies) Alternate Explanations for Zimbabwe's Decision to Implement a "Look East" Policy in 2003.
  • Anja Nilsson (Social Studies) Switzerland’s Banking Secrecy and How It Survived an International Financial System Dominated by the Anglophone Tradition.
  • Amy Sparrow (Social Studies and East Asian Studies) Food Safety Development in China: The Pressure of Globalization, Scandal, and Activism on Legal Reform.

Fifteen-minute break (refreshments will be available)

2:45–5:30 p.m. America Latina: Institutions across a Long Hemisphere

Chair: Alex Fattal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mahindra Humanities Center; Former Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

  • Daniel Barcia (History) Restless Liberty: Territorial Florida’s Maroon Haven and the Largest Slave Rebellion in US History, 1835–1836.
  • Julia Cohn (History and Literature) Embracing Then Abandoning Pan-American Ambitions: How Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity and La Gloriosa Victoria Depict His Fluctuating Optimism for Hemispheric Unity.
  • Mayumi Cornejo (Government) State Intervention and the Development of Peasant Auto-Defense Organizations in Peru.
  • Manuel Andrés Meléndez (Government) Toward an Institutional Theory of Conservative Party Schisms: El Salvador’s Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in Comparative Perspective, 1980–2010.

Friday, February 6

8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast (available outside of room S020)

9:00–11:45 a.m. Understanding Youth and Families Transnationally

Chair: Asad Asad, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology; Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

  • Nafisa Eltahir (Sociology) Colorism in Comparative Perspective: Examining How Young Sudanese and African-American Women Experience Their Skin Color. 
  • Diego Huerta (Anthropology) HIV/AIDS Knowledge amongst Young, Gay Latino Immigrants.
  • Alyssa Leader (Psychology) Long-Term Correlates of Exposure to Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone: An Exploration of Outcomes and Mediating Factors.
  • Eliza Pan (Social Studies) Reconfiguring the “Flexible” Family: Mainland Chinese Astronaut Households in Canada.

11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch (available outside of room S020)

1:30–2:45 p.m. International Relations in Contemporary Perspective

Chair: Marco Basile, JD/PhD Candidate, Harvard Law School, Department of History; Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

  • Hilary Higgins (Government) Counternarcotics to Counterinsurgency: Assessing the Transformation of US Economic Assistance to Colombia, 1998–2002.
  • Hannah Mullen (Government) How Institutions Shape Initiatives to Reform Military Justice Systems: United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Fifteen-minute break (refreshments will be available)

3:00–5:00 p.m. Sustaining Environmental Purpose

Chair: Shelby Grossman, PhD Candidate, Department of Government; Hartley R. Rogers Dissertation Completion Fellow; Former Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

  • Debbie Onuoha (History and Literature and Anthropology) Murky Waters on a Gold(en) Coast: Progress and Pollution along the Korle Lagoon in Accra, Ghana.
  • Elizabeth Pike (Social Studies) A Tale of Two Eco-Cities: The Case for Community Participation in Eco-City Development.
  • Hilton Simmet (Social Studies) Dreaming the “Dark Mountain”: Time, Economy, and Development in Senegal’s Eco-Villages.