The Fellowship Awardees for 2011 are as follows:
Benjamin Capistrant: PhD candidate in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health
The title of his dissertation is “Global and U.S.-based Variations in Social, Health, and Economic Impacts of Family Caregiving.” He plans on examining the prevalence of caregiving in the United States, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Russia, India, and the People’s Republic of China, its connection to gender, and its effects on employment. He earned his BA in History and Political Science at Boston University, and his MS in Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Chama Mirriam Chitalu: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Pretoria in South Africa
The title of her dissertation is “Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Zambia: Investigating Poverty, Equity and Demand Effects.” She plans to investigate how changes in poverty affect Zambian maternal and child health, especially analyzing equity effects in the utilization of health services. She earned her BA in Economics and Statistics at the University of Zambia, and her MA in Economics at the University of Botswana.
Maria Gabriela Farfan Bertran: PhD candidate in Economics at Duke University
The title of her dissertation is “Women, Children, and the Dynamics of Conditional Cash Transfers.” She plans on assessing the impact of the anti-poverty program Oportunidades on child nutrition, and to evaluate the extent that impact can be attributed to an empowering of women in Mexico. She earned her BA in economics at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina, and her MA in Economics at Duke University.
Bouba Housseini: PhD candidate in Economics at Université Laval in Canada
The title of his dissertation is “Life Expectancy, Demographic Changes and Welfare: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa during the Last Half-Century.” He plans on exploring the effect of population size and longevity on social welfare and public policies. He earned his University degree in Mathematics and Physics at the Université Ibn Tofail de Kenitra in Morocco, and his MS in Statistics at the Institut National de Statistique et d’Économie Appliquée in Morocco.
Muhammad Farfan Majid: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Riverside
The title of his dissertation is “Long-term Effects of Early Childhood Environment.” He plans on addressing the effects of maternal fasting and in utero health on children’s labor market outcomes. He earned his BA in Economics and Mathematics at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, and his MA in Microeconomics and Econometrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Nkechi Onuoha: PhD candidate in Economics at Clark University
The title of her dissertation is “Determinants of Fertility and Poverty in Ghana.” She plans on researching Ghana’s key determinants of fertility rates, such as space and geographic location, and its connection to factors of poverty and inequality. She earned her BA in Economics at the University of Ghana, and her MA in Economics at Clark University.
Evan Peet: PhD candidate in Economics at Duke University
The title of his dissertation is “Essays on Water in Developing Countries.” He plans on examining the impact of piped water on population, reproductive health, and economic prosperity in Indonesia. He earned his BA in Economics at Brigham Young University, and his MA in Economics at Duke University.
Christie Sennott: PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder
The title of her dissertation is “Childbearing and Motherhood in the Context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.” She plans on investigating childbearing patterns among rural South African women, especially the relationship between HIV prevalence, AIDS mortality, and antiretroviral therapies. She earned both her BA and MA in Sociology at the University of Missouri.
Margaret Triyana: PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Chicago
The title of her dissertation is “The Effects of Community-Based Interventions on Women and Children’s Health in Indonesia.” She plans on exploring the impact of midwifery and community block grants on maternal mortality and child malnutrition. She earned both her B.A in Economics and Mathematics and her MA in Economics at the University of Chicago.