The Kalmanovitz Initiative is thankful for the work of Nicky DuBois, Janine Duffy, and Connor Myers as our student researchers this year. We invite you to read more about Nicky, Janine, and Connor and their respective projects.
Nicky DuBois (COL ’16) is from Akron, Ohio. She is double majoring in Government and Justice and Peace Studies and minoring in Economics. Nicky is currently interning in the labor policy office of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). In the past, she worked as an Organizing Fellow with Obama for America in Ohio in the summer and Virginia in the fall of 2012. Nicky’s fellowship paper examines recent attempts at implementing right-to-work legislation in Ohio in light of the state’s 1958 failed right-to-work attempt as well as attacks on collective bargaining in 2011’s Senate Bill 5 fight. During her project, she gathered information through archival research as well as through personal interviews with several union leaders. Click here to view Nicky’s final paper.
Janine Duffy (SFS ’14) is from Boca Raton, Florida, and is studying Culture and Politics with a concentration in international migration. In her time at Georgetown, she has been active in Center for Social Justice programs like UNICEF-Georgetown and Alternative Spring Break and has participated in the KI’s Day Laborer Exchange Program. For her fellowship project, Janine worked with Tenants and Workers United in Alexandria, VA, to collect the oral histories of area taxi drivers. View a compilation of her research here.
Connor (SFS ’14) was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he spent the first ten years of his life before moving to Salem, Oregon. He is majoring in International Political Economy. In order to pay for his college education, Connor has worked over 15 different jobs over the past few years, ranging from a custodial position at the university cafeteria to a junior analyst position with the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. Connor first became involved with the Kalmanovitz Initiative to help improve the working conditions for his former co-workers at the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall. In 2013, Connor was selected to become a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Scholarship Foundation. He will be serving in the Department of State’s Foreign Service upon completion of a two-year master’s program. For his fellowship project, Connor conducted a case study on Apple Inc. and studied the impact of the consumer electronics industry on labor rights issues abroad. His paper reports on the challenges the industry has faced, as well as the recent progress it has made and proposes some policy recommendations for moving forward. Click here to view Connor’s final paper.