Dine Around Past Presenters

Meet our Spring 2015 Dine Around Speakers!

Jess Clayton

Jess Clayton holds a MSc from the London School of Economic and Political Science in the Political Economy of European Integration and a MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to a BA in European History and German language from Wittenberg University in Ohio. Prior to beginning work on her PhD in International Relations, Jess worked as a European regulatory consultant in Washington, DC, where she specialized in the analysis of German, Swiss and European chemical and environmental legislation. She is also the co-author and editor of a textbook on European integration entitled: The Student’s Guide to European Integration (Polity Press, 2004). Jess’s doctoral thesis explores the relationship between international inter-governmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations, using a mixed methodological approach and data gathered from an original survey of IGOs designed and administered in 2012. Her research interests also include the role played by interest groups in the development of EU environmental legislation, member state compliance with EU legislation, and the effect of EU economic and diplomatic sanctions on human rights in Africa.

Saili Kulkarni

Saili S. Kulkarni is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Her research focuses on special education teacher beliefs and intersections of race and ability. Saili is in her final year at UW-Madison and hopes to work in the academic setting as faculty member in a teaching oriented university. Saili is the former program coordinator for the Multicultural Graduate Network and is finishing her dissertation with the support of the Arvil S. Barr Graduate Fellowship through the School of Education. Saili also works as a national scorer for the edTPA assessment for new teachers. In addition to her research and scholarly pursuits, Saili plays co-recreational indoor and outdoor soccer, and enjoys singing showtunes.

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