Come and discover what the “Research” in Social Science Research really means.

Here at the SSRL, our main focus is to promote research. We’re not limited to just your statistics class term projects; we celebrate the spirit of academic research in the entire AU community. We do this by promoting and sharing the research work of our fellows, staff, and visiting scholars. To show our support of our AU scholars, we are hosting a series of research discussion luncheons that kicks off this coming March 25, 2011.

*Lunch will be provided!*

March 25th Presenters

The March 25th event (which is our first research discussion of the Spring) will include two presentations by Tom Balemesa, a researcher with the U.S. Peace Corps, and María Ivanova Reyes, a PhD in Economics candidate here at American University.

Tom Belamesa


Perhaps a new victim of the renewed scramble for Africa, Uganda has capacity to produce 25,000 barrels of oil per day, an approximate of 2 billion US$ per year (70% per capita) in earnings from the estimated 2 billion barrels in reserves. Amidst these expectations and realities lie the threats to the abode to the indegenous people in the oil explored areas. The study centered on the relationship between oil exploration and land conflicts, role of government in oil exploration and adressing the land issues, effects of the activity and durable solutions.

María Ivanova Reyes Peguero


The impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on the Caribbean, and specifically on the English speaking Caribbean nations, was deeper than in the rest of Latin America. With the exception of the Dominican Re-public, Guyana, Haiti and Suriname which experienced a moderate slowdown from their pre-crisis growth levels, other Caribbean nations exhibited a strong growth contraction during 2009. The large impact of the crisis in these economies is attributable to their high dependence on the United States (and the UK to a lesser extent) as trade partner or source of foreign direct investment, tourism and remittances. Empirical analysis of economic cycles by the authors shows that the English Speaking Caribbean countries tend to magnify the effects of booms or contractions that occur in the US much more than its peers.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!