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Undergraduate Council

Political Science Undergraduate Council

The Political Science Undergraduate Council consists of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Undergraduate Program Assistant, our departmental Student Advisory Board (SAB) Representatives and select self-nominated students. The SAB representatives Co-chair the Political Science Undergraduate Council and lead the initiatives. Together, the Council works to plan events to facilitate faculty-student interaction, solicit student feedback and promote and improve Undergraduate student engagement and community in the department.

Please contact your Political Science Undergraduate Council with suggested events you would like to see in the department. Any suggestions and questions are welcome!

2020-2021 Undergraduate Council

Applications for the 2020-21 Undergraduate Council are now open. All Political Science majors and minors are welcome to apply by completing the brief application form. The deadline to apply is October 4 at 11:59 pm CT.


2019-2020 Political Science Undergraduate Council Co-Chairs & Student Advisory Board Representatives: 

Jonathan Goldberg is a senior in Political Science. He is interested in counter-terrorism policy as well as United States politics and domestic law. Jonathan is pursuing an honors thesis in his final year, researching the American drone strike program. He hopes to pursue a career in law after graduation.

Hayden Richardson is a rising junior from Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Middle East and North African Studies. She is a Farrell Fellow in the Northwestern Political Science department, is a B1G Collegiate cheerleader, and serves on the Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta. 

2019-2020 Political Science Undergraduate Council Representatives:

Zach Colton-Max is a junior from New Jersey, majoring in Political Science. He is interested in United States politics, specifically how policies impact racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups. He will be working as a Farrell Fellow with Professor Thurston in the coming year on research relating to political participation and race in the Black Belt. Outside of academic pursuits, Zach was the Finance intern coordinator for Congresswoman Mikie Sherill’s 2018 campaign. He is also a producer for the Dillo Day music festival with Mayfest. After his time at Northwestern, he hopes to continue exploring his passion for learning in graduate school.

Netta Keesom is majoring in political science and history, with a particular interest in the intersection of cultural history and politics. She works as a research assistant studying international relations and the politics of conflict, and hopes to continue learning from others and expanding her worldview in graduate school.

Mary Pedraza is proud to return to the Political Science Undergraduate Council for her senior year! Hailing from Lake Carroll, Illinois, Mary is interested in international politics with a focus on Germany, as she is also an international studies major. On campus, Mary plays tenor saxophone in the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band and is heavily involved her fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She works in the University Archives and spent summer 2019 as the Registrarial Intern at the Block Museum of Art. She loves art, music, and all things Cubs baseball. As she approaches graduation, Mary is looking forward to attending graduate school for library and information science to become an archivist! 

Uzair Qadir is  rising senior double majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Computer Science. He is interested in foreign policy and stabilization of conflict zones with a regional focus on the Middle East, and works as a research assistant for Professor Wendy Pearlman studying the political dynamics of the Syrian Civil War. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school with an eye toward work in diplomacy in the future.

Nick Welch is a junior majoring in Political Science. He is interested in urban politics and the urban-rural divide. Nick recently interned with Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois’s 5th Congressional District and currently works as a Farrell Fellow for Professors Jaime Dominguez and Thomas Ogorzalek. After graduation, he hopes to be active in local politics and attend grad school.

Political Science Representatives to the Weinberg College Student Advisory Board

The Weinberg College Student Advisory Board (SAB) is the primary source of student advice to the Dean of the College and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. In the department of Political Science, the SAB representatives are also responsible for co-chairing the Political Science Undergraduate Council.

The SAB plays a central role in the College by:

The political science department has two SAB representatives, selected by the undergraduate committee. The SAB elects its own officers.

The SAB welcomes your input

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