PhD Alumna in Political Science
Graduated in 2021
Alice Verticelli received her PhD in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University in 2021, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She has a strong background and interest in Migration Studies and EU and Middle East Politics. Alice Verticelli has served as an Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant for various courses including International Relations, Globalization, Research Methods, Comparative Politics, and American Government.
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Alice is interested in borders and how policies and migrants shape them. She looks at how formal structures such as laws and regulations and informal factors such as public discourse, the spread of ideas, and migrant agency affect migration policy design, implementation, and effects. She is currently focusing on EU migration and external border policy and its effects on migrants and refugees.
Alice has worked as a Research Assistant at Harvard and Northeastern on migrant political incorporation and gender and development issues. Before joining Northeastern University, she worked with NGOs and non-profits related to refugees and minorities in Europe, the US, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and Egypt. More recently, she has organized and led a workshop in Brussels on the refugee and asylum policies in the EU, writing the subsequent report and policy paper.
Alice was born and raised in a small town on the Italian Adriatic coast. While studying for her BA and then MA in Political Science in Bologna, she developed her passion for Middle East studies and spent a year and a half working and studying in the US, France, Jordan, the West Bank, and Egypt. She enjoys playing with her child, cooking, and sharing food with her friends.
- Co-authored (with Valentine Moghadam), “Women’s Empowerment and International Organizations: Comparing UNESCO and the World Bank,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, under review.
- Co-authored (with Valentine Moghadam), “Women’s Movements in North Africa,” (chapter) in Yacob-Haliso O. and Falola T. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies, 1stedition (2019), Springer. (forthcoming)
- Co-authored (with Denis Sullivan), “History of Egypt,” (chapter) in The Middle East and North Africa 2019, 65th edition (2018), London and New York: Routledge.
- Principal Author, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, Sustainable Solutions for EU Asylum and Integration Policies, May 2016, Policy Paper Number 02, Boston.
Degrees earned and institution:
BA in Political Science, Bologna University, summa cum laude
MA in International Relations, Bologna University, summa cum laude
Research Interests: Migration, Middle East, EU
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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...