Announcing the 2017-2018 PON Graduate Research Fellows

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The Program on Negotiation 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 program provides support for one year of dissertation research and writing in negotiation and related topics in dispute resolution, as well as giving fellows an opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse array of resources available at PON.

We are very excited to have four new fellows joining us this fall:

Ashley Martin
Ph.D. Candidate, Management, Columbia Business School

Ashley Martin is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Management at Columbia Business School. Her research focuses on how organizational diversity strategies uniquely and differentially affect underrepresented groups. In her research, Ashley has found that best practices for approaching racial differences (i.e., awareness strategies), can backfire when applied to gender differences. In masculine leadership domains, she finds that focusing on the commonalities between men and women can lead to more empowerment from women, less bias from men, and more gender-egalitarian interactions. Her research has received grants and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and from the W. Edwards Deming Center.

As a PON fellow she plans to extend her research to examine how diversity strategies affect individuals with multiple and intersectional social identities (e.g., women of color). She seeks to understand how their confidence and outcomes in negotiations are influenced by these strategies. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Ashley completed her Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Science in Organizational Behavior at Queen’s University in Canada.

Mounia Mostefaoui
Ph.D. Candidate, Economics and Political Science, La Sorbonne University, France

Mounia Mostefaoui is currently a Ph.D. candidate at La Sorbonne University as part of her interdisciplinary project on international negotiations about climate change within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the new role of science in those negotiations.

She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Ecole Polytechnique and HEC, France, focusing on Economics, Management and Climate Change. She also holds a Master’s degree in French Literature from La Sorbonne University. She has worked at MIT under the supervision of Professor Kerry Emanuel as a co-investigator on a project studying the effects of global warming and solar radiation management for tropical cyclones.

As a PON research fellow, Mounia will focus on the topic of getting compliance without enforcement in international treaties for climate change. She will study the related transparency mechanisms, especially considering the French and American cases. Empirical support for this perspective includes two case studies (the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement), as well as several interviews and participations to the international negotiations on climate change during the Conferences of Parties (COP) where she has directly been involved as a member of the French Delegation during COP22 in Marrakech.

Annkatrin Tritschoks
Ph.D. Candidate, Uppsala University, Sweden

Annkatrin Tritschoks is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. In her research, she focuses on justice in international negotiations in the context of improving negotiation effectiveness. In her composite dissertation, she aims to address questions around what factors shape justice behavior in international negotiations in order to identify conditions and circumstances that promote justice adherence that can in turn lead to more effective and durable negotiated outcomes.

As a PON Graduate Research Fellow, Annkatrin will investigate the role of the chair for justice adherence in international, multilateral negotiations. Combining the supply and demand side of leadership theory in negotiations, the project looks at both strategic choices of the chair and perceptions by the negotiating parties, in the context of justice adherence, negotiation management, and negotiation effectiveness. The project will draw on empirical data from case studies of multilateral environmental negotiations.

Annkatrin is a member of the Research School of Peace and Conflict, an academic consortium based in Oslo, Norway. She holds a Master of Social Science in Political Science and International Relations with a specialization in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. Before commencing her Ph.D. studies, Annkatrin worked at the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

Aluma Zernik
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Aluma Zernik is an S.J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a Terence M. Considine Fellow in Law and Economics. Her research interests are Behavioral Economics, Consumer Contracts, Financial Regulation and Empirical Legal Studies. Aluma’s dissertation project investigates the impact of regulatory intervention and market forces on consumers’ financial management and decision making.

As a PON fellow, Aluma will research the tension between individuals’ present and future preferences, and how the design of financial products, decision-making settings and commitment mechanisms impact individuals’ ability to represent their own future-best-interest.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts in Law and Cognitive Sciences from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is an editor for the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and Coordinates Harvard’s Empirical Legal Studies Group (HELS). Before joining Harvard Law School, Aluma worked as an Associate at Agmon & Co. and clerked for Asher Grunis, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.

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