Announcing the 2024-2025 PON Graduate Research Fellows

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The Program on Negotiation’s Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Consistent with PON’s goal of fostering the development of the next generation of scholars, this fellowship provides support for one year of dissertation research and writing in negotiation and related topics in dispute resolution, and provides fellows with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse array of resources available at PON.

We are very excited to have the three fellows listed below joining us this fall:

Mehran Bahmani

Mehran Bahmani

Ph.D. Candidate, Business Administration (Organization Studies), Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Mehran Bahmani is a Ph.D. candidate at the Schulich School of Business at York University. His research focuses on negotiation and conflict, Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the workplace, and culture. His dissertation looks at the intersection of negotiation and AI and analyzes how new AI negotiation systems used in negotiation training or as an assistant in the course of negotiation can affect gender biases and gender gaps in negotiation. Specifically, his dissertation examines how unequal use of AI negotiation systems can exacerbate gender biases and widen gender gaps in negotiation or dampen the positive effects of using such systems.

Bahmani has worked on research projects in the fields of negotiation and AI, including studying socially interactive AI systems and the human-AI relationships, the effects of socioeconomic status on individuals’ access to and usage of AI systems, and how political skill can make negotiators more cooperative and more successful in negotiations. He has also been involved in conducting research in the intersection of conflict and culture fields. Bahmani’s research has been featured at conferences with the Academy of Management (AOM) and International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), and has been published in the International Journal of Conflict Management (IJCM). He has been the recipient of the Breakthrough Award at the Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Research Excellence Award at York University. Bahmani holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, both from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.


Jameson Lingl

Jameson Lingl

Ph.D. Candidate, Global Development and Social Justice, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Hague, Netherlands

Jameson Lingl is a Ph.D. researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies in both the Civic Innovation and Governance, Law, and Social Justice research groups. He is broadly interested in the psychology of conflict involving perceptions of both symbolic and material resource distribution. He explores this topic in his dissertation research which seeks to investigate the phenomenon of zero-sum thinking in conflict dynamics contextualized by race. While with the Program on Negotiation, his primary research objective will be to integrate new knowledge on zero-sum thinking with theory and practice insights from the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution.

Professionally, Jameson is closely affiliated with the Land and Natural Resources program and the service-focused Collaboration Center situated in UC Davis’ Division of Continuing and Professional Education. Through his affiliation with UC Davis CPE, Jameson teaches two 40-Hour Mediation courses a year and provides services as a consultant and conflict management coach, providing guidance to government agencies dealing externally with natural resource conflicts and internally with organizational dynamics.

Lingl has more than 20 years of mediation experience. He conducts his research, teaching and consulting across diverse settings, including HOA mediation, family, business, community, organizational, and restorative justice contexts. He holds an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University of Dominguez Hills and a BS in Organizational Leadership from Goshen College.


Kenneth Russell
Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

Kenneth D. Russell is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University (MSU). His research interests broadly explore the role of negotiation in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). His dissertation investigates the negotiation styles of Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) in U.S. higher education. He is a member of two research teams studying (a) diversity courage in the workplace and (b) how identity and status perceptions shape negotiation expectancies. While at MSU, Russell has served on the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee and collaborated with HALE faculty to develop the Educational Doctorate degree in Leadership for Equity-Minded Change in Postsecondary Education.

Prior to attending MSU, Russell spent several years working as a DEIJ professional in higher education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has also completed several certification programs, including PON’s Negotiation and Leadership certificate. He is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and was previously a fellow of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy. Russell is passionate about addressing injustices and is determined to utilize his knowledge and abilities to provoke positive change and transformation in individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

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