2014-2015 Ph.D. Fellows

Ph.D. Fellows 2014-15

Annalisa Bolin is a PhD student in the Anthropology department on the Archaeology track. She focuses on the uses of heritage in the development of post-genocide Rwanda, with additional research interests in the politics and ethics of heritage, especially in post-conflict societies. Her dissertation research examines how natural and cultural heritage are used to create and market the so-called New Rwanda, and the impact of development frameworks and politics on Rwandan heritage. She received an MA in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of York and a BA in Archaeology and French Studies from Wesleyan University.

Claudia Liuzza has a Laurea cum Laude in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and a dissertation in Egyptology from the University of Pisa (Italy). As an undergraduate she volunteer for the Bhasha Research Center, an Indian NGO, involved in the preservation of tribal culture. While writing her dissertation, she also worked for Peace Science Center (Pisa) a interdepartmental academic center promoting peace building through encounters between scholars of various disciplines After her graduation she started a Postgraduate Certificate in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham (UK). Later she was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship (CHIRON Project) at the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation (Belgium) where she worked towards the establishment of the ICOMOS Committee on Interpretation and Presentation for which she currently serve as Coordinator of the Secretariat.

Claudia is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology; her dissertation is titled World Heritage and the Private Sector: from shared global resource to market asset? Her interests lay in the intersection between global philanthropic and private sector involvements with conservation and development-based heritage projects, with a specific focus on the UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention. She has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey and India and in the context of her dissertation in the US and UNESCO.

Sean Malahy, a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior, studies how individuals come to perceive and understand victims. He is especially interested in perceptions of potential victims, for instance when the consequences of an action are unclear. His research finds that awareness of particular groups (e.g., workers, families) leads people to consider those groups' potential suffering more. Importantly, this occurs even when the potential harm to the group is uncertain or obscured (e.g., the result of a corporate restructuring). The perception of victims leads to increased concern for their welfare and greater opposition to the potentially harmful action. His dissertation focuses on understanding the factors that obscure the harmful consequences of actions. He is interested in how these factors contribute to increased support for and participation in civil society efforts. Sean received a B.S. from Tufts University in Psychology in 2009. Before coming to Stanford, he conducted research at Yale University, examining nonconscious emotion regulation goals.

Jeff Naecker is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, where he specializes in behavioral and experimental economics. Jeff's research uses experiments to better understand how people make choices that affect others. This includes field experiments that show how small informational nudges can cause sizable increases in pro-social behavior. He also uses data collected in the laboratory and on-line to predict large-scale pro-social actions, such how many people in an entire state decide to sign up as organ donors. This combination of experimental and observational data can be used by governments and non-profits to predict the effect of policies and programs before they are implemented.

Prior to coming to Stanford, he earned his B.A. in physics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley. When not studying human behavior, Jeff enjoys playing guitar, swimming, and cooking with his wife. He hails from Pasadena, California, and currently lives in Oakland.

Frances Zlotnick is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, where she studies the impact of demographic trends on political preferences and outcomes. Her dissertation examines the effects of increasing racial and gender diversity on the political power of the American labor movement. She uses original survey experiments, historical public opinion and campaign finance data, and detailed case studies to investigate how the changing characteristics of organized labor impacts support for labor's goals among both the public and among policymakers. Using organized labor as a case study, she seeks to explain why minorities continue to find their interests marginalized even as their numbers increase, why even progressive organizations often resist diversifying, and why they often suffer reduced political influence when they do.

Frances received a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington D.C., where she studied the economic security of women and girls in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa, and the role of non-governmental organizations in providing support for immigrant populations.


Post Doctoral Fellows 2014-15

Ruth Levine is research fellow at PACS, as well as the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. Her research focuses on the tax treatment of social investing, and designing regulatory policy for effective philanthropy. Since working in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Office during the summer of 2013, Ruth has been researching and drafting regulatory comments regarding Program Related Investments (PRIs).

Previously, Ruth worked as an intern in the Stanford Community Law Clinic and East Bay Community Law Center. Before law school, she was a Research Assistant in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She graduated from Stanford Law School in 2014 with a joint JD and MA in Economics. She also holds a BA with Honors in Economics from Stanford University. 

Yan Long (PhD, Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan) works at the intersection of transnational institutions, contentious politics and community health. Her research analyzes how emerging global health governance, as a technocratic institutional model, affects national health governmental organizations and community health development. Across a range of issues such as disease control, state violence, nonprofit organizations, and community advocacy, she show the uneven and power-laden transnational relationships that constitute the actorhood of international organizations, states, and local communities. Yan is currently working on her book manuscript, tentative titled Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China. She has also written on long-term medical care for the elderly in China. As a postdoctoral fellow at the PACS, Yan has been helping to grow PACS presence in China, including developing a new research project that aims at creating a digital archive of organizational documents of Chinese grassroots NGOs in gender and environmental fields. Personal website: http://yanlongsoc.com/