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 2018-2019

Elizabeth Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate in SociologyElizabeth Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Elizabeth Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
(Organizations: Occupations, Medical Sociology, Law) 


Elizabeth Brennan's dissertation will examine the impact of a disruptive technology, the electronic health record (EHR), across the organizational field of healthcare. The project will primarily examine how the EHR, as a disruptive technology, impacts perceptions of autonomy both across and within three professions: physicians, administrators, and health information technologists. This case also presents an opportunity to examine entrepreneurship both in the creation of the new EHR industry/market, as well as the interplay between entrepreneurial health information technologists and the clinical and administrative users of EHRs. 

Xiaoqian (Clare) Wan, Ph.D. Candidate in SociologyXiaoqian (Clare) Wan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Xiaoqian (Clare) Wan, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology 
(Urban Marginalization, Urban Studies, Social Inequity)


Clare Wan is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the sociology department with an interest in transnational entrepreneurship, urban development, and racial relations in the global context. She is exploring the living experience of the African migrant traders in multiple cities of China in terms of their identities, business strategies, and relationships with local state and economic actors. The current project facilitated by Hazeltine Fellowship looks at how the global racial norms intersect with different local political-economic contexts of the Chinese cities and produce the contrasting living experience of the African traders. And on the flip side, how traders who experience racialization resist and contest. Starting from here, she hopes her dissertation can depict a more complete transnational and informal entrepreneurial process that connect the livelihoods of immigrant Africans in the developed world with the African traders and the Chinese laborers residing in China. 


Emily Wanderer, Masters CandidateEmily Wanderer, Masters Candidate
Emily Wanderer, Master's Candidate in Integrative Studies 
(Integrative Studies, Organizational Development , Social Justice) 


Emily Wanderer is a practitioner of social enterprise development at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, RI where she currently serves as the COO. The Hazeltine Fellowship will facilitate research about equity in social enterprise entrepreneurial support organizations (SE-ESOs) in U.S. cities. SE-ESOs control necessary resources, networks, and cultures for entrepreneurial success. Thus, these SE-ESOs have the potential to exacerbate or curtail existing gender and racial inequities in entrepreneurship through their organizational systems, processes, and practices. The research is guided by the question: "How do SE-ESOs provide support and resources to women and minority social entrepreneurs?" Professors Banu Ozkazanc-Pan and Michael Kennedy, and an advisory council support the structure and direction of the research. 


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 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm via email to [email protected] with Hazeltine Fellowship Proposal 2019-20 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.


Recipient, Title (at time of award) Faculty Sponsor Research Topic Award Year
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