PhD Candidate in Political Science
Ahsen Utku is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations and Public Policy. She has a strong background and interest in conflict resolution, forced displacement, identity building and ethno-religious conflicts, democratization and policy-making concerning humanitarian crises. Ahsen has served as a Teaching Assistant for Comparative Politics and International Relations.
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Ahsen’s research focuses on forced displacement and migration, educational policies and inclusion of refugee and immigrant youth, democratization, nationalism and identity building, gender and conflict with a particular focus on the Balkans and the Middle East.
Ahsen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Political Science and Public Administration at Marmara University, and her first Master’s Degree from International Relations at Marmara University in Turkey. After she worked as a freelance journalist in Turkey for several years, she completed a joint degree Master’s at Harvard Divinity School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Ahsen speaks Turkish and French, and she has studied Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Greek, Spanish and Arabic through her studies. She is also passionate about (documentary) photography and cooking.
Policies, Propaganda, and Purdah: Forced Inclusion of Women in the Early 1900s in Turkey and Soviet Central Asia, AICIL Conference Proceedings, May 2015 (co-authored with Jessica Willis)
From Heroes to Commodities: Child Soldiers from the WWI to the 21st Century Children and War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, Austria, 2016
Nostalgia over Dead Sons: Patriotism and Boy Soldiers in the First World War. Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia, University of Gdansk, Poland, 2015
Policies, Propaganda, and Purdah: Forced Inclusion of Women in the Early 1900s in Turkey and Soviet Central Asia. Annual International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, Oxford University, UK, 2015
Transitional Justice and Collective Memory in the Post-conflict Balkans and the Path to Democracy. Peace in the Balkans and Turkey: Cultural and Commercial Diplomacy, Istanbul Commerce Chamber, Turkey, 2014
Reproduction of Nationalism through the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. International Interdisciplinary Conference, Croatia, 2012
Degrees earned and institutions:
BA, Marmara University
MA, Marmara University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Research Interests: Forced displacement and migration, educational policies and inclusion of refugee and immigrant youth, democratization, nationalism and identity building, gender and conflict with a particular focus on the Balkans and the Middle East
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- 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...
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- 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...