Announcing the 2014 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.


PON 2014 Summer Fellows

Seanan Fong
Harvard Divinity School

Seanan is a Master of Divinity Candidate at Harvard Divinity School, studying conflict resolution and Confucianism, with an eye toward China. This summer, he will be studying mediation, Confucianism, and the law inside and outside China’s evolving legal system. This research will be part of a broader project to understand the civilizational underpinnings of an alternative approach to peace, justice, and harmony. At HDS, he has trained as an interfaith hospital chaplain and as a court-appointed mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program, as well as conducted research on the spiritual lives of secular Chinese American families. Seanan graduated from Stanford University in philosophy and human biology, and was raised in the Bay Area, California.


Chris Maroshegyi
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Chris is a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he focuses on international negotiation, conflict resolution, energy security, and business. This summer he will travel to Iraq and Turkey to analyze the ongoing negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil over the management of the country’s oil resources. Chris’ research will form the basis of his master’s thesis at the Fletcher School, in which he seeks to build a negotiation framework for mitigating conflict over natural resources. Prior to attending the Fletcher School, Chris worked for the United Nations Educational Science and Communications Organization (UNESCO) in Iraq, where he advised the government on issues of water management, disaster risk reduction, and science and technology policies. Chris is from San Diego, California, holds a B.A. from Boston College, and is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient.


Danae Paterson
Harvard Law School

Danae Paterson is a rising second-year student at Harvard Law School. Her professional and academic focus is in negotiation, conflict-affected and transitional states, and international human rights law.  Prior to attending Harvard, Danae completed a Masters of Science in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, where she took advanced coursework in Conflict and Peace Studies, Nationalism, and Gender and Militarization. Her Distinction-awarded thesis focused on instrumentalist nationalism theory and women’s rights in Iran. Danae also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Rwanda, with projects on economic development, post-conflict reconciliation, and gender equality. She has also conducted field work along the Wild Coast of South Africa. This summer Danae will work with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a global pro bono law firm that specializes in peace negotiations, war crimes prosecution, and governance and democracy.


Ashish Pradhan
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Ashish is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he focuses on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, as well as International Security Studies. Prior to Fletcher, he worked for the International Crisis Group in Nepal where he conducted research on Nepal’s peace and constitution-writing processes. His work was particularly focused on identity politics, ethnic conflict, and minority rights, and was utilized by activists and party leaders as an advisory tool for furthering negotiation and policy–based discussions related to federalism. This summer, Ashish will be interning for Search for Common Ground’s (SFCG) office in Monrovia, Liberia. SFCG is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on conflict transformation, and over the course of his internship, Ashish will support SFCG’s effort to address the underlying causes of the Liberian civil wars. Ashish is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


Owen Sanderson
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Owen Sanderson is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he focuses on international negotiation and innovative approaches to international development. Before attending Fletcher, Owen worked as a consultant and global fellow at Deloitte Consulting where he supported several public sector clients including the Department of State and USAID. While at Deloitte, Owen also worked with Deloitte Research Director Bill Eggers on his new book, Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems. Prior to Deloitte, Owen was a research assistant at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank. Owen received his B.A. in Government from Georgetown University. This summer he will be working with Ushahidi, a Nairobi-based nonprofit company that builds software for information collection, data visualization, and interactive mapping. He will be teaching negotiation skill sets to the young entrepreneurs working with Ushahidi.

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