American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Neil Brenner (1997-98)
Neil is Director of Metropolitan Studies and Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University. His project for the German Chancellor Fellowship focused on the transformation of urban and regional governance in Frankfurt am Main during the last thirty years. His books include New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2004); Henri Lefebvre: State, Space, World (co-edited with S. Elden; University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming);The Global Cities Reader (co-edited with R. Keil; Routledge, 2006); Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in Western Europe and North America (co-edited with N. Theodore; Blackwell, 2002) and State/Space: A Reader (co-edited with B. Jessop, M. Jones and G. MacLeod; Blackwell, 2003). Neil’s research continues to explore the interplay between geoeconomic restructuring and the regulation of urban and regional development in western European and North American city-regions. Additionally, he has a strong interest in all aspects of state theory, political geography and critical urban theory. He is working on a new book, tentatively titled Globalized Urbanization: Theory and Method. Since his year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Neil has become a competitive long distance runner; he trains with the Central Park Track Club in New York City. (2/4/10)

John Dominick (2016-2017)
John earned his B.A. in Government and Sociology and his M.A. in Government at Georgetown University. He has served as an analyst in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Office. He currently serves as a senior specialist for the Veterans Benefits Administration. John Dominick will complete his fellowship at the Verband der Reservisten der Deutschen Bundeswehr e.V. in Berlin. He plans to examine German military service members after combat with a comparative study of the impact that the U.S. Veteran policy will have on the German military population. (11/22/16)

Ethan Evans (2007-08)
After earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, Ethan led a local campaign to ensure that affordable housing is developed as a part of all new communities in Sacramento. His work explored the intersections of local land use policies and their impact on housing opportunities for homeless and low income families. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Ethan worked with direct service organizations and policy groups to understand and compare varying perspectives and service approaches to homelessness. The project included an investigative stage to explore the German understanding of homelessness, direct work with homeless individuals and families, and a comparative policy analysis of homelessness for publication in the journal of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe e.V. Ethan is now pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. (6/26/09)

Jane Furey (2017-18)
Jane Furey is a policy researcher from Cambridge, MA. Most recently, she worked at Abt Associates, where she evaluated federal and state programs related to education, the workforce and income security. She will spend her fellowship studying the German vocational education system at the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung in Bonn. Specifically, she is interested in how community colleges in the United States may be able to learn from the German system and implement more skills-based programs stateside. Jane earned her B.S in Social Analysis and Research from Brown University. (7/12/17)

Yvonne Hung (2007-08)
Yvonne received her B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University and is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her academic discipline uses an interdisciplinary approach (drawing from psychology, geography, sociology, architecture and planning) to understanding human interactions with their social and physical environment. For the last 12 years, she has been involved in research on issues such as public health, social and environmental justice, community organizing and youth development. Her masters and dissertation research focused on ethnically diverse youth who participated in projects where they had the opportunity to envision and carry out positive change in their community. During her research stay in Germany, her project examined community-based organizations for children and youth in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Berlin. She considered the political and everyday landscapes of youth participation and concentrated on the contexts, strategies, opportunities and challenges to meaningful community engagement. (7/23/09)

Angela Jancius (2000-01)
Angela is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University, where she is also the Outreach Coordinator of the YSU Center for Working-Class Studies. As a German Chancellor Fellow in Leipzig, she worked on the topic of unions and unemployment after socialism. In 2005 Angela presented some of this research at a Presidential forum on the anthropology of unions at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. (5/13/05)

Cassandra Johnson (1999-2000)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Cassandra conducted research at the Free University Berlin on the social, cultural, and national identities of Afro-Germans. She has a B.B.A. in Marketing and Accounting and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia. Cassandra works for the USDA Forest Service in Georgia.

Mandi Larsen (2008-09)
As a German Chancellor Fellow at the Institute for Legal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Mandi Larsen conducted qualitative research on the health outcomes of violence against women. Afterwards, Mandi went on to receive her PhD in Sociology at the Universität Bremen in 2015, examining the effects of social policy on health inequities experienced by violence victims.  She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Jacobs University, also in Bremen.  Prior to moving to Germany, Mandi conducted program evaluation and service-based research on the topics of HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and violence against women in New York City, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University. (5/28/2015)

Abby Larson (2001-02)
Abby Larson is a sociologist at Rice University (Ph.D. NYU 2010). Her research interests include the lived experience of identity, culture and cognition, and social change. During her tenure as a German Chancellor Fellow based in Berlin, Larson conducted qualitative research in the former Yugoslavia and the Berlin Senate Office of Migration and Integration. (6/11/18)

Lindsay Read (2013-14)
Lindsay Read is a Manager of Research at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), focusing on the emerging field of social-emotional competence assessment. Prior to her work at CASEL, she worked in social science research at Mathematica Policy Research and policy analysis at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. As a German Chancellor fellow, she conducted research on German and American food and nutrition policy at the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. While in Madison, she advised the Wisconsin Legislature on childhood nutrition policy, which led to funding for a Farm-to-School grant program. Her undergraduate degree was in history and Spanish. (7/7/17)

Sandra Tasic (2011-12)
Sandra Tasic currently resides in Oakland, California, where she works as an Associate with the global management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting federal government clients in the implementation of large-scale organizational transformations. During her Buka year, Sandra investigated integration policies and programs that impact the success of first- and second-generation immigrant children in Germany. With the help of her host organization in Berlin, the Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration and Migration, Sandra examined Germany’s integration policies and cultural attitudes toward immigrants, and hopes to incorporate her findings in her social justice and policy work.  Sandra received her Master of International Relations and Master of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2004. (7/13/15)