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
- 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...