Recent Ph.D. Graduates
David E. Merrell earned his Ph.D. in Winter 2013. His dissertation is entitled: Normative Pluralism in Kyrgyzstan: National, Community, and Individual Perspectives. This dissertation traces: 1) how the "Ittipak" Uyghur Society of Kyrgyzstan maintains an Uyghur-based social order on the national level in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, 2) how a group of Uyghurs in one community in Northern Kyrgyzstan reject that order, 3) and how one Uyghur Muslim woman seeks to shape the normative order of bride kidnapping in her community.
Linda Yanti Sulistiawati earned her Ph.D. in Spring 2013. Her dissertation is entitled: REDD+ Issues Influence in Indonesia’s Regulatory Process Case studies: UNREDD Indonesia, REDD Plus Project Indonesia-Norway. This dissertation explains the institutional networking of REDD+ related laws and institutions in Indonesia, as well as how donor funding plays a role in the issues. The dissertation employed empirical research methods, involving 2 case studies of REDD+ donor projects in 5 REDD+ related regulatory agencies in Indonesia--the involvement and ownership of the regulatory agencies were measured as well as the external pressures of donor projects in the case studies.
Tao-Chou (Paul) Chang earned his Ph.D. in Summer 2013. His dissertation is entitled: A Model or a Symbol? Criminal IP Judicial Reforms of Taiwan under U.S. Special 301. His dissertation examines the criminal intellectual property (IP) judicial reforms of Taiwan
under the U.S. Special 301 framework. It found that domestic judges’ lenient sentences for IP infringements were unchanged by the judicial reforms because the increase in judicial independence weakened the impact of the judicial reforms, and local judicial culture reinforced the existing sentencing patterns.