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Graduate Students|Global & Area Studies

Returning Master's Peace Corps Student Jason Funk

Master's Peace Corps student Jason Funk from Portsmouth, NH entered
the program in the fall of 2008. He recently returned from his Peace
Corps Volunteer program in Ecuador and is currently completing his thesis
"Shaping Environmental Education and Conservation in Southern
The placement for his volunteer program vested
his research interest in protected area conservation and community
development, environmentalism in Latin America, agroforestry systems,
and traditional Plant knowledge.


The focus of Jason's research arose from his service from April 2010-2012 as a Peace Corps volunteer in the southern Ecuadorian province of Zamora Chinchipe, where he collaborated and assisted park rangers from Parque Nacional Podocarpus.  During service he had the opportunity to work as a coordinator on park conservation and education activities with local schools in the southern zone of the park. The research project that he developed with the input and participation of local counterparts explored the experiences and impacts of these environmental education activities that involved elementary and high school students living and attending schools around the park. The findings from this research have demonstrated that these activities do raise greater awareness among youth of the importance and goals of the park and have helped to create positive perceptions of the park. The research also provides recommendations on how park staff and teachers can improve the program through a focus on enhancing educational goals and approaches, greater collaboration with local organizations, teacher training, and the development of environmental education curriculum materials appropriate to the local context and lives of the participants.


Fall 2014 Entering Graduate Class

Name             Research Interests               Photo
Lindsey Ehringer,
New York

Lindsey is planning to study the cultural and ecological effects of increasing numbers of tourists at emerging tourism destinations in the developing world.


Lindsey Ehringer
Rebekah Guillory, Louisiana


While in the Peace Corps Master's International program, Rebekah hopes to return to Asia to pursue her research interests in international development topics on aid effectiveness, poverty reduction, inequality, and its impact on area youth.

Clinton Harper, California

Clinton is studying the role and importance of Taiwan as a balancing act between US-China geopolitics.


Cliff Kodero, Kenya


Cliff is working to become an expert on democratization in the Great Lakes of Africa regions.

Cliff Kodero
Morgan Mathison, Wisconsin

Morgan has joined the Peace Corps Master's International program and is hoping to do her service in South or Central America. She will be working in conjunction with the ENR program and desiring work in the area of conservation. Ultimately, she is planning to conduct a life-long research project in hopes of altering global policies related to the protection of our planet and its inhabitants.

Norgan Mathison

Anil Raman, India

Anil is a serving military officer whose interests lie in the security affairs of South Asia. His work in the International Master's program will focus on international affairs and grand strategy.

Anil Raman
Shalo Seidmedova, Turkmenistan


Shahlo's major interest in International Relations mainly stems from narrow interests in the Middle East, US foreign policy, the history of Islam, the international law, orientalism vs. the West, as well as languages that she enthusiastically continues to learn. Shalo speaks Russian, Turkish, German, and Arabic. She is specifically interested in incorporating strategic and security studies and Middle Eastern and Asian studies into her research work.


Hollie Welch, Oregon Hollie's interests include second language acquisition, learning language through immerson and languages facing extinction. Hollie

Spring/Summer 2015 Graduate Class

Name  Research Interests/ Thesis Topics                         

Jessica Banda, Michigan

NGO Efficacy: Perceptions Among Donors, Adminitration, Staff, and
Community in Africa

Jess is interested in International Organization and Human Rights.
She plans to pursue a career with an international NGO and hopes
to discover a better way to  connect with the interest, needs, and
values of the people the NGO seeks to serve.

Jessica Banda

Megan Authement, Louisiana


Education and Gender Roles in Latin America

During her assignment in the Peace Corps, she plans on researching how gender roles determined by society favor the education of males over females. This occurs in many Latin American communities that have a strong religious basis.


Jessica Banda, Michigan

NGO Efficacy: Perceptions Among Donors, Adminitration, Staff, and
Community in Africa

Jess is interested in International Organization and Human Rights.
She plans to pursue a career with an international NGO and hopes
to discover a better way to  connect with the interest, needs, and
values of the people the NGO seeks to serve.

Jess Banda
Cal Brakin, Wyoming

Emerging Masculinities in Mongolia's Natural Resource Boom

Cal is in the Master's International Peace Corps Program and will be
going to Mongolia to serve as a Community and Youth Development
Volunteer. His research will investigate how social roles are changing
for men in Mongolia and how that will impact social norms.

Cal Brakin
Ola Raddaoui, Tunisia

The Role of Women in the Arab Spring Revolutions: A New Perspective on Islamic Feminism

The purpose of Ola's research is to study the contribution of Arab Muslim women in the Arab Spring. Her research seeks to examine how women activits, defined as those involved in pro-democracy street protests and political awareness-raising campaigns have actively shaped political events surrounding the Arab Spring. Ola's research design will involve interviews addressed to young women activits in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia. It is her hope that her research will provide participants with an opportunity to share the insights, contribute to the historical records often written by men, and educate others about women' prominent roles in the Arab Spring.


Josh Taboga, Wyoming


Germany's Environmental Ambitions: Morphing Central Europe's Strongest Economy into an Energy Independent Powerhouse

Josh, from Laramie, Wyoming, has spent a majority of his adult life in Germany.  He is interested in the workings of German and EU environmental policy, how they affect each other, and what the significance of all this is for Germany and its plan to eliminate nuclear energy from its soil and produce 80% renewable energy by 2050.  During his field work, Josh plans to travel back to Germany and learn the inner workings of an environmental organization.  He hopes to better understand how Germany has come to the forefront of environmentally-friendly energy production.

Josh Taboga

Jacqueline Todak, Washington


The Impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility Contributions to Coffee-Harvesting Communities in Latin America

Jacqueline will be assessing the benefits of cash donations provided by coffee retailers to coffee-harvesting communities in Latin America, in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility.


Matt Westerberg, Idaho


Civil-Military Relations in Transitional Democracies

Matt is interested in civil-military relations in transitional democracies. He plans on developing his thesis around this topic and pursuing his reserach through the MIPC program while serving as a volunteer for the Peace Corps begining mid 2014.


Jacqueline will be assessing the benefits of cash donations [SD1] provided by coffee retailers to coffee-harvesting communities in Latin America,[SD2] in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The purpose of the research is to determine whether the donations are merely public relations efforts to bring positive publicity onto the donating companies, or if the money is actually making a significant [SD3] difference, as will be identified through gathering the opinions of the recipients and specifically focusing on visual indicators and statistics; including, annual income and access to education and health care, in the lives of those who receive it.




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