For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Julien Saint Reiman recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in American History. His dissertation examined US-India relations during the Second World War. To tie these diplomatic affairs to overarching historical trends, he examined underexplored communications between low-level government officials—something he hopes to continue through a PhD in US History. He also looks forward to the end of the pandemic, when he can resume his greatest passion: leading public walking ice cream tours in cities around the world.
Dr. Gabriel Rached is researcher and Assistant Professor. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) with his thesis concerning Multilateral Organizations and economic development. He carries out research and teaches on the topic of Political Economy and is involved with undergraduate and graduate activities. From 2016, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies (Università degli Studi di Milano) conducting research into BRICS and the insertion of the emerging countries in the international arena. Since then, has been studying thematics related to Global Shifts, New Global Governance and contemporary changes in the international system.
Victoria Seta Cosby is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Queens University History Department in Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include Canadian women, the British World, and gender and sexuality studies. She is currently working on a biography of Harriet Dobbs Cartwright.
Manjari Balu is currently a research analyst at The Peninsula Foundation, a research based think tank based out of India. Economics graduate with keen interest in undertaking research in development economics and policy especially in developing countries. She has initiated multiple events during her short career to mainstream intellectual thinking in her community. Aspiring to be in academia, she has her stints in teaching economics for college level students. With a balanced experience in both academic and corporate sector, she has holistically comprehended the development trajectory.
Chris Cartright grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before studying creative writing at Florida State University. Since earning his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012, Chris has taught composition, creative writing, gender studies, and literature courses. He's a lecturer of English at Georgia Southern University, and he has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His research focuses on the intersection of popular culture and political discourses.
Angie Heshman Abdo is an alumnus delegate of Harvard University, 2018. She was invited to Malaysia by Harvard University project for Asia and International Relations, where she gave a speech about the reason behind why American companies file for bankruptcy in China. Due to their lack of understanding of the Chinese consumer's needs and mentality: the seminar provoked Angie to think and act in the spirit of multilateralism, embracing the changing dynamics and conditions of a globalized world. Angie was a guest speaker in the Webinar USDinfo.org where she spoke about China-U.S relations and how the U.S hawkish stance towards China and its foreign policy solidifies the U.S waning decline and unease with Beijing's rise. Angie graduated from Bradford University with an MA in International Relations and Security Studies. Her dissertation draws a connection behind China's use of sharp power in Taiwan and Australia while examining the geostrategic importance of these countries to Beijing in terms of fragmenting the first and second island chains. Her PhD dissertation topic is on the South China Sea geostrategic and geo-economic importance. Angie is a PhD student at the University of Hull, England. She published multiple academic articles with the journal of contemporary voice and GRIN Wissen Finden & publizeren. Her article on COVID19 was chosen in the "WHO" special print.
Dr Svetlana Kostrykina (Lana) is a Global Studies Student and Programme Adviser at the University of Auckland, who helped launch the programme in 2017 and has been supporting its development ever since. Lana has completed her Ph.D. in International Education at the UoA, and her areas of expertise include Global Studies, internationalisation in higher education, internationalisation for the society, intercultural communication, applied linguistics, translation studies, marketing and global economics, with a particular interest to the global education industry and the knowledge economy. Lana is a recipient of several prestigious awards including Universitas 21 Graduate Collaborative Research Awards 2018; Valued Contribution to the University of Auckland (Vice Chancellor’s Award 2019); and the Emerging Scholar Award 2021 (Organisation Studies). As an emerging scholar, Lana is very keen to connect with like-minded researchers to share her expertise and learn from others.
I talked to many different people, I learned a lot, I saw a myriad of subjects, and because I was a graduate scholar, I was given the opportunity to understand and see how the conference worked."
One of the most important skills I acquired as a Graduate Scholar was networking with fellow participants at the conference. My position gave me the opportunity to talk with many delegates, with whom I might not have communicated if I had not chaired their panels."
I have to thank the lovely organisers for giving me the privilege position. As an early career academic, the award is timely for my professional development."