People - 2018-2019 Political Science Scholars

Charlie Booher

Charlie Booher is a graduate of Middleton High School in Middleton, WI.  Charlie is an undergraduate scholar working towards a double major in Public Policy and Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation. By conducting ecological and social science research, he is seeking ways to identify how research on carnivore ecology can lead to the creation of public policy meant to conserve charismatic species while preserving human interests. Currently, his focus is on the use of depredation studies in the creation of legislation relating to lions, hyenas and leopards in East Africa. After graduating from MSU, Charlie plans to pursue a Masters of Public Policy and further graduate degrees in the field of wildlife conservation. This interest in the integration of political science and the conservation of natural resources, will potentially lead him to a career in lobbying or political advocacy.

Layla Brooks

Layla Brooks graduated from Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  She is majoring in political science.  She wishes to focus her studies on the development and politics of sub Saharan Africa, as well as philosophy in the political realm. This summer she was an intern in the innovateGov program in Detroit and wishes to partake in another study away program next summer. After she completes her undergraduate studies she plans to learn Swahili abroad in Tanzania while continuing her studies of political science in graduate school abroad.

Isabella C. DiCarlo

Isabella C. DiCarlo is a grdaute of Haslett High School in Haslett, Michigan.  She is a Political Science Pre-Law major.  She is interested in constitutional law and the way it is interpreted by the judicial branch, specifically the supreme court. She is also interested in how supreme court decisions influence legislation and its impact on society. She has done research with Professor Hula on the New Market Tax Credit, which is designed to increase the flow of capital to businesses and low income communities by providing a modest tax incentive to private investors. After graduation she plans on doing Teach for America and, hopefully, teach high school students criminal justice and philosophy. After Teach for America she wants to go to law school and become an attorney.

Joseph Gaikema

Joseph Gaikema is a graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, Michigan. He is earning a major in Political Science. Some of his interests in the political field are public policy and international relations. He also worked as an intern for Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign for governor and always enjoys studying politics. As a student at Michigan State, he earned a position as an Intercultural Aid, where he leads political and social discussions with diverse groups of people. Political science interests him because he wants to have a future career where he can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others

Babs Hough

Babs Hough is a graduate of West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan.  She is a Pre-Law, Business Management with a minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy.  She is currently interning at the Heritage Foundation in the Center for Principles and Politics, interning as a research assistant at the Acton Institute in the Fall.  She is also a research assistant at IPPSR.  Her areas of interest include American political thought and conservatism.  Her post-undergraduate aspirations include going to graduate school or working in Washington D.C.

Elyse Jerome

Elyse Jerome is a graduate of Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan. She is a Political Science Pre-Law major with a concentration in Psychology. She is interested in corporate and constitutional law, and is currently working for a campaign team for the upcoming Congressional primary. She is also very passionate about helping others; specifically, those who struggle with depression and mental health issues.  She wants to be a catalyst for mental health improvement among young people. Elyse aspires to attend law school with hopes of becoming a corporate attorney.

Michael Kozel

Michael Kozel is a graduate of Algonac High School in Algonac, Michigan.  He is majoring in World Politics.  He is interested in international relations with a primary focus on conflicts. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school and study international relations

Aly Kwiatek

Aly Kwiatek is a graduate of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan.   She is a political science/pre-law major.  She is interested in healthcare, foreign relations and economic policy. She is currently working as a law clerk. Next year, she aspires to secure an internship with a state senator or representative. She is interested in research on personalist political parties. After graduation, she plans on attending law school and pursuing a career as a corporate or medical malpractice lawyer.

Lauren Lahie

Lauren Lahie is a graduate of Saline High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  She is majoring in public policy with a minor in environmental and sustainability studies.  Her areas of political interest include political institutions, specifically Congress and the Presidency, as well as political voting behavior. She is also passionate about social justice and social change. In the Fall 2018 she will begin working towards her MPP from MSU as a part of the linked BA-MPP program in hopes of pursuing a career in either the nonprofit sector or within higher education.

Hana Jocelyn Lerwick

Hana Jocelyn Lerwick is a graduate of Burns Jr/Sr High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  She is a double major in Humanities Pre-Law and political science.  She is very interested in the United States Supreme Court as well as immigration and human rights. She is currently doing undergraduate research that focuses on the Supreme Court. After her undergraduate studies she would like to continue on to law school and become either an International Human Rights Lawyer or an Immigration Lawyer.

Kristen Powell

Kristen Powell graduated from Millington High School in Millington, Michigan.  She is a political science Pre-Law major.  She is interested in criminal and constitutional law with specific interests in felony cases and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has plans to attend law school after undergrad with hopes of becoming a prosecuting attorney.

Carly Regalado

Carly Regalado is a graduate of Avon High School in Avon, Connecticut.  She is a PLS Pre-Law major with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous StudiesAfter graduation I plan to attend law school or a  graduate school with a Museum Studies and History program.

Maysa Sitar

Maysa Sitar is a graduate of Newberry High School in Newberry, Michigan.  She is a political science general major and journalism major with a minor in Arabic.  She is currently working on a research project that examines sexual assault policies, programs, and procedures across Big Ten Universities. In addition, in the past year she assisted political science professor Dr. Ostrander with research on U.S. Presidents. After her undergraduate work, she hopes to work in the Peace Corps for a few years and then continue on to graduate school. Her long term career aspiration is to write as a foreign correspondent, but her interests vary anywhere from the Supreme Court to Immigration Policy.

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is a graduate of Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  She is a Political Science Pre-law major.  She is interested in the different kind of voting patterns and what factors influence voter turnout both in the United States and other countries around the world. After  graduation, she plans to attend law school, eventually work in cooperate or criminal law, or become a lobbyist, and live in D.C..

Gifty Tawiah

Gifty Tawiah is a graduate of John Glenn High School in Westland, MI.  She is a double major in Political Science (pre-law) and International Development.  She would like to go to law school after undergraduate and work for the UNHCR.  She is interested in foreign policy, and policies specifically pertaining to the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.  She additionally has research interest in democratization and the election processes in these countries.

Ayanna Walker

Ayanna Walker is a graduate of Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan.  She is double majoring in PLS Pre-law and JMC Comparative Cultures & Politics with a focus on French Studies.

During my undergraduate studies, she hopes to be partnered with a political science faculty member that focuses on judiciary or executive research as those are the two aspects of our government that she would like to research. She is interested in both policymaking and policy change and as such, she is looking forward to delving deeper into these topics as she furthers er undergraduate studies. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and then law school.

Hannah Wellman

Hannah Wellman a graduate of Rockford high school in Rockford, Michigan. Hannah is earning a double major in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and Law. She has participated in research looking at the topics of presidential veto messages and is looking forward to participating in more research projects. Her interests include government, judicial politics, and constitutional law. After graduation she plans to attend law school.