Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS
Francesca’s childhood was spent growing up in South Africa as a member of the Born Free generation, the first generation born after the end of Apartheid. Inspired by the incredible progress since Apartheid, she realized that change can truly be made through the dedication of a single individual, and that this has the potential to create an incredible ripple effect. With a strong desire to learn, she focused her studies on the political, economic and social structures that would fundamentally transform the country that had ignited her passion towards creating a more just and peaceful world for every individual. Francesca completed a B.S. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, in the Spring of 2019.
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Francesca ’s Path
Went on International Law with Prof. Denise Garcia and discovered her passion for global legal issues and desire to understand how they move from ideas to treaties.
Attended the Dialogue of Civilizations Switzerland, where she sprung herself into the capital of diplomacy, international peace, and security.
Named President of Northeastern’s Global Journal for International Affairs, which is entirely student run, written, & published.
Took Global Justice with Prof. Serena Parekh and applied issues of global justice from an ethical perspective within a socio-economic & political framework.
Had a co-op with the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation, encapsulating her humanitarian ambitions and satisfying her lifelong interest in the legal field.
Francesca completed her master’s degree in international relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
She took a Managing Humanitarianism course that fascinated her because it challenged a lot of her beliefs and was her first time studying it academically.
She was also a Teaching Assistant for the following courses: PHIL5001- Global Justice with Serena Parekh POLS3409 - Global Governance with Denise Garcia POLS3406 - International Law with Denise Garcia.
Francesca was also a research assistant for Professor Denise Garcia on issues of lethal autonomous weapons and weaponized artificial intelligence and their impact on global governance.
She was a Program Assistant for the Geneva dialogue of civilizations to the UN in the Summer of 2019.
Her honors in the major project " A Region's Devastation: The Forgotton Hutu Refugees of the Rwandan Genocide and The Collapse of Zaire" analyzed the conflict in Zaire through the lens of the 1994 genocide
Her master's dissertation entitled Ethnic Kin Refugees As Opportunity Structures: An Ethnopolitical Framework For Refugee-Related Conflict Diffusion" look at the ways refugees can be a cause of conflict.
She is currently working on a project at the International Peace Institute, analyzing the shifting geopolitical landscape and identifies opportunities for solutions to transnational challenges.
Francesca was also selected as a 2020 Peace Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Francesca believed that the PPE program was more than just a major. It offered the qualitative and quantitative skills needed to enable sizable and lasting change in the world. This is made possible through an interdisciplinary approach to all three disciplines, where students are given the theoretical political and economic frameworks and these are combined with thoughtful consideration of the conscience and dignity of human beings.
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- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...