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 PPE in the Spring of 2019. She currently works as a Graduate Professional in the Conventional Arms Programme at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.
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Francesca ’s Path
Francesca took 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.
She attended the Dialogue of Civilizations Switzerland, where she sprung herself into the capital of diplomacy, international peace, and security.
She was named President of Northeastern’s Global Journal for International Affairs, which is entirely student run, written, & published.
She took Global Justice with Prof. Serena Parekh and applied issues of global justice from an ethical perspective within a socio-economic & political framework.
Her first co-op was 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 was also a teaching assistant for Global Justice with Serena Parekh; Global Governance with Denise Garcia; and 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.
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 1994 conflict in Zaire.
Post-graduation, she worked at the International Peace Institute, analyzing the shifting geopolitical landscape and solutions to transnational challenges.
Francesca was 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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- 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...