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Joshua Hyman

Joshua Hyman, Ph.D., Public Policy and Economics

Alumni Spotlight: Joshua Hyman

Kyah Dubay 10/06/2017

Josh Hyman is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, so he spends the majority of his waking hours interacting with college students; however, he often wonders: how many students aren’t here that could be? And at what point do finances begin to play a detrimental role? The study of economics was always the path he knew he would take, but it was during his senior year at Tufts University that he began to narrow his focus... continue reading

Maryam Aziz

Maryam Aziz, Ph.D. Candidate, American Culture, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Maryam Aziz

Sheila Waterhouse 10/06/2017

Maryam is a 4th year candidate in American Culture. Her research looks at martial arts during the black power movement in 60s and 70s, how martial arts were used in other social movements and how we can use and learn from this to build social movements. She explains, “I wanted to look at the long history of black vets doing martial arts. It is so interesting to learn how many black movements thought martial arts were crucial and practical because of the self-defense techniques. To build safe social movements, many leaders thought these... continue reading

Neill Mohammad talking to group of people

Neill Mohammad, Ph.D., Political Science

Alumni Spotlight: Neill Mohammad

Kyah Dubay 09/06/2017

Whether he’s on the campaign trail, advocating for hospitals in rural Illinois, or offering advice for Rackham graduate students, one question guides Neill Mohammad’s day-to-day work: How can he use his experiences to help others? It was in November 2016 that Neill considered running for public office for the first time since he tossed his hat in the ring for fifth-grade class treasurer. As a Rackham graduate student, Neill was drawn to political science because of the practical side of the discipline- the side that would allow... continue reading

Sarah Gutin, Ph.D. Student, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Research Award

Sarah Gutin, Ph.D. Student, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Research Award

Student Spotlight: Sarah Gutin

Sheila Waterhouse 09/01/2017

In her undergraduate years at U-M, Sarah felt a calling towards public health but didn’t know what aspect was the right fit for her, until she took a women’s reproductive health course, that’s when she knew. She hasn’t looked back. Being a good researcher, she put her new passion to the test by interning at a women’s health advocacy group in Washington DC. “I loved every minute of it. I proved to myself this is what I wanted to do.” Sarah knew she wanted to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. She applied and was accepted broadly,... continue reading