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Political Science Students and Alumni


Jessica Wamala

I am a student in the Five-Year Political Science Graduate program here at Villanova. As an undergraduate, I majored in Political Science, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and I am a student in the Honors Program.

My undergraduate thesis research focused on women’s political participation in Egypt and Tunisia before and after the 2011 revolutions.

Outside of the classroom, I play Division I women’s basketball for Villanova University. I have benefited from enrichment programs, past internships with the federal government, and was recently awarded the 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship for a commitment to public service.

During the summer of 2012, I received the chance to broaden my knowledge of US foreign relations through a Department of State internship at the US Embassy Belgrade.  Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, DC.After graduation, I hope to translate my passion into a career in the Foreign Service as a political officer.

I am excited to continue my education in the Villanova community that has become my home, studying under the leadership of amazing faculty and staff to broaden my knowledge of foreign affairs.


Shishav Parajuli

I have completed my first year as a master’s student in  Political Science. Driven by a “desire to question the definitions, the “taken-for-granteds” and everything in between,” I left my home country of Nepal to attend the Great Books Program as an undergraduate at St. John's College in New Mexico.

At Villanova my  study includes  Marxism, feminism and specifically the role of female combatants in Nepali Maoist revolutions, cultural hegemony and political consciousness, the Washington consensus, trade liberalization and its impact on the caste system and identity politics. My research lies at the intersection between economic determinism and cultural identities across gender-based, caste-based, and region-based divisions, particularly within Nepal.  

My time here at Villanova, so far, has challenged my understanding and in doing, liberated my pursuit of understanding society, its constituents and its apparent problems; I believe my time in Villanova to be the continuation of my pursuit of education with an aim to free myself from induced and self-imposed ignorance.

I am the recipient of a Graduate Summer Research Fellowship to work with Professor Maria Toyoda on the mechanisms of Aid Effectiveness Indicators.

Abigail Minor
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Phone: 610.519.4710
Fax: 610.519.7487

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