Jessica Phelan Wins Second Arthur J. Sist Development Fellowship in International Development to Work with the Jordanian Parliament
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2006
A Ph.D. student in political science at the University at Albany is the recipient of the second Arthur J. Sist Fellowship in International Development. Jessica Phelan is focusing her studies on legislative development. She will travel to Amman, Jordan and work with the Jordanian Parliament for the duration of the fellowship. She will be based in SUNY's office in Jordan, where the Center for International Development established a two-year legislative strengthening program to work with members and staff of the Jordanian parliament to strengthen its effectiveness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness and public outreach. Ms. Phelan has worked as an intern at SUNY/CID, at the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, and at the New York State Assembly. She also received assistance on this project from the Jean Polletti Memorial Scholarship from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany.
Dr. Arthur J. Sist retired from SUNY/CID in 2005 after a distinguished career that spanned 35 years in developing countries promoting the consolidation of democracy through teaching democratic theory and through directing programs for strengthening legislative and judicial systems in Latin America and Africa. Last year's Sist Fellow, David Miljoner, worked in the Citizen Participation Office of the Peruvian Congress on representation mechanisms that range from public hearings to departmental citizen interest forums.