PhD in Political Science
Graduated in 2020
Ioana Panaitiu received her PhD in Political Science at Northeastern University in 2020, specializing in American Government & Politics and Comparative Politics. She has a strong background and interest in race & U.S. nationalism, as well as political communication, psychology and methodology. Ioana served as a Teaching Assistant for professor Michael Tolley’s Introduction to American Government, Ioannis Livanis’ Introduction to Comparative Politics, Dov Waxman’s Introduction to International Relations, and David Rochefort’s graduate Quantitative Techniques seminar.
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Ioana’s research is primarily focused on the role that race and dehumanization play in narratives surrounding U.S. national identity, especially as exhibited in discourse on social media platforms. Ioana is interested in exploring new methodologies that can capture covert racism, and as part of this she is currently working on a paper titled “Trajectories of Hate: Mapping Cultural and Biological Racism on Twitter,” together with Northeastern’s Nick Beauchamp and Boston University’s Spencer Piston.
Prior to Northeastern, Ioana completed her BA at the University of New England in Maine, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. During her undergraduate career, she served as a Research Assistant to Dr. David Livingstone Smith. Her research in the departments of Political Science and History & Philosophy earned her distinctions such as the Sophomore and Junior Awards in Academic Excellence, Outstanding Student Researcher, and the Jacques Downs Excellence Award for her entire undergraduate career, while her Senior thesis was awarded the university’s SURE grant, as well as Honors from the College of Arts and Sciences. While at UNE, Ioana also worked as a Congressional Intern, Resident Advisor and Circulation Desk Assistant, and co-founded TEDxUNE, one of the few student-led TED organizations in the U.S..
Ioana G. Panaitiu (2019): Apes and anticitizens: simianization and U.S. national identity discourse, Social Identities, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2019.1679621
Smith, David Livingstone and Ioana Panaitiu. 2016. “Aping the Human Essence: Simianization as Dehumanization.” In Wulf D. Hund, Charles W. Mills, and Silvia Sevastiani (eds.), Simianization, Apes, Gender, Class, and Race. pp. 77-104. Münster, Germany: Lit Verlag.
Smith, David Livingstone and Ioana Panaitiu. 2016. “Horror Sanguinis.” Journal of Common Knowledge 22(1):69-80. https://doi.org/10.1215/0961754X-3322882.
Panaitiu, Ioana. “Apes and Anticitizens: Simianization and U.S. National Identity Discourse.” Paper accepted for the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL. April 2018.
Panaitiu, Ioana. “The Dehumanizing Character of U.S. Nationalism.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. New Orleans, LA. January 2018.
Panaitiu, Ioana. “#propaganda: Social Media Propaganda and Public Opinion.” Paper presented at SURE Research Symposium. Biddeford, ME. April 2015.
Panaitiu, Ioana. “#propaganda: Social Media and Partisan Political Information.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, MA. November 2014.
American Politics: Political Communication, Race relations & U.S. Nationalism, Political Psychology.
Political methodology: Computational Statistics, Quantitative Text Analysis, Machine Learning, Experimental Designs, Latent Variable Analysis.
Degrees Earned and Institutions:
PhD, Northeastern University
BA, University of New England
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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...