Urban and Regional Policy, MS
Graduated in 2014
Adam Katz is an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up, his father had always owned businesses and instilled a passion for entrepreneurship in his son. Adam started his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University as an economics and business major, with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and management. After two years, he transferred to UMass Amherst and earned his undergraduate degree. His interest in economics informed his desire to do economic development work; he believes combining economics with policy is the best way to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible. So, Adam returned to NU for his Master’s of Science degree in Urban and Regional Policy with a concentration in Economic Development.
A big reason Adam chose NU was because he wanted to learn from former Mass. governor and political science Professor Michael Dukakis—one of his greatest inspirations in policy and leadership.
Adam took “Urban Politics & Government'' with former Professor Ann Braga, who managed Boston’s city council. It was valuable to learn about government management from someone actively doing the work.
Adam had an internship with United for a Fair Economy, a Boston-based non-profit fighting for economic justice through policy change. There, he created content for their site and managed other interns.
Adam always aspired to improve the quality of life in cities. In his second-year, he interned with Downtown Boston BID providing programs and services in downtown Boston to revitalize vacant storefronts.
Adam found a mentor in D’Amore McKim entrepreneurship Professor John Friar and worked as his research assistant—the lessons about business Adam learned from Friar have stuck with him.
Adam was a research assistant at the Dukakis Center in his third year and after graduation. He examined town leaders’ policies, offering tailored advice to attract businesses and improve quality of life.
Adam currently works for Teach Coalition, a Orthodox Union project, working with nonpublic schools to advocate for quality, affordable education, and helping them get funding from government programs.
The professors here are amazing, and they want to help. Northeastern is not a school where the professors just teach their class and then leave and are not available to you. They’re not just there to grade your papers. They say, ‘Come see me. Let me help you learn. I want to be there for you and want you to take advantage of that so you can get the most out of your education.’
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...