Major: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE)
Minor: International Affairs
Originally from Sicklerville, NJ, Brittany came to Northeastern knowing that she wanted to center her community in her work and studies. Although she had never taken a philosophy course until college, she fell in love with the subject and its attempts to critically assess the world and understand the underpinnings of our actions and motivations in society. During her time at Northeastern, she’s been a part of several e-boards, including Sisters and Solidarity and the Avenue Magazine. She has also volunteered as a CSSH Ambassador and is currently the President of Minorities and Philosophy. Brittany has also held numerous research and teaching positions at Northeastern. She credits her professors and peers for having contributed to her academic, professional, and personal success.
Brittany came to Northeastern knowing that she wanted to center her community in her studies. She took her first philosophy course here, where she fell in love with the subject.
Social and Political Philosophy is one of her favorite courses at Northeastern. It was one of the first times she got to engage with a variety of Black and POC philosophers and intersectional topics.
Brittany had the opportunity to do an internship at the MFA, where she applied both her interest in the arts and her analytical thinking skills to gain experience in curatorial work.
Brittany is currently the founding President of Minorities and Philosophy, where they focus on leading initiatives to increase diversity in the field of philosophy.
Brittany worked on the e-board for Sisters in Solidarity, a group for Black women at Northeastern that focuses on self-care and healing. Brittany aims to center the Black experience in her life and work.
After her freshman year, she had the opportunity to participate in a Dialogue of Civilizations, conducting field research on global social enterprises and cultural customs in her home country, Ghana.
Brittany did a co-op at J-PAL North America, a poverty lab at MIT. As a research and policy assistant, she assisted in the development of research resources and tools for social science scholars.
She is currently working on a research project and exhibition with Professor Patricia Davis in CAMD on public memory and the corporeality of Black women, pulling extensively from Black feminist scholarship
Brittany will be starting her final co-op position working with the WGSS department and the SIGNS feminist journal. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. one day in either Philosophy or American studies.
“I’ve always been an interdisciplinary learner, and the PPE program has sharpened my ability to see the world in such nuanced ways.”
More Student Paths
- 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...