Michael J. Starks
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EDUCATION
MA, Global & International Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2010-2013
Emphasis: Political Economy & Sustainable Development
Thesis: Developing a Reflexive Framework for Sustainable
Development - The Case of Save Lamu
Research: Save Lamu coalition, Lamu, Kenya, Fall 2011
Awards: MAGIS Fellowship

BA Communications, Minor in Business
Marian University, May, 2000
Awards: Marian Scholar, Deans List

TEACHING ASSISTANT
Spring, 2012 & Winter, 2011- Global Economy and Development
Professor Aashish Mehta
-Clarified basic principles of economics. Reviewed historic and current evidence on the determinants of economic growth, and its role in development. Explored measurements of inequality and poverty, and how inequality has evolved globally, and within countries. Studied expectations and limits of markets and institutional and policy responses.
Spring, 2011- Political Economy and Development
Dr. Phil McCarty
-Emphasize differences between mainstream economics and political economy through study of influential thinkers (Smith, Marx, Veblen, Gailbraith, etc.). Explore historical roots and current manifestations of globalization in the creation of a world economy. Lead students in practical application of political economy in current world issues.

Fall, 2010- Global History, Culture and Ideology
Dr. Phil McCarty
Led students in investigating global, historical patterns of transmission, exchange, and dispersion that promoted further change (political, cultural, economic ). Engaged students in discussions about how these processes continue to inform and shape the global transformations we are experiencing today.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
UCSB Field Research: Interviews with Save Lamu coalition and Lamu community, Kenya (2011)
Heartland Alliance: Working with Somali, Burundi and Iraqi communities in resettlement (2009)
US Peace Corps, Kenya: Behavior Change Facilitator, HIV & AIDS and life skills (2005-2008)
US Peace Corps, Kenya: Task force to  facilitate nationwide coordination of deaf and low-literate visual aid materials (2006-2008)
US Peace Corps, Kenya:  Baseline survey for HIV/AIDS project at Kenyan Deaf schools (2007)
DARE Foundation, Kenya: Health & Sanitation project with Turkana community (2008)
Purdue University: International Student Recruitment, Australian Universities (2004)
Purdue University: Trade Missions Program, Meetings with Spanish Universities (2003)
Study Abroad Program: Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia (1998)


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Refugee Youth Case Manager- Heartland Refugee Services, Chicago, Illinois (2/2009 - 7/2009)
Behavior Change Teacher, Deaf Education- US Peace Corps, Kenya (9/2005 - 7/2008)
Marketing and Publications Coordinator, Programs for Study Abroad- Purdue University (7/2001 - 8/2005)
Freelance Writing & Graphic Design- Starks Enterprises, Indiana (8/2000 - 7/2001)

COMPUTER SKILLS
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Act-On Marketing Automation
Experience with basic web authoring and editing software, social networking sites, Salesforce.

LANGUAGES
Kiswahili (Advanced), Kenyan Sign Language (Fluent), American Sign Language (Intermediate)
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