Henry Edson
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My Story

Henry transferred to Northeastern from a small liberal arts college. He realized he needed more intellectual, athletic, and professional stimulation in his education and found it at Northeastern. When deciding on his major, Henry chose what he wanted to understand the most in the world: the news. According to Henry, “International Affairs is a comprehensive education on a broad spectrum of subjects. The interdisciplinary nature of the field requires the student to be versed in a plethora of disciplines.”

Henry is majoring in international affairs with a concentration in Latin America, and a double minor in political science and Spanish.

This is Henry’s story…

My Path
Henry's Path

Henry is enrolled in the PlusOne Program through the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. This allows students to accelerate their studies by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

As an undergraduate research fellow, Henry presented his work at a research forum. Henry also completed an internship at State Street and a co-op at the Dewey Square Group. In the community, Henry was a regional field organizer for a campaign opposing a ballot initiative in the 2018 Massachusetts midterm elections. He is a championship-level Jiujitsu athlete, Honor Roll student, and avid reader.

Henry in California
Transformative Coursework

Henry found two courses particularly transformative:

  • POLS 1160: International Relations with Professor Ioannis Livanis, which introduces the foundations on which International Affairs majors can build. Professor Livanis’s explanations were both comprehensive and interesting, and Henry calls the course “highly suggested for anyone who may be interested in the major.”
  • INTL 5200: Political Economic- Interdisciplinary Perspectives with Professor Valentine Moghadam. A core requirement for IAF PlusOne students, it covers complex issues requiring time and thought. Henry states, “It definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone as it introduced me to graduate level work and world views I was unaccustomed to hearing. The work is hard, but you will learn a lot. Take the challenge!”
Political and Social Challenges Around the Globe
Professional Experiences

Internship and Co-op Experience
At a State Street Internship, Henry worked with the U.S. Investor Services Team in a finance role. For co-op, Henry combined his academic and professional interests which led him to a grass roots practice, Dewey Square Group.  His role coordinating legislative initiatives for various campaigns and causes on his co-op created an opportunity for him to work on a ballot initiative campaign for the Massachusetts midterm elections.

Undergraduate Research Forum
In spring 2018, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities hosted the 4th annual Undergraduate Research Forum: “Political and Social Challenges Around the Globe.” Henry was one of nine students selected to participate.  He presented his research on “The Political Economy of Populism.

Dialogues of Civilization

Spanish Language: Argentinean & Uruguayan Culture

In Summer 2018, Henry participated in the Spanish Language Dialogue of Civilization.  He went to Argentina and Uruguay where he took the classes Spanish Immersion and Cultural Engagement Abroad. The three weeks spent in Buenos Aires included an intensive language program, cultural exposure to Argentina through tours and guest speakers, and cultural immersion living with a host family. This was followed by two weeks in Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay at UNESCO World heritage sites. The Dialogue ended with a trip to El Calafate, Patagonia, and a visit to the National Glacier Park, which Henry found to be an extraordinarily beautiful place that “should be on everyone’s bucket list.”

Henry on Dialogue in Patagonia