PhD Candidate in Political Science
Jennifer Ostojski is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Comparative Politics and International Politics. She has a strong background and interest in the European Union, supranational institutions, and state building.
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Jennifer is particularly interested in supranational institutions – especially the European Union –, how they handle cooperation among states (when facing crises), and how their existence effects the sovereignty of said individual member states.
During her undergraduate studies Jennifer held the position of research assistant under Professor Joseph Coelho, working on themes regarding state building in Kosovo.
Born and raised in Germany, Jennifer has spent the majority of her years post High School in the United States. In 2016 she graduated with a BA in Political Science, minoring in Sociology. Her passion for Political Science was sparked during a civil rights elective. And even though she now focuses on the European Union, it was that one particular elective that has steered her academic pursuits. She is fluent in Polish and German and can – if the situation ever arises – translate documents from Latin and Ancient Greek.
“Experiencing and Interpreting: Reacting to Experiential Learning Abroad”. Presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, NM, USA. February 2020.
“Creating Pan-European Nationalism – The House of European History”. Presented at the Association for Studies of Nationalities Conference, Colombia University, New York, NY, USA. May 2019.
“The Rise of Euroscepticism and its toll on the future of the European Union”. Presented at the New England Political Science Association Conference, Newport, RI, USA. April 2016.
Degrees earned and institutions:
BA, Political Science, Framingham State University (2016)
MA, Political Science, Northeastern University (2019)
Research Interests: European Union, European Integration, Identity, Nationalism, Holocaust Remembrance, Teaching & Learning
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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles took "Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South" with Professor Shalanda Baker, which pushed him to further question systems as they exist, no matter their entrenched in society.
- He did community service as part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. He worked on the Timebank team, helping give back to local communities.
- Charles split his time for his first co-op between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, including infrastructure and childcare.
- He was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign and advocated for racial literacy courses and a restorative and transformative justice center on campus.
- Charles made his own research project- a macroeconomic index to measure democratic participation in municipal economies, partnering with NU, the Columbus Foundation and the Center for Economic Democracy.
- He worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project as a Program Associate, helping city systems and other organizations actively decide how to invest money across different spaces.
- Charles graduated in 2022. ..
- Casey took Global Markets and Local Cultures. After traveling, she better saw how the coursework mirrored real life, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- She went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay, and become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey completed 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 local communities.
- She 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.
- She 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.
- Casey graduated in 2020. ..
- Sunita took Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection, taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa. The course invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- She traveled on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Jordan and Egypt; while there she grew interested in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Sunita worked at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Sunita was a member of the International Relations Council and traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences.
- Sunita conducted research with Berna Turam, developing a greater understanding of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. She also researched the feminist response to Covid-19 with Val Moghadam.
- She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022.
- 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 his high school and college experiences.
- He 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 enlightened look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser joined the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant for his first co-op. He worked on inventory, public relations, brewery events, and workspace organization.
- He implemented 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 maintained a farm in Dorchester for The Food Project. He harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics.
- In 2020, Yasser won the Community Service Leadership award, given to students who show exemplary community engagement. He was recognized for his work at The Food Project, Northeastern Crossing, and more.
- He graduated 2022 with his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Religious Studies and his Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, through Northeastern’s PlusOne program...