IDN-CIPA Scholars

The IDN-CIPA program affords undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct development-related research abroad. The following scholars researched a variety of compelling topics beginning with the fall of 2007 and continuing to the latest efforts in 2010.

IDN CIPA Scholars Meet with President Jimmy Carter

Gabriel Nahmias researched Rwandan perspectives on democracy and representative government.

Bethaney Bree Herrington researched understandings of post-conflict recovery in Northern Uganda.

Camille Venee Maddox analyzed the concept of the "African Diaspora" and resettlement in Ghana.

Alexandra Morris Merrick researched NGO cooperation in Morocco.

Alexandra Jeannette Pill researched the culture of informal sector street food vending and its role in the urban Vietnamese economy.

Perrinh Tritinass Savang assessed the effectiveness of two Mongolian organizations’ efforts to promote LBGT rights as human rights.

Joseph Thomas Shea examinined the social benefits accrued to locally-based employees and local communities from the eco-tourism industry in Costa Rica.

Laura Devon Withers explored the social and governmental response to and support for female rape victims and their children in Rwanda.

Rachel Bergman examined the various uses of Kruger National Park in South Africa and how these uses have changed in the post-apartheid period, both in terms of recreational uses by tourists as well as in terms of staffing patterns and staff input into decision-making. This project was partnered with OTS and advised by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders and Donna Maney.

Sara Berney assessed whether HIV/AIDS programming for MSM in Uganda is preparing the LGBT community with the attitudes and skills necessary to protect themselves from contracting the virus, what aspects of the programming should be modified to increase program success and why there there is so little programming of this kind. This project was partnered with Far Uganda and advised by Oussama Cherribi.

Dexter Hoffman's research focused on establishing the causal relationship between three different types of government-sponsored housing projects: informal, pre-Breaking New Ground (BNG), and post-BNG settlement models. Ongoing development efforts were also considered, and the prospects of future development progress under each of these models were assessed. George Gustav Staib served as the advisor for this project.

Grace Choi explored the opportunities and challenges seamstresses experience as a result of access to micro-credit, as well as their interest in marketing and exporting to international consumers. This project was partnered with SIT and advised by Jeffrey Mullis.

Speare Hodges explored multiple perspectives regarding the effects that CAFTA and foreign direct investment (FDI) are having on local companies in Nicaragua and the communities where they operate. This project was partnered with SIT and advised by J. Boli and C. Brown.

Cassandra Webster's research focused on gaining an understanding of married women's knowledge and use of contraceptive methods in Senegal (including which methods they prefer and why, as well as women's control over contraception decisions) and put forth recommendations for increasing contraceptive accessibility and availability. This project was partnered with CIEE and advised by J. Boli and M. Giles.

Stanton Abramson studied how predominantly white Cape Town businesses approach BEE in their hiring, recruitment and job promotion functions in South Africa. Sam Cherribi served as the advisor for this project.

Cynthia-Daisy Adi researched the social and political conditions of Uganda to determine impact, if any, of the 30 percent critical-mass representation on the lives of Ugandan women. This project was partnered with SIT and advised by Jennifer Gandhi and Sidney Kasfir.

Allison Cohen traveled to India to study the evolving practice of divination in the face of a Tibetan nation to adapt to the current political and social environment. This project was partnered with the Emory Tibetan Studies Program and advised by Sara McClintock.

Jenny Jia's research identified the different contributing risk factors for low-birth weight and how these factors interact with a complex environment in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott Lacy served as the advisor of this project.

Sveta Milusheva studied Argentine worker cooperatives as a potential development tool in helping to decrease unemployment and inequality in Argentina. Andrew Francis and Eric Reinhardt acted as advisors for this project.

Rebecca Altman studied the interaction between issues of food insecurity, nutrition, and access and prevalence of foreign fast food in Ho Chi Minh City. The project adopted a gendered perspective focusing on women of varying status and their forced choices in food consumption. This project was partnered with SIT.

Sara Berney researched Ugandan orphanage education, concentrating specifically on what kinds of resources would best support orphans to make a successful transition from orphanage to work. The project evaluated the teaching methods, amount and quality of resources, curriculum and "orphanage graduate" success rates of CCH's vo-tech training program. This project was partnered with Canaan Children's Home and SIT.

Emily Cumbie Drake studied the relationship between school gardens, nutrition and agriculture in Uganda in conjunction with VEDCO. According to VEDCO, there is a negative attitude in the population towards agriculture despite an economy based on agriculture. Using VEDCO's school gardens and primary research site, this research explored the gardens' impact on attitudes towards agriculture and improved nutrition. This project was partnered with Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO) and SIT.

Chelsea Duttweiler researched GoN's Red de Protección Social condition cash program in Nicaragua (modeled after Mexico's PROGRESA) as an incentive to encourage healthy behaviors and school attendance and study its impact on income, education and health disparities. This project was partnered with SIT.

Atlee Tyree's The Artist Collective: Huit Facettes (Dakar, 1996) in Senegal served as a model of development in order to provide alternative criteria for development that frame communal benefit, draw from local resources, and compose an authentic cultural identify. This project explored how collectives provide benefits for the community and how cultural value is compromised or fortified as collectives translate local resources into revenue. This project was partnered with CIEE.

Golza Yazdy studied the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Senegalese sex workers, examining the development issues that have contributed to the steady rise in HIV/AIDS in this population including but not limited to, government policy, social pressures, and gender issues. The research examined flaws in government development policies that have led to a higher contraction rate among sex workers, specifically GoS's refusal to acknowledge or offer support to sex workers under 21. This project was partnered with CIEE.

Makda Majette studied qualitative measures of how urban, female entrepreneurs have benefited from micro-lending from the largest MFI, in Rabat, Morocco. The research explores whether such programs are meeting the women's needs, and if they find a sense of increased personal empowerment through participation in the micro-lending programs. This project's advisor was Rkia Cornell and partnered with SIT.

Kimberly Quinn studied the gendered nature of access to water and whether or not development agencies are taking women's perspectives and needs into account in designing water initiatives. This project's advisor was Scott Lacy and partnered with SIT.

Mary Shickich studied differences in mental health status between first and second-generation refugees from Tibet living in India. The hypothesis being that the immigrant paradox would hold true in that first-generation refugees will have lower rates of depression as compared to second generation. This project's advisor was Ozawa de Silva and partnered with the Emory Tibetan Studies Program.

Anna Vornholt studied traditional music in Senegal and the ways in which the cultural and social impacts of globalization have influenced the development of Senegal's modern musical culture. The hypothesis being that music has become a medium for the expression of political dissent and social commentary. This project's advisor was Tong Soon Lee and partnered with CIEE. 

Mike Gibraltar's research project focused on tuberculosis in the township of Khayelitsha in South Africa.

M. Chase Hyder III focused on the effects of emergency humanitarian assistance in Uganda.

Thomas C. Kraemer studied urban forms of micro-lending in Cape Town, South Africa.

Gillian Locasio's project is titled, "Home Grown: Ngobe Home Gardems in a Modernizing Panama."

Alex van Nostrand studied water quality and sanitary toilets in My Long Hamlet in Vietnam.

Marissa Strassberger's research project focused on spreading HIV/AIDs awareness in Vietnam.