Each year, one recent School of Public Policy PhD graduate receives the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award for their dissertation's international policy relevance and exceptional contribution to the advancement of scholarly knowledge.
Past winners have tackled a range of the world's most intractable problems from nuclear proliferation to climate change.
About the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research
The Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award is underwritten by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research, which was established in March 2012 by Marianna Yamamoto, Ph.D. '07 and Cliff Yamamoto in honor of the Japanese-Americans who served their country during World War II, in particular three brothers from Hawaii: Henry Chagami, Richard Chagami and Ronald Chagami. Spendable income from the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research provides support for dissertation research by doctoral candidates in the School of Public Policy.
Learn more about Marianna M. Yamamoto
Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Award Past Recipients
Dissertation title: Diffident Dissident: How Civil Society Influences Armed Intrastate Conflict and Political Violence
Check out an article for War on the Rocks based on O'Regan's dissertation research
Learn more about Davin O'Regan
Dissertation title: Do Intergovernmental Organizations Drive the Growth of Voluntary Cooperation on Climate Change?
Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Sapatnekar's dissertation research
Learn more about Poorti Sapatnekar
Dissertation title: Climate Change and Political Contention: A Mechanism Based Framework
Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Imran's dissertation research
Learn more about Zafar Imran
Dissertation title: The Domestic Politics of Implementation: A Case Study of U.S. Denuclearization Agreements with North Korea
Check out a CISSM working paper based on Aoki's dissertation
Learn more about Naoko Aoki
Dissertation title: Balancing Belligerents or Feeding the Beast: Transforming Conflict Traps
Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Hayden's dissertation research
Learn more about Nancy Hayden
Dissertation title: When Coercion Backfires: The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy in Iran
Learn more about Ebrahim Mohseni
Dissertation title: The Effect of Economic Condition on Civil Unrest: New Insights from Agent Based Modeling
Check out a CISSM policy brief based on Harry's dissertation research
Learn more about Charles Harry
Dissertation title: Debating Space Security: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities
Learn more about Jaganath Sankaran