CISSM graduate assistant Zafar Imran was selected from among 4,000 graduate students to receive an All-S.T.A.R. fellowship awarded by the University of Maryland's Graduate School. The fellowship comes with a $10,000 award to be used in support of Imran's doctoral studies.
Imran's dissertation examines the relationships between climate change, resource scarcity, and civil conflict, with a particular focus on these dynamics in Pakistan. He presented some of his research in a 2012 CISSM Working Paper, "Climate Change and its Impact on the Political Dynamics of Pakistan." Prior to pursuing his doctorate at the School of Public Policy, Imran worked as a research fellow at the Middle East Institute’s Center for Pakistan Studies. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
All-S.T.A.R. fellowships are intended to honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. The Graduate School selected 1 or 2 students from each college or school on campus.