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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- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- 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.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser 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 enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained 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 began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...