2017-18 Doctoral Research Fellows

Photo of Darlingtina Kenechi AtakereDarlingtina Kenechi Atakere
Psychology and Gerontology
Advisor: Tamara Baker (Psychology)

Atakere's research examines social determinants of health and health outcomes among older minorities. In addition, an emerging area of interest for her is the examination of cultural ecological variations in eldercare, specifically looking at filial/felt obligation towards elderly parents with chronic illness.
Photo of Natasha BharjNatasha Bharj
Social Psychology
Advisor: Glenn Adams (Psychology)

Natasha's research focuses on building an understanding of meta-prejudice, or discourse about prejudice, and its relation to narratives of progress and modernity. She is particularly interested in how this functions in relation to stereotypes of victim-blaming in minoritized communities, as well as representations of history more broadly.
Photo of Carolina Costa CandalCarolina Costa Candal
Political Science
Advisor: Alesha Doan (IPSR, School of Public Affairs & Administration, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies)

Carolina's research investigates the relationship between fertility services, human life, ethics, and family in various political and social contexts. Her dissertation examines the range of legislative approaches and advocacy efforts seeking to limit assisted reproductive technologies in the European Union.
Photo of Silvia Maria Sanchez DiazSilvia Maria Sanchez Diaz
Medical Anthropology
Advisor: Brent Metz (IPSR, Anthropology)

Silvia is specializing in medical anthropology - a sub discipline of anthropology aiming at understanding the meaning of sickness and healing by combining participant observation, interviews, and life stories. Her research interests include the intersections between state-sponsored medical institutions and inequality in Guatemala, the impact of international financial institutions in public health policies in Latin America, and the contested caregiving practices and healing processes that take place in contexts of medical pluralism. She is currently working on an ethnographic study of the experiences of doctors working for the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security.
Photo of Duncan FriendDuncan Friend
School of Public Affairs & Administration
Advisor: Charles Epp (IPSR, School of Public Affairs & Administration)

Duncan Friend studies influence in the construction, retention, and use of government information and resulting impacts on administration and society. His dissertation research focuses on the nature and effects of dependence created in the relationship between government agencies and external users of their data.
Photo of Josephine KipgenJosephine Kipgen
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Advisor: Hannah Britton (IPSR, Political Science, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Josephine's research interests include postcolonial and transnational feminisms, feminist pedagogy, and women's reproductive rights and gender-based violence. Her dissertation specifically focuses on reproductive practices, programs and policies in India, and in particular, gender-biased sex selection and sex-selective abortion.
Photo of Amanda Miller Amanda Miller
Special Education
Advisor: Jennifer Kurth (Special Education)

Amanda's research concentrates on the mechanisms (systems and processes) that propel and dispel inequities for students from minoritized groups in and through special education. Her research is framed by humanizing approaches to inquiry, Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit), and cultural historical activity theory.
Photo of Jungrim MoonJungrim Moon
School of Social Welfare
Advisor: Michelle Johnson-Motoyama (IPSR, School of Social Welfare)

Jungrim's research interests are on preventing adverse childhood experiences while promoting positive development of youth through community-based interventions. Specifically, she is exploring primary care and school-based approaches to promote positive parenting for all parents based on the population-based model.
Photo of Byeongdon OhByeongdon Oh
Advisor: ChangHwan Kim (IPSR, Sociology)

Byeongdon is specialized in the areas of social stratification, education, labor market, race/ethnicity, and quantitative methodology. His doctoral research focuses on stratification in higher education and its impact on rising income inequality in the 21st century. Byeongdon has studied the influence of family background on educational inequality among adolescents in the United States, South Korea, and other countries around world. He is also currently working as a project manager for the Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas. The common concern of his research is to reveal how undesirable socioeconomic inequality has been reproduced in our society. Methodologically, he is interested in quantitative analysis.
Photo of Emily Hedges ViettiEmily Hedges Vietti
Communication Studies
Advisor: Mary Banwart (Communication Studies )

Emily's research is focused on the intersections of political communication and online interaction, specifically social media. Current areas of interest include: perceptions of candidate authenticity online by young voters, the Twitter activity of politicians, the representation of social movements/political protest online, and political memes.

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