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 Fellows

Analena Bruce

Email:
anabruce@indiana.edu

Vitae

Analena Bruce is a postdoctoral research associate focusing on Agri-food Systems, Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Inequality, Qualitative Comparative Methods, and Sociology of Science.

Julia Valliant

Email:
jdv@indiana.edu

Julia Valliant is a public health researcher focusing on learning from farmers and ranchers about how agricultural incentives can support them in building farm-level biodiversity and raising more nourishing food. Present projects address how farms and ranches continue, or transition, from one generation to the next; the food movement as a farmer-led health movement; grazing management for surface water point protection; and performance payments to reward grazers and farmers for ecological outcomes in agriculture.

Kurt Waldman

Email:
kbwaldma@iu.edu

Vitae

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

Current Ostrom Fellows

Yun-Ju (Kelly) Kang

Email:
yunk@umail.iu.edu

Emma McDonell

Email:
ekmcdone@indiana.edu

Emma McDonell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and IU Food Institute working on a dissertation examining the territorialization of agricultural products and its relationship to identity politics at multiple scales through the quinoa boom-bust. She recently completed twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork among quinoa farmers and actors involved in quinoa markets in the highlands of Peru and Bolivia, and is currently working on data analysis and dissertation writing. Emma’s interests include place-based products and their regulatory structures, indigenous politics, intellectual property, agricultural development, and global food markets. She holds BAs in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Lucy Miller

Email:
lucymill@indiana.edu

Johabed Olvera

Email:
jolverae@umail.iu.edu

Johabed Olvera is a third-year student in the PhD in Public Affairs program at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, concentrating in public policy analysis and public management. Her research interests lie within collaborative governance and social policy in developing countries. In particular, she is interested in studying the mechanisms through which collaborative governance improves social policy implementation in contexts lacking institutional and organizational capacity. Johabed holds a BA in international affairs from Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, and a Masters in Public Administration and Policy from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Julio Ramos Pastrana

Email:
jramospa@indiana.edu

Julio Ramos is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Economics, where he was a Fulbright-García Robles scholar (2014–2017). His research interests include property rights, public choice, and urban economics. In particular, he is interested in studying the emergence of property rights, as well as how subtle changes in institutions affect economic outcomes. Julio holds a BA in economics and a specialty certificate course in economic theory from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and an MA in economics from El Colegio de México.