Two Sanford PhD Candidates Selected as APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellows

 August 13, 2021

Adrienne Jones and Maria Nagawa, both Sanford School PhD candidates, have been selected as the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 2021 Equity & Inclusion Fellows.

The fellowships provides support to 40 students and five young professionals from traditionally underrepresented groups to take part in the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference, help in Austin, TX., on November 11-13. The support includes the conference fees, and contributes to the transportation and other costs of attendance.

While at the conference, the fellows will be able to network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and the Diversity Committee. The goal of the program is to introduce the fellows to APPAM, the world of public policy and foster engagement in both.

The 2020 Equity & Inclusion Student Fellows, who did not get a chance to attend a conference in person, will join the 2021 Fellows.

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Jones is a joint public policy and sociology PhD candidate. At the Sanford School, she is mentored by Professor Anna Gassman-Pines. Her research examines the relationship between career education, employment, and inequality. In particular, she seeks to better understand the training and employment experiences of Black workers in the rural South. Before pursuing a PhD, she was a senior programmer analyst with Mathematica Policy Research and an associate in research at the Sanford School, collecting and evaluating data with the North Carolina Education Research Data Center. She earned a master of public policy from Sanford in 2014.

Maria Nagawa Sanford School PhD candidate

Nagawa is a joint Public Policy and Political Science candidate. Her work focuses on governance and development, particularly in Africa. She has held a number of research positions, including at the Economic Policy Research Centre and Embassy of France in Uganda, the BRICS Policy Center in Brazil, and the University of Colorado Denver. She taught International Business Economics and Ugandan Economy at Makerere University Business School in Uganda. She earned a master of International Economic Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2014. 

Another fellow, Clinton Boyd, Jr. is a postdoctoral associate with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and is also mentored by Gassman-Pines.


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