Student Success: Winter 2019

  • Leann Mclaren (POLS ‘19), a senior honors student, was recently awarded the APSA Minority Fellowship for the 2019-2020 cycle. The Minority Fellowship Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
  • Jessica Weaver (POLS ‘19), Leann Mclaren (POLS ‘19), and Frank Griggs (POLS PhD candidate) were selected to be part of a 15 student UConn delegation to the COP24 which was held December 2-15, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The UConn@COP program sends students each year to the conference to gain knowledge on climate change and policy through leadership, experiential learning, and cultural immersion.
  • Carl Costa (POLS Honors ‘17) is still serving in the Peace Corps. He has recently changed posts and is now serving in Mozambique. He arrived there in June 2018 and is posted in Vila Ulongue, Tete Province, right along the border with Malawi. His job is primarily health education and organizational strengthening, with a particular focus on HIV and malaria.
  • John Kelly a Bennett Research Assistant who works with Professor Kim Bergendahl, has been awarded a 2019 SHARE Grant for their project: “Advice and Consent” or “Search and Destroy? the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Review of U.S. Supreme Court Nominations in the Era of Party Polarization.”
  • Brooks Kirchgassner, a PhD candidate, and Jessica Weaver (POLS ‘19) have been invited to serve on the President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Taesim Kim, a PhD candidate, attended the 12th annual NYU-CESS Experimental Political Science Conference where Taesim presented part of their dissertation chapter “Open up the Black Box: Risk Perception and Public Support for Social Policy.” The presentation was based on the results from a survey experiment in South Korea and a predoc fund from the department was used to conduct the survey.
  • Derefe Chevannes, a PhD candidate, along with Professor Jane Gordon, will be the Keynote Speakers at the 27th Annual Philosophical Collaborations Conference in March 2019.
  • Alexander Andrews (CLAS ‘16) is currently in his third year at UConn Law School. He was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Judge R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. Alexander’s note is entitled “Lessons From Wynne: Why New York City’s Internally Consistent Income Tax Nonetheless Violates the Dormant Commerce Clause.” The note will be published in Volume 50 of the Connecticut Law Review.
  • Dr. Melanie Meinzer (PhD ‘17) published a chapter entitled “Solidarity Donors and Popular Education in the West Bank” in the volume Palestine and the Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance which was published by Palgrave MacMillan. The book, which addresses issues of resistance, steadfastness, and mobilization against settler colonialism and repression in Palestine, can be found here.
  • Jason D’Andrea (POLS ‘16, MA Econ ‘17) is currently a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and had an op-ed on the impeachment process published in the Los Angeles Times.  
  • Dr. Ross Dardani (PhD ‘17) has been offered a tenure-track position at Muhlenberg College.