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Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award

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Each year, one recent School of Public Policy PhD graduate receives the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award for their dissertation's international policy relevance and exceptional contribution to the advancement of scholarly knowledge.

Past winners have tackled a range of the world's most intractable problems from nuclear proliferation to climate change.

2023 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award Winner

Lindsay Rand awarded 2023 prize for "A Socio-Technical Evaluation of Quantum Sensing Implications for Nuclear Deterrence.”

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2022 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award Winner

Dr. Chris Hickey won the Yamamoto-Scheffelin award for his dissertation, “Assessing Motives for Russian Federation Use and Non-use of Force: An Approach to Improve the Strategic Planning and Policy of the United States.” 

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About the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research

The Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award is underwritten by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research, which was established in March 2012 by Marianna Yamamoto, Ph.D. '07 and Cliff Yamamoto in honor of the Japanese-Americans who served their country during World War II, in particular three brothers from Hawaii: Henry Chagami, Richard Chagami and Ronald Chagami. Spendable income from the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research provides support for dissertation research by doctoral candidates in the School of Public Policy.

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Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award Past Recipients

Davin O'Reagan headshot

Dissertation title: Diffident Dissident: How Civil Society Influences Armed Intrastate Conflict and Political Violence

Check out an article for War on the Rocks based on O'Regan's dissertation research

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Dissertation title: Climate Change and Political Contention: A  Mechanism Based Framework

Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Imran's dissertation  research

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Naoko Aoki

Dissertation title: The Domestic Politics of Implementation: A Case Study of U.S. Denuclearization Agreements with North Korea 

Check out a CISSM working paper based on Aoki's dissertation

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Dissertation title: Balancing Belligerents or Feeding the Beast: Transforming Conflict Traps

Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Hayden's dissertation research

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Charles Harry

Dissertation title: The Effect of Economic Condition on Civil Unrest: New Insights from Agent Based Modeling

Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Harry's dissertation research

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