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.

2020-2021 Schedule

All Bridge Lab talks will be held on zoom and links will be sent out a week before the talk. Download a printable schedule.

Fall Quarter

Friday, October 9, 2020 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Op-Ed Publishing

Daniel Bessner, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Student Presentation

Ryan Zielonka, Ph.D. Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Student Presentation

Bernard Loesi, Ph.D. Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Friday, December 4, 2020 | 1:30-2:30 pm | Work-Life Balance

Jessica Beyer, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Sara Curran, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies


Winter Quarter

Wednesday, January 13, 2020 | TBD | Student Presentation

Katie Gonser, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | TBD | Photography & Documentary

Daniel Hoffman, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | TBD | Student Presentation

Andy Bunnell, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, February 24, 2020 | TBD | Publishing in Academia

Mika Ahuvia, Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Robert Pekkanen, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies


Spring Quarter

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | TBD| Student Presentation

Hwayoung (Lauren) Lee, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 |TBD | Student Presentation

Trung-Anh Nguyen, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | TBD | Student Presentation

Lucas Olson, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | TBD | Social Relationships & Community in Academia

Sabine Lang, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Tony Lucero, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Devin Naar, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

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