Student Successes: Winter 2021

Luis J. Beltrán-Álvarez, a Ph.D. student, won the El Instituto Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to support his research project entitled “Autonomy and Empowerment in a Colonial Setting.”  Additionally, this month he will publish an interview in Candela Review, with La Colectiva Feminista en Construcción, Shariana Ferrer-Nuñez. (Luis is on the editorial board of Candela Review, a peer-review feminist journal published in Spanish).  To publicize La Colectiva and Shariana Ferrer-Nuñez, he organized a panel on Facebook with other El Instituto students entitled “Whose Heritage? What Heritage?: Caribbean Black and Decolonial Feminist Confrontations against White and Heteropatriarchal Supremacies“. (To access the link, you must sign in through Facebook). 

Aaron Hooker, a POLS major and graduating senior, has been accepted into the following graduate programs with funding in higher education/student affairs: University of Maryland-College Park, Syracuse University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Georgia.

Dabney Waring, a Ph.D. student, published an article in September entitled “Multiplicity, group identity and the spectre of the social” in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Brooks Kirchgassner, a Ph.D. student, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from UConn’s Graduate School in the amount of $2,000 for the spring 2021 semester.

Justin Theodra, a graduate student, just published a book review of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wrestling with the devil: a prison memoir in the Review of African Political Economy.

Sadie Sanville, a freshman POLS major, was featured in the January 18, 2021 issue of the Journal-Inquirer.  The article entitled “She Plans to Witness History” spoke of Sadie’s plans to attend the Biden inauguration, and the dangers she expected to face in Washington D.C. 

Sercan Cabolat, a Ph.D. student, is the lead author of an article (co-authored with Dr. Patrick James of the University of Southern California and a fellow Ph.D. Candidate Sarah Gansen) entitled “Systemism, Foreign Policy Analysis and Political Forecasting: Exercises in Systematic Synthesis and Bricolagic Bridging.” The paper will be published in Canadian Foreign Policy Journal in April. The paper builds on the Visual International Relations Project (VIRP) based at USC.

Noah Frank, a political science and economics double major, has been invited into the new Leadership Legacy Cohort for 2021. He will be mentored by Ron Schurin.

Congratulations goes to this year’s Undergraduate Political Review editor, Shankara Narayanan, and all the members of his editorial board on producing yet another superlative edition of the journal.