Ph.D. Program

The Bridge Lab

Created with the intent of “bridging the gap” between academic and professional applications, The Bridge Lab was inaugurated by the Jackson School Ph.D. program in spring 2014. Administered as a regular, student-run series of lunchtime workshops, The Bridge Lab aims to train JSIS scholars to make their research relevant to the real world, and to think about ways to get their expertise heard in the policy, business, or non-profit realm. This means learning to communicate in oral and written form, to the world at large, and so develop an important skill set of direct use in the real world.

Students are required to present at least one problem-focused piece of around 500-750 words related to their dissertation research in the Bridge Lab during year 2. This piece should be written so that it generally communicates the importance of their dissertation work to other faculty and students in the Jackson School, as well as to external audiences. Students thus learn to use their knowledge in public ways for the sake of service to their communities. Through this active process of reflection and engagement, students also learn how to use their scholarship to develop a public policy persona.

Latest from The Bridge Lab


2018-2019 SCHEDULE

Presentations by Jackson School Ph.D. Program student and their working dissertation titles are given below. Presentations by outside persons will be announced as appropriate on this site.

FALL QUARTER

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Scott Radnitz, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Dan Chirot, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Steve Li, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies


Thursday, November 15, 2018 in CMU 218D from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series | Anissa Tanweer on Lessons Learned from Dissertation Fieldwork


Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series | Berkay Gulen on Doing Fieldwork in the Middle East


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm


WINTER QUARTER

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Hayim Katsman, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies


Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Francis Abugbilla, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Grassroots Participation in Electoral Conflict Resolution in Africa


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm


SPRING QUARTER

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

Seth Kane, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Myanmar’s political transition and peace processes


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Elena Bell, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

People–to-people diplomacy in the Circumpolar Region – a global crossroad of economic interests, political tensions, and international cooperation.