We enjoy hearing from our political science alumnae/alumni. Please let us know what you are doing.
Hannah Shaffer ('13) is "a second year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was recently selected as a Fellow for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Lawyers Fund Student Summer Fellowship Program. This program was created to place a select number of law students, who are certified legal interns, at public interest organizations in Allegheny County to help provide legal services to no and low income residents of the county. The fellowship will run for ten weeks during the summer." Hannah will be interning in the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender.
Rob Borden's ('91) says "his interest in politics began at a early age, and, so after graduating from law school, he went to work on Capitol Hill where he advises House Republican leadership and sets oversight and investigative priorities for House committees and promotes their findings." Rob mentioned that "Professor Pohlman's Constitutional Law class set him on the path to law school and eventually to what I do today."
Siobhán O'Grady ('13) shared with us that she has a year-long salaried fellowship at the Foreign Policy (FP) office in Washington, D.C. She will research and write her own articles for FP's news blog and contribute daily to the magazine's website. Siobhan will be playing a key role in the production of both web and print content. She plans to increase their immigration coverage and draw on her experience of study abroad in Morocco and Cameroon by writing about Francophone Africa and the Middle East.
James Pagano ('12) stopped by the Political Science Department open house at Homecoming weekend and wrote to tell us that he is "now working for an international development firm, Democracy International (DI), in Bethesda, MD. The firm provides technical assistance, analytical services, and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance, conflict-mitigation, and other international development programs worldwide. Most recently, DI fielded international observation missions to Egypt and Afghanistan, and to El Salvador, Indonesia, and Pakistan."
Yanessy Peña ('14) is working as an Operation Coordinator at the Achievement First school in Bushwick, NY. Congratulations, Yanessy!
Andrew Miller ('04) "will be joining the National Security Council at the White House as Egypt Director in the Middle East and North Africa Directorate. Andrew was previously with the Department of State where he served as the Egypt analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). He previously spent time on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff (S/P), covering the Middle East/North African portfolio at the outset of the Arab Awakening. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Andrew has also served as a political officer at U.S. Embassies in Cairo and Doha. He received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where he is completing his Ph.D. dissertation on U.S. mediation in the Arab-Israeli Conflict." (permission from Andrew Miller)
Max Weylandt's 2013 senior political science honors thesis "Decentralization and Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa" won first place in the national Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis competition conducted by Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Congratulations, Max!
Joel Meredith '09, Political Science major and recipient of the John Dickinson Saber at his ROTC graduation/commissioning ceremony will shortly be leaving the US Army with the rank of Captain after serving in Afghanistan and recently commanding a unit in Georgia responsible for testing new equipment. Joel has been accepted into the Masters Program in Security Studies at Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, starting January 2014.
Matthew Cherry '13 traveled to Israel to find his dream job. There he is combining his interest in politics and world affairs, with his talent as a lacrosse player. Matthew, who was captain of Dickinson's lacrosse team during his junior and senior years, is the director for the Israel Lacrosse Association (ILA). In that capacity, he works with youth trying to promote community engagement through lacrosse programs.
Christina Ruhl '09 is an attorney with the law firm Portner and Shure in Baltimore. She graduated from The University of Maryland School of Law in 2012.
Brian Kamoie '93 was appointed in April 2013 by President Obama as Assistant Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Grant Programs in the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff. Congratulations, Brian!
Nicole Garubo '10 graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a master's in international relations. She is working and living in the New York City area. Congratulations, Nicole!
D. Jonathan Roberts '08 was awarded his Master's (with Distinction) in Intelligence and International Security in the Department of War Studies at King's College in London. Congratulations, Jonathan!
Judge John E. Jones III '77 was awarded the Geological Society of America's 2009 President's Medal in October 2009. Judge Jones "made international headlines in 2005 when he ruled that the Dover Area SchoolDistrict (Dover, PA) could not teach intelligent design in science classes as an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution."
Kathleen Flaherty '07 has been working as a Paralegal in New York at the law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP., which has afforded her the opportunity to live in New York City and, as she says, "experience new endeavors." One of the new experiences she's had is working for a non-profit, Hope Shines, Inc., which runs camps and mentor programs for disadvantaged children around the world. Kathleen said "the main camp is in Rwanda and I spent time there in August working with children at an orphanage." Her experience working with the children in Rwanda was so positive that she is hoping to return to teach English. Please see the link to the Wall Street Journal article about Kathleen's work.
CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay Robinson '08 on the publication of her article "Tanzania's Missing Opposition" in the Journal of Democracy, vol. 20, no. 4 (October 2009). Lindsay is a master's student at Georgetown University.