Announcing the 2019 PON Summer Fellows

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PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.

We are excited to announce our 2019 PON Summer Fellows:


Diksha Bijlani
Harvard Kennedy School

Diksha Bijlani is a Masters in Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School. Born and raised in India, Diksha has a profound interest in conflict and dispute resolution. She is a Course Coach for Brian Mandell’s Fundamentals in Negotiation Analysis course and Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, the two flagship negotiation courses at Harvard Kennedy School. Diksha also works with the Kennedy School Negotiations Project in case writing, simulations, and negotiations research. Previously, she worked at the Indian Parliament. Diksha is a graduate in Applied Psychology from Gargi College, University of Delhi. This summer, she will be undertaking a research project on the future of the Arab-Israeli peace process, with a case study examining the role of India in the negotiations.

Tara Deonauth
Harvard Divinity School

Tara Deonauth is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School. Her professional and academic focus lies at the intersection of alternative dispute resolution, psychological care, and chaplaincy, with a particular focus on supporting people who have experienced traumatic loss as a result of conflict. Before HDS, Tara managed a data department at an education non-profit based in Boston and served as a Match Education Fellow in Lawrence, MA. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Williams College. This summer, Tara will work at Corrymeela, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization, providing visitors with respite, encounter, dialogue, and reflection.

Nathan Heath
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Nathan Heath is a second-year candidate for the M.A. in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He concentrates on the fields of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, International Security Studies, and International Political Economy, and his academic interests are in negotiation, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and political risk. His M.A. thesis will comparatively analyze the impact of arts-for-peace programs on reconciliation processes in Rwanda, Northern Ireland, and Israel-Palestine. He served as the Student Assistant for the Program on Negotiation during the 2018-2019 Academic Year, and he currently works as a Researcher and Political Risk Analyst for the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and as a Research Assistant to Professor Ibrahim Warde. Nathan has previously held positions with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Hudson Institute, and Opportunity International. He has completed study abroad programs in the UK, France, and various parts of the Middle East. He holds B.A.’s in International Relations and Music from Wheaton College (IL). This summer, Nathan will work for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs, serving as an intern in the Political-Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. His research for PON will focus on the role of negotiation and conflict resolution in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Alexandra McAuliff
Fletcher School of Law School Diplomacy, Tufts University

Alexandra McAuliff is a doctoral student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her work focuses on gender, international negotiations, and peacebuilding. She is interested in the ways socially and politically marginalized groups affect change within state institutions. Her research looks at the influence of women-focused peace initiatives on the process and outcomes of formal peace negotiations. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Alex worked as a dialogue facilitator with a small peacebuilding group in Northern Ireland, as well as at Seeds of Peace, a youth-focused leadership organization. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked with the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s Women PeaceMakers Program, and she also organized Fletcher’s annual Conference on Gender and International Affairs. Alex holds a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College. This summer she will be conducting preliminary dissertation research in Mindanao in the Philippines.

Sophia Park
Fletcher School of Law School Diplomacy, Tufts University

Sophia Park is a Master’s degree candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Focusing on public international law and maritime studies, she has professional experience working for the United Nations in Vienna as a legal intern and the European Parliament in Brussels as a trainee from the South Korean government. This summer, she will be working as a legal intern at the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York. DOALOS provides to States and intergovernmental organizations legal services, advice and assistance as well as conducting research relating to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Sophia will be actively involved in negotiating sessions of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Safiya St. Clair
Global Governance and Human Security, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Safiya St. Clair is a doctoral student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research project investigates the strategies local, women-led NGOs use to build peace and enhance gender justice in Colombia. Before her doctoral studies, Safiya worked as a conflict resolution facilitator with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Academy. She also holds a MSc. in Mediation Studies and a B.A. in Spanish and Communication Studies. This summer, she will visit Colombia to interview staff at women-led NGOs and recipients who directly benefit from the NGOs’ gender justice programs.

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