Current doctoral students Articles & Blogs

Father at left talking to teen son at right
October 24, 2017
Across two different cultures — Ghana and the United States — when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, youth have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, with less depression. Yet allowing adolescents to make decisions and...
October 10, 2017
The Clark University Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host an academic symposium, “Children and Mass Violence,” Oct. 19 and 20. Experts at the symposium will explore the traumatic impact of mass violence on the most vulnerable segment of society — children and youth. Lina Sergie Attar The conference...
Older man on his knees, cutting his lawn with scissors
September 28, 2017
In the spring of 1999, Paul Robbins feared he would become what he most dreaded: a “lawn person.” He had just bought a house in Columbus, Ohio, complete with a spread of turfgrass. One day, his neighbor leaned over the backyard fence, pointed to the purple-flowered ivy threatening to overtake Robbins’ lawn and proclaimed...
September 1, 2017
Clark University history Professor Taner Akçam will be honored with the 2018 Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide organization for his tireless work promoting justice and the rule of law. World Without Genocide, housed at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, works “to protect...
Students in John Gibbons' PoP class standing in lab
August 1, 2017
Five undergraduate and two master’s degree students who completed Clark University’s spring biology course titled “The Genome Project” have received the ultimate feedback for their research and coursework: vetting of their research by professional scientists and acceptance of their publication into the American Society for...
Melike Sayoglu standing amid bookshelves in library
July 28, 2017
Melike Sayoglu M.A. ’12 came to Clark University in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, to study for a master’s degree in English. Now a doctoral student here, she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship to support her dissertation work during the...
Goeldi's monkey in tree
July 26, 2017
An international team of scientists, including a Clark University geographer, has pinpointed the world regions most vulnerable to species loss due to intensified agricultural development. Their findings were reported in a recent Nature Ecology and Evolution article titled “Biodiversity at Risk Under Future Cropland...
Map of the world
July 18, 2017
Eleven Clark University graduate and undergraduate students received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other competitive programs for teaching assistantships, research and study abroad. “The fact that 11 of our students have received such highly competitive and prestigious awards in nine different...
Professor Chris Williams, geography, Clark University
July 10, 2017
Christopher A. Williams, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and adjunct associate professor of biology, will join the North American Carbon Program’s Science Leadership Group (NACP), nominated by members of the Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group.
Solar panels and wind turbines
July 5, 2017
Sergio Granados-Focil, associate professor at Clark University's Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored recently for his outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Sergio Granados-Focil,...
Aoyama Yuko - Clark University Faculty
June 6, 2017
Clark University has named Graduate School of Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama to the position of associate provost and dean of research, effective June 1. Read about Yuko Aoyama's latest book, "The Rise of the Hybrid Domain."
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Jennifer Hochschild in her office
April 26, 2017
Is socio-economic class, rather than race, becoming a stronger indicator of how a person might vote? It’s a question that Jennifer L. Hochschild, an expert on American politics and co-author of the book Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics, sought to answer during a recent lecture at Clark...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
April 17, 2017
In 2006, millions of Latinos mobilized across the United States to protest far-reaching immigration legislation that would have criminalized undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or stay in the U.S. In her new book, Heather Silber Mohamed, assistant professor of political science at Clark University,...
Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, left, speaks to two Clark students
April 14, 2017
As the U.S. House debated the Affordable Care Act recently, Clark University alumni involved in public health discussed what’s next for their profession and the cross-section of Americans they serve. From left, Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, Samantha Arsenault '15, M.A.’16, and Garrett Abrahamson ’07, M.B.A. ’08, address an...
John Aylward at the piano, Clark University
April 12, 2017
John Aylward, associate professor of music composition and theory at the Clark University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is one of 173 current fellows representing scholars, artists, and scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, selected from among more than...
Karen Frey collecting samples of arctic ice
April 4, 2017
Karen E. Frey, associate professor in the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and research associate professor in the George Perkins Marsh Institute, has been appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Only two U.S....
Thomas Kühne, Clark University history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
April 3, 2017
In his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Comradeship: Hitler’s Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century” history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Thomas Kühne examines how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary...
Carolyn Finney photo with book jacket
March 28, 2017
Distinguished writer, performer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney didn’t hide her surprise and delight upon seeing her former Clark University professors among the small crowd gathered for Part II of the Graduate School of Geography Spring 2017 Colloquium series, on March 23.
Ashley York on campus at Clark University
March 14, 2017
Glaciers can seem fairly straightforward: they’re large, move slowly and when global temperatures rise, they melt. However, Ashley York, a geography doctoral candidate at Clark University, is discovering the icy behemoths’ relationship to climate change is more nuanced and complex. She’s mapping terminus, or frontal,...
March 13, 2017
Boston-area author and transgender advocate Chris Edwards will talk about his life-changing journey and read from his memoir, “BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some,” at Clark University at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, in the Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons, 2nd Floor. The event is part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ spring...
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen stands in front of the Goddard Library at Clark University.
March 7, 2017
Living in Morocco for five years, Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen witnessed the plight of migrants flowing through the country en route to Europe — as they were subjected to horrific violence at the hands of smugglers and endured life-threatening travel conditions. Their experiences made her want to take action. The second-year...
Melishia Santiago records data in a lab at Clark University.
March 2, 2017
Clark University doctoral candidate Melishia Santiago grew up with palm trees and warm weather near sunny Atlantic beaches in Florida and Puerto Rico before coming north to Massachusetts for college. Now, she spends her time thinking about ice, specifically how climate change impacts sea-ice extent in the western Arctic...
Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University, sits in the Goddard Library.
February 22, 2017
During the mid-19th century, American women flocked to new department stores for the service, amenities and wide selection of merchandise. How that consumerism continued to develop during the early 20th century fascinates Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University. Allen’s dissertation focuses on...

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