Public Policy PhD Student Awarded Fulbright

Posted: May 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Maura Kelly

Kevin Fandl, a first-year doctoral student in the School of Public Policy, recently was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant that will enable him to travel to Colombia.

He’ll spend a year researching poverty reduction strategies through trade facilitation and entrepreneurial development – the topic he intends as the subject of his dissertation.

“I’ll investigate the regulatory and legal processes that small business owners who want to take advantage of the new free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia have to work through,” he says.

“I’ll examine the complexities and costs of these processes, as well as the availability of, and access to, the information those businesses need to take advantage of economic growth opportunities.”

After working through that initial stage of his research, Fandl will survey several communities in Colombia to assess how well they understand the ways they can benefit from domestic and international economic policies.

“Assuming the results are significant, I will present my conclusions and recommendations to academic leaders and government officials in an effort to devise policy reform strategies that will benefit Colombian economic growth,” he says.

Fandl, who was a practicing attorney and special assistant to the deputy director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, has also received a proposal to teach international business law at the Universidad de los Andes law school in Bogotá.

Excited about the opportunity to do research and teach in Colombia, Fandl explains, “I’ve traveled quite often to the country in the past and believe that it has great potential, both economically and socially. Yet it’s burdened with substantial poverty and is in the midst of an extended guerilla war.

“The Fulbright gives me an ideal opportunity to examine these problems firsthand and have a positive impact.”

Fandl notes that his advisor, Roger Stough, provided him with a letter of recommendation to accompany his Fulbright application; and Deirdre Moloney, coordinator of postgraduate fellowships and scholarships at Mason, made sure that his application was properly organized and submitted to the commission on time.

Fandl is a former Presidential Management Fellow.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format in SPP Currents.

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