Announcing the 2011-2012 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 the PON 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 alternative 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 three new fellows join us this fall:

Jeffrey S. Helmreich
PhD Candidate in Philosophy and Law
University of California-Los Angeles

Jeff is a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Law at the University of California-Los Angeles. His dissertation examines apology, forgiveness, reconciliation and other cases of what he calls “stance-takings.” He focuses particularly on the apologetic stance, and how adopting it can redress past wrongs and justify forgiveness and reconciliation. The apologetic stance, he argues, can be maintained across a range of feelings and beliefs, and can be adopted even by non-personal bodies like countries and corporations. He also argues that apologies can be genuine, effective and required even for blameless injurers, such as doctors whose careful treatment unpredictably results in harm.  During 2011-12, Jeff will research the role of apologies between parties who do not agree on fundamental matters of fact and responsibility. Key cases include doctor-patient disputes and certain international conflicts. The project’s motivating questions include: what difference can an apology make at the start of negotiation and conflict resolution, and how can it be sincere, genuine and effective without (yet) assuming responsibility?

Rachel Schiller
PhD Candidate at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University

Rachel is a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University researching the effects of intergroup dialogue on reconciliation in post-conflict societies. Her research aims to advance knowledge and generate tools that will help practitioners support reconciliation and promote sustainable peace. Her dissertation is designed as a field experiment in the post-conflict context of Aceh, Indonesia, that brings together 108 members of opposing groups for a series of intergroup workshops to test the results of training-based and dialogue-based interventions on reconciliation. Rachel has worked in Indonesia’s post-conflict regions for the past ten years as a humanitarian, conflict resolution practitioner and researcher. She has served as an advisor to the Aceh Reintegration Agency (BRA), and has worked for the World Bank’s Conflict and Development team, the United Nations Development Programme and several NGO’s. Rachel received her MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations.

Chia-Jung Tsay
PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior
Harvard University

Chia is a doctoral candidate in Organizational Behavior/Social Psychology at Harvard University. Chia’s research has focused on rapid social judgment and evaluations of performance. As a graduate research fellow, Chia will investigate the role of perception, expertise, and non-verbal cues in judgment and decision-making in performance contexts.

Chia graduated from the Juilliard School before enrolling at Harvard, from where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an AB in Psychology and an AM in History of Science. Prior to graduate school, Chia worked for CNNfn, the financial network of CNN, and non-profits including the Council of Fashion Designers of America. While a medical student at Johns Hopkins, Chia graduated with an MM in Piano Performance and an MM in Piano Pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory, where she later served as faculty.

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