PhD Candidate in Political Science
Gordon Parris is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in comparative politics and international relations. He has a strong background and interest in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. Gordon served as a Teaching Assistant for Ioannis Livanis and Kirsten Rodine-Hardy.
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Gordon is especially interested in both issues effecting and issues affected by democratization. Having lived for a considerable amount of time in Poland, and having grown up in South Africa, Gordon is interested in what is typically referred to as Area Studies, with a focus on broad questions of and approaches to social development. He has a background in philosophy and literature, and brings these interests to bear on theoretical and methodological questions relating to the pursuit of political science.
Gordon’s undergraduate theses centered on philosophical and theoretical investigations into the conceptualization of Ideology. Previous papers have consistently related to contemporary continental philosophy, with a special focus on Marxist or post-Marxist literature. Outside of the academic environment, Gordon has taught in various capacities over the course of the last ten years.
Gordon is South African, and has been studying in countries away from home since 2008. Having graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, Gordon moved over to Europe for a dual M.A. program in East European Area Studies. The first year of this M.A. was hosted by the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL, and the second at the Uniwersytet Jagiełłoński in Krakow, Poland. He commenced his second M.A. at Northeastern in 2012.
- Book Review: “Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth” in <Marginalia, Iss. 3. UCL. 2009.
- “Why South Africans Should Object to Russian Aggression in Ukraine” on News24, March 23rd, 2015.
- “Russia, Ukraine, and the ANC” on News24, August 17th, 2015
Degrees earned and institutions:
BA (Hons), University of Cape Town
MA, IMESS, University College London & Uniwersytet Jagiełłoński
MA Political Science, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Central and Eastern Europe. Sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative Politics. Democratization. South African and Russian Foreign Relations.
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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...
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- 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...