Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy

Global Development and Sustainability Concentration

Afia Adaboh, PhD student in the Global Development and Sustainability Concentration

Afia Adaboh

Afia Adaboh is a doctoral student in the Global Health and Sustainability concentration at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Hadi Kahalzadeh, PhD student in the Global Development and Sustainability Concentration

Hadi Kahalzadeh

Hadi Kahalzadeh is a PhD candidate in the Global Development and Sustainability concentration and PhD fellow at the Crown Center for the Middle East Studies.  He studies the impact of economic sanctions on Iran’s social welfare particularly poverty, inequality, and vulnerability in Iran. He holds an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis, an MA in energy economics from the Islamic Azad University, and a BA in economics from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. Prior to joining the PhD program, Kahalzadeh worked as an economist with the Department of Economic and Social Planning in the Social Security Organization of Iran (SSO) for eight years. He also served as a member of the board for several political parties and civil society pro-democratic organizations in Iran. Hadi’s research interests are poverty measurement, impact evaluation, health, education and social security, and political economy of policy reforms.

Tanojkumar Meshram, doctoral student in the Global Development and Sustainability concentration

Tanojkumar Meshram

Tanojkumar Meshram has completed his Master’s degree in Public Management & Policy (2010) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1995) from Government College of Engineering, Amravati, India. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Tanoj has worked for 18 years in the Civil Services with the Government of India, public sector and education non-profit in the domain of operations, policy implementation, education leadership, and management. He has also played a significant role in the social movement championing the cause of victims of the caste system in India. His research interests include the policy-implementation gap in K-12 education (a topic for dissertation), inequity in education, representation of underprivileged sections in the major institutions of education governance and anti-caste social movements.