Political Science, B.S.
Graduated in May 2020
Sarah Goodman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, grew up interested in the world around her and knew that she wanted to study the mechanisms of law and policy in order to help people. Throughout her time at Northeastern, she put her interests into practice during her co-ops, starting with a small law firm in Boston and later with the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office. Sarah graduated from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities in May 2020 with a BS in Political Science, and minors in International Affairs, Law and Public Policy. She is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
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From a young age, Sarah took a liking to politics and their place in the world and its various institutions. When she came to Northeastern, it was clear she'd pursue political science.
Classes with Professor Denise Garcia in international law and global governance helped Sarah realize her interest in the broad spectrum of political science which would help her draft her senior thesis.
The law office of Mark D. Cooper was Sarah's first co-op where she was given the opportunity to work with clients from many different backgrounds and assist them in obtaining their immigration benefits.
In the summer of 2017 Sarah completed the Civilizations dialogue with Professor Michael Hoppmann visiting 14 cities in 5 weeks. The impact of the sites on present day became clear through her trip.
Sarah found her second co-op within the narcotics and money laundering unit at the U.S Attorney's office. She learned that her career could have an earnest impact on the daily lives of those she serves.
In her senior year, Sarah published her thesis, combining her academic experience in political science with her experiential learning experience in law and public policy.
In April 2020, Sarah’s hard work on her senior thesis was presented at Northeastern’s Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship (RISE), and CSSH’s undergraduate research forum.
Sarah is now a Law student in the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be graduating in May 2023 and hopes to pursue another position at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Northeastern is a school with so many opportunities – some you have to seek out, some that are thrown in your face. Take advantage of these opportunities, get involved in the things that you are passionate about, and use these four or five years to expand your worldview. You will never have the opportunity again to travel to different countries around the world, move to another city for six months for a co-op, and make friends from all over.”
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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...
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...