2019 Recipients

Kaia DeMatteo

Kaia DeMatteo

PhD Candidate in Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Kaia DeMatteo is a PhD Candidate in Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She recently spent one year in Tanzania as a Boren Fellow studying Swahili and working on her dissertation fieldwork. Kaia has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as an EFL Lecturer in the United States and South Korea, and as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Kaia earned a Masters of Education in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her research interests include global and cultural studies, comparative and international education, community engagement, language learning, social change, and indigenous knowledge.

Rosa Bella M. Quindoza

Rosa Bella M. Quindoza

Faculty member, PUP Department of Communication Research College of Communication, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Rosa Bella M. Quindoza is a faculty member at the PUP Department of Communication Research College of Communication and is also currently engaged as researcher/writer/consultant for projects of various civil society organizations and a local government unit. She has academic training in political science, communication research as well as cognate courses in Asian studies, and community development. Her research interests include political communication, environmental communication, intercultural communication, development and human rights advocacy research. Lala has previously been involved in regional studies and publications on democracy index, election violence, electoral challenges and human rights in Asia.

Dillon Boss

Dillon Boss

Utah Valley University, USA

Dillon Boss is a graduate of the Department of History and Political Science at Utah Valley University, where he emphasized in metropolitan history and broader socio-political studies in American contexts. As a champion of interdisciplinary scholarship in all its varieties and renditions, Dillon has written and presented on a number of major research topics ranging from the condition and perception of towns and communities, the politics of religious socialization, consumer culture, the ethics of machine gambling, and the history of locomotion. When not reading or writing, Dillon can be found on a motorcycle exploring the backroads of the American West.

​Susan J. Eddington

​Susan J. Eddington

Fielding Graduate University, USA

Susan J. Eddington is a PhD candidate and scholar-practitioner in the field of media psychology. An award-winning marketing and management consultant and accredited public relations counselor, her practice includes communications strategy, communications research, content development, and immersive media approaches to affect attitudes and encourage pro-social behavior. Her research interests include media representations, media effects, inter-group relations, diversity and inclusion, social identity, criminal justice, health and well-being, identity formation, media literacy, leadership development, political persuasion and sustainability.

Smangele Nkosingiphile Shandu

Smangele Nkosingiphile Shandu

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ms Smangele Nkosingiphile Shandu is PhD candidate and a lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Criminology and Forensic Studies Discipline (CFSD), she offers Criminalistics: Crime scene investigation (CFSD201). Ms Shandu previously taught Correctional Theory and Practice (CFSD304) and Introduction to Criminal Justice (CFSD101). She is a qualified Social Worker registered with the South African Council for Social Service Profession (SACSSP). She has attended local conferences and published research articles related to her specialisations. To date (2019), she is also employed by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services as an Independent Correctional Centre Visitor under Pietermaritzburg ‘Medium A’ Correctional Centre of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) attending to complaints and requests of inmates.

In Their Words

The emerging scholar community is an awesome community and the friendships gained will surely stay with us and be helpful in both professional and personal terms."

Bria Yifei Yan, 2017 Awardee

It is the perfect space to meet and expose several ideas and projects and also get opinions and comments from wonderful people. There is no research without perspective and dialogue and this congress opens an invaluable window to do it."

Silvia Agreda, 2014 Awardee

I observed a variety of different presentation styles and learned about topics within, involving, and outside of my discipline. I also learned about organizing a conference and chairing panels on a much larger scale than previous experiences I have had."

Tuulia Law, 2014 Awardee