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. 

Hazeltine Fellows 2019-2020

Rui CarvalhoRui Carvalho
Rui Carvalho, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology


His dissertation project deploys a multi-method, comparative design to investigate how race and racism influence migration outcomes. Viewing race as socially and politically constructed, and migration as a multilayered process, he asks how ethno-racial identities are transformed during migration processes, how race and racism shape the incorporation and the networks of migrants, and how all these outcomes are shaped by differences in macro-level contexts (e.g. regulatory frameworks and systems of racial stratification) and meso-level factors (e.g. immigrant businesses and other organizations). These questions are addressed by looking comparatively at one ethno-racially diverse immigrant group in two metropolitan areas: Brazilians in Boston (Massachusetts, United States) and Lisbon (Portugal). 

A. NIcole KreisbergA. NIcole Kreisberg

A. Nicole Kreisberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Her dissertation examines whether and why employers in new versus established firms differentially screen job seekers based on their immigration status. The first part of the dissertation involves an original field experiment which examines whether immigration status affects job seekers’ employment opportunities. In the second part, she surveys and interviews employers to determine why they make the decisions they do: is it the firms’ legal and organizational context, or is it employers’ own attitudes that help explain their decisions? This dissertation is important to evaluate the success of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and it will have important lessons for hiring policies in entrepreneurial and established organizations alike.

Kristen McNeillKristen McNeill

Kristen McNeill, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Kristen's dissertation examines the role of loan officers as gatekeepers of access to credit for microentrepreneurs. Using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods with a microcredit provider in Colombia, this project investigates how loan officers evaluate who is creditworthy, how non-financial factors shape judgments about financial responsibility, and how these evaluations are affected by the gender of the loan officer and the microentrepreneur. This project expands beyond the usual frame of analysis for gender and microcredit – the entrepreneur and their household – to analyze the gendered processes by which resources reach the entrepreneur through the discretionary work of loan officers. 


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 2021.

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 June 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm via email to [email protected] with Hazeltine Fellowship Proposal 2020-21 in the subject line:

  1.  Your most current CV.
  2.  A written proposal, no longer than 5 pages in length which should include the scope of your proposed research a budget and timeline.
Recipient, Title (at time of award) Faculty Sponsor Research Topic Award Year
Rui Carvalho, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Leah VanWay, Ph.D. Laura Lopez Sanders, Ph.D. The Colors of Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Racism and the Entrepreneurship of Brazilians in Boston and Lisbon 2020
A. Nicole Kreisberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Margot Jackston, Ph.D. The hiring Prospects of Latinos in Entrepreneurial firms 2020
Kristen McNeill, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Andrew Schrank, Ph.D. Genered Evaluations, Generered Effects: A Bank-to-Houshold Approach to Studying Gender and Credit 2020
Elizabeth Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Mark Suchman, Ph.D. Autonomy Disrupted: Professions’ Perception of Autonomy Following the Implementation of an Electronic Health Record 2019
Xiaoqian (Clare) Wan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Daniel Hirschman, Ph.D. African Entrepreneurs in China 2019
Emily Wanderer, Master's Candidate in Integrative Studies - Social Justice & Organizational Development Michael Kennedy, Ph.D., Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D. Understanding Diversity and Inclusion in Social-Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 2019
Felipe Brugués, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Jesse Shapiro, Ph.D. Rafael LaPorta, Ph.D. Multi-firm Entrepreneurs in Developing Economies 2018
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” 2018
Kathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies Steven Lubar, Ph.D. “Doctrine of the Skull: Phrenology and Public Culture in Antebellum America” 2018
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” 2017
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? 2017
Jeongbin Kim, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Louis Putterman, Ph.D. Corporate Social responsibility and Quality of Performance of Employees: An online Field Experiment 2016
Johnnie Lotesta, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Josh Pacewitz, Ph.D. The Political Entrepreneurship of Right to Work 2016
Alicia Maggard, Ph.D. Candidate in History Seth Rockman, Ph.D. Technology, Society and the State in the Steamboat Era 2016
Morgan Hardy,  Ph.D Candidate in Economics Andrew Foster Information Diffusion in a Competitive Environment: Experimental Evidence from garment makers in Ghana 2015
Jeongbin Kim,  Ph.D Candidate in Economics Louis Putterman Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality of performance of Employees: An Online field Experiment 2015
Lindsay Schakenback Regele, Ph.D. Candidate in History Seth Rockman Manufacturing Advantage: War, State and the Origins of American Industrialization 2015
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?” 2014
Heather Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies Robert Lee, Ph.D. “Creation of a Database on Historical Chinese Restaurants in the United States” 2014
Gareth Olds, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Kenneth Chay, Ph.D. “Entrepreneurship and the Social Safety Net” 2014
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” 2013
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” 2012
Mim Plavin, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Mark Suchman, Ph.D. “Making the Imagined Real: How Institutional Entrepreneurs Transform Public Spaces” 2012
Yong Suk Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Vern Henderson, Ph.D. “The Impact of Entrepreneurship on Local Economic Growth” 2012
Tomislav Ladika, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Ivo Welch, Ph.D. “Do investors provide managers with effective incentives?” 2011
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” 2011
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” 2010
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” 2010
Abdel G. Mustafa, Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering 2009