Politics doctoral candidate Logan Puck, who advanced to candidacy in 2013, has been awarded a 2014 UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant. This award will allow Logan, who is currently conducting field research in Mexico City for his dissertation on the rapidly-growing ranks of private security forces in Mexico, to spend four months conducting further work in Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Politics doctoral candidate Claire Lyness, who advanced to candidacy in 2011, has been awarded Best International Political Society (IPS) Graduate Student Paper by the IPS section of the International Studies Association for her conference paper titled: "Governing Suicide Bombing: Terrorism studies as governmentality." The award was given March 26, at the annual ISA conference held this year in Toronto. Politics Professor Ronnie Lipschutz accepted the award on her behalf.
Politics graduate student Juan Prieto, who entered the program in 2012, has been awarded a 2014 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council. This fellowship will allow Juan to travel this summer to Colombia and Peru to conduct preliminary dissertation fieldwork on the local political economy of mining in those countries.
Politics graduate student Eric Crosbie, currently finishing his second year in the program, has been awarded a research grant from the UC Pacific Rim Research Program. Using these funds he will conduct field research in Australia and New Zealand to assess each government's ability to defend domestic public health regulations against international trade threats.
Very warm congratulations to Logan, Claire, Juan, and Eric on their accomplishments!