Andrew Berryhill is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Economics. His primary research interests include political economy, institutional change, and development economics. He currently works on the political economy of fiscal policy. More specifically, he studies how the design of rules that constrain fiscal discretion is affected by political incentives, asymmetric information, and voter preferences, and how different design elements impact the effectiveness of these “fiscal rules.” He holds a B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College and an M.A. in Economics from Indiana University – Bloomington.
Shannon Conley is a Ph.D. Candidate in the O’Neill School at Indiana University studying public management and environmental policy. She works to understand the intersection of how people shape their environment, how the environment shapes people, how governments impact both of these relationships and the resulting equity, environmental, and economic outcomes. Her research interests are set in policy implementation, specifically policy/rule formulation, bureaucratic decision making, enforcement, collaboration, and governance. She focuses these themes predominantly in the context of environmental issues, spanning from the Clean Water Act to Marine Protected Areas.
Stephanie Freeman-Day is a PhD student in Environmental Science at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her work focuses on urban ecology and urban forests. She is currently actively involved in three research projects. First, Stephanie is analyzing urban forest patch sustainability and perseverance over time. This project began on IU’s campus and has expanded to the City of Bloomington. Her next steps involve an enlarged study area in Indianapolis, where she will examine how social and governance factors relate to urban forested patch sustainability there. Stephanie will investigate the possibility of urban forested patches being, in some cases, commons resources. Stephanie is also involved in research analyzing equity in access to the urban forest in terms of biophysical quality. Additionally, she is working on a collaboration with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Environmental Protection Agency working with residents in neighborhoods with comparatively lower tree canopy.
Ariana Gunderson is a PhD student in the department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. She holds a master's in Gastronomy from the Center for Food Studies at Boston University and a B.A. in Egyptology from Brown University. Her current research is on eating in public and how food can be a site of quotidian performance and she is interested in restaurants, cities, the fuzzy line between public and private in dining spaces, and how food embeds individuals within larger structures. In recent months she's been exploring film photography as a part of her fieldwork. You can find more information about her current work and publications on her website: arianagunderson.com.
Britt Koehnlein is a Political Science PhD candidate at IU Bloomington and her work focuses on civil conflict, non-state actors, violence against civilians, epidemics and pandemics, natural disasters, and climate change and its downstream effects, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation work focuses specifically on how state responses to epidemic outbreaks affect rebel group decisions to use violence against civilians or not and uses a mixed methods approach. She holds a MA in Political Science from BSU and a BA in French and Political Science from IUPUI.
Bao Tran Truong is a PhD student in the Complex Networks and Systems track at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. She studies the spread misinformation and ways to combat it, which incorporate investigating social media manipulation tactics, understanding the pathways of information propagation, and rethinking the governance of online spaces. Her past and present projects use natural language processing and machine learning methods to analyze large-scale social network data. One of her works proposes methods to detect untrustworthy accounts – those spreading low-credibility content in online news-sharing networks.