Alumna Mala Kumar Launches Book: “The Paths of Marriage”

Mala KumarMala Kumar is a 2010 M.A. international affairs graduate of the GPIA program, concentrating in development. During her time at The New School, she co-founded the student organization, Association for International Development [AID], and was an India China Institute student fellow. After graduating, she worked as a Programme Officer on the African Risk Capacity of the UN World Food Programme. Mala’s first book, The Paths of Marriage, is scheduled to be released on 1 October 2014. The novel is about three generations of women from 1950s India to present-day NYC, and their battles of discrimination from the outside world and from each other.



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Alumni in the News: Jenny Rejeske quoted in the New York Times

Alumna Jenny Rejeske was recently quoted in the New York Times. In response to the Obama administration’s announcement that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Jenny said, “It is unduly harsh to terminate coverage while there are still technical problems with the federal system for verifying citizenship and immigration status. And there has not been adequate notice to people who speak languages other than English and Spanish.”

Jenny graduated from the Nonprofit Management program in 2008. She currently works as a health policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center.



Dr. Erin McCandles Publishes in “Building Peace”

IMG_0481Dr. McCandless has recently published a short piece on “Non-state Actors and Competing Sources of Legitimacy in Conflict-Affected Settings,” in the “Latest Insights” section of “Building Peace” – an online forum for peace and security hosted by the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

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This short piece summarizes research that Dr. McCandless, with the support of New School GPIA students and former students, undertook in the lead up to an important United Nations workshop on the social contract in fragile and conflict states in January of this year. Zoe Meroney, Darya Shaikh, Nicolas Rodriguez, Laurent Nicourt, Lilia Minkox, and Ayu Rahmawati engaged in this research.

Dr. McCandless will continue developing this research with Studley grant support, in the form of a book and policy dialogue project, being undertaken with the University of Denver, and in alliance with the United Nations Development Program.



Alumna Spotlight: Mary E. Robbins

fotoAlumna Marry E. Robbins recently co-authored an article for the Huffington Post on violence against women in post world cup Rio. The article, entitled In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues, points to increasing incedence and continual patterns of rape and sexual violence in Brazil, and suggests better responses from the justice sector and increased prevention efforts are the keys to reducing the trend.

Mary is a graduate of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs and a Program Officer at Instituto Promundo.



Faculty Spotlight: Professor Erin McCandless

International Affairs part-time faculty member Dr. Erin McCandlessIMG_0481 will be participating this week in an Experts Roundtable on “Fostering Resilience in Situations of Fragility and Conflict”. The meeting is being convened by UNDP, UNICEF and Interpeace on September 18-19 at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Gathering scholars, practitioners and policymakers, from around the world, the meeting aims to deepen and advance understanding about resilience of communities, sectors and systems to conflict, and the roles of the international community in fostering resilience.

Dr. McCandless is presenting the framing keynote talk for event, where she will examine the status of debates and questions driving thinking, practice and policy around resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, as well as gaps and challenges, to catalyze the two days of discussions.

Erin McCandless is a specialist in peacebuilding and development with over fifteen years of experience working in areas of integrated programme design and management, policy development and advising, research, writing and publishing, teaching and training. Over nine years of experience in conflict and post-conflict recovery contexts globally, with in-depth experience in Africa. Areas of specialization include: peacebuilding and development related strategic frameworks, conflict sensitivity, inter-agency and UN Mission coordination, civil-society-government and donor relations, governance related capacity-building, addressing post-conflict war economy challenges, poverty reduction strategy processes, evaluation methods – in particular peace, conflict impact assessment related.


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