Postdoctoral Fellowships


The Self, Virtue & Public Life will fund four research fellowships for early-career researchers (within five years of receiving the doctoral degree). Two fellowships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year, and two for the 2020-21 academic year. The first set of fellowships will begin in August 2019 and end in May 2020. We will announce fellowship recipient soon!

Fellows are expected to work at The University of Oklahoma. Office space, computer equipment and university library privileges will be provided. Fellows are required to submit at least three articles for publication and attend or present at three conferences during the period of their fellowship.

2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

Alisa Pykett

Alisa Pykett, Ph.D.

Dr. Alisa Pykett is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working on a project that examines how local, place-based environmental projects promote young people’s civic agency and commitment to their communities. Her scholarship focuses on the settings and processes that foster civic development among youth and emerging adults. She also studies the experiences across the lifespan that impact people’s understanding of the commons and their commitment to the common good. As an applied social scientist who values community-based research, Dr. Pykett often collaborates with community organizations in research and evaluation. She recently completed her PhD in the Civil Society and Community Research program in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin and holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the Indiana University School of Social Work.

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Steven Sparks

Steven Sparks, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Sparks completed his PhD in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. He specializes in American politics, with research interests in political communication, polarization, public opinion, and electoral behavior. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Sparks worked for several years at the federal, state, and local levels of government. He completed his MA in political science at the University of North Carolina and holds a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.

Learn about Dr. Pykett's planned research