PhD in Public Policy
Mohsin is a PhD student of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs with a concentration in Sustainability and Resilience. He is broadly interested in the political economy, and particularly how ethno-political conflict affects social capital and various policy outcomes in the global South.
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As a mid-career professional, he brings diverse experiences in planning, capacity building, and particularly in conducting impact evaluations, policy analysis, and ethnographic studies. Since 2020, he has been teaching at the National University of Modern Languages, in Pakistan, where he taught policy analysis, Multi-level/(e)-governance, Water, and environmental politics to MPP students. He also serves as a Program Director M&S Research Hub—a leading research firm based in Germany, providing advanced data analytics and research trainings to a variety of stakeholders, and an inaugural Member of the Advisory Group at CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation. As MAG, he provides technical and strategic support to oversee and evaluate Civic Solidarity Funding, and strengthen civil society’s capacity, diversity and resilience in the global South. He is also passionate about Tech4Development and founded an award-winning Health-tech startup TransHelp—aiming at democratizing affordable and quality health and legal aid for underserved communities by combining creative art, and digital technologies (AI/GIS). The initiative has been noted by several national and international organizations, for combating HIV endemic, and building community resilience against Transphobia and gender-based discrimination, and was recently among the top 10 finalists by Gilead Sciences worldwide and among finalists for Asia-Pacific Social Innovation Award 2020 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan—PRC.
In the past, he served KOICA at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Government of Pakistan, Youth Advocacy Council, and READ Foundation, and led multimillion aid programs, centered on socio-economic development, civil services (human capital), and institutional reforms in South and Southeast Asia and Africa. He has been awarded various national and international awards for his work including the Global Ambassador Fellowship by KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea, Young Leaders Fellowship by Asia-Europe Foundation, Public Diplomacy M/O Foreign Affairs, South Korea, DICE Fellowship by British Council, Associate Fellow for Royal Commonwealth Society, University of Cambridge among others. As a budding prose writer and poet, Mohsin is a winner of the National Award for Short Story Competition at the age of 19. He holds a Master in Development Policy with a concentration in International Development and Public Administration & Leadership on merit scholarship from KDI School of Public Policy & Management, South Korea, an MPhil in Rural Development, and a BSc. (Hons) in Agriculture with distinction.
Mohsin often writes on gender, economic (in)equality, human rights, and institutional reforms, and also interested in the study of elite capture, force-displacement, electoral and hydro-politics, and the application of behavioral/development economics (field experiments) and computational social science methodology to solve public policy challenges. He can be reached on email@example.com or Twitter @MkWaxir where he tweets about research, social issues, grants, and more. You can read his latest blogs/research papers here.
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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...