Emerson Victoria Johnston
History, Culture, and Law, BA
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS
Criminal Justice Minor
Military Science Minor
Emerson was one of the first students to claim the History, Culture, and Law major at Northeastern on top of her preexisting Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major. Her title sounds daunting because it looks like six majors – but she insists it is not! Her pursuit of a deeper comprehension of political science has led her in limitless directions, from research projects to co-ops to the military.
Emerson Victoria’s Path
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.
Emerson began working as the senior staffer for Rep. Chynah Tyler, who is a Husky and represents BU, Northeastern, and the 7th Suffolk District, leading her student advisory board.
Emerson joined the ROTC to better understand the military—ultimately inspiring her to pursue peacekeeping efforts if she chooses to work with the military in the future.
Emerson's first co-op was at the US Permanent Mission to the UN on the military staff committee. She authored write-ups related to the 12 ongoing peacekeeping missions.
During Spring 2021, Emerson's did her second co-op at MIT's social impact lab Solve, where she worked with the Economic Prosperity and Learning Teams.
For the project "Misinformation and the Conservatives as Victims," Emerson worked with Professor Ari Waldman to explore fake news and how it gets to politicians.
Emerson received a PEAK Award for her project "Cultural Imperialism in Disguise" investigating how western perspectives and media biases impact global conversations and coalitions.
Emerson joined the Law School's Professor Adler for her project on homosexuality in Cuba, and Professor Brownwell for his work with human rights defenders in West Liberia.
Emerson wants to work in Human Rights, whether that means going to Law School to study Human Rights Law or getting a Master's in International Development.
“Don’t limit yourself to one major. Northeastern is one of the best schools in the country to study multiple things at once. If you’re worried about workload, 3-in-1 majors like HCL and PPE are the best way to not have to worry about graduating in four years. HCL has been an amazing look into not only how those three subjects work independently, but also how they work together. Legal precedent is the entire foundation of our supreme court system, so failing to learn history as a student of law is problematic. If you don’t understand the history of different cultures, or the cultural history of the subject, you are not getting the full story. None of these subjects can ever be fully understood without the other two.”
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. ..
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...