Returned Fellows 2014 - 2015

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Grady Lenkin

Location

Bangalore, India

Focus

Financial inclusion for urban Indians

Bio

Grady Lenkin, from Aspen, Colorado, graduated with a degree in Public Policy Studies in May 2014. At Duke, Lenkin co-founded Peer for You, a mental health resource that connects students to trained peers for guidance and support. He also served on the Undergraduate Conduct Board. As a Hart Fellow, Lenkin partnered with the Jana Urban Foundation, a think tank dedicated to financial inclusion for urban Indians in Bangalore, India. Using satellite image analysis and other research methods like neighborhood focus groups and household surveys, Lenkin studied low-income neighborhoods to better inform urban policy addressing slums.

Summary

Grady Lenkin completed his fellowship in Bangalore, India. He partnered with Public Policy and Political Science professor Anirudh Krishna and the Jana Urban Foundation, a think tank dedicated to financial inclusion for urban Indians, to identify and study low-income neighborhoods using satellite imagery and other methods. Read more about Grady’s community-based research below.

An Excerpt From Grady Lenkins Community-Based research project
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Anastasia Karklina

Location

Accra, Ghana

Focus

Gender studies and human rights documentation

Bio

Anastasia Karklina, from Riga, Latvia, graduated with a double major in Political Science and African and African American Studies in May 2014. As a Duke student, Anastasia advocated for social justice causes, co-founding Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, interning for the Duke Women’s Center and helping lead Duke Students for a Democratic Society. As a Hart Fellow, Anastasia partnered with the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre in Accra, Ghana. She interviewed adolescent males to examine the nature of gender norms in Accra to help the Centre design outreach programs for men and boys.

Summary

Anastasia Karklina completed her fellowship working with the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre in Accra, Ghana. Karklina interviewed adolescent males to examine the nature of gender norms in Accra. Her hope is that her findings may help the Centre in outreach programs for men and boys about improving gender relations. Learn more about Anastasia’s findings below.

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AN EXCERPT FROM ANASTASIA KARLINA’S COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT
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Jessye Waxman

Location

Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel

Focus

Shared environmental and water concerns

Bio

Jessye Waxman, from Great Neck, New York, graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy in May 2014. Jessye cultivated her passion for environmental issues at Duke, serving as the Co-President of Environmental Alliance for two years and organizing Eco-Olympics, an environmental competition for first-year students on East Campus. As a Hart Fellow Waxman explored her shared interests in the environment and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She evaluated EcoPeace’s environmental tours for Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians, designing surveys in three languages to study tour participants’ knowledge of environmental issues in the Jordan River.

Summary

Jessye Waxman completed her fellowship for EcoPeace in Israel, a regional non-profit that fosters community-based dialogue about shared environmental and water concerns among Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians.

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JESSYE WAXMAN’S LETTER HOME
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Casey Williams

Location

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Focus

Climate change and development

Bio

Casey Williams, from Atlanta, Georgia, graduated with a degree in Literature in May 2014. As a Duke student, Casey served as the chair of The Chronicle’s independent editorial board and advocated for university-wide campaigns to increase endowment transparency and socially responsible investing. As a Hart Fellow, he partnered with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research project assessed the relationship between climate change knowledge and adaptive capacity among climate change experts and educated laypeople in Bangladesh and India.

Summary

Casey Williams completed his fellowship in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He partnered with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, which is focused on responding to the challenges that climate change will pose on the developing world. His research project assessed the relationship between climate change knowledge and adaptive capacity among climate experts and educated laypeople in Bangladesh and India.

AN EXCERPT FROM CASEY WILLIAMS’ COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT
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