Graduated in 2017
Ashley Reichelmann has always been fascinated by social psychology, specifically by the concept of identity and how it shapes behavior. Coupled with a passion for teaching and academia, she sought out an immersive PhD program with innovative faculty and a network that would help further her skills. She found her home at CSSH and fondly recalls how the program significantly shaped her professional and personal identities.
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In search of a strong faculty network, Ashley chose NU for professors like Matt Hunt and Jack Levin, experts respectively in social psychology and violence conflict.
Ashley was a graduate teaching assistant for classes with both Professor Matt Hunt and Professor Jack Levin, learning crucial skills to become an effective instructor, which still benefits her today.
She took Feminist Inquiry at MIT, an interdisciplinary seminar that was co-taught by Northeastern’s Professor Linda Blum and MIT’s Professor Kim Surkan, allowing her to engage across universities.
In Fall 2013, Ashley took Race and Ethnic Relations with Professor Matt Hunt, which gave her a strong foundation for her current career in intergroup relations surrounding race and behavior.
She co-authored a study with Professor Jack Levin, using news records to analyze how hate crimes changed after 9/11, helping to refine her analytical skills.
In 2019, she published a paper with Professor Matt Hunt that explored white Americans' racial identities and their support of race based public policies.
When Professor Matt Hunt couldn’t attend the Second Biennial Identity Conference, Ashley went in his place and presented their paper. There, she met, and impressed, her future employers.
Ashley’s dissertation revolved around how white Americans react to their race’s involvement in the enslavement of Africans, exploring the relationships between collective violence and racial attitudes.
She is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, an R1 university where she teaches undergraduate peace studies, sociology, and criminology courses and engages in research with graduate students.
“All knowledge is important, whether it proves your hypothesis or not, and I think sometimes that’s not valued from a research standpoint. I think that Dr. Hunt and Dr. Levin, and all the faculty at Northeastern, were crucial at recognizing that it is the science that matters more than the answer.”
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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...
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...