Government Majors Committee, 2018-2019

Name Class Email
George Avrassoglou 2019 gavrassoglou

George is a senior Government and Economics double major with a concentration in International Politics. He is particularly interested in how global institutions function to benefit the international community. This past summer, George worked as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations. He is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain to improve his Spanish.


Elias Benda 2019 ebenda

Elias is a senior Government major with a concentration in International Politics. Being born and raised in Washington, DC, he has gained a passion for US Foreign Policy and the importance of diplomatic relationships. He is passionate about statehood and representation for the almost 700,000 people living in DC, is an associate editor at Wesleyan's Arcadia Political Magazine, and one of the captains of Throw Culture, Wesleyan's mixed frisbee team.


Aaron Cheung 2019 acheung

Aaron is a senior CSS, Economics, and Government (Amer.) major. He is writing his Honors Thesis for CSS and Government on U.S. foreign policy, focusing primarily on the relationship of constitutional war powers among Congress and the President. Outside of class, Aaron is a Senator on the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Senior Class Treasurer, Captain of Prometheus, and Social Chair of the Debate Society. Last summer, Aaron worked for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer as a Legislative Intern.


Carina Flaherty 2019 cflaherty

Carina is a senior Government major and CEAS minor from Philadelphia, PA. She spent the past summer working on opioid research in a social epidemiologist's lab, and studied behavioral interventions to increase community awareness of Naloxone. She studied healthcare systems abroad in Copenhagen in the Spring of 2018 and plans to pursue a career in public health. She loves running and cooking and is writing her senior thesis on adolescents and Juuling.

Casey Hellman 2019 chellman

Casey is a senior Government major concentrating in International Politics, and a Romance Studies major studying Spanish and French. She spent the past year abroad in Argentina and France. She is especially interested in the international human rights regime. Casey is from New York.

Kathleen Lynch 2019 klynch

Kathleen is a senior Government and Psychology double major from West Hartford, CT.  Her concentration is in American Politics. She spent her junior year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and is especially interested in US foreign policy.  After graduation, she hopes to eventually attend law school.  

Caroline Sgaglione 2019 sgaglione

 Caroline is a senior double major in Government (International Concentration) and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the intersection of public policy and urban planning to learn how governments, NGOs, firms and businesses work together to create more equitable and sustainable cities for the future. After studying international development at the University of Amsterdam, she became very interested in the ways such city groups (public and private) can help guide sustainable behavior. She is currently a Teaching Assistant for Professor Gallarotti's International Politics course and a member of the Wesleyan Women's Lacrosse team. She spent this past summer interning at the U.S. Attorneys' Office at the Eastern District of New York conducting research on criminal justice and environmental law for criminal and civil cases.


Adam Wells
2019 awells

Adam is a senior Government major with a concentration in Comparative Politics. He is currently a member of the Wesleyan Democratic Socialist group. While studying abroad in Madrid last fall, he took government classes at Universidad Carlos III and Universidad Complutense de Madrid that gave him a new passion for politics in Spain. Outside of the classroom, Adam interned for a music promotions / concert-booking company in Bushwick, Brooklyn over the summer called PopGun Presents, serving as a marketing intern. Adam loves listening to Hip-Hop and watching the Knicks.





Charles King 2018 chking

Charles is a senior currently double majoring in Government and Psychology. He is a member of Nietzsch Factor, Wesleyan's men's ultimate frisbee team, and writes for ARCADIA, a student-run bipartisan political publication. This summer he interned in the Washington D.C. office of Senator Bill Nelson where he had the extraordinary opportunity to observe the political and legislative process from the inside. Charles is passionate about criminal justice and international relations, and hopes to pursue these areas in some capacity upon graduating.

Maile McCann
2018 memccann

Maile is a senior Government and Psychology major with the Civic Engagement Certificate. She is especially interested in the intersection between law and psychology, international political theory, and American foreign policy. Maile is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Kavya Padmanabhan 2018 kpadmanabhan

Kavya is a senior double major in English and Government, with a concentration in American Politics. She is interested in how racialized bodies are treated by both national and international players and by the ways in which membership creates stark political divisions. Kavya studied abroad in New Zealand in the Fall of 2016, which gave her much needed perspective on how the United States is internationally conceptualized as well. Kavya hopes to continue her studies in this field after graduation.

Heather Pincus 2019 hpincus

Heather is a junior double majoring in Government and Economics. She is especially interested in the United States legal system, using the tools of game theory to analyze political outcomes, and how political theory informs these and other aspects of the study of government. On campus, she is the president of the Wesleyan Mock Trial team and competes at tournaments throughout the year. She hopes to go to law school after graduating.

Elliot Polur 2019 epolur

Elliot is a junior Government and Romance Studies double major, with concentrations in American Politics and Spanish/Italian. On campus, Elliot works for the Wesleyan Media Project and plays on the Mens’ Ice Hockey team. Currently studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, he has experience in the political arena, having managed several local campaigns in his hometown of Clearwater, Florida.

Sean Ross 2019 suross

Sean is a junior from San Diego, California and a Government major, concentrating in American Politics. He is also double-minoring in Economics and Data Analysis. Last summer, Sean put his enthusiasm for these subjects to use, interning with the United States Senate Committee on the Budget where he contributed to bills and amendments that reached the Senate floor. On campus, Sean works for the Wesleyan Media Project and is a member of the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team. This summer, Sean will join Booz Allen Hamilton as an intern for public sector consulting.

Brandon Sides
2018 bsides

Brandon '17.5 is a senior Government major with a concentration in American Politics. On campus he analyzes political advertising for the Wesleyan Media Project. He hopes to teach English and travel abroad after graduating in December. Brandon is from Acton, Mass.

Hannah Skopicki
2018 hskopicki

Hannah is a senior Government major with a concentration in International Politics from Roslyn, New York. She is double majoring in Government and Italian Studies and recently returned from studying abroad in Bologna, Italy. She is a founding Editor-in-Chief of Arcadia Political Magazine and has interned twice on Capitol Hill, once in the Senate and once in the House of Representatives. Her particular areas of interest include foreign policy, homeland security, and human rights legislation. She hopes to pursue a career in politics and public service upon graduation in the spring.

Sarah Chen Small 2018 ssmall

Sarah is a senior Government and Science in Society Program double major, concentrating in International Politics, Biology, and Asian American Studies. She is also a four-year board member and now senior chair of the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective. Working for the University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and interning for the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Sarah has begun pursuing her interest in global health justice and equity. 

Amelia Spittal
2018 aspittal

Amelia is a senior Government and Sociology double major, with a concentration in Comparative Politics. She is currently writing an Honors Thesis in political sociology that focuses on the reasons why white, working-class Americans in upstate New York vote against their perceived economic interests. She was abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark last fall, where she studied International Humanitarian Law. Post-grad, she hopes to eventually go to law school.

Emily Steckhan
2019 esteckhan

Emily is a junior Government and History double major with a concentration in Comparative Politics. She is a member of the Wesleyan Refugee Project on campus and has previously worked with refugee shelters in Berlin. This past summer, she worked at a political think-thank which manifested her interest in international relations. Emily is from Hamburg, Germany.