Asian Studies, B.A.
Graduated in 2020
Julia started studying Chinese at the age of eleven, and knew that she was going to do something related to China ever since. Going into Northeastern, selecting Asian Studies was an obvious choice for her.
Julia started learning the Chinese language when she was eleven.
Julia's favorite class of the program was Law, Justice, and Society in China because she was able to see how law is expressed under a Communist regime.
Julia joined SAC as an Asian Studies Program representative in Fall of 2017 and continued until the end of her college career.
For one of her classes, Julia had the opportunity to serve her community by working with Immigrants who were preparing for the citizenship test in Dorchester.
Julia spent Summer 2018 as a research and translator at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Julia was awarded the Asian Studies Award in 2018.
Julia has never done a co-op! However, she was able to gain work experience with the help of her co-op advisor at a Taiwanese company, Epoch Foundation.
Julia conducted a research project with Professor Philip Thai titled, "Unsustainable Practices: How China and America Caused the Scrap Trade Panic."
Julia spent the Spring 2019 semester at Harvard, where she took courses on the political geography, business, and economy of China.
Julia also worked on a research project with Professor Robert Cross, " Xinjiang and Hong Kong: How Beijing Aims to Assert its Authority as China."
“The most definitive experience for me as an Asian Studies Major was being the Asian Studies representative for the Student Advisory Council (SAC). I appreciated having the opportunity to promote Asian Studies because it is a major and minor that is often overlooked although it is really useful, as well as talking to the administration to find ways to improve it.”
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...