Asian Studies, BA
Political Science Minor
Andrew’s most formative experience at Northeastern has been his research. The research opportunities he encountered has shaped not only what his interests are at Northeastern, but what he plans to do beyond his time as an undergraduate.
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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.
Andrew joined the Japanese Student Association in 2019 and remains a member, allowing him to connect with like-minded students.
One of Andrew's favorite classes was on Chinese Film. They would spend a day discussing film theory and Chinese politics, then another watching well-curated art house films.
During the pandemic, Andrew was able to continue researching export bans of agricultural products from the Fukushima prefecture of Japan.
In Fall 2020, Andrew took East Asian Politics with Professor Aldrich, where he used the data collection and quantitative analysis skills he learned from earlier research projects in class.
He had another opportunity to work with Tim on a project looking at renewable energy policy in Chiba prefecture.
In Summer 2021, Andrew worked on an intergenerational research team with Professor Aldrich conducting comparative analysis between Boston and Japan's climate change policy.
Andrew completed his first co-op remotely during the pandemic with the nonprofit organization Safecast in Japan, doing immersive field research on Fukushima.
In Summer 2 2021, Andrew did an internship with the JICA Kyrgyzstan office on the regional economic development project "One Village One Product."
Andrew will join the NU Political Review journal as a writer in the upcoming academic year, writing on Japanese Politics and the Asia-Pacific.
Andrew plans on applying to graduate schools in both the U.S. and Japan, likely to International Public Policy or Political Science programs.
Andrew hopes to end up working in policy research or a government agency in Japan.
“Asian Studies is focused enough for you to be able to carve out your niche in the field, but interdisciplinary enough to give you a broad skill set.”
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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...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did 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 the local communities.
- Casey 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.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey 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. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- 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 the high school and college experiences.
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- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
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