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 2020-2021

Ashley GomezAshley Gomez

Ashley Gomez Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health

Ms. Gomez's research focuses on the lived-experiences of entrepreneurial, migrant Latinas - who are business owners in Providence, RI and the Greater New York City area. Many of these women also work as direct care workers (DCWs). Through qualitative interviews; she will explore how entrepreneurial Latinas have been able to develop these businesses, despite being resource-constrained, perceptions about their own health, how their health is influenced by their occupations, and how various social determinants of health influence their well-being. The interviews will also examine how Covid-19 has impacted these entrepreneurs’ health, businesses and work conditions. Ms. Gomez aims to advocate for social and economic policy and contribute to discourse related to ethnic entrepreneurship, bricolage entrepreneurship, and the health of migrants.

Ieva ZumbyteIeva Zumbyte

Ieva Zumbyte, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

Ieva’s dissertation examines the role of universal public childcare in women’s decisions about employment and entrepreneurship in Chennai, India. The first part of the study uses an original household survey to investigate the relationship between public childcare and women’s work type. In the second part, Ieva will conduct in-depth interviews with self-employed mothers, both users and non-users of public childcare, to understand how women make decisions about childcare and entrepreneurship, and which motivates which. This project contributes to our understanding of how public childcare, a key social welfare institution, affects women’s choice of work, entrepreneurship and economic mobility more broadly.


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

Applications for the 2021-22 acdemic year will be accepted beginning in April 2021. To apply submit the following by June 1, 2021 by 5:00 pm via email to [email protected] with Hazeltine Fellowship Proposal 2021-22 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
Ashley Gomez, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D. Health of Entrepreneurial Migrant Latina Direct Care Workers 2021
Ieva Zymbyte, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology Patrick Heller, Ph.D. Public Childcare, Women’s Work and Entrepreneurship 2021
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