2020 Graduate Conference

Graduate students enrolled in Ivan Allen College Liberal Arts graduate courses submitted abstracts by January 1st, 2020 to present papers at the IAC graduate student conference. Presentations were scheduled as 10 minute papers on panels or 15 minute roundtable presentations during the conference on Friday, January 31st, 2020, 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in Room 102 of the Stephen C. Hall Building (215 Bobby Dodd). The Ivan Allen Graduate Student Advisory Board members reviewed the abstracts and organized the schedule for the conference. Graduate students were recruited to volunteer as session chairs and respondents.

2020 IAC Graduate Student Conference Program

January 31, 2020


  • Chair: Vikrant Kamble (Economics)
  • Michael Bivona (History and Sociology):  Blowback: Technology, Law, and the Emerging Shape of Justice under Drones
  • Suon Choi (International Affairs): The Effects of Science and Technology Policy on the North Korean Nuclear Program
  • Karim Farhat & Karl Grindal (Public Policy): Signal and Noise: Deterrence and Persistent Engagement at Crosscurrents*
  • Adriana Alvarado Garcia (Interactive Computing/College of Computing): Quotidian Report: Grassroots Data Practices to Address Public Safety

Environmental Impact

  • Chair: Vikrant Kamble (Economics)
  • Tony Harding (Economics): From Weather Fluctuations to Aggregate Climate Impacts
  • Olufunke Adebola (International Affairs): Institutions: Drivers of postharvest loss*
  • Archana Ghodeswar & Dr. Matthew Oliver: The Economics of Industrial Ecology: Evidence of First-Order Effects from the Indian Electric Power Sector

Feminism / Race

  • Chair: Declan Abernethy (History and Sociology)
  • Eric Steagall (History and Sociology): ‘The Real Problem of the American Negro Is His Brain’: Black Athletic Success and the Shift of Scientific Racism in the Twentieth Century
  • Brandy Pettijohn (Digital Media/Literature, Media and Communication): Networked Publics, Viral Stories, and the Birth Justice Movement
  • Sharon Rachel (History and Sociology): Ignoring Sexism Is Sexism! A Review of Recent Sociological Research on Women and Health*
  • Amber Brooks (History and Sociology): The Technology of Pharmaceuticals: Biopower and the Reproduction of the Hysterical Woman

Social Impact of Technology

  • Chair: Daniel Schiff (Public Policy)
  • Camila Apablaza (Public Policy): A field experiment in workplace electric vehicle charging
  • Alyssa Rumsey (Digital Media/Literature, Media and Communications): Manufacturing Change: The Future of Work(ers)
  • Anmol Soni (Public Policy): Are All Incentives Created Equal? Role of Policy Design in State-Level Electric Vehicle Sales
  • Li Zheng (History and Sociology): Is Diet-Tracking a Road to Health, or Just a Fancy Lifestyle? Quantitative Research on Attitudes and Behaviors


  • Chair: Neta Kanny (Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Modern Languages)
  • Xiaoyu Dong (Economics): Measuring Multidimensional Well-being: An Application to the United States
  • Olga Churkina (Public Policy): Who does better on school tests? Evidence from Sweden
  • Elizabeth Osman (International Affairs): Understanding Nostalgia through Perceptions and System Outputs in the Visegrad Countries
  • Jeremy Pesner (Public Policy): Exploring Links between Research Proposals and Societal Impact*

* Prize winner

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