July 2012 Archives
Andrew Johnson successfully defended his dissertation, "If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism Inside of Brazilian Prisons," on July 24, 2012. Dr. Johnson was advised by Professor Penny Edgell. Andrew will be Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.
Hollie Nyseth Brehm will be conducting dissertation research and interning with the Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide within the Rwanda Government Commission for the Fight Against Genocide this fall 2012.
Kelly Chermack successfully defended her dissertation, "Engaging the Dialectic; Managerial Resistance to Change and Innovation in Corporate America" on July 16, 2012. Kelly's advisor is Dr. David Knoke. Dr. Chermack has started her own research consulting company, helping organizations measure change and performance. She has also accepted a position as an editor at Walden University, Minneapolis. Congratulations, Dr. Chermack.
Emily Springer, 2010 cohort and Rahsaan Mahadeo, 2011 cohort, are 2012 recipients of the Hawkinson Scholarship. The goal of the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship is to encourage students who have already demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice to strive for peace and justice both in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives.
Politics in Minnesota and the Capitol Report have announced that Sarah Walker of 180 Degrees, Inc. and the MN Second Chance Coalition has won an award for the 2012 Leaders in Public Policy in the Unsung Hero category.
Walker, who will start in the Sociology PhD program this fall, is Chief Operating Officer of 180 Degrees, Inc., an organization aimed at turning lives around to ensure safer communities. She is also the founder of the MN Second Chance Coalition, a partnership of over 50 organizations that advocate for fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices that allow those who have committed crimes to redeem themselves, fully support themselves and their families, and contribute to their communities to their full potential.