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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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...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...