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Year of the Party Crashers: Election 2016

Regardless of who wins the presidency in November 2016, the result will mark the culmination of a number of surprising and confusing issues. On Sept. 22 an expert panel engaged in a discussion of   issues ranging from the composition of the Supreme Court to the political parties’ power in selecting future presidential candidates.  More ...

Genevieve Caffrey '17
A Summer of Making a Difference

For many, summer vacation is synonymous with sunny beaches and relaxation.  Genevieve Caffrey ’17 however saw an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens this summer as an intern at a prominent non-profit child advocacy organization, the Children’s Defense Fund. Her internship was supported by the Levitt Center.  More ...

Linh Do '18
Linh Do ’18 Examines Vietnam's Economy in Transition

A far-reaching economic policy that impacts countless lives can start with something as small as a grain of rice. Linh Do ’18 is spending her summer working on a research project titled, “Vietnam’s Economy in Transition,” which aims to analyze the effects of the Renovation Policy on Vietnamese rice production. Her project, undertaken with economics professor Erol Balkan, is supported by a Levitt Center Summer Research grant.  More ...

Kateri Boucher '17
Food for Thought

Kateri Boucher ’17 has taken away two things from her internship this summer. One is that urban farms are more than just producers of foods, they’re an integral part of many communities.   And two, it’s possible to combine several interests in one pursuit. Boucher is conducting a Levitt Center-funded summer research project on that topic with advisor Associate Professor of Philosophy Katheryn Doran.  More ...

Gabriela Foster '18
Foster ’18 Goes Deep on Higgins Lake Research

Gabriela Foster ’18 is engaged in a research project that goes beyond mere academics this summer. Foster, who is researching the different political and environmental interest groups that are impacting policy on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan, has been visiting the lake for her entire life. Her research is being conducted with Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo and is sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.  More ...

Case Tatro '18
Tatro ’18 Examines Trustees’ Roles in College Administration

Case Tatro ’18 is delving into the workings of  higher education administration in a Levitt Center-sponsored research project titled “The Impact of a College’s Board of Trustees on Student and Faculty Diversity.” His summer research aims to elucidate the decision making exchange between a college’s Board of Trustees and its administrators, and specifically how that affects diversity on campuses.  More ...

Russian Elite Poll 2016
Washington Post Publishes Rivera's Analysis of Russian Poll

Titled “Russian elites are more expansionist, militaristic, and anti-American than at any point since 1993,” an analysis published in the Washington Post’s blog, The Monkey Cage, by Associate Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera affirms the article’s title.  The July 22 piece was written by Rivera with students in her Levitt Research Group – James Bryan ’16, Emma Raynor ’18, and Hunter Sobczak ’17.  More ...

Sebastian Lissarangue ’18, Nico Yardas ’18, Professor Alan Cafruny and Ryan Franquiz ’18.
Is Latin American “Pink Tide” Really Ebbing?

In the late 1990s, many Latin American countries turned away from the democratization and free market economies promoted by the United States. Instead, leaders such as Hugo Chávez, Lula da Silva and Evo Morales inaugurated a new era of left-leaning social movements and policies known as the Pink Tide. Over the past five years, many have surmised that Latin America is turning away from the values of the Pink Tide. A Levitt Summer Research Group is now researching the extent to which that’s true.  More ...

Alexander Hollister '17, Hersheena Rajaram '19 and Patrick McConnell '17.
Are Young Refugees Staying in Utica?

Thousands of refugees have arrived in Utica over the past couple decades. One thing that’s unclear however is how many refugees, particularly youth, choose to stay. This summer a Levitt Research Group is examining that question. Alexander Hollister ’17, Patrick McConnell ’19, and Hersheena Rajaram ’19, working with Professor of Economics Paul Hagstrom, are developing a survey for refugee youth in the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area.  More ...

Senior class president Silvia Radulescu ’17 is an intern at the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
Political Proving Ground

What better internship could there be for Hamilton’s former Student Assembly president than working at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB)? Silvia Radulescu ’17 is spending her summer at the non-partisan, independent city agency whose mission is to improve campaigns and elections in the city by reducing the potential for corruption.  Radulescu’s internship is supported by the Levitt Center.  More ...

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