Graduate Students Awards

Our graduate students are actively engaged in all professional aspects of the field, publishing in top journals and winning prestigious awards and grants that fund both pre-dissertation and dissertation research. See an archive of these publications by clicking the links below.

 

  • Eleanor Albert, was awarded 2019-2020 best WID TAs Award.

  • Samer Anabtawi, received the POMEPS Travel, Research, Engagement grant in November 2020.

  • Joseph Cerrone, was awarded the Best Paper Prize by the Transnational Memory and Identity Research Network at the Conference for European Studies, 2021.

  • Cerrone, was awarded the 2020-21 Best WID TA Award.

  • Cerrone, received a Centennial Center Research Grant from the American Political Science Association in August 2021.

  • Colin Emrich, was awarded 2019-2020 best WID TAs Award.

  • Danielle Gilbert, was awarded the 2021 Merze Tate Award

  • Amoz Hor was awarded the Fred Hartman Award of the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at ISA-Northeast 2019 Conference. The paper is entitled: “The Affective Politics of Pop-Economics: How Racializing Japan Naturalized Protectionism and Welfare Cuts in the 1980s-90s.”

  • Lillian Frost, has received the "Best Dissertation" award from the American Political Science Association Middle East and North Africa Politics section, June 2021

  • Frost was also awarded a Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship and stipend for her dissertation “Beyond Citizenship: Protracted Refugees and the State” from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

  • Ahmed Kodouda was awarded fellowship from the National Science Foundation (Graduate research Fellowship) and the American Political Science Foundation (Minority Fellowship) in 2019.

  • Alex Kirss, was awardwd 2019-2020 Best Graduate Student Independent Teaching

  • Kendrick Kuo, was awarded World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship (grant) from the Smith Richardson Foundation

  • Kuo is also the co-winner of the Barbara W. Tuchman Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper in Historical International Relations 2020.

  • Adam Lenton, recieved 2019-2020 Best TA Award for an Introductory course.
  •  Elizabeth Meehan was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship in 2019.

  • Elizabeth (E.B.) Pertner won in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition hosted by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at GW, 2019

  • Kerry Crawford was awarded a James Rosenau post-doctoral fellowship by the International Studies Association.
  • Colm Fox, who earned his Ph.D. in 2014, was named co-winner of the "Best Fieldwork" award of the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
  • Samuel Frantz was awarded an American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS) Junior Fellowship for his research in India next year.
  • Julia Macdonald received the award for the Best Student Paper “Leadership Beliefs and State Threat Assessments:  Saddam Hussein and the Iraq War 2003," which was presented on an Intelligence Studies Section-sponsored panel at the 2015 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in New Orleans.
  • Julia Macdonald selected one of the 2015 Next Generation Security Leaders by the Center for a New American Security.
  • The recipient of the inaugural 2015 WID Graduate Teaching Award is Dorothy Smith Ohl, Department of Political Science in CCAS.
  • Jessica Anderson has received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) from the Social Science Research Council for the 2013 fellowship year.
  • Bret Barrowman has been awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship from the American Councils Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program for research and language training in Georgia and the Ukraine.
  • Dina Bishara was awarded a fellowship beginning in fall 2013 with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
  • Lisel Hintz has received a fellowship from the Institute of Turkish Studies.  The fellowship will support her in writing her dissertation during the academic year 2014-15. 
  • Lisel Hintz received a Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund Award to support her continued study of Turkish. Lisel also received a Hoffman Full-Semester Dissertation Fellowship to fund her field work in Turkey during the Spring 2013 term.
  • Abboud Kayyali was awarded the 2014 American Political Science Association Middle East and North Africa Alumni Grant to support his ongoing research.
  • Seok Joon Kim (and advisor Alexander Downes) received a National Science Foundation Grant for his project - Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science: Signal Costs and Public Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy.
  • Ryan Krog has received a Prestage-Cook Travel Award from the Southern Political Science Association.
  • Julia MacDonald was accepted to the German Marshall Fund's Young Strategists Forum in Japan.
  • Julia Macdonald was awarded George Washington University's Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. 
  • Alyx Mark has received the Philip Dearborn Fellowship Award from The Economic Club of Washington.  The fellowship, which is awarded to doctoral candidates studying issues of relevance to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, was granted to Alyx for her dissertation project, "Beyond Remedy: Does Civil Legal Assistance Matter for Democratic Governance?" 
  • Alyx Mark received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research, "Accessing Assistance and Citizen Engagement."
  • Christopher Mitchell's dissertation, "Saving the Market from Itself: Bailouts, Nationalizations, and the Politics of Financial Intervention" was awarded this year's Samuel Beer Prize for the best dissertation on British Politics. The prize is given by the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association.
  • Chris Mitchell's paper "Saving the Market From Itself: The Politics of Financial Intervention" won the Top Paper prize at the Old Dominion University Graduate Research Conference.
  • Shannon Powers has been selected to serve as an NGO delegate to the 11th Session of the Assembly of States-Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She is being supported by travel grants through the Council of American Students in International Negotiations, IERES, IGIS, and University Professor Funds. 
  • Allison Quatrini received a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • Jackie Schneider won third place in the National Intelligence Writing Contest for her essay "Remotely Piloted Aircraft and the Pivot Towards Asia: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Intelligence Collection"
  • Jackie Schneider won the Alexander George Award for best graduate student paper, Foreign Policy Analysis Section International Studies Association for her essay "Presidential Decisions for War: Is Intelligence to Blame? Case Studies of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush."
  • Alanna Van Antwerp has been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship for the summer 2013.
  • Tristan Volpe has been named a Lawrence Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
  • Scott Weiner received a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • Rachel Whitlark has been awarded the Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program predoctoral research fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.
  • Jackson Woods received a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship.
  • David An received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Language Fellowship in 2010 from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies for for Chinese language studies.
  • Davy Banks received the Loughran Foundation Fund for Oxford Scholarship for research at Oxford University in 2011.
  • Kelly Bauer was selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to Chile.
  • Kerry Crawford was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies.
  • Robert Frenkel received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies for Arabic language studies.
  • Dan Green received a Soref fellowship from the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.
  • Jake Haselswerdt won the Best Poster on Public Policy Award from the American Political Science Association for his paper, "Procedures and Policy in the Hidden Welfare State: A Comparison of the Survival Rates of Tax Expenditures and Direct Spending Programs."
  • Enze Han was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, for 2010-2011.
  • Enze Han was awarded a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2009-10 to complete his work on the politics of separatism in the People's Republic of China.
  • Jake Haselswerdt received an award to travel to Boston to attend the Social Science History Association Fiscal Sociology Workshop (travel funding provided by the National Science Foundation).
  • Brett Heiney was awarded a Boren Fellowship to China for 2012-13.
  • Brett Heiney received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies for for Chinese language studies.
  • Thomas Hill was awarded a Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship.
  • Lisel Hintz was awarded the Hoffman Full-Semester Dissertation Fellowship to fund her field research in Turkey for the fall 2012 semester.
  • Lisel Hintz was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to study Turkish in Turkey during summer 2012.
  • Lisel Hintz received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department for Turkish language studies.
  • Lisel Hintz received the Davis and Isham Summer Language Study Fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for Turkish language studies.
  • Lisel Hintz received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies for Turkish language studies.
  • Jeffrey Hornung was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State University for 2009-2010.
  • Colm Fox won the Indonesia and East Timor Studies Committee award for best graduate paper, which he presented at the Asian Association Society conference.
  • Colm Fox was awarded a 2009 Fulbright Language Grant to study Advanced Indonesian in Salatiga, Indonesia.
  • Colm Fox was awarded a Matsushita International Foundation grant for research on the impact of decentralization in Indonesia.
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded a dissertation research grant from the Loughran Foundation to conduct research at Oxford University during summer 2012.
  • Michelle Jurkovich received an American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) Research Grant for her project "Food as a Right: The Construction and Evolution of Hunger as a Global Problem."
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded the Millar Student Summer Travel Fellowship (2011) for dissertation research at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome, Italy.
  • Michelle Jurkovich received an award from the State Department and Institute of International Education to travel to Prague to participate in the 2010 Young Leaders Conference on transatlantic security concerns.
  • Michelle Jurkovich was awarded the 2010 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching (Honorable Mention).
  • Craig M. Kauffman was awarded the Inter-American Foundations Grassroots Development Fellowship, 2010-2011, for his research on the role of transnational actors in promoting local governance reforms regarding environmental management in Ecuador.
  • Craig Kauffman in 2009-2010 was awarded a position as Visiting Research Professor at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO-Ecuador) to support his dissertation research on local watershed management reforms in Ecuador.
  • Brian Karlsson was awarded the 2009 Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies fellowship at Free University Berlin for field research in Germany.
  • Brian Karlsson was the recipient of a 2008-09 American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES) Research Grant.
  • Inwook Kim was awarded a Fellowship at Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) for its Young Leaders Program (YLP).
  • Inwook Kim received a Policy Research Grant for Young Scholars by the Korean Ministry of Unification to study political orientation and influence of think-tanks in DC regarding Korean peninsula issues.
  • Diogo De Castilho Penha de Lemos received a Doctoral Degree Grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.
  • Michael MacLeod was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Arts and Sciences at Bentley University for 2008-2009.
  • Medlir Mema received an American Consortium on European Union Studies (ACES)/EU Center of Excellence Pre-PhD Dissertation Award to study the International Criminal Court.
  • Medlir Mema won a Belgian American Educational Foundation fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Medlir Mema received a Guest Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies at the Swedish Institute for 2010-2011.
  • Chris Mitchell received a research grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his project "Saving the Market from Itself: The Politics of Financial Intervention."
  • Chris Mitchell received a research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.
  • Dawn Murphy was accepted into the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Postdoctoral program at Princeton.
  • Dawn Murphy received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to travel to South Africa where she will examine "China's Relations with the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa in the post-Cold War Era."
  • Dawn Murphy was awarded an East Asia Field Research Grant from the GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
  • Daniel Nerenberg was awarded a Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award, honoring him as one of the three best GTAs at GW
  • Daniel Nerenberg received a fellowship in 2010 from the GW Institute for Middle East Studies to study Arabic in Syria.
  • Daniel Nerenberg was awarded the 2010 Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace to study Arabic at the Middlebury College summer intensive program.
  • Daniel Nerenberg received a grant from Fonds de recherche sur la socit et la culture (FQRSC) for applied doctoral research assessing the intersection of international and domestic politics in the Middle East (2009-2012).
  • Lance Noble received an award from the China-Canada Scholars' Exchange.
  • Joseph O'Mahoney received a predoctoral fellowship from the DeKarman Fellowship Trust.
  • Seung Joon Paik was awarded a Chinese Language Grant by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for Language Study in Taiwan.
  • Varun Piplani received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to carry out fieldwork in India where he will look at "Rethinking Economic Reforms: Power and Development in the Indian Countryside."
  • Shannon Powers was awarded a travel grant by Women in International Security Canada to attend their annual workshop in May 2012.
  • Shannon Powers won the Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award.
  • Allison Quatrini won a fellowship from the State Department's Program for Research and Training in Eastern Europe and Eurasia to study Uzbek.
  • Jennie Schulze won the 2009 Association for the Study of Nationalities Best Doctoral Student Paper on Central Europe Award for her paper "Integration and Nation-building in Estonia and Latvia: Elite Discourses after EU Accession".
  • Hyun-jin Song was awarded a Sigur Center for Asian Studies Grant for Field Research for summer 2012.
  • Amir Stepak was awarded a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for his project titled Redefining Strategic Interests: From Domestic Crisis to Foreign Policy Change.
  • Charles Sullivan received a Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year from the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.
  • Alanna Van Antwerp was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in Egypt for 2011-2012.
  • Ajay Verghese was selected for a Shorenstein Fellowship in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University.
  • Ajay Verghese won a CLS Alumni Development Award from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
  • Ajay Verghese received an award from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to conduct a study in India on "The Historical Roots of Caste and Tribal Conflict in Contemporary India."
  • Ajay Verghese was awarded a grant from the Matsushita International Foundation for his project "The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in Contemporary India."
  • Ajay Verghese was awarded a 2009 Cosmos Scholars Grant for field research in India.
  • Madeleine Wells Goldburt received a Boren Fellowship to do language training and dissertation research in Jordan and Kuwait.
  • Rachel Whitlark was awarded a Stanton Nuclear Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 2012-2013.
  • Dana Yasur-Landau awarded the Israeli Scholar Award from the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre received support from the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility for "Doing the Right Thing: How Ethical Frameworks Shape the Content of Global Corporate Social Responsibility Standards" for 2010.
  • Jeffrey Becker was awarded a David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship to support him while researching and writing his dissertation.
  • Colm Fox was awarded a 2008 Indonesia Society Intensive Studies Program Fellowship to study in Indonesia.
  • Lee Ann Fujii, 2005-2006 Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellowship. This special award, given to only two students in the college, "allow[s] our very best students a year without duties in which to complete their Ph.D. dissertations."
  • Jeffrey Hornung, 2005-2006 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Japan.
  • Jeffrey Hornung, 2005 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Language Fellowship for intensive study in Japanese.
  • Maiko Ichihara received a 2008 Matsushita International Foundation Grant for field research in Japan, France, and Sweden.
  • Craig Kauffman, 2005 2nd Runner-Up in the graduate student competition at the International Studies Association-South annual Conference in Miami. The title of the paper was "Transitional Justice in Guatemala: Linking the Past and the Future."
  • Craig Kauffman, 2006 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for intensive language study in Ecuador, January-July 2006.
  • Yangmo Ku and Jennie Schulze were awarded Hoffman Dissertation Awards for 2008-2009 from the Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at the George Washington Univeristy.
  • Yangmo Ku was awarded a 2008 Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research.
  • Jessica Lieberman, a Diplomacy Fellowship for 2006-2007 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Michael MacLeod was awarded a 2007 Oikos PhD Fellowship at the Oikos Foundation for Economy and Ecology Summer Academy, University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Stephanie McNulty, 2004-2005 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for dissertation research in Peru.
  • Peter McSharry, 2005 FLAS Summer Language Fellowship for intensive study in Chinese.
  • Peter McSharry, 2005-2006 David L. Boren-National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellowship.
  • Kaz Obayashi received a 2008 Matsushita International Foundation Grant for field research in Sri Lanka and Uganda.
  • Gonzalo Paz was awarded a 2008 Smith Richardson Foundation's World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship.
  • Gonzalo Paz, 2003-2005 Fulbright Fellowship.
  • James Reilly was awarded a 2007-2008 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support research in China.
  • Jennie Schulze was awarded a 2008 dissertation grant by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.
  • Jennie Schulze has been awarded a three-year Early Stage Researcher fellowship, funded by a European Union Marie Curie grant, at Tallinn University in Estonia.
  • Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, 2005 "runner-up" for the Juan Linz Dissertation Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association. Her dissertation was entitled "The Dynamics of Postcommunist Transformations: Varieties of Authoritarian Regimes and Paradoxes of Crony Capitalism in Russia's Regions," and her committee was Peter Reddaway (chair), Nathan Brown, and Harvey Feigenbaum.
  • Injoo Sohn, 2006-2007 Visiting Research Fellow with Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies, and postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Princeton China and the World Program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Phillip Stalley, 2006-2007 Visiting Research Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Ajay Verghese received a 2008 Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State to study Hindi in India.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre was given an Emerging Scholar Award by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action at its meeting in 2006.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, a Graduate Student Research Award from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Graduate Studies.
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the George Washington University.