Scholarship Opportunities for PPPA Students

Gilman International Scholarship

Are you planning to study or intern abroad in the winter or spring? Are you also a Pell Grant recipient? If so, take a look at the Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman is a merit-based, competitive scholarship that provides funding for students with significant financial need to study or intern abroad. National Deadline: October 4, 2016

 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Opportunity to work on peace and security issues in a full-time, funded 6-9 month internship at nonprofit, public-interest organizations in Washington D.C. Find out more on the program website. National Deadline: October 5, 2016

 Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Highly selective fellowship that supports up to two years of graduate study in any field for new Americans who demonstrate creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. More information is on the program website. National Deadline: November 1, 2016

New Human Rights Course Offered this Fall

human rightsIs torture ever legal?  Is poverty a violation of human rights?  Who is responsible when terrorists violate rights?  This fall quarter, PPPA offers an advanced course on the law and politics of international human rights by engaging these and other fundamental questions.  Taught by Dr. Elizabeth Bruchs, T LAW 424 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights (M/W 1:30) offers in-depth examination of core rights protected by international and regional human rights treaties, and the mechanisms for enforcing those rights. Students will develop research and writing skills by engaging in projects focused on contemporary human rights controversies – climate change and environmental rights, indigenous groups and minority rights, and migration and refugee flows.  The class will also make use of documentary films, practitioner perspectives, and a UWT colloquium on human rights held on campus this October, which covers immigration and cosmopolitanism. The course is designated as a W (writing) course, and PPPA students may also use it to meet their capstone requirement.  Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Bruch ( for additional information.

Introducing New Assistant Professor Justin Beaudoin

New faculty member Justijustinn Beaudoin is coming to PPPA from Colgate University, where he spent the 2015-16 academic year as a visiting faculty member after completing his PhD at the University of California, Davis in 2015. Justin obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at UC Davis, he worked for two years as an economic consultant in Toronto, Canada, with an emphasis on projects relating to transportation issues for the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments.

Justin’s research primarily focuses on regional economic issues related to transportation and the environment. His dissertation focused on evaluating the effect of public transit investments on traffic congestion and air quality. One theme of this line of research is how public infrastructure investment decisions are affected by other related government policies and regulations that are in place. In the future, Justin plans to continue researching transportation and the associated environmental aspects, while also integrating other urban economic issues such as housing markets and land-use effects. Justin is particularly excited about UWT’s role as an urban-serving university and the potential for integrating his research with questions of interest to local residents and policymakers.