Major: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and Communication Studies
Minor: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Social Impact Lab Alumni
Gabe comes from Los Angeles, California where they cultivated a dual interest in politics and social justice. Through a civic engagement organization in their hometown, they learned by doing—debating, drafting, and voting on model legislation. Gabe first became interested in Northeastern at a college information session hosted by their high school back home in Los Angeles. They were intrigued by Northeastern’s co-op program. During a CSSH mixer for admitted students in March 2016, Gabe was drawn to the integrated Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) degree program. They decided to double major in PPE and Communications, with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in order to take an interdisciplinary approach to their pursuit of social justice.
Related Research Centers
Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Influenced by John Basl's "Moral Philosophy" course
First co-op at WilmerHale LLP. It solidified their interest in policy over law.
Gabe took part in several Alternative Spring Breaks, including ones in New Orleans and Seattle
A passion for civic engagement, addressing public health in marginalized groups
Named a United Nations Millennium Fellow
“My passion for feminism informs all of my other academic interests. I come from the LGBTQ community and grew up with strong female role models, so studying feminism allows me to better understand behaviors of my own and others and how stereotypes affect how they are perceived. Through studying communications, politics, and gender studies, I’m able to understand how to identify an issue, propose policy, and effectively communicate its outcomes.”
Gabriel is a second-year double-majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and Communication Studies, with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Aside from being a Program Assistant with the Social Impact Lab, they are the President of the Northeastern University Political Review (NUPR), runs Northeastern’s SPLC on Campus Service/Research Project, and is a Shift Manager at Starbucks. Their interests lie mainly in the intersection of non-profit work, social goods, and economics. They hopes to work in the realm of strategic philanthropy in the future through a career in corporate responsibility or financial services.
More Student Paths
- 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...
- Took Ethics and Evolutionary Games with Prof. Smead on theories regarding the evolution of particular behaviors.
- Became a TA for Introduction to Logic, giving Aja a chance to hone her logic skills, and become more familiar with pedagogy and course prep.
- Took Ecological Economics with Prof. Mattias Ruth which tied economics, physics, & biology together – another instance of interdisciplinary approaches.
- Participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations focused on the Turkish migrant populations in Berlin & the particular social & economic challenges.
- Completed the capstone course Intro to Mathematical Methods & Modeling with Prof. Solomon Jekel, & explored various applications of differential equations models.
- Capped off her time at NEU with an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, using agent-based model to simulate & analyze school choice policies.
- Aja is now pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Boston University...
- Martin’s first co-op was with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Watertown, MA, assisting in drug-related organized crime investigations.
- For his second co-op, Martin joined Boston Private Bank & Trust Co to combat money laundering and fraud.
- Martin’s Capstone Project evaluated police program implementation to reduce biased crime against the LGTBQ community.
- Martin valued the class Policing in a Democratic Society for connecting coursework with his law enforcement experience.
- Martin held several leadership roles with the Filipino student association NU Barkada, which translates to “group of friends.”
- Martin and the Huskies Environmental Action Team (HEAT) organized a proposal to reform on-campus composting behaviors.
- After graduation, Martin plans to work with federal law enforcement to continue fulfilling his dream of helping others by preventing crime...