Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
What was your favorite class and how has it influenced your further course of study?
It's hard to pick a favorite class, because I have loved so many of them. If I had to choose, though, I would probably go with Women in War and Peace, a class about women in politics I took in my junior year. This class really changed my perspective on the study of political science, and made me realize that I want to focus on the narratives that are often neglected in the field. For example, when we talk about security and peacekeeping, the narrative rarely includes the fact that women are often targets of coercion and violence by these peacekeepers. But that's the kind of story I'm interested in, and taking this class really opened my eyes to many of the areas in which women are sidelined through the study of political science.
Why did you choose your major/minor/concentration? What influenced you to pursue this course of study?
I've been interested in politics since I was a kid, but I became interested in justice and human rights when writing a paper before college about the idea that democracy and economic development go hand in hand. The sources I was reading got me thinking about how the global North has extracted from the South and the ways this system was invisible to me as a resident of the North. When I started at Haverford, I wanted to concentrate in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, but I didn't know much about the "peace" part. My writing seminar, though, was all about pacifist art and literature in the 1930s, and it got me really excited about pacifism as a concept and an active practice. As a result, the concentration made a lot of sense both personally and academically, and I'm so glad I've pursued it.
What do you hope to do after graduating from Haverford?
I'm not really sure what I want to do when I graduate, but I know I want to work with people face-to-face. I love listening to people and hopefully helping them talk through what they need and how I can help with that. I think I probably want to do something related to public policy, but I'm not sure what, and I feel most at home in the not-for-profit sector so that's likely where I'll be looking most closely.