Postdocs & Ostrom Fellows

Our postdocs and students are vital to the continued growth of the Ostrom Workshop and represent the future of the Ostrom’s legacy.

Current Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kurt Waldman



Kurt Waldman is a postdoctoral research associate focusing on agricultural decision-making under the NSF-funded Water, Sustainability, and Climate program.

Current Ostrom Fellows

Jordan Blekking


Jordan Blekking is a Master of Science student in the Geography Department. His research interests lie within human-environmental interactions; specifically, smallholder agricultural systems in Southern Africa, food security and livelihood resiliency throughout rural communities, and the role of governance in promoting seed certification and use by smallholder farmers. Previously, Jordan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia for three and a half years.

Martin Delaroche


Martin Delaroche is a third-year student in the PhD in Public Affairs program at IU’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He is also a doctoral student in Geography at the Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies (IHEAL) of the University Paris-3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle. His research interests focus on the governance of natural resources and lie at the intersection of law, economics, anthropology and geography. He is interested by the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between land property rights and environmental degradation, particularly in the Amazon region in Brazil, and also of foreign large-scale investments in land. A Fulbright scholar (2014-2015), Martin holds a joint B.A. in Economics and Law, a Masters in Applied Economics and a Masters in International Economic Law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

Colleen Friedly


Colleen Friedly is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include the impact of nature-based "ecotourism" on the environment and the implications this has on the economic sustainability of the tourism industry. Specifically, she is interested in how human and non-human primate interactions are mediated in the context of a tourism experience and how increasing tourism development can impact the long-term survival of non-human primates and other wildlife. Through experiences gained within the Ostrom Workshop, Colleen hopes to integrate theory and methodology from a number of different disciplines to assess ecotourism development and sustainability. Colleen holds a BA in anthropology from IU.

Min-Hyeok Kim


Min-Hyeok Kim is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. He intends to develop his academic interest in democratic governance. Specifically, his research focuses on the interaction between deliberative democratic theory and new institutional theory as a way to understand multiple senses of collective actions and cooperation in society. By linking the normative and empirical theory of democratic participation, his project will help to deepen democratic politics in the modern state. After finishing his Master’s degree at Seoul National University (2011), he served in the Korean Air Force as an officer and worked in the National Assembly of Korea as a policy assistant. Taking charge of environmental policy, he wrote policy reports on various environmental issues such as an air pollution regulation system, toxic chemical safety control, and waste management. Currently, he is also interested in public safety issues and safety control system.

Michael Klein


Michael A. Klein is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Economics where he specializes in international trade and economic development. His research analyzes collaborative economic policy that promotes foreign direct investment, technology adoption, and growth in developing economies. Michael received his BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012, and his MA in Economics from Indiana University in 2015.

Tanmay Sharma


Tanmay Sharma is a first year PhD student at the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism studies in the School of Public Health. He is interested in exploring the economic, sociocultural and ecological impact of tourism in developing countries and the role of tourism as a driver of grassroots development. Prior to his arrival at IU, he worked in the areas of eco-tourism, sustainable agriculture, eco-marketing, corporate social responsibility and environmental project coordination in Kuwait, London, and New Delhi.  He earned his M.Sc. degree in Environment and Development from Department of Geography, King’s College London in 2011.

Christopher Upton


Christopher Upton is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department. Working with the Bunun tribal community and Hualien Special Indigenous Tribunal in Taiwan, his research focuses on indigenous rights and legal issues. His present research focuses on indigenous tribunals and how these tribunals craft rules about customary practices through contentious, collaborative, and negotiated interactions between state judicial actors and indigenous community members. Straddling anthropology and legal practice, Chris uses a combination of ethnographic methods and legal analysis in his research. While pursuing his PhD studies, Chris continues to practice law by representing indigent victims of domestic violence through the Indiana District 10 Pro Bono Project. Chris holds a JD from Notre Dame Law School, MA in philosophy from Virginia Tech, and BAs in philosophy and archaeology from Baylor University.