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:
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
Meirav Furth-Matzkin is a research fellow at the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics & Business and the Program on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School. Her primary research interests are contract law, consumer contracts, negotiation, behavioral law and economics, and empirical methods in law. Her dissertation project investigates the impact of deceptive market practices on consumers’ (mis)perceptions and behavior, while applying mixed empirical methodologies and psychological insights. Her first paper on this topic, which was awarded the Harvard Law School’s Olin Prize for the best paper in Law & Economics, reveals that drafting parties routinely contravene the law by inserting unenforceable terms into their contracts. As a PON fellow, Meirav will research the role that such legally dubious clauses play in post-contract negotiations, through a series of experimental studies.
Meirav holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and International Relations magna cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Pearlman Scholar and a P.E.O International Peace Prize recipient. She is also a member of Harvard’s Empirical Legal Studies Group (HELS) and the Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) at Harvard Business School. Before joining Harvard Law School, Meirav clerked for Justice Uzi Vogelman at the Supreme Court of Israel.
Ph.D. Candidate, International Law, Kazan Federal University, Russia
Liliia Khasanova’s research focuses on the resolution of international trade disputes mainly within the framework of the World Trade Organization. Her research has an interdisciplinary nature and combines both theoretical and practical approaches. The theoretical approach of her research includes detailed legal analysis of the negotiation procedures and dispute settlement systems of the World Trade Organization, while the practical approach aims to define certain guidelines for negotiations in international trade disputes. The project objective is to prove that negotiations that lead to a ‘mutually-agreed solution’ are the most profitable, convenient, and flexible way to resolve trade disputes at any stage of the conflict.
Liliia received her Specialist Degree in Law summa cum laude from Kazan Federal University, and she prepared her graduate thesis at the University of Giessen, Germany. She has gained international academic experience through participation in International WTO Moot Court Competition, Moot Court on International Arbitration, and International Rounds of Phillip C. Jessup Competition. Her team ranked first in negotiations at the International Competition ‘Day of Crisis’ 2015 in Paris.
Ph.D. Candidate, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Taylor Moulton is a complex systems scholar whose work focuses on exploring productivity, emotion, and relationship dynamics between individuals and organizations. In his negotiation research, Taylor investigates the interactions between personalities, power, and objective performance. His research also includes exploring the micro-mechanisms building or eroding subjective value in negotiations and their influence on outcomes. In particular, he is interested in studying the importance of timing in negotiated agreements.
Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he enjoyed a wide array of experiences in the fields of engineering, investment finance, and nonprofit environmental education.
Adepeju O. Solarin
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany
Adepeju Solarin completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, focusing on Management and New Media Studies, and Restorative Justice and International Human Rights. She is currently a dual researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in the Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, and Punishment (REMEP), and the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute as part of her interdisciplinary project on international mediation. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the role of respect in international mediation.
As a PON research fellow, Adepeju will focus on differentiating respect from trust and demonstrate how and why mediation practices might benefit from an initial focus on respectful behavior when convening conflict antagonists. Empirical support for this perspective includes two case studies (Oslo Accords 1993 and Liberia Agreement 2003), as well as mediator-interviews with Nigerian Presidents Abubakar and Obasanjo.