PhD 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


2017-2018 SCHEDULE

For 2017-2018, The Bridge Lab will be coordinated by second year student, Pinar Ulumaskan.  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

Thursday October 5, 2017 in HUB 307

Joel Migdal, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Writing blogs to communicate with academia and the public


Tuesday October 10, 2017 in Savery 409

Reşat Kasaba, Director and Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Writing op-eds and interacting with the media


Wednesday October 18, 2017 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Matthew Adeiza, PhD Candidate, Department of Communication

The Joys and Challenges of Doing Fieldwork in a Presidential Campaign


Tuesday October 31, 2017 in Savery 409

Megan Zebert-Judd, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Informal Catholic politics in the US Mexico Borderlands


Wednesday November 15, 2017 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Matthew Powers, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

What Interviews are Good For


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Savery 409 from 11:30-12:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Allison Anderson, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Technology and Gender in the Arab World


WINTER QUARTER

Wednesday January 17, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Emily Kalah Gade, Postdoctoral Fellow, eScience Institute

Connection and Resistance: Examining the Impact of Checkpoints on Civilian Support for Militancy


Wednesday January 31, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

Pinar Ulumaskan, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Kurdish Diaspora Activism in Germany


Wednesday February 21, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Emily Willard, PhD Candidate, Jackson School of International Studies

Collaborative Research in the Social Sciences: Lessons Learned from Field Work in Guatemala


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 11:30-12:30 pm

William Lavely, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Publishing in academia


SPRING QUARTER

Wednesday April 4, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

Rachel Rothenberg, PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies

Family life in Hindu nationalist ideologies


Wednesday April 11, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Sarah Dreier, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

British Control and Targeted Violence: A Systematic Archive Analysis of State Choices to Violate the Rights of its Citizens


Wednesday April 25, 2018 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Christian Novetzke, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Celia Lowe, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Attending and presenting at academic conferences


Wednesday May 9, 2018 in Thomson 317 from 12:30-1:30 pm

QUAL Speaker Series

Alexes Harris, Professor, Department of Sociology

Researching Monetary Sanctions: Courts, People and Court Data