College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science Department

Student Spotlight

 Matt Atwell

Matt Atwell ’15 Matt Atwell ’15, graduated with Departmental Honors thanks to the thesis that he wrote under the direction of Dr. Becki Scola. After his semester at The Washington Center, Matt is taking a job as a research associate at Civic Enterprises in DC.

 Kevin J. Barrow

Kevin J. Barrow, Jr. ’15, was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the prestigious Jesuit honor society which recognizes “students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others” and encourages the development of “Ignatian inspired lifelong leaders” (  Kevin is taking a direction he would never have predicted as a freshman. He will be starting at JP Morgan, having been accepted to a 2-year rotational program at the firm. He hopes this experience will serve him well en route to his ultimate goal: a dual JD-MBA and a career in corporate law.
Kevin J. Barrow, Jr. ’15


 Dana Saraco

Dana Saraco ’15 Dana Saraco ’15 was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest honor society which recognizes academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor society. Graduating with General Honors, Dana finished the rigorous Honors Program curriculum while majoring in Political Science and English.  The winner of both the Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha Awards, Dana distinguished herself with an impressive record of research, internships, and political activity. In particular, she researched the history of laws and attitudes on rape in America as a 2013 Summer Scholar with Dr. Liebell and presented her Political Change 1989/2011 class paper on the challenge of democratizing in North Africa at Georgetown’s prestigious Walsh Exchange Conference. In addition to earning the top GPA among Political Science graduates, Dana exemplified Pi Sigma Alpha’s goals of “excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and research” with three different internships with local organizations that seek to expand democracy and human rights locally and globally.  Dana begins a job at Naxion (a market research and consulting firm) this summer at a research assistant.


 Kevin Black

In the middle of his junior year, Kevin Black ’15 decided he wanted to take charge of his future. So, he chose to finish his senior seminar a year early and spend his last fall studying abroad in Prague and his senior spring interning in Washington, DC. In September, Kevin went off to the SJU Program at Charles University in the Czech Republic and while there decided to take on an additional internship with the prestigious Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). In the spring, he studied at Georgetown University’s Semester in Washington Program while serving as a research intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Then, when a job opened at FDD in April, Kevin was ready to apply. He not only had the qualifications (from his previous summer internships, the RFE/RL gig, and his current position), but he had so impressed his boss that FDD was willing to take him on even though the initial ad specified two years of experience. The Department congratulates Kevin on taking advantage of and making his own opportunities and wishes him great success as a Communications Associate for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


The Department is proud of three 2015 graduates who are going to serve as Jesuit Volunteers next year. Erin Rogers will join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Santa Monica, CA working on services for and outreach to the homeless there. Erin credits her Jesuit education, service activities, and internship with Project HOME for her desire to bring about positive change and justice to Americans living in less fortunate circumstances. Like Erin, Jeff Harris also has worked at Project HOME and become inspired by courses on inequality, justice, and social change here at SJU to pursue a post-college position with JVC. Jeff is also heading west, although he’ll be north of Erin, working in Spokane, WA at the House of Charity, which is a low barrier men’s shelter which Catholic Charities runs. Finally, Megan McGowan is off to Cleveland where she will be a JV at Saint Martin de Porres High School. St. Martin's is a Cristo Rey High School, and its students are from low income neighborhoods. Megan will be joining the Campus Ministry team at St. Martin's and will be planning and facilitating service, retreat, liturgical, and spiritual growth programs at the school.

Here are Erin, Jeff, and Megan:

Erin Rogers '15 Jeff Harris '15 Megan McGowan '15


 Stacey Terlik 

 Stacey Terlik accepted a position through JVC as the City Seeds Program Coordinator at St. Patrick's Center in St. Louis, Missouri.


 Robert Abernethy

Robert Abernethy has spent the last year as a research intern in State Representative John J. Taylor's office in Northeast Philadelphia,where he developed a white paper outlining a legislative agenda that deals with the rising challenge of prescription drug abuse.  He will be working with both Congressman Patrick Meehan and State Representative Daniel Truitt on their re-election campaigns this summer.  Robert will also be taking the LSATs in the fall and plans on enrolling in law school in the spring.  


 Rachel Sellers

 Rachel Sellers has accepted admission to Temple University Beasley School of Law for the Fall of 2014.


 Emily Sheehan

Emily Sheehan accepted a position with Sen. Casey as a Constituent Advocate!  Ms. Sheehan originally interned for Sen. Casey during the summer of 2013, and is now a member of his Harrisburg office, where she will be assisting constituents with Social Security and ACA services.


 Anna Ryan

Anna Ryan has accepted a position through JVC as the After-School Program Coordinator at Casserly House, a small neighborhood organization in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, MA.  The Casserly House provides educational services for the large immigrant population in the area.


 Magdalena Jagla

 Magdalena Jagla has received a scholarship to attend the PLEN "Women and Policy in the Global  Community" seminar May 19-23, 2014 in Washington, DC, where she "will learn about international policy from women whose work impacts the entire world."  Topics include humanitarian issues, citizens' rights, international security, and international development, with trips to the State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations.