PhD Candidate in Political Science
Ana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in American Politics and Comparative Politics. She has a strong background and interest in nationalism, the politics of exclusion in the American far-right, and American political history. Ana has taught Comparative Politics twice as an instructor of record. She has also served as a Teaching Assistant for Modern Political Thought, U.S. Civil Liberties, and Holocaust and Comparative Genocide.
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Originally from Upstate New York, Ana holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading, traveling, and Boston sports..
While enrolled in the Master of Arts in Political Science program at Northeastern University, Ana completed a Master’s Thesis under the guidance of Dr. Natalie Bormann. This project consisted of a contemporary examination of Arendt’s scholarship, viewed through the lens of the current trends of migration and immigration from Latinx majority countries to the United States.
Ana’s dissertation research focuses on the points of tangency between traditional Lost Cause mythologies and the broader exclusionary history of the American right. Her dissertation will be titled “The Great Divide: Lost Cause Syndrome and American National Identity.” This primary research agenda applies the theoretical frameworks of the nationalism, American politics, and comparative politics literatures as well as techniques and empirical methodologies from the digital humanities.
While studying the rhetoric of the American right’s impact on American national identity, Ana has expanded focus into the logics of Accusation in a Mirror and the ensuing cult of victimization it lends itself to. She is working on co-authored pieces with Dr. Amilcar Antonio Barreto investigating these connections.
Articles Under Review
“The Imagined Fragile Community: The Alt-Right and Cult of Victimhood” (With Dr. Amilcar Antonio Barreto). Under review as of 02/2022.
“The Imagined Fragile Community: The Alt-Right and Politics of Victimhood” at Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference, San Antonio, January 2022
(with Dr. Amilcar Antonio Barreto)
“Reparations and Education: A Comparative Discourse on Reckoning in Germany and the US” at Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Conference, New York, May 2021 (with Jennifer Ostojski)
Nationalism, American Politics, the American Far-Right, Fascism, Political Ideologies, Political Thought
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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles took "Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South" with Professor Shalanda Baker, which pushed him to further question systems as they exist, no matter their entrenched in society.
- He did community service as part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. He worked on the Timebank team, helping give back to local communities.
- Charles split his time for his first co-op between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, including infrastructure and childcare.
- He was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign and advocated for racial literacy courses and a restorative and transformative justice center on campus.
- Charles made his own research project- a macroeconomic index to measure democratic participation in municipal economies, partnering with NU, the Columbus Foundation and the Center for Economic Democracy.
- He worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project as a Program Associate, helping city systems and other organizations actively decide how to invest money across different spaces.
- Charles graduated in 2022. ..
- Casey took Global Markets and Local Cultures. After traveling, she better saw how the coursework mirrored real life, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- She went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay, and become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey completed her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a community arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for local communities.
- She joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- She worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more.
- Casey graduated in 2020. ..
- Sunita took Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection, taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa. The course invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- She traveled on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Jordan and Egypt; while there she grew interested in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Sunita worked at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Sunita was a member of the International Relations Council and traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences.
- Sunita conducted research with Berna Turam, developing a greater understanding of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. She also researched the feminist response to Covid-19 with Val Moghadam.
- She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022.
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between his high school and college experiences.
- He took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightened look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser joined the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant for his first co-op. He worked on inventory, public relations, brewery events, and workspace organization.
- He implemented community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser maintained a farm in Dorchester for The Food Project. He harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics.
- In 2020, Yasser won the Community Service Leadership award, given to students who show exemplary community engagement. He was recognized for his work at The Food Project, Northeastern Crossing, and more.
- He graduated 2022 with his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Religious Studies and his Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, through Northeastern’s PlusOne program...