Past Fellows: Title of Master Thesis (Class I – XIX)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XIX (2020-2022)

  • Green Victims: The Petroquímica Bermúdez Case and the Social Movement in
    Argentina (Daniela Bertone)
  • Divided Affinities: Cultural Identities of Brazilian Sansei in Japanese and Brazilian Schools (Farrah Hasnain)
  • Braiding knowledge systems as environmental peacebuilding:
    Exploring the co-application of Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews within Great Lakes water governance (Natalija Vojno)
  • ‘Why am I displaced?’ Perceptions of drivers of violent ethno-religious conflicts in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Olivia Wellesley-Cole)

*Please click here to check Class XIX’s abstract.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XVIII (2019-2021)

  • The Role of Women in Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Wisdom Addo)
  • The role of the National Electoral Commission in electoral violence in post-conflict Sierra Leone (Ibrahim Bah)
  • Socializing via Facebook after widowhood in India: A study of middle-class older widows’ engagement with social media via the smartphone (Priyanka Borpujari)
  • Gaps in Coexistence: A Critical Examination of Tabunka Kyousei Promotion and its Outcomes in Local Japan (Derek Chin)
  • Gender norms and mothers’ lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from online communities of English-speaking mothers in Britain and Japan (Abigail Raine Connolly)
  • Understanding the Digital Skills Gender Divide: A Multi-Case Analysis of Women’s Lived Experiences and Perceptions of Teaching or Learning Digital Literacy in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany (Lorraine Jean Hayman)
  • Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan: An Analysis of The Rule of Law and National Security (Lai Yuen Looi)
  • Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Jordan: The Inextricable Link Between Health and Peacebuilding (Jaclyn McAlester)
  • Migration for work: Transnational process – policies and dilemmas. Case study on Vietnamese migration workers in Japan (Nguyen Thi Nhu Trang)
  • Human Security and Peacebuilding in Colombia: The Role of the Police Force (Elkin Salcedo)

*Please click here to check Class XVIII’s thesis summary.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XVII (2018-2020)

  • WOMEN, TOURISM, AND PEACEBUILDING: An approach to the contributions that community-based tourism in Zimbabwe makes to empower women within their households and as agents of peace in their communities (Angela Betancur)
  • China’s Challenge to the Global Economic Order: The Belt & Road Initiative and the Chinese OFDI in the European Union (Giovanni Catino)
  • The transition between incarceration and freedom: laws and public policies in Brasilia, Brazil, and Bogota, Colombia addressing the social reintegration of adolescents in conflict with the law (Vivian Delácio Coelho)
  • Securitizing Refugees – Asylum Seeker and Refugee Representation in English and Spanish American Press Headlines: A Corpus Critical Discourse Analysis from 2016 – 2020 (Elizabeth K. Gamarra)
  • Statelessness in The Gambia: An Assessment of the Legal and Institutional Framework causing Statelessness in The Gambia (Ousman Gomez)
  • The Paradoxes in Contemporary Refugee Protection Models; A Critical Study of Uganda’s ‘Open-Door’ Refugee Policies and their Socio-Economic Impact on both the Refugees and the Host Community (Seme Nelson Lomole)
  • Conflict Resolution, Empathy, and Aggression Among High School Students in Soacha, Colombia (Andrea Luna)
  • Multistakeholder Dialogue on Business and Human Rights: Making Constructivist Sense of Mexico’s National Action Plan (Florence Maher)
  • Rethinking Relationality Through ‘Happenings’: A field study of Beyond Skin and its approach to arts-for-peace (Syann Williams)

*Please click here to check Class XVII’s thesis summary.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XVI (2017-2019)

  • The role of the Middle Powers in improving the UN Peacekeeping Intelligence: Lessons for JMAC (Javid Ahmadi)
  • Livelihood Difficulties and Responses to Repatriation among Rwandan Refugees at Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda (Pierre Beyai)
  • Teacher Retention, School Organizational Climate, and Community Factors in the State of Hawai’i Public School System: A Secondary Analysis of Administrative Survey Data (Kalika Kastein)
  • In Search of Daughter’s share of Land-Analyzing Intersectionality of Gender, Land, Caste, Colonialism, and Law in India (Saloni Lakhia)
  • No Story to Tell? Human Rights Norms Diffusion within the UN Peacebuilding Architecture (Elisabeth Oliveira da Costa)
  • Building Peace in Sri Lanka: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding through Community Development (Janaka Ranaraja)
  • Harmless Harms: Fictitious Depictions of Children and the Moral Limits of Law (Dilton Ribeiro)
  • Cosmovivencia as a Source of Security: Understanding Security through Relationality in the Case of the Bastón de Mando (Lorena Rodríguez Peña)
  • Finding Home Again in Uncertain Times: A Study of Return Migration and Reintegration in Zimbabwe (Natasha Venables)

*Please click here to check Class XVI’s abstract.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XV (2016-2018)

  • Interfaith Peace-Building: Developing critical approaches within the context of globalization (Lorne Anderson)
  • How and Why Teaspoons of Peace Work – Contexts, theory, and perceptions influencing a culture of positive peace (d’Arcy Lunn)
  • ECOWAS Protocol relating to Free Movement of Persons and the national implementation: A case study on Nigeria Seme border with Republic of Benin (Louis Mendy)
  • Perceptions of participation: a critical examination of social dynamics created by the use of participatory methods in rural Tanzania (Alexandra Plummer)
  • Interspirituality and Social Engagedness: postsecular possibilities for solidarity (Francis Rothery)
  • Adding Values to Granite Quarry Mining: An Alternative Approach to Infrastructural Development in post-war Sierra Leone (Joseph Smith)
  • Climate Migration and Security: A Human Security Approach towards the Growing Concerns That Climate Change will increasingly Drive Migration (Moin MD. Uddin)
  • Working Together for Vivir Bien (Living Well): Relationships between the Government of Bolivia, UNDP, and the World Bank in Reducing Poverty and Inequality (Magdalena Zurita)

*Please click here to check Class XV’s abstract.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XIV (2015-2017)

  • Fostering Friendships: Case Studies of Myanmar Refugee Children in Two Learning Centres in Malaysia (Shook Yee Leong)
  • Peace, Sport and Relational Space: Lederach’s Web in the Analysis of ‘Chinlone’ in Contemporary Myanmar (Jack Harrison)
  • Learning global issues in a global language: a case study of content and language integrated learning in a Japanese university (Sarah Sanderson)
  • Calming the storm before contact: A case study of facilitating first encounters with outgroups for Egyptian children (Madeleine Logan)
  • German Model of Refugee Integration: Deconstructing the Symbolic Boundaries of Fortress Europe (Abdullah Al Yusuf)
  • Making the young Jihadist:Extreme Identity and the Construction of Religious Change and Radicalization in Migrant Youth through Social Media (Ida Suraya Klint)
  • People’s War: Where Have All the Women Gone?A Case Study of Nepal’s Maoist Movement (Rashmi Rekha Borah)
  • Volunteering for Peace: Changing Attitudes through Intergroup Contact in the Context of International Volunteering (Joshua Michael Campbell)
  • Bringing Women Together: Examining Women’s Networks, Groups and Initiatives across Offline & Online Spaces (Hilary Jo Caldis)

*Please click here to check Class XIV’s abstract.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XIII (2014-2016)

  • The school to prison pipeline in the United States: Authority figure and stakeholder perceptions of school discipline, policing, and security in St. Louis, Missouri (Caitlin Dimino)
  • INSIDE OUT, FROM THE BOTTOM UP; The role of a local third party actor in sustainable peace development in Colombia (Daniel Fernandez Fuentes)
  • Em(power)ment?; Assessing social enterprises and the nature of women’s empowerment (Rebecca Gissing-Simms)
  • Secularism and Communalism in India: The Case of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli Riots, 2013 (Surbhi Khyati)
  • Transforming intractable conflict through dialogue: Failed anti-sex trafficking initiatives, sex industry legislative advocacy, & the “great feminist debate”(Kathryn Kimmer)
  • Memory, Memorialisation And Human Security Capturing Memory Landscapes in Post War of Sri Lanka (A Case Study from North Province in Sri Lanka) (Vyappareddiyar Jeyamurugan)
  • Surviving on the Street of Delhi, India: Bending the Concept of ‘Family’ as Homeless Single Women’s Discursive Strategy (Min Shu Cheng)
  • Concepts of Women’s Empowerment Revisited: Toward Holistic Approach (Roberta Tomaz Bonfim) 

*Please click here to check Class XIII’s abstract.

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XII (2013-2015)

  • Race Relations, Resilience, and Community Gardens in Detroit (Michelle Aldridge)
  • Culture and Sustainable Peacebuilding: Local Conflict Resolution Attitudes and Strategies in Laos (Claire Chou Doran)
  • Securitization and Dehumanisation: A Case Study of Post-War Sri Lanka (Amardeep Kaur Kainth)
  • “Willful Blindness” is not a defense: Sex Work, Sex Trafficking and Re-victimization in Singapore (Dimitra Messini)
  • Climate Change, Forced Migration, and State Responsibility (Christopher Cade Mosley)
  • Political Rhetoric and Hegemonic Masculinities: A Discourse Analysis of Selected Speeches by Zimbabwean President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe 1980-2014 (Nixon Nembaware)
  • Environmental Law Enforcement and Compliance: Challenges in Prioritizing Environmental Crime and Wildlife Trafficking in Colombia (Cilia Maria Ruiz-Paz)
  • Critical Human Security, Statelessness and Discrimination of Myanmar’s Muslims (Sana Saeed)
  • The Struggle for the Harmonization of the Aid Programs in Myanmar: A Perspective from the Health Sector (Luca Sartorelli)
  • Dehumanizing and Delegitimizing Societal Beliefs in Intergroup Conflict in Odessa, Ukraine: A Phenomenological Approach (Anna Slavinskaya)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class XI (2012-2014)

  • Witches and Justice in Nepal: Survivors of Violence due to Witchcraft Accusations Navigating the Formal Justice System (Siri Ekbom)
  • Women of the Cambodian Spring: Peace-building, Human Security, and Post-Structual Feminism in Cambodian Politics (Elizabeth Hang)
  • International Drug Control?  A Critical Security Studies Approach to Drug Policy Reform (Zachary Garinger)
  • Assessing Trandboundary Water Issues in Central Vietnam: An Integrated Socio-Ecological Approach (Ashley Hollenbeck)
  • Buddhism, Human Rights and Peace: a Holistic Approach (Duang-ramon Paaptanti)
  • When Communications Converge: Examining Social Movements, Networked Communities, and New Media in Sri Lanka (Flynn Jebb)
  • The Rold of Transitional Justice in Colombia: a Possibility for Peace (Heydee Mylena Marquez Zabala)
  • The Role of Producer Co-operative Business Firms in Prevention of Violence: A Violent Public-Demonstration as a Conflict Scenario (Muhamed Mpira Butera)
  • The Role of Culture in Emotional, Sexual and Physical Abuse of Children: Case of Child Abuses in Tanzanian Society (Jacob Kahemele)
  • Ethical Guidelines for the Selection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: A Potential Conflict Prevention Measure for the World Heritage Committee (Michael Angelo Liwanag)
  • Breaking the Cycle of Hatred: Exploring Possibilities for Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation Through Peace Education in Northeast Asia (Yuko Oaku)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class X (2011-2013)

  • Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment: Evidence from the Dallol Maori Microfinance Program in Niger (Adamou Hamadou)
  • Complex Disaster: Media Effects, Perceived Stigma, Community Connectedness and Efficacy in Shinchimachi, Fukushima (Allison Kwesell)
  • Securitization of Infectious Disease: Implications for Global Governance (Auriel Niemack)
  • Social, Political and Economic Dimensions of International Food Safety Standard: A Case Study of Ractopamine in Meat Products (Chia-Yin Lin)
  • Bullying Diffused: Exploring the Impact of the Mosaic Project, a Positive Youth Development Program (Christopher Lindstrom)
  • Citizen Youth: Promoting Five Cs in Social Development Project to Increase Social Engagement in University Students (Jarunee Jarusruangchai)
  • Away and Alone. Unaccompanied and Separated Refugee Children in Thailand – Human Security Approaches in Response to their Protection (Maria Celeste Morell)
  • Internationalization and Multicultural Education: Promoting Socio-Cultural Transformation through Co-curricular Programs (Melissa Toupin-Laforge)
  • Beyond the Dustbin: Bhutan’s Changing Values of Waste and Want (Taylor Stevenson)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class IX (2010-2012)

  • Open Social Innovation: An Analysis of Openideo and The Social Lab as Open Social Innovation Models for Social Value Creation in the Public & Private Sectors (Anne Riechert) 
  • A Study of Innovation Policies: Comparative Case Studies of the Uniter States, Japan, Brazil and Argentina (Yesica Ivone Zarate)
  • Finding a Place in the City: Special Securitization in the Western World – A Case Study of the Ground Zero Mosque (Mara Duer)
  • Rising from the Rubble: Japan, Human Security and Disaster Response in a Post-3.11 World (Mark Flanigan)
  • Women’s Narratives on Domestic Violence in Dealing with Traditional and Formal Mechanism of Justice in Timor-Leste (Mutiara Pasaribu)
  • Indigenous Papuan Women’s Political Strategies: A Gender Analysis of the Conflict in West-Papua (Nathalie Ahanda)
  • Framing Violence and Culture in the Liberal Peacebuilding Paradigm: Towards a Critical Analysis of Youth Violence in East-Timor (Nelson Sans Cadena)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class VIII (2009-2011 )

  • Vodoun & Politics: Key Factors in Benin Republic’s Transition from Marxist Regime to Democracy  (Nicole Clark )
  • Moving Away from Zionism: Reflections on Identity Change among Israeli and Diaspora Jews, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  (Yuri Haasz)
  • Fostering Peace through an  “Integrative Approach” to Trade Policy Impact Monitoring and Evaluation: A Bhutanese Case Study of Gender Mainstreaming  (Sarah Houghton)
  • Truth-Telling as a Foundation for Reconciliation For the Jugin Ianfu in Indonesia (Indri Hapsari Mustika Dewi)
  • To what extent do elections, within the framework of liberal peacebuilding, support reconciliation in states where there are intergroup cleavages?  (Katharine Mote)
  • Not welcome at the table: Food insecurity in the Small Island Developing States (Glenn Raynor)
  • Crossing Out of Poverty?   A Qualitative Study of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines (Region VII, Set1) (Heather Richmond)
  • Nepal’s Failed Model of Development and The Emergence of the ‘People’s War’  (Ritu Shrestha )

Rotary Peace Fellows Class VII (2008-2010 )

  • Holding Space with Open Hands: Discovering, Embodying & Facilitating the Mystery of Peace  (Jennifer Devlin)
  • Beyond Japan’s Peace Constitution: A Survey of Peace Constitutions from Around the World and a Study of the Transnational Social Movement Connecting Them (Jay Gilliam)
  • Comparative Study on Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan: Influence of International Cooperation Project Participation by the Japanese Universities (Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka)
  • Domestic and Strategic Aspects of Nuclear Weapon Policy in South Asia (Tauqeer Hissain)
  • Integration of Grosnn National Happinesss Elements in Rural Development Projects in Lao PDR (Krongchai Inthasuwan)
  • Anti- Corruption Strategies in Latin America, Comparative Research of Three Countries- Mexco, Chile and Brazil (Jorge Meruvia)
  • Democracy Promotion in Bangladesh; The Challenges Ahead (Golam Mostofa)
  • Who will Try the United Nations Peacekeepers? The Dilemma of the International Criminal Court and National Laws of Troop-Contributing Countries (Pillay Morgandas)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class VI (2007-2009 )

  • Understanding Violence: A Critical Approach From Within Israel  (Ana Galvez)
  • Sports for Social Change in East Asia: A ‘Peace Action’ Study of Basketball Countercultures, Social Entrepreneurship, and Transnational Partnerships (Jason Hutson)
  • The Impact of Natural Disaster Management Systems on Conflict Transformation in Asia: A Comparative Study of Indonesia and Sri Lanka (Angeli Mendoza)
  • Constitutional Reform in Egypt-  In Search of a Transition to Democracy (Rebecca Miller)
  • Downscaling of Microfinance in the Great Lakes Region: Empirical Evidence from Kenya (Emmanuel Mutisya)
  • Food Security and Conflict Prevention: Food Insecurity and Perpetual Conflicts in Africa (Geoffrey Mwesigwa)
  • Trade Exchange Rate in Primary Commodities and Its Impacts on the Human Development Index (HDI): An Analysis from the Cocoa Case of Cote D’ Ivoire (Kouame Remi Oussou)
  • Nonprofit Impact: A Case Study of the Tripartite Relationship among Stakeholders (Anne Radday)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class V (2006-2008 )

  • ‘Living With The Enemy’ Perspectives of Bosnians, Serbians and Croatians After the 1991-1995 War in the Former Yugoslavia (10 Case Studies) (Gina Ballesfin)
  • The Role of Education to Prevent the Trafficking in Children for Forced and Bounded Labor in India (Patricia Aliperti)
  • Surviving at the Bottom: A Study of Elderly Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border (Phumphat Chetiyanonth)
  • The Potential of Nonconventional Individual Lending in Microfinance in Kyrgyzstan (Asel Myrzabekova)
  • New Media Technology: The Next Platform in Peace Building Dialogue (Megumi Nishikura)
  • The Absence of Armed Conflict in Zambia (Phillip Phiri)
  • Negotiated Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Perspectives from the Burmese Diaspora on the Pursuit of Dialogue (Johanna Stratton)
  • The Protection of Civilians: How the “Impossible Mandate” Impacts UN Peacekeeping Operations (Noelle Volin)
  • The Relationship between Students’ Acquisition of Inter Cultural Competence and the Design and Execution of Study Abroad Program (Agnes Wielink)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class IV (2005-2007)

  • Increase the Peace : the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Peace Education Initiative to Follow up the ‘Challenge Day’ Program (Cherine Badawi)
  • Gender and Feminism in Contemporary Islamic Discourse (Mélanie Bennett)
  • Transboundary Protected Area Project Development and Management Planning, Where do Communities Fit ? A case Study of the Pha Taem Protected Forests Complex (Cathy Brown)
  • Exploring Themes in Interpersonal Relationship Building in China and Japan (Ryan Fenwick)
  • The Social Reintegration of Female Ex-Child Soldiers in Nothern Uganda (Carys Hughes)
  • Comparison of the Preferred Leader Behaviors across National Cultures in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia : A Study Using Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire XII (Nai-Hua Wu)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class III (2004-2006)

  • The Demand for Sex : What Drives Human Trafficking Today (Wendi Boxx)
  • Dialoguing with the Enemy-Other (Carla Alina Fantini)
  • Structural Barriers to the Participation in Study Abroad Programs in U.S. Higher Education (Steven Houghton)
  • Being a Refugee in Japan: Three Case Studies (William Nealy JR.)
  • Peace Boat: A Case Study of International Shipboard Peace Education (Carleton Shephard)
  • Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine: Place and Peace or Place of Conflict ? Regional Politics of History and Memory in East Asia (William Daniel Sturgeon )
  • Is Taiwan on the Path to Independence? (Jeffrey M. Winter)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class II (2003-2005)

  • Comparative Study of the Third Sector in Japan and Germany regarding Refugee Assistance (Steven Abels)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Localization: Tailoring the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to Local Socio-Economic Climates for Program Optimization (Elisabeth Abeson)
  • Forest Encroachment: The Case Study of Pang Daeng Village in Northern Thailand (Nisa Chamsuwan)
  • Social Entrepreneurs: A New Type of Leader? (Elektra Gorski)
  • Neoliberating Vietnam: Development and structural violence in contemporary Vietnam (Andy Isbister)
  • U.S. Presidential Election Cycle and the Japanese Stock Market (Nathan Johnson)
  • The Information Age and Democratization in the Context of Korean Peninsula (Hyejung Lee)
  • Media and the Creation of Intercultural Understanding: Post 9/11 Alternative U.S. TV programming on Muslim Arabs in the Middle East (Shannon O’Brien)
  • Re-examining Islamic Conflict Resolution: Lessons from a Context Analysis of Muslim Communities in Modern Malaysia (Crystal Procyshen)

Rotary Peace Fellows Class I (2002-2004)

  • Integrating Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies in School Curricula (Heather Brock)
  • Is closer East Asian Regionalism Possible? Challenges and Opportunities for China, Japan and South Korea (Rowan Griffin)
  • Asian European Relations: The Asia-Europe Meeting (Thomas Henoekl)
  • From “Co-Prosperity” to “Common House”: Regional Integration in Northeast Asia (Min-young Kim)
  • Transition, Justice and Reconciliation: Peace-Building in the Cambodian Context (Tania Miletic )
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction: Landmine Eradication for the Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Northern Sri Lanka (Margaret Soo)
  • Understanding Taiwan people’s ethnicity complex and analyzing the weightings of their Japanese consciousness and Chinese consciousness —from observation on 2004 Taiwan’s Presidential Election: pan-blue and pan-green’s propagandas and campaigning strategies,and live stories of twenty Taiwan people (Chen-yu Wang)