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Haimanti Bhattacharya

Eun Bin Chung

Ben Cohen Rosemarie Hunter Akiko Kamimura

 

Haimanti Bhattacharya

Department: Economics

Current research:

I am an economist with research interests in environment, resource & food, psychology & economics, and gender. The geographic focus of my research is India. My past research projects include empirical analysis of the relationship of vegetation change with population growth and poverty, role of status in varied decision-making contexts, implication of spousal violence on women’s employment, attitude towards violence against women. Topics that I am currently working on or plan to work on in near future include, cheating in a marketplace, relationship between prosociality and attitude towards environment amongst university students, comparative analysis of household status of women in the South Asian countries, analysis of evolution of institutions governing water resources in India.

Opportunities for students:

I am willing to collaborate on research projects with students interested in conducting statistical analysis of primary or secondary data for environment or gender related projects, or compile historical institutional data in India. 

 

Eun Bin Chung

Department: Political Science

Current research:

I am an international relations scholar who uses survey and field experiments to study questions of nationalism and identity, security, and conflict resolution. I conduct field research in South Korea, Japan, and China.

My current research is motivated by the question: How can countries with a history of conflict and/or colonization reconcile with each other? I am interested in the psychological underpinnings that help relieve post-conflict animosity between groups. My approach is interdisciplinary, incorporating psychological and decision-making theories as well as historical and cultural evidence.

Opportunities for students:

I am willing to serve as a committee member for students who are supported in their research by a main advisor, and are working on any topic in Korean politics or international relations of Northeast Asia.

In pursuit of my research topics I combine two methodological approaches: fieldwork and experiments. I thus offer unique opportunities for students interested in experimental research. I can involve interested students in lab experiments, and also work with students on their projects if they can be undertaken as part of my field research. 

 

Ben Cohen

Department: History

Current research:

I am a historian of South Asia. My current research is a monograph on the social role of water in India’s Deccan from the late medieval to the present. I have published two other monographs, one on Hyderabad State in the nineteenth century, and the other on the social clubs across colonial India. I am also completing a manuscript on a sex scandal in late nineteenth century Hyderabad. 

Opportunities for students:

I would be interested in working with students who share a similar chronological interest in the nineteenth century. Some areas of research might include: colonialism, princely states, and the environment. 

 


Rosemarie Hunter

Department: Social Work

Current research:

I locate my scholarship within a community-based participatory action framework that has at its center the critical examination of power and access structures that often disregard underrepresented and oppressed populations. The focus of my work is to bridge local and global borders through teaching, practice and research partnerships that connect communities in migration with each other. These partnerships are located in Thailand and Myanmar and also include members of the Karen and Karenni communities in Salt Lake City (learn more

Opportunities for students:

I am interested in learning with students who have questions and/or similar interests including: current partnerships in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma); issues of forced migration; local communities of refugee and immigrant background; and community-engaged models of learning. 

 

Akiko Kamimura

Department: Sociology

Current research:

I have done research on violence against women, infectious diseases (in particular, influenza and HPV), environmental health, and aging society in Japan, India, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and/or Singapore. 

Opportunities for students:

I am willing to serve as a committee member or chair for students who are interested in any health related topics in any Asian countries. I can arrange opportunities for health research which fit the interest of each student, as far as a proposed project is feasible to be completed in a certain time frame.

 

Last Updated: 8/7/17