Problem-based research cutting across student-faculty lines and disciplines.
Duke’s newest interdisciplinary initiative, Bass Connections, supports vertically integrated teams of students and faculty across campus to engage in problem-based research built around five core themes. This fall, KIE Associate Director Suzanne Shanahan is co-leading a new research team in the theme of global health.
In addition, KIE is partnering with Bass Connections to create opportunities for future projects with ethical components. While the application deadlines for 2013-2014 have passed, you can see the RFP for additional information.
Research Team: Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health
This working group is building on the existing archive of refugee narratives from urban, refugee camp, and resettlement contexts gathered through KIE’s DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program. Using this prior research as a point of departure, the group is studying how the resettlement process, a global and transnational program where refugees are provided settlement in countries such as the United States, affects the mental health and well-being of refugees.
While there are growing bodies of research on pre- and post-displacement, this project is innovative in that it considers resettlement as a global process which has implications for refugee health at different points, from the country of first asylum to the resettlement country. Prior research will be augmented by additional fieldwork in Jordan and Lebanon. Primary focus will be on the effects of displacement/resettlement on three communities: Bhutanese, Iraqis and Syrians.
Faculty team members:
Suzanne Shanahan, Sociology and Kenan Institute for Ethics
Eve Puffer, Psychology & Neuroscience and Duke Global Health Institute
Abdul Sattar Jawad, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Postdoctoral Fellow team member:
Nadia El-Sharaawi, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Kiran Bhai is a senior from Dallas, Texas with a Program II major in Global Health Policy and Ethics. Kiran has been involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics since her freshman year and has focused on refugee studies.
Sonia Hatfield graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a degree in Linguistics. She spent a year as a Social Justice Fellow with the New Israel Fund and has worked with resettled refugee youth in the Houston area.
Kelly Howard is a senior from Tucson, Arizona. She is an Evolutionary Anthropology (B.S.) major with a certificate in the Study of Ethics, and is thrilled to have found Kenan through DukeImmerse her sophomore year.
Leena El-Sadek is a junior from Jackson, Mississippi. She is majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health with a concentration in the physical and mental well-being of refugees and a minor in Psychology.
Jennifer Sherman is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio majoring in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Theater Studies. She is the co-director of Kenan’s MASTERY program for resettled refugee youth in Durham.
Libby King MacFarlane is a first year student in the Master of Science of Global Health program. She earned a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She is specifically interested in the psychosocial impacts of displacement due to natural disasters and/or civil conflict.