PhD Student in Political Science
Levi Watts is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in American politics. He has a strong background and interest in the American founding, its institutions, specifically the Courts and Congress, and structural, institutional, and behavioral explanations for disparity.
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Levi grew up in a small town in southeast Idaho and made a stop off in Utah to play two years of college baseball, before relocating to Southern California to surf and become a baseball coach. Life had different plans and he obtained his BA and MA in Political Science from California State University Chico after an extended hiatus from his studies. Levi has been deeply involved with the wider community assisting others in a variety of ways such as helping the less fortunate, coaching young people, civil rights political activism, providing legal help, serving fellow grad students on the Council of Graduate Students, teaching and tutoring. This engagement has revealed many systematic disparities in society, an insight that inspired him to study political science and now motivates his doctoral study to analytically investigate the causes and consequences of this disparity. When not in the classroom Levi enjoys playing the guitar, listening to vinyl, and watching baseball with his Balinese cat, Ale.
Levi has a strong interest in the American founding and its institutions. Specifically, he is interested in the structural, institutional, and behavioral explanations for systemic disparities among groups and peoples. And tends to concentrate his efforts on the legislative and judicial branches. Levi is also extremely interested in Pedagogy and how students learn.
Before attending Northeastern, Levi was a lecturer in the department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University Chico.
A.S. (College of Eastern Utah 2006)
B.A. (CSU Chico 2016)
M.A. (CSU Chico 2018)
“Outcomes of the Second-Year Student Success Program: Student Perceptions and Persistence” (with Darin Haerle, Ryan Patten, and Matt Thomas) National Symposium on Student Retention.
Works in Progress
“Targaryen Thought Experiments: Do Science Fiction Examples Help or Hurt When Teaching International Relations?” (with Adam Irish and Nicole Sherman)). Submission currently under review for International Studies Perspectives.
“Can 100 Students Debate One Another? Adapting the Nuclear Proliferation Debate to a Large Lecture Class” (with Adam Irish). Submission currently under review for International Studies Perspectives.
Conferences Papers and Activities
2019: “Outcomes of the Second-Year Student Success Program: Student Perceptions and Persistence” (with Darin Haerle, Ryan Patten, and Matt Thomas) National Symposium on Student Retention.
2018: “Targaryen Thought Experiments: Do Science Fiction Examples Help or Hurt When Teaching International Relations?” (with Adam Irish and Nicole Sherman) Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
2018: Research Assistant who conducted interviews with students for quantitative aspect of “Targaryen Thought Experiments”, as well as transcription, coding, and data collection.
2018: “Can 100 Students Debate One Another? Adapting the Nuclear Proliferation Debate to a Large Lecture Class” (with Adam Irish). Faculty Lunch Talk at CSU Chico.
2018: “The Role of 9: How the Supreme Court Influences Policy and Politics” Bi-annual Panel through the Council of Graduate Students at CSU Chico. Moderator/Event Organizer.
2017: “The Definition of Violence” Bi-annual Panel through the Council of Graduate Students at CSU Chico and the Community Legal Information Center. Facilitator/Event Organizer.
2016: “Technology and Its Impact: Technology in the 21st Century” Bi-annual Panel through the Council of Graduate Students at CSU Chico. Facilitator/Event Organizer.
2016: “Crime after Crime” film showing hosted by the Women’s Law Department at C.L.I.C. for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Event Organizer.
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More Student Paths
- 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...