What have you bee up to since graduating from Bowdoin?
Since graduating, I have worked as a research analyst at the Brookings Institution where I’m an associate editor of Lawfare, an online national security legal publication based out of Brookings. My job involves editing legal commentary and analysis articles written by law professors, current and former government officials, and other national security practitioners to publish on Lawfare. I also write articles, produce a narrative podcast series, and oversee and curate a library of primary source material related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. After spending the past two years at Lawfare, I’ll soon be starting law school.
Why Government and Legal Studies?
I entered Bowdoin interested in government, but after taking a great first-year seminar and other classes in the Government and Legal Studies department, and getting to know the faculty, I was certain that I wanted to major in Gov. I was drawn to studying Government and Legal Studies as a way to understand the world around me: everything from democracy to war, law to political behavior, as well as the institutions that shape them. The department at Bowdoin offers great breadth and depth in the field, which allowed me to take an array of classes while concentrating in American Politics. My classes were interesting and relevant, and the wonderful professors in the department pushed me to think and write in new ways. Through my coursework, and particularly in pursuing an honors project, I began to understand the power of law and public policy and how I could use them to create positive change. My Government and Legal studies classes at Bowdoin helped me build a vocabulary to talk about challenges we face and issues I care about, and they gave me a set of tools to address them.