Announcing the 2013 PON Summer Fellows

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About the PON Summer Fellowship Program:

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, non-profit 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.


Summer 2013 Fellows:
Lara Berlin
Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Lara Berlin is a joint degree student pursuing a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her professional and academic focus is in the intersection of international conflict resolution and international human rights.  During graduate school, she has been active in the fields of negotiation and mediation, through coursework, research, and student practice organizations.  She has also conducted research for various human rights and post-conflict victim assistance projects, including projects in Kenya, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Peru, and Mexico.  Prior to entering graduate school, she worked on other dimensions of conflict resolution, including conflict resolution radio programming in Sierra Leone and advocacy regarding conflict resources in Washington, DC.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University.  This summer she will be working with Inter Mediate, a London-based non-profit organization that facilitates dialogue between warring parties, particularly governments and armed groups.


Steve Dry
Harvard Divinity School

Steve Dry is a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School and a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church (UMC). While at Harvard, Steve has focused on the role of religious leaders in intervening in conflict and catalyzing transformation, reconciliation, and social justice. This summer, Steve will be working for Kids4Peace, a non-profit organization that brings together Israeli and Palestinian youth from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds to engage in interreligious conflict negotiation. Steve will work with the organization to learn valuable interreligious techniques, while also researching differing models of youth interreligious and intercultural negotiation work in Jerusalem. Steve hopes to bring his training in theology, pastoral care, and interreligious dialogue to bear on his work, respectfully working on resolution and communication between individuals and groups within and across religious groups. Steve graduated from Emory University with highest honors in chemistry and religion. After Emory, Steve studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as a recipient of the Robert T. Jones Scholarship.


Kathryn Hyten
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Kathryn is a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focuses on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution alongside issues of religion, conflict, and diplomacy. Prior to enrolling at Fletcher, she graduated from Pepperdine University and worked as program manager for the first university-wide interfaith institute there. She will spend the summer working for Search for Common Ground, an international organization that works in its Lebanon office to encourage dispute resolution and conflict transformation among sectarian communities. Furthermore, this experience will provide her with an opportunity to interact with conflict resolution practitioners in the area and research the role of sectarianism and religious beliefs in both the sectarian tension in Lebanon and international efforts to help resolve it. In integrating field experience with primary research, this summer will provide a foundation for Kathryn’s thesis upon her return to Boston in the fall.


Roxanne Krystalli
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Roxanne is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focuses on Gender and Armed Conflict, as well as International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, with a regional interest in Latin America and East Africa. Her research interests include strategies for measuring and interpreting wartime sexual violence, the gender dimensions of transitional justice, with a focus on memorialization, narrative, documentation and collective memory, and a comparative study of enforced disappearances. In addition to her studies at the Fletcher School, Roxanne serves as an advisor on gender and conflict to various UN agencies and international organizations. To date, she has partnered with UN Women, the UN Bureau of Crisis Response and Prevention, UNICEF, and the IOM, as well as community-based groups in Egypt, Uganda, Sudan, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and other areas. This summer she will continue her research in Colombia. Roxanne is a native of Thessaloniki, Greece and graduated from Harvard College.


Sasha Pippenger
Harvard Law School

Sasha Pippenger is a student at Harvard Law School, where she focuses on international law and political negotiations in foreign crises. This summer she will be based in Yemen with the United Nations in the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, which is providing technical assistance to Yemen’s National Dialogue process. Her work will be related to Yemen’s political transition and constitution-making. Prior to law school, she was based in Islamabad, Pakistan as an Advocacy Officer with the International Rescue Committee. She has also worked as an election monitor in Sudan, and done field work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, India, and Turkey. She is from Vancouver, Canada and holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley.


Additional information about our fellowships can be found here.

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