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Graduating Students

Congratulations to DGA's graduating students! Best of luck in your future endeavors!
Master of Science (M.S.)
Michelle Bischoff
Kathryn Duffy-Jaeger
Lesney Elgin
Christine Giller
Jessica Marano
Sreyneath Poole
Adassa Richardson
Sara Yllescas

Master of Science (Enroute to Ph.D.)
Scott Fisher
Iuliia Kononenko
Binneh Minteh
Deborah Morrison-Santana
Lynette Sieger
Meghan Sullivan

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Mehmet Bastug
Percy Blount
Kazim Ciris
Gina O'Melia
Christopher Primiano
Gultekin Topaktas
Fatih Vursavas

DGA Student Summer Activities

Our students stay busy throughout the year. This summer several DGA students are venturing abroad for research projects or summer schools. 

Three of our students - Simone Martin, Lauren Kaplan and Jessica Mulcahy-Miller - were selected as USAID fellows through the Global Development Lab and will travel to Cape Town, South Africa for two months. Lauren will explore the nature of available income generation mechanisms and possible avenues for entrepreneurial self-sustaining efforts, particularly in informal settlements of the Western Cape. Also planning to work with women, Jessica will focus on women in grassroots organizations and how their gender identity influences their actions within those organizations.

Ph.D. students Lillian Hussong and Kelsey Lizotte will both attend a summer school on Nationalism, Religion and Violence organized by Charles University in Prague and International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. In addition, Kelsey will attend a three week Spanish course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also in Prague, Ph.D. student Sabrina Axster will present her research on the representation of refugees at the annual conference of the International Migration, Integration and Cohesion Network. Prior, Sabrina will attend the REMESO Graduate School in Migration, Ethnicity and Society in Sweden and work as a research fellow with the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. 

Heading to Germany as well, Ph.D. candidate Laurie Cohen received a full fellowship to attend the Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies on Violence in Europe and the Americas: The Holocaust & Global Memory Constellations. Doctoral candidate Lynette E. Sieger will be a Visiting Senior Scholar at the School of Humanities in Chinese Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where she will be working with Dr. Daniel A. Bell

Introducing the New SAGA Board

The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) held board elections on April 28, 2016 and DGA's 2016-2017 SAGA board is:

President: Yvan Ilunga
Vice President: Sabrina Axster
Treasurer: Sean Maguire
Secretary: Jessica Mulcahy-Miller
Master's Student Representative: Joshua Shaw
Ph.D. Student Representative: Lillian Hussong 

During its first meeting the SAGA board decided to organize a number of events in September to welcome new students and bring the DGA community together. SAGA also wants to continue ongoing events such as the Ph.D. roundtables and help to amplify the voice of DGA students.
Beginning in September, the newsletter will feature a "SAGA Corner." The "SAGA Corner" will update students on upcoming meetings, events, and projects. "Like" SAGA on Facebook to stay up on all the latest SAGA news!

SAGA Global Affairs Conference Recap

In April, SAGA organized a global affairs conference titled "Rethinking Global Affairs Post-2015: Reshaping Nations, Restoring Lives." The conference was the result of a group effort by DGA students in promotion of academic and professional development goals as envisioned in SAGA's by-laws.   

This year’s conference focused on the theme of the post-2015 world, and invited graduate student participation at the Masters’ and Ph.D. level. The event consisted of six themed panels ranging from nation-building to the security dilemma caused by the current radicalization phenomenon. It included presentations from students at Rutgers DGA, Business, Law, and Criminal Justice Schools as well as from outside students at The New School, American University, Catholic University, Villanova University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Boston College. The event was well-received and would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the Graduate Student Association, Graduate School-Newark, DGA, and the School of Criminal Justice

Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the new members of the Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society. In April 2016, SIR welcomed five new members at the Ph.D. level and nine new Masters and undergraduate members both from Global Affairs and Political Science. 

To celebrate its new members, the Honors Society organized a small ceremony where each member received their cords. Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud provided welcoming remarks and the ceremony included the traditional lightning of candles to mark the inauguration of the new members.

SIR is currently putting together a new board which will be announced in the fall. The organization plans to continue its engagement throughout the 2016-2017 academic years with several events and closer collaboration with SAGA.

In Case You Missed It...

DGA students and faculty convened on April 26 for a farewell toast for DGA Director Jean-Marc Coicaud and Associate Director Ann Martin. Dr. Coicaud will be stepping down as the Director of the Division of Global Affairs at the end of May to focus on his writing. He will continue teaching at Rutgers Law School as Professor of Law and Global Affairs. Mrs. Martin will be retiring from her position as Associate Director of the Division of Global Affairs this coming September. Mrs. Martin has had a career with Rutgers University for 40 years and will be moving with her family to South Carolina.

On April 27, Chum Mey, one of the last three remaining survivors of the infamous S-21 internment camp utilized by the Khmer Rouge as a torture center during the Cambodian genocide, spoke to a number of students about his experience as a prisoner. Under incredible physical/mental stress, the former mechanic endured physical torture and deprivation, isolated from his loved ones. Speaking through a translator, Mey painted a vivid, painful picture of his ordeal. He described the torture he was subjected to, as well as the murder of his wife and child. He also spoke on his belief that justice will not have been served if the remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge on trial are not sentenced before their deaths and indicated that the Cambodian people were in favor of reintegrating former Khmer Rouge participants so that the country can heal and violence will stop.

Upcoming Events

Because Tomorrow Needs Her
May 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM 
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will be hosting an panel discussion related to their special photo exhibition "Because Tomorrow Needs Her" which was created in attempts to improve the access to and quality of women’s health care worldwide. After the reception, Denise Grady of the New York Times will be hosting a discussion between MSF workers and the director of Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Global Women's Health Program to share the stories of women that they've met in the field and been able to help. The photo exhibit that corresponds with this event will be on display from May 5-May 31 on the first floor of the Forchheimer Medical Science Building.
Important Information: Register here:
Location: Robbins Auditorium | Albert Einstein College of Medicine | 1300 Morris Park Avenue | Bronx, New York

Return to the Cold War
Monday, May 23, 2016 | 6 PM-7:30 PM
Does the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations match the depth and scale of the contest that dominated the international system in the second half of the 20th century? What caused the initial success, notably in arms control agreements such as New START, to go awry? How might momentum toward a more positive U.S.-Russian relationship be regained?

Robert Legvold, author of Return to Cold War, will answer these questions and more. He is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.
Important information: A number of student tickets are available, please email
Location: Merrill House | 170 East 64th Street | New York, New York 

What This Journey Breeds
Begins May 30, 2016
From its inception, Refugee Immigrant Fund (RIF) Asylum Support has harnessed the power of visuals to share the ineffable stories, struggles, and transformations of asylum seekers. For the last year, RIF & Fordham have run a series of teach-ins leading up to a summer-long art exhibition in at the Ildiko Butler Gallery. It is the hope of the organizers that visitors will walk away with a sense of what breeds this journey, and what this journey breeds.
Location: Ildiko Butler Gallery | 113 West 60th Street, First Floor | New York, New York

Research Associate, Center for Preventive Action & International Institutions & Global Governance Program
Council on Foreign Relations (New York, NY)

Programme Representative - Humanitarian Support Personnel
Oxfam GB (Oxford, UK)

Research Associate, International Research
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (Washington, DC)

Policy & Practice Officer, Reproductive Health
International Rescue Committee (New York, NY)

Research Officer - Development Finance
Overseas Development Institute (London, UK)

Project Manager
Grassroots Campaigns (Boston, MA)

Assistant Professor of Governance of Digitalization and Energy Policy
Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany)

Program Coordinator
American Islamic Congress (Washington, DC)

Environmental Health Intern
Environmental Defense Fund (Washington, DC)

Research Associate, Economics & Statistical Analysis
Foundation for Community Government & Entrepreneurship (Remote)

Marketing/Social Media Internship
Microfinance Volunteers Uganda (Remote)

Thought Leadership Assistant
Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism (New York, NY)

Calls for Papers & Fellowships

ISA Northeast Annual Conference (In)Human(e) World Politics
International Studies Association (Baltimore, MD)

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (Washington D.C.)

Great Decisions Fellow
Foreign Policy Association (New York, NY)

Conflict Monitoring Fellow
Syrian American Council (Washington, DC)

Matasa Fellows Network
Mastercard Foundation & Institute of Development Studies

Scholar Rescue Fund (CfA)
International Institute of Education

Research Fellow - Defense Economics
International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, UK)

Research Fellow - Seeing Illegal Immigrants
University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Publications by DGA Faculty & Students 
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