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Miriam Shapiro ’06

Miriam is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her clinical and research work focuses on neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, specifically the relationship between emotional and cognitive functioning. Miriam’s doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between apathy and neurocognitive performance in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus. She begins her clinical internship in Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of rehabilitation medicine in September 2014, and hopes to pursue a combination of neuropsychology research and clinical practice.

Abigail Cooper ’01

Abigail is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. Beginning this fall, she will be assistant professor of history at Brandeis University. After Barnard, she earned an MA in religion at Yale Divinity School, where she won the Mary Cady Tew Prize in history and literature. She has received multiple dissertation research fellowships, including a Mellon Fellowship with the Penn Humanities Forum and an Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship in African American history at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her dissertation studies the religious imagination of slaves in the refugee camps of the American Civil War, comparing camp experiences across the South; she defends it in November 2013.

Anna Danziger Halperin ’06

After spending four years researching contemporary public policies affecting low-income American families at the Urban Institute and Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Anna returned to Columbia in 2010 to pursue a doctorate in history. She focuses on 20th-century American and British history, paying particular attention to comparative welfare policies, gender, and childhood. In the 2013-14 academic year, she will travel to archives across the U.S. and U.K. to research her dissertation on comparative child-care policy after World War II. Understanding the history of this policy in both countries will illuminate shifts in the relationship between the state and the family, and popular perceptions of the public versus private responsibility for the care of young children.

Annette Larocco ’10

Annette is a doctoral student in the department of politics at the University of Cambridge. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard with a double major in political science and English. As a 2010-2011 Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford, she completed an MSc, with distinction, in African studies, writing her dissertation on community-based natural resource management in rural Botswana. Expanding upon her master’s research, Annette’s PhD project will focus on the political dimensions of environmental governance in Botswana. This summer, she began conducting extensive field research affiliated with the University of Botswana in Gaborone. Annette also spent a year working as a policy researcher at a human rights organization in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Rosen ’08

After graduating from Barnard with a degree in American studies, Sarah spent a year researching clinical outcomes of surgical interventions for pancreatic cancer at Columbia University Medical Center. She entered Boston University School of Medicine in the summer of 2009. After completing her third year of medical studies, Sarah spent a year studying transplantation immunology at the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology on a National Institutes of Health-sponsored grant before returning to BU, where she is currently in her fourth and final year. Sarah is pursuing a residency in general surgery.

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