Alumni Notes: Late Fall 2021

Chineze Osakwe ’21 (CLAS) was admitted to the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute’s 1L Advocates Program, which is a specially curated program of activities, training, and mentorship for first year law students interested in human rights.

Greg Williams ’14 Ph.D, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Colorado, has received a lot of attention for his book, Contesting the Global Order: The Radical Political Economy of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein (SUNY Press, 2020). The book was reviewed in the September 2021 issue of APSA’s Perspectives in Politics.

John Higley ’68 Ph.D, emeritus professor and former department chair of government and sociology at the University of Texas-Austin, was recently recognized by UConn Emeritus Professor Frederick Turner for his professionalism and exemplary career studying comparative politics. According to Turner, one of the great successes of our Department is “in producing someone like John [Higley].” Higley’s latest book “Elites, Non-Elites, and Political Realism: Diminishing Futures for Western Societies” is due to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in February 2022. 

Alexandra Pilon ’13 (CLAS) helped to launch the Bloom Bake Shop in Hartford. Prior to starting the venture with her father and sister, Pilon worked in government regulations in Hartford for almost a decade.  

John Dearborn ’13 (CLAS), now an assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, continues to garner attention for his recently published book, Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation (University of Chicago Press, 2021).  The book was recently featured on the New Books Network podcast.  

After nearly 17 years leading UConn’s Early College Experience program, Brian Boecherer ’17 Ph.D. has launched Olive Shade Higher Education Consulting, LLC with the mission to support universities and colleges as they develop their academic outreach to high schools. Boecherer has a special interest in supporting HBCUs and other institutions that support minority and first generation students.

The Honorable Omar A. Williams ’98 (CLAS), ’02 JD has been formally confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a U.S. District Court Judgeship.