christian

CHRISTIAN
HOSAM

HOMETOWN:
Bowie, MD
HIGH SCHOOL:
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
MAJOR:
African American Studies and Government double major
THESIS:

I hope to study the effect that social media has on the development of a political identity in African-Americans. Essentially, I am asking two questions. The first is how salient is social media to the creation of a political identity. The second is if this salience is shifted by race, particularly by Black people.

FAVORITE CLASS:

American Political Development with Elvin Lim. It was focused on rewriting American history in terms of returning to key moments in U.S. history and interrogating those moments in terms of race, class, and gender and, more generally, how these moments (e.g. , the Founding, the Progressive Era, the New Deal) shaped and shifted the relationship between the state and the society.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

I participate in the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a program for underrepresented students who wish to pursue a career in academia. The fellowship pays a stipend each semester to give its fellows the freedom to do independent research on campus. In addition, the fellowship provides the opportunity to go to academic conferences and submit to a national journal, which is instrumental in helping you achieve graduate school admission. The Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards, which I co-coordinate, were founded last school year to highlight students, faculty, and staff on campus who have been doing dynamic social justice work on campus. I am also the house manager of International House and co-chair of the Government Majors Committee.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

Being a part of the Invisible Man Showcase at Wesleyan my junior year and having the opportunity to be a part of such an outpouring of love and support from men of color. This event created the strongest impetus I could imagine for prospective students to choose to come here.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

I am an avid reader, particularly of Toni Morrison. I also love walking my dog Brodie when I’m home and arguing about politics with my mom.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

I plan to pursue my PhD in political science and/or African
American studies.

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