William Polf ’71 MA (Hist)/’73 PhD (Hist) wins award for short story

POlfWilliam Polf wrote a short story titled “Banjo” that was published in the North Carolina Literary Review Online. The story won second place in the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction competition. “Banjo” was also among the top three winners of Short Story America’s 2017 fiction awards. Read the story on this webpage. Previously Polf was senior vice president of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Ynesse Abdul-Malak ’13 MA (Soc) ’17 PhD (Soc) joins research institute on campus

Ynesse_Abdul-Malak-200Ynesse Abdul-Malak is postdoctoral fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University. The BBI advances the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Abdul-Malak’s work examines factors that impact the inclusion of people with disabilities in education and employment.  For more information see the press release.

Haley Swedlund ’07 MA (PSc)/’11 PhD (PSc) writes book on foreign aid

0Haley Swedlund wrote the book The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid published by Cornell University Press. The book offers policymakers insights on successful donor-recipient relationships, and is based on hundreds of interviews with key decision-makers in donor agencies and recipient governments. Swedlund is assistant professor in the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University in the Netherlands.


Yasmin Ortiga ’13 MA (Soc)/’15 PhD (Soc) writes book on emigration in the Philippines

alum-news-buttonOrtiga_cropYasmin Ortiga recently wrote a new book entitled “Emigration, Employability and Higher Education in the Philippines.” The book, which is based on her dissertation, was published as part of the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education series. The book examines the challenges that labor emigration has put on the Filipino higher education system. Ortiga is currently a lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

Philip Church ’05 MA (PA) elected to N.Y. State Association of Counties

alum-news-buttonPhilip_ChurchPhilip Church was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). The mission of the NYSAC is to represent, educate and advocate for 57 member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials in Albany, N.Y. and Washington. Previously, Church worked as a purchasing director, executive assistant to the county administrator and public information coordinator for the county of Oswego, N.Y. For more information about his recent posting, click here.

Alexander Rossino ’92 MA (Hist) / ’99 PhD (Hist) publishes novel about the Civil War

alum-news-buttonSixDaysSept_LRGAlexander Rossino has published Six Days in September with Savas Beatie, a publisher of historical titles of distinction. The book is a historical novel based on true events that occurred in the Civil War, specifically General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign of 1862. Previously Rossino has published extensively on WWII, Germany, and the Holocaust including the 2003 book Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity from the University Press of Kansas. For more information about Rossino’s new book, click here.

Maddy Hamlin ’17 MPA/MA (Geog) is fellow at public housing nonprofit


Maddy Hamlin is the 2017 Polikoff-Gautreaux fellow with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest nonprofit (BPI). BPI advocates on behalf of public housing projects, and works to reform the Chicago public education and criminal justice systems. For more information about the BPI, click here. Maddy recently contributed an article about her work to CityLab, a webmagazine hosted by The Atlantic. To read her article, click here.