Women and Public Policy Program Fellows 2006-2007


David De Cremer (WAPPP Fellow, Fall)

David De Cremer is a Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School, and the scientific director of the Erasmus Center of Behavioral Ethics. He has taught courses in social psychology of organizational behavior, psychology and economics, and the psychology of justice, among others. During his fellowship at WAPPP, De Cremer's research focused on the specific economic and social situations where beliefs of trust are restored and the role that social accounts (e.g., excuses, denials and silence) and gender play in them. Previously, De Cremer held teaching and research positions at New York University, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. De Cremer holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Southampton, England, and an M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Rangita De Silva-De Alwis (WAPPP Fellow)

Rangita de Silva-de Alwis is the director of international human rights policy programs at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) where she takes the lead on new global human rights initiatives for the organization. A well-known human rights lawyer and scholar with her LL.M. and S.J.D. (doctorate in law) from Harvard Law School, Rangita was a research fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and brings a wealth of experiences working with women’s groups in Asia on the rights of women and children. During her WAPPP Fellowship, she analyzed the ferment of law and policy change that has taken place in the Asian region and measure its impact on women, focusing on two milestone law reform projects in China and Vietnam.

Oeindrila Dube (WAPPP Fellow)

Oeindrila Dube is an Assistant Professor in Politics and Economics at New York University. Dube is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and holds an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Dube’s research focuses on the political economy of conflict and development.In preparation for her dissertation, Dube conducted a research on the gender imbalance in India during her time at WAPPP. Dube’s project examined 1) the effect of female employment on the gender ratio at birth and 2) the extent to which the availability of sex selection technology has exacerbated the gender imbalance in India. Previously, Dube served as a research consultant with the Brookings Institution; there, she examined international basic education issues with a focus on barriers to female education. Dube has also worked with Oxfam International, the World Bank and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on various economic development and social issues.

Fatemeh Haghightajoo (WAPPP/Harvard Committee on Human Rights Fellow)

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, an Iranian citizen, is a human rights activist and former parliamentarian in the 6th Majils (Iran’s reform parliament) from 2000 to 2004. During her time in parliament, she was renowned as an articulate and fearless advocate of human rights and women’s rights in particular. She writes extensively on human rights and has also published on educational and sociological issues. In 2005-2006, Haghighatjoo was a fellow at MIT’s Center for International Relations. Previously, she has held professorships at Tehran University and Shahid Behesti University. While at WAPPP, Haghighatjoo continued to research and write on human rights, women’s rights and democracy within the Iranian context. Before entering politics, Haghighatjoo was a psychologist and head of the Student Psychological Consultant Center of Iran University of Science and Technology. She has held professorships at Tehran University and Shahid Beheshti University, formerly known as the National University of Iran. She has authored a book entitled Search for Truth (published in Persian in 2002). Haghighatjoo holds a Ph.D. in Counseling.

Alice C. Hogan (WAPPP Fellow)

Alice Hogan is the director of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, an initiative designed to address the underrepresentation of women in academic science and engineering, particularly at the senior ranks. Prior to this position, Hogan was a senior program manager with NSF's Division of International Programs with responsibility for strategic planning, oversight, and management of bilateral science and engineering programs with countries in the Asia Pacific region from 1986 to 1999. Hogan also held several positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1978 to 1986, including acting director of international affairs for the National Ocean Service. During her fellowship with WAPPP, Hogan worked with WAPPP to organize a seminar on the intersection of science and technology policy and gender. Hogan holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University.

Therese Leung
 (WAPPP Fellow)

Leung is the Associate Director of External Affairs. She leads and develops organization-wide strategies for external affairs activities, including outreach to Congress, federal agencies, state policymakers, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. Before joining MDRC, she worked as an advisor to the Committee on Education and Labor in the House of Representatives, where she specialized in retirement and health care policy, and as a fiscal policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget. She also worked overseas as a senior research fellow with the Center for Health Policy & Management at the National University of Singapore. Leung holds a PhD from Harvard in Sociology, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in mathematics from Wellesley. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Leung explored the unobservable mechanisms that generate the motherhood wage penalty by using a combination of new and old data sources and constructing novel ways to measure unobservable factors. Her project will examine: 1) whether we can better understand the effect of unobservable factors by examining whether the significance of observable factors for the motherhood wage penalty have changed over time; and 2) whether factors that are usually unobservable, such as productivity differences, can explain a portion of the motherhood wage penalty

Tammy Ann Smith
 (WAPPP/ISP Fellow)

Tammy Ann Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a graduate student, her dissertation is entitled “The Boundaries of the Conflict: narrative, violence and displacement on the Italo-Yugoslav frontier.” While at WAPPP, Smith worked on a project that considers the link between UN post-war recovery efforts and the global problem of trafficking of women. This project built upon her decade-long work on the international human rights and development fields with institutions such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission to Bosnia, the USAID Eastern European Office of Urban Programs, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Smith also holds a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development/Eastern European Studies from SIPA, Columbia University.

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