Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Making a Difference
by Nancy Kirsch
Michelle Jurkovich, a political scientist and an expert on the politics of hunger, will soon depart for Washington, D.C., as a recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) highly competitive Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the prestigious journal Science.
During her one-year AAAS fellowship, Jurkovich, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will work in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace to help develop new metrics to measure and identify U.S.-run emergency food aid operations’ successes and failures. She will observe USAID operations in rural communities in several nations and contribute to the Office of Food for Peace’s gender and youth portfolio.