Alumni Notes: Late Fall 2020

Suzanne Waterman ’08 (CLAS) has served as the Department’s undergraduate advisor for the past four years.  Last month, she accepted an advisor position at UConn’s School of Engineering. We welcome Jessamy Hoffman ’97 MA, who took over Suzanne’s position during the first week of November.

Corinne Tagliarina ’18 Ph.D. and Dr. Daniel Tagliarina ’14 Ph.D., both of Utica College, recently co-authored a book, Bringing Human Rights Back: Embracing Human Rights as a Mechanism for Addressing Gaps in United States Law (Lexington Books, 2020).

Derefe Chevannes ’19 Ph.D. had an article, titled “The Laboring of Black Politics: Decolonial Meditations on Claudia Jones,” accepted for publication at Political Research Quarterly.

Yunmin Nam ’16 Ph.D. recently started in a new position as an assistant professor of political science at Kongju National University in South Korea.

Allyson Yankle ’16 Ph.D. of Radford University was interviewed by the local news about the Supreme Court and census counting. 

Kyle Adams ’20 (CLAS) has begun working full-time with Data Trust, a Republican political data firm in Washington, D.C.

Kate Farrar ’01 (CLAS), who declared her candidacy for the 20th District seat in the Connecticut General Assembly, defeated Democratic challenger Sherry Haller in an August Democratic primary. She did not face a challenger in the recent November election after Republican Al Cortes relocated out of the district over the summer.

Patrick Moore’s ’70 (CLAS) podcast titled “Stand Up Citizen” provided listeners with a citizenship refresher on the 2020 election. Moore is currently an adjunct professor of political science and history in northeastern Ohio.

Timothy Bussey ’14 MA, ’18 Ph.D. published an article on the “’Rainbow Wave’ of LGBTQ candidates” that ran and won in the 2020 election on the website, The Conversation.

Salvatore Ritacco ’02 (CLAS) of Pawcatuck was defeated by Elizabeth Leamon in his race for Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate Judge.  Ritacco has run his own law firm since 2008 and is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Ocean Community and Greater Mystic chambers of commerce and the Stonington Economic Development Commission.

Juhem Navarro-Rivera ’06 MA, ’15 Ph.D. published his first solo survey report with Socioanalítica Research.  The survey was picked up by poll analysts at The New York Times, The Economist, and FiveThirtyEight.