Students

Students in IPAW

IPAW students have a wide range of majors: Political Science, Economics, French, Philosophy, East Asian Languages and Culture, Geological Sciences and more, as well as career plans: graduate school, policy analysis, government service, political campaign management, business, and law school.

Current IPAW students

Julia Bourkland

Julia Bourkland

IPAW Student

Julia Bourkland is a senior at Indiana University majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is also a Liberal Arts & Management Program (LAMP) student and is pursuing an individualized minor in Feminist Politics. In addition to IPAW, she has participated in a variety of internship, fellowship and leadership opportunities both on campus, here in Bloomington, in the United Kingdom and in Washington, DC. Her honors thesis analyzes U.S. and U.K. female legislators’ voting behavior on gendered and racialized policy issues. After college, she hopes to gain experience in research and data analysis at a think-tank before pursuing a doctorate in political science. She hopes to become a political scientist and research professor while working as an expert consultant to government bodies around the world. She is pursuing IPAW in order to get as much data analysis training as possible as an undergraduate.

Ciabhan Connelly

Ciabhan Connelly

IPAW Student

Ciabhan Connelly is pursuing an individualized major in Computational Approaches to Political Analysis. IPAW seemed like a natural extension of her degree and research interests - applying an understanding of machine learning and data science to social science issues. Her research focuses on how algorithms can be employed to serve social justice and prevent from compounding existing issues. Her past work includes a book chapter on how algorithms should be employed in government. Ciabhan also has a background in health-informatics research. Her published work there focuses on evaluating the novel asynchronous remote community (ARC) method for qualitative analysis, and conducting needs assessment research focused on designing technology for people living with HIV.

Carter Cooley

Carter Cooley

IPAW Student

Carter Cooley is from the suburbs of Chicago, pursuing a Political Science and Philosophy major with a minor in Spanish. Her academic interests extend to law, literature, and statistics as well. When she heard about IPAW, she was impressed with how superbly applicable it seemed it would be to some of the professional fields she is interested in, namely political campaign management and data analysis. Ideally, after she graduates, she will work for a couple of years in Chicago and then go to law school to study criminal law.

Jocelyn Furr

Jocelyn Furr

IPAW Student

Jocelyn Furr is a junior at Indiana University. Hailing from a more rural part of Indiana, she has always had a great passion for nature and its many wonders. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to be a scientist, and help to preserve the natural world. She assumed she would end up a biologist or a chemist, but that changed when she was nine years old. She still remembers watching her first presidential inauguration and realizing that she needed to understand the fascinating world of politics. She is now a dual degree candidate at IU, working towards a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Geological Sciences, and a minor in Mathematics. She is hoping to continue her studies after graduation by combining her interests into a Master’s in either Climate Science or Environmental Policy.

Forrest Gatrell

Forrest Gatrell

IPAW Student

Forrest Gatrell is a senior from Terre Haute, Indiana, studying Political Science and French with a minor in Public Policy Analysis. His academic interests include American electoral politics, foreign policy, and quantitative analysis, which inspired him to join the inaugural IPAW cohort. After graduation, Forrest hopes to serve as an English teacher in West Africa through either the Fulbright program or the Peace Corps before joining the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State.

Payton Goodman

Payton Goodman

IPAW Student

Payton Goodman is a senior majoring in Political Science with a Gender Studies minor and a Political and Civic Engagement certificate. She is currently applying to doctoral programs for Political Science or Government. In the future, she hopes to work in the federal government, preferably with the Supreme Court in some capacity, before returning to academia for research. Her research interests include comparative political systems, the politics of gender and race, and voting and election data. IPAW is an amazing opportunity to gain the methodological and quantitative skills necessary to succeed as a social scientist. This opportunity is often unavailable to undergraduates, making IPAW a unique and rare program for those interested in scientific research.

Nancy Ni

Nancy Ni

IPAW Student

Nancy Ni is studying Political Science, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Philosophy. She decided to join IPAW because she believes that it is important to learn hard skills, such as data analysis, to do further research in Political Sciences, and IPAW provides her the opportunity and support to learn those skills. In addition to IPAW, Nancy is a part of IU’s Chinese Flagship Program. She is currently writing her honors thesis on comparative political theory between China and the West. After she finishes her junior year at IU, she plans on spending a year studying and interning in Nanjing, China, for her capstone year. When she comes back, she plans on studying for the LSAT or GRE.

Javier Salazar Jr.

Javier Salazar Jr.

IPAW Student

Javier Salazar Jr. is a first-generation college student. He is majoring in Law and Public Policy and getting an interdepartmental minor in Political Science and Economics. Javier joined IPAW to get an understanding of how political science is used in the professional field, and to improve his political and quantitative knowledge. Upon graduation, he wishes to go to graduate school for political methodology and statistics. Coming from a military family, Javier wishes to contribute to his country, just as his father, and work for the Department of Defense to improve the security of the United States.

Sierra Wiese

Sierra Wiese

IPAW Student

Sierra Wiese is from Jeffersonville, Indiana. She is pursuing a Political Science major and a Political and Civic Engagement certificate. As a Cox Research Scholar, she has been involved with research at Indiana University in the Political Science department since her freshman year. Her research has been centralized around the topic of Gerrymandering, and her honors thesis is titled, “Measuring the Effect of Redistricting Systems on Gerrymandering.” She has presented her research at the 2019 Midwest Political Science Association Conference and the 2019 Conference of the Society for Political Methodology. IPAW has been an excellent fit for Sierra. She has been afforded the opportunity to learn the appropriate methodology necessary to elevate her research to the next level. She is currently going through the process of applying to graduate school.

Leonard Youssef

Leonard Youssef

IPAW Student

Leonard Youssef (Leo) is half-Japanese, half-Egyptian, and was born in Sendai, Japan. His major is Political Science and his minor is International Studies. His professional interests are broad, as he still does not know what he specifically wants to do, but Leo knows he wants to work in the business field. He is in IPAW to learn skills: quantitative, qualitative, and statistical data analysis. He does not plan on going to grad school right after undergrad, but hopes to start a career in business in Chicago after he graduates from IU in May 2020.