Recipients of CGS Research Grants for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is pleased to announce its research awards for the coming academic year.

Research Workshop Grants support a one-day research workshop comprising a small group of Mason faculty, at least two external participants, and, potentially, advanced graduate students to engage in intensive interdisciplinary study of a clearly defined global topic.


  • Thomas Flores, Assistant Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, The Arab Spring and Globalization: Diffusion of Ideas and Models
  • Elavie Ndura, Professor, College of Education and Human Development, Advancing Sustainable Peace and Development Through Education in the African Great Lakes Region

Faculty Research Grants provide financial support for faculty members to engage in scholarly research on global affairs, with a particular emphasis on projects that explore the cultural, economic, political, technological and scientific aspects of globalization.


  • Ahsan Butt, Assistant Professor, Public & International Affairs, Rise to the Top: Mapping Pathways to Promotion and Retirement in the Pakistan Army.
  • Susan Crate, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, A Preliminary Survey of Socio-cultural Drivers of Change Affecting Endangered Mongolian Fish Species: Climate, Herding and Tourism.
  • Esperanza Román-Mendoza, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages, Anywhere, Anytime Online Learning… for Everyone?: Educational Technology as an Instrument of Globalization.
  • Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill, Assistant Professor,Management, Workplace culture and entrepreneurial careers in the Mexican information technology sector.

Congratulations to all grant recipients.


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