Josh Bruce, Sociology
Josh’s research is primarily in economic and organizational sociology, and currently focuses on diffusion processes, inter-organizational cooperation, and personnel careers in the US federal government.
Tom Cinq-Mars, History
Tom is a business historian writing a dissertation about the building of the longest oil pipeline network in the world, Druzhba, or “Friendship.” His broader interests include comparative political economy, environmental history, and the history of technology.
Lauren Czaplicki, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lauren’s research involves engineering microbial processes in order to clean up creosote polluted soils. She is also broadly interested in the science-policy nexus, specifically policies encouraging environmental protection and sustainability and how these are affected by technical innovations.
Mercy DeMenno, Public Policy, Political Science Concentration
Mercy’s research focuses on the politics of the regulatory policymaking process, at both the U.S. federal and international levels. Her specific research interests include financial risk regulation, regulatory institutional design, and stakeholder participation in rulemaking.
Rob Fetter, Environmental Policy, Economics Concentration
Rob researches technological change and the interaction between regulation and innovation, particularly in the energy sector. He studies how firms engaged in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas learn about emerging technologies and how they respond to regulations, as well as technological change in developing countries including the relationship between energy and economic growth.
Will Goldsmith, History
Will Goldsmith examines in his dissertation the construction and evolution of education and economic development policy in North Carolina from 1960 to 2000 in order to understand how a rural Jim Crow state with the nation’s lowest manufacturing wages and abysmal educational attainment became an emblem of the “New Economy.” His work traces how the civil rights revolution created policy space for the emergence of “education for economic growth” as a central focus of state economic development efforts as well as the uneven implications of such policies for rural areas and economic equality.
Katy Hansen, Environmental Policy, Political Science Concentration
Katy’s research interest focus on how institutions shape water service disparities in the United States.
Farah Hegazi, Environmental Policy, Political Science Concentration
Farah is a Ph.D. student in environmental politics at Duke University. She seeks to understand, explain, and address the challenges that governments in the Middle East face in delivering water and sanitation services to un-served and under-served areas.
Anna Johns, Law and History
Anna is interested in the intersection of business, the state, and society. Her dissertation will examine the use of class action lawsuits as a tool for consumer protection.
Ashton Merck, History
Ashton Merck’s research focuses on comparative risk regulation and its relation to the modern administrative state. Her dissertation project examines a series of institutional shifts in the regulation of food safety during the twentieth century, focusing on poultry and meat products in the United States and the European Union.
Ruxandra Popovici, Environmental Policy, Political Science Concentration
Ruxandra is interested in incentive-based environmental policies that aim to protect the environment while at the same time improving people’s livelihoods. She specifically focuses on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Mexico, where landowners do certain activities that help conserve their forests (fencing, patrolling, garbage collection) and in exchange receive a payment which they can then reinvest in an environmentally sustainable economic activity.
Daniel Ribeiro, Law
Daniel is interested in evidence-based administrative law, in particular how (Regulatory) Impact Assessment (IA) can work to control and promote policies that are cost-effective, fair, sustainable, and that work as intended. He is also exploring how the intersection of law, policy, science, and technology underlying IA can improve political accountability.
Faraz Usmani is an environmental economist, specializing in the economics of energy access and international development.
Cindy Cheng, Political Science
Jonathon Free, History
Justin Kirkpatrick, Environmental Policy, Economics Concentration
Marcelo Prates, Law
Louise Seamster, Sociology