Asian Studies, BA
Graduated in 2019
Seaton was deeply involved with student organizing and activism throughout his Northeastern career. Black, undocumented, and other marginalized student activists inspired Seaton to learn about his own heritage, which led him to Asian Studies. Now, he hopes to wield the cultural and political perspectives gained from Asian Studies to positively affect the community.
Originally from suburban Georgia, Seaton received the National Merit Scholarship to attend Northeastern.
Through the Civic Engagement Program, Seaton volunteered with the National Braille Press where he learned about disability advocacy.
Since the beginning of his Northeastern career, Seaton was an active member of the Progressive Student Alliance. He was involved with HOWL (Huskies Organizing with Labor).
In his sophomore year, Seaton served as an eBoard member of Students Against Institutional Discrimination, which provided students programming about institutional/system racism.
Seaton changed his major to Asian Studies in his junior year.
Seaton was introduced to the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship by the Chinese Department. He received the award to study and work in China for six months.
Seaton completed one full semester of coursework in China, as well as an internship with the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce.
Seaton developed a strong relationship with Professor Hua Dong who encouraged him and fellow Mandarin students to enter the BYU Business Language Case Competition. They won 3rd!
Seaton did directed study research under Professor Philip Thai regarding Chinese financial technology and wealth accessibility.
Seaton graduated from Northeastern in 2019.
As of May 2020, Seaton earned an MA in Regional Studies East Asia from Columbia University. His thesis assessed China's Belt and Road Initiative in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
“The greatest strength in the Asian Studies program is the fact that it is interdisciplinary. It enabled me to explore different academic disciplines and frameworks by which to approach social sciences. At Northeastern, I was able to take courses in History, Political Science, International Affairs, Language, and Culture, among others… I am a firm believer that coursework should be comprehensive, and should allow students the flexibility to explore different disciplines and schools of thought.”
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- 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...