People - Political Science Scholars

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Mark Zuccaro

Mark Zuccaro is a graduate of De La Salle Collegiate High School in Macomb Township, Michigan. He is a double major in Political Science-Pre-Law and Criminal Justice, and is also earning a minor in Spanish. His main interest is criminal law, and he has an internship this summer with his county prosecutor’s office. After graduation he plans to attend law school and hopes to become a judge in his hometown of Macomb. Faculty Mentor: Cristina Bodea

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Qi Xu

Qi Xu is a World Politics major from China. He is particularly interested in researching topics such as democratization, the path of developing countries, and religious and international conflicts. In his free time he practices Buddhism, and hopes to study and practice Buddhism after graduation. He also plans to attend graduate school to study public policy or religion. Faculty Mentor: Eric Chang

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Leslie Welch

Leslie Welch is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, Michigan. She is a member of the Residential College of Arts and Humanities and is majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Economics. Her interests include social policy, particularly in health and education policy, and she has also done research in electoral politics. She hopes to enter a service career, such as the Peace Corps, after graduation. Faculty Mentor: Corwin Smidt

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Matthew Thornburg

Matthew Thornburg is a graduate of Hanover-Horton High School in Horton, Michigan. He is a double-major in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and Political Science. Thornburg is most interested in political theory and thinking. He is currently writing a thesis on Pierre Manent’s “Seeing Things Politically.” He plans to take a year off to work with policy in Chicago before attending law school in the fall of 2017. Faculty Mentor: Steven Kautz

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Ethan Santangelo

Ethan Santangelo is a graduate of V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He is double-majoring in History and World Politics. Santangelo has always held a passion for international politics and the factors behind the most influential moments in world history. His research interests include both general world politics and twentieth century Eastern European history. He hopes to continue his graduate studies in comparative politics and have a future career in the civil service. Faculty Mentor: Cristina Bodea

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Warren Rothe

Warren Rothe is a Political Science major from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. One of his goals is to earn a Master’s in Public Policy through the linked program. Areas of interest include policy design and implementation, public finance, and economic development and policy. After graduation he hopes to work in one of those areas, with particular interest in government relations for corporations or a nonprofit that works with community development. Faculty Mentor: Josh Sapotichne

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Nick Pigeon

Nick Pigeon is a graduate of South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He is majoring in Political Science. His interests include campaigning and elections, public policy, voting behavior, and Congress. Faculty Mentor: Eric Juenke

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Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry is a Public Policy major from New Boston, Michigan. She is interested in campaigns and elections, the federal government (particularly the executive or legislative branches), and social policy. After graduation, she plans to earn Master’s Degree in Public Policy and would like to work for a federal agency, a think tank, run a campaign, or work on a legislator’s staff. Faculty Mentor: Jakana Thomas

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Nick Miller

Nick Miller is a graduate of Lakeland High School in White Lake, Michigan. He is a sophomore majoring in Public Policy, with an interest in urban policy making and governance. Upon his graduation he plans to earn his Masters’ degree through the Master of Public Policy linked program and hopes to attend Officer Candidate School for the United States Army. Faculty Mentor: Eric Juenke

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Julia Miller
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Alexa Malesky

Alexa Malesky is a graduate of H.H. Dow High School in Midland, Michigan. Her undergraduate major was Political Science Pre-Law, and she is currently in the Masters of Public Policy linked program. Malesky is particularly interested in education policy and is currently interning at MGS Consultants, a lobbying firm in Lansing. Her future goals are to work at a policy think tank or the government affairs sector of a large company. Faculty Mentor: Josh Sapotichne

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Savannah Kolodziej
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Elias Kokaly

Elias Kokaly is a graduate of Kearsley High School in Flint, Michigan. He is majoring in World Politics and minoring in Bioethics. Kokaly is interested in Foreign Policy and Human Rights. Upon graduation, he plans to attend law school or a school of Foreign Service. Faculty Mentor: Michael Colaresi

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Amin Soltani

Amin Soltani is a graduate of Fayetteville Manlius High School in Manlius, New York. He is majoring in Political Science and is interested in how markets and economies are shaped by political decision making, both domestically and internationally. Soltani is also interested in international politics. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate studies in Economics and Political Science, and be active in politics at the national level. Faculty Mentor: Ryan Black

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Emily Jenks

Emily Jenks is a graduate of Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan. She is majoring in Political Science-Pre-Law. In Spring 2016, she will be participating in a study abroad program in Australia and New Zealand that focuses on criminal justice. After graduation, she plans to attend law school. Faculty mentor: Sarah Reckhow

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Mikaylah Heffernan

Mikaylah Heffernan is a graduate of Henry Ford Early College, and is majoring in Political Science-Pre-Law. Her interests include legislation affecting education, the arts, and scientific research, which is evidenced by her volunteer work with students worldwide and her Associate’s Degree through her early college in Biotechnology. She plans to attain a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, and aspires to hold office at the local or state level. Faculty Mentor: Matt Grossman

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Jesse Forraht Forraht

Jesse Forraht is a graduate of Berrien Springs High School in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is majoring in World Politics, and is interested in studying the relationship between religion and politics. After graduation, she plans to become an Officer in the United States Air Force and hopes to work in intelligence or contracting. Faculty Mentor: Ani Sarkissian

Alec D’Annunzio

Alec D’Annunzio is a Political Science-Pre-Law major from Troy, Michigan. He is interested in criminal justice procedures and policies as they relate to the U.S. Constitution, as well as analyzing similarities and differences among partisan behaviors, both inside and outside of government institutions. D’Annunzio plans to pursue the Masters of Public Policy linked program and eventually go to law school. From there, he plans to practice law enforcement at the federal level or as a prosecutor. Faculty Mentor: Melinda Hall

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Teresa Bolger

Teresa Bolger is a graduate of Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. Bolger is majoring in Political Science-Pre-Law. She is interested in the Constitution, law, and the interaction between the branches of government, specifically the judiciary. Her post-graduation plans include attending law school and practicing law. Faculty Mentor: Ryan Black

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William Bishop

William Bishop is a junior from Okemos, MI, majoring in Political Science. He is specifically interested in urban politics and public opinion. Bishop plans to attend graduate school upon graduation. Faculty Mentor: Sarah Reckhow

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Manny Alalouf

Manny Alalouf is a graduate of Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Michigan. He is a double major in Political Science and Finance with a minor in Computer Science. He is currently a research assistant for State Representative Sheldon Neeley working with health-policy issues related to the lead-water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Alalouf has also spent time researching the effects of corporate bias in the structure of clinical trials, and hopes to have an article published on his research next year.  Faculty Mentor: Ben Appel

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Teresa Azzam

Teresa Azzam is a World Politics major from Rochester Hills, Michigan. Her passion is international studies as well as language and culture, and she is particularly interested in studying immigration and refugees. She is also interested in the regions in which these refugees are from, in particular, the Middle East. She is pursuing a career in the international field with a goal to attend law school and work abroad as a Foreign Service Officer or in international development. Faculty Mentor: Ani Sarkissian