The CPD Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship that offers a highly selective number of undergraduate students a unique opportunity to work closely with political science faculty and graduate students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to study the politics of developing countries. In addition to working side-by-side with CPD research associates to conduct original research, fellows have the opportunity to attend workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects. This gives fellows a unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts studying development. Fellows also have a chance to develop key research skills, like statistical programming and map-making, among others.
CPD Undergraduate Fellows (AY 2018-19):
Luca Amato is a Senior from Los Angeles pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and a History minor at UC Berkeley. His interests include the establishment of political institutions in the developing world and European politics. Luca’s prior work focused on researching trends in California State Supreme Court justice elections over time. Here at Cal, Luca is the Financial Aid Policy Coordinator of the ASUC Student Advocate’s Office where he works both on casework with students struggling with Financial Aid concerns and takes the lead on crafting future policy projects for the office. After college, Luca plans on attending law school.
Leila Hooshyar is a junior from Morgantown, West Virginia pursuing a B.S. in Society & Environment and a B.A. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Her interests include state building and assessing the strength of political institutions in mitigating conflict and confronting complex problems like climate change and civil strife. Leila’s prior research experience covers areas as broad as the global waste trade with a focus on e-waste trade in China and Ghana, as well as the consensual or non-consensual basis of civil and military interventions over time. Here at Berkeley, Leila serves as the Vice President of UC Berkeley Model United Nations, where she actively oversees and cultivates members’ professional development and skills in debate. After Cal, Leila hopes to spend a couple years working at a political think-tank or other research institution and then possibly pursue a J.D. Ph.D. program later on.
Madhumitha Krishnan is a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and History. Her interests include studying comparative law, political institutions in the developing world, and Eastern European and South Asian politics. She has previously done research regarding immigration law and Latin American political structures with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the UC Hastings School of Law. Aside from research, Madhumitha is involved with the Berkeley Political Review and the Student Immigration Relief Clinic. She hopes to one day attend graduate school and obtain a JD and a PHD.
Jenail Mobaraka is a junior from Palmdale, CA pursuing a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science with a minor is Human Rights. Her interests include the dynamics between majority and minority religious communities in the Middle East, the relationship between political stability and human rights abuses, and women’s involvement is local politics. At UC Berkeley, she serves as the External Executive Director of the Middle Eastern North African Recruitment and Retention Center, as well as President of Students Organize for Syria. After graduating she hopes to attend graduate school and work in the Middle East.
Ashwin is a sophomore hailing from Voorhees, New Jersey. He intends on pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Economy. His interests lie in voter behavior, identity politics, and issue framing. Previously, he has worked on a Congressional campaign and contributed research towards some of the aforementioned areas at the University of Pennsylvania under Professor Daniel J. Hopkins. In his spare time, Ashwin loves to focus on his passions in music, film, and sports. Following graduation, he hopes to explore the intersection between the entertainment industry and politics.
Rudra is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Political Economy. He is an international student, hailing from Mumbai, India. His interests include criminal law and politics, especially in South Asian countries. He has worked in a law firm fighting criminal law cases for underprivileged members of India. Besides research, Rudra writes for the Berkeley Political Review and is a member of UC Berkeley Model United Nations. He hopes to attend law school in the near future.
Emma is pursuing a B. A. in Political Science with a specialization in American politics. Her senior honors thesis focuses on the question, “Why no socialism in the United States?”, which has been a biting concern in comparative social science for decades. Specifically, Emma analyzes her hometown, Milwaukee, as an intriguing deviant case, given that it was governed by Socialist mayors for 40 years in the 1900’s. This project was inspired in part by Emma’s summer internship in the Milwaukee mayor’s office. Since then, Emma has interned for Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and served as a research assistant for David Collier, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus in Political Science. She hopes to graduate in May and attend law school next fall.