Political science PhD alum Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot was recently appointed as the North American Representative on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her vision is for the rights of Indigenous peoples to “become as common sense and taken for granted as other human rights are so that it would be unthinkable to violate them.”
Lulete Mola (BA ’14, political science) is a social change strategist and chief strategy and innovation officer at the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. Her purpose is to build power with individuals, families, and communities for real change. What follows is extracted from recent reflections she offered on how she realized her purpose in powering social change.
“It just comes together at the end...it really does,” emphasizes recent political science alum Elise Eckert. She reflects on finishing an honors thesis and graduating during the transition to remote learning and discusses her future career plans.
Many students struggle with remote learning, but class of 2020 alumna Cassidy Drummond found solace in the knowledge that all students are in the same position. Drummond reflects on her final undergraduate semester and highlights how she plans to move forward.
Once Jessica Oaxaca (BA ‘17) took her first political science class, “there was no going back.” Support from the department and her own outstanding work secured her a position as deputy press secretary to Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan—and more recently as communications director for the Minnesota state senate.
Professor Timothy Johnson wanted to shine a light on a rich primary source for researchers in political science and law--the handwritten notes of past Supreme Court justices. But first, he needed help from a few hundred citizen scientists.
The chance to study diverse subjects is just one of the many perks for a liberal arts education. Ash Eberle’s experience exemplifies the many paths to success that CLA provides. From Asian language and literature to political science to Spanish, this recent grad takes full advantage of the opportunities that come her way.
From country to country and person to person, Nigel Purvis works to make the most ethical policy. Now his liberal arts education helps him be successful as president and CEO of Climate Advisers, where he makes a cleaner future possible.
Osman Ahmed (BA ‘12) is so glad he didn’t drop Professor Raymond Duvall’s international relations course. He used what he learned from that class in his professional role as a field representative, discussing policy and legislative issues with stakeholders and speaking on behalf of a US senator.
On November 14, 2014, Representative Christensen joined former Representative Tad Jude--who was first elected to the House in 1972--as the youngest House member in Minnesota state history. Albeit an outstanding accomplishment at such a young age, Drew’s success comes at no surprise.
Last Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly convened an emergency session that cost the taxpayers of that state forty thousand dollars. The reason? To pass HB 2, officially known as the Public Facility Privacy and Security Act, or the “Charlotte bathroom bill.” What is HB 2? And why should we care about it? PhD candidate Zein Murib examines the politics of potties.