Graduate Research | Hazeltine Fellowships

BEO is proud to support graduate research related to entrepreneurship. Since 2009, BEO has administered grants to Brown graduate students through the Hazeltine Fellowship for entrepreneurship research by graduate students who are either collaborating with faculty or under the guidance of a faculty member. The Hazeltine Fellowship may fund dissertation-related research or provide seed funds for initiating a new topic of research with a faculty member. 
Up to three fellowships are awarded each year to promising Ph.D. and master’s students enrolled at Brown.

Current Hazeltine Fellows

Felipe Brugués, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Felipe's research explores the role of multi-firm entrepreneurs in the Ecuadorian economy, and assess how their decisions benefit society by examining their pricing, supply chain, and investment decisions. As a Hazeltine Fellow, he hopes to uncover the source of efficiencies in order to provide insights for policy-making and future entrepreneurs. 

Ann Daly, Ph.D. Candidate in HistoryAnn Daly, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Ann Daly focuses her studies on 19th-century capitalism and US history. Her dissertation explores the manufacture of the dollar and the origins of the US mint in the antebellum US. As a Hazeltine Fellow and Summer Scholar, she will examine the relationship between mining entrepreneurs and government institutions in the gold fields of Georgia in order to understand how mining entrepreneurs managed their capital, negotiated federal regulations, and outsourced the crucial work of refining gold and making money to government institutions. 


Kathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. Candidate in American StudiesKathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. Candidate in American StudiesKathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies
Her focus is 19th-century American history, with an emphasis on the history of science and material culture. For her dissertation, Kathrinne is exploring the business of phrenology: a controversial and influential science of the mind that gave rise to new ideas about the self in the antebellum United States. With summer funding from the Nelson Center and the Hazeltine Fellowship, Kathrinne is traveling to archives to research the work and impact of phrenological entrepreneurs.


In terms of substance, the Fellowship’s purpose is to advance the study of entrepreneurship on the graduate level at Brown University. Proposed projects should include a section that explicitly addresses the expected impact of the project. This could vary from a final-stage deliverable such as a Ph.D. dissertation or publication to an earlier-stage outcome such as the presentation of work in a seminar or lecture. Under either option, funded students are expected to disseminate their work and make presentations before the BEO faculty in late spring of 2019.

To advance BEO’s goals, the faculty review committee will give priority to proposals that are interdisciplinary. Awards in past years have averaged between $5,000-8,000.

The proposal should explicitly link the graduate student and one or more faculty members and be submitted jointly, reflecting either independent research carried out under faculty supervision or the exploration of a new research field with a faculty member.

To Apply

Submit the following by May 20, 2018 via email to with Hazeltine Fellowship Proposal 2018-19 in the subject line:

  1.  Your most current CV.
  2.  A written proposal, no longer than 5 pages in length.
  3.  A budget indicating the expenses directly linked to performing the research.
  4.  A draft timeline of the proposed research stages and related expenses.


Hazeltine Fellows | Archive

Recipient, Title (at time of award)

Faculty Sponsor

Research Topic

Award Year

Felipe Brugués, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Jesse Shapiro, Ph.D. Rafael LaPorta, Ph.D.

Multi-firm Entrepreneurs in Developing Economies


Ann Daly, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Seth Rockman, Ph.D.

“Engines of Growth: American mining Firms and the U.S. Min in 19thC America”


Kathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies

Steven Lubar, Ph.D.

“Doctrine of the Skull: Phrenology and Public Culture in Antebellum America”


Jennifer Bouek, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Josh Pacewicz, Ph.D.

“The Markets of Child Care – Studying the Dynamic Conditions under which Entrepreneurial Daycare Ventures are Founded and Variant Childcare Markets Emerge”


Hannah Marshall, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology

Sarah Bestky, Ph.D. Mark Suchman, Ph.D.

“Entrepreneurial Justice Female Ugandan Ex-prisoners in European-funded Entrepreneurship Training Programs?


Jeongbin Kim, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Louis Putterman, Ph.D.

Corporate Social responsibility and Quality of Performance of Employees: An online Field Experiment


Johnnie Lotesta, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Josh Pacewitz, Ph.D.

The Political Entrepreneurship of Right to Work


Alicia Maggard, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Seth Rockman, Ph.D.

Technology, Society and the State in the Steamboat Era


Elizabeth Bennet, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

Mark Blythe, Ph.D. Gianpaolo Giaocchi, Ph.D. Nina Tannenwald, Ph.D.

“Fair Trade Enterprise: Collaborative or Exclusive Leadership?”


Heather Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies

Robert Lee, Ph.D.

“Creation of a Database on Historical Chinese Restaurants in the United States”


Gareth Olds, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Kenneth Chay, Ph.D.

“Entrepreneurship and the Social Safety Net”


Aisalkyn Botoeva, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Mark Suchman, Ph.D.

“The Islamic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? How Hybrid Forms of Financial Enterprises Enter New Markets”


Nicholas Coleman, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Ross Levine, Ph.D.

The interaction between the government and private enterprises, specifically on government banks in Brazil during the recent financial crisis.

2012, 2013

Jacob Goldston, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Kaivan Munshi, Ph.D.

“The Impact of Local Politicians in Microlending”


Mim Plavin, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Mark Suchman, Ph.D.

“Making the Imagined Real: How Institutional Entrepreneurs Transform Public Spaces”


Yong Suk Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Vern Henderson, Ph.D.

“The Impact of Entrepreneurship on Local Economic Growth”


Tomislav Ladika, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Ivo Welch, Ph.D.

“Do investors provide managers with effective incentives?”


Ishani Tiwari, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

David Weil, Ph.D.

“Is Small Beautiful? An Evaluation of India’s product reservation policy for small-scale enterprises”


Todd Bridges, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Mark Suchman, Ph.D.

“The Contracting Universe: The Role of Law Firms in the Development of Venture capital Financing Practices in Silicon Valley”


Batsaikhan Mongoljian, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Andrew Foster, Ph.D.

“The Contracting Universe: The Role of Law Firms in the Development of Venture capital Financing Practices in Silicon Valley”


Abdel G. Mustafa, Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering