Yoshina Hurgobin is now an assistant professor of South Asian history in the Department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Before her position at Kennesaw State, Hurgobin was a postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University. Her research looks at questions of labor migration, citizenship, rights, and nationalism in the diaspora of South Asia. Her work has appeared in the journal International Labor Working-Class History and in the edited volume Histories of Medicine and Healing in The Indian Ocean World. She is currently working on a book project that examines the connections between Indian immigrant workers’ struggles for rights, their claims to citizenship, and the process of nation-making in colonial Mauritius.
U.S. Coast Guard Commander Christian Lee began his most recent assignment: as a Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Commander Lee’s selection as a U.S. Coast Guard Fellow comes after his recent graduation from the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned his M.S. degree in National Security Strategy. This is not Lee’s first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard. In a previous position, Lee served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Richard Etheridge, a 154-foot cutter ship, and its crew of 24.
Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.
More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.
Aaron Rogers is now major gifts officer with Rainforest Trust. Based out of Warrenton, Virginia, Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit organization that purchases large swathes of threatened rain forests with the goal of protecting and preserving endangered plant and animal life–with the help of local partnerships and community engagement. Before his position at Rainforest Trust, Rogers served as a nonprofit consultant at the Dreams Over Drugs Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping young adults live a life free from drug-use and addiction.
While large cities in the United States have long embraced the use of open data, most small to mid-sized do not share the same enthusiasm for universally accessible data, nor do they have the policy or technology infrastructure necessary to put in place such programs. However, city leaders in some mid-sized cities are beginning to emulate the successful open data programs of larger ones. This is the topic of a recent article by Mark J. Headd. In the article, Headd uses the example of Syracuse, N.Y, where city officials have adopted the data-driven innovation of larger cities like New York City, while participating in key strategic relationships–such as its involvement in the What Works Cities program–to utilize open data as a strategic asset to help foster innovation. Headd’s article draws from his long and successful career in the data and information technology and management fields. Currently, he is innovation specialist at Technology Transformation Service (18f). In previous positions he served as the chief data officer for the city of Philadelphia, and as a technical evangelist for the computer software firm Accela. His recent article can be found here.
Jessica Ernst has published a new book, So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development. Drawing form her career in government, nonprofits, and private companies, Ernst’s book aims to help aspiring development professionals begin their journeys into international development. Ernst has had works published in the International Affairs Review, leading industry websites, and influential donor reports, and she has traveled to 38 countries and counting. Currently, she is knowledge management and training manager with Dexis Consulting Group, working with USAID. More info about Ernst and her new book can be found at jessicakernst.wordpress.com.