CSED

Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy

UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS

UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS

Each year, the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy selects the most elite to be undergraduate fellows with the Center. As fellows, students are able to both work for a professor as well as pursue their own research projects under the direction of a professor. With this unique set-up, the student fellows have invaluable hands on experience in research that prepares them for post-graduate work. To see a list of all CSED alumni, visit the alumni page.
 

BRITTANY BAIR

Brittany Bair is a senior from Washington state studying Political Science. Her research interests include public policy and international affairs. She currently works as a research assistant for Dr. John Holbein, and after graduation plans to pursue J.D. with a focus in international human rights law. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the mountains, reading books and articles, and making Italian food.

ALESSANDRA CARBAJAL

Alessandra Carbajal is a senior from Honduras studying Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics. Her research interests include public opinion and public policy, as well as American campaigns and elections. After graduation, Alessandra would like to pursue a J.D./Ph.D. in American Politics. She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.

MEGAN DAVIS

Megan is studying Political Science with an emphasis on Campaign Strategy and Management. She has worked for the United States Senate as well as on several Utah congressional campaigns. Megan is currently CSED’s Administrative Assistant and has been heavily involved in creating, fielding, and analyzing the American Family Survey. She enjoys playing the piano and rock climbing.

SAMANTHA FRAZIER

Samantha is a junior studying Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics and a minor in Communications. Her interests include campaigns and the role of media in politics. She currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Adam Dynes and plans on pursuing a J.D. In her free time, Samantha loves traveling, soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

SYDNEY ROPER

Sydney Roper is a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado studying Political Science. She currently works for Dr. Jeremy Pope and Dr. Chris Karpowitz as a research assistant. She has worked extensively on the American Family Survey and is interested in studying the role of the family in politics. Sydney enjoys skiing, hiking and watching sports.

MARIANNA VAN BREDERODE

Marianna is a junior majoring in Political Science, something she has been interested in since high school. She is from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the oldest of five girls. Marianna attended the BYU London Centre last fall and is anxiously awaiting an LDS mission call. She loves photography, hiking, traveling, and kayaking.

REHTAEH BEERS

Rehtaeh Beers is a senior studying Political Science with an emphasis in analysis and political strategy. She is interested in public opinion and American election policy. Rehtaeh would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Methodology and intends to become a political statistical consultant. In her free time Rehtaeh enjoys creating art, cooking, outdoor rock climbing, and martial arts.

NIKKI CHRISTENSEN

Nikki Christensen is a senior from Layton, Utah. She is majoring in Political Science and will graduate this coming April. Nikki’s research interests include campaign finance, and she is particularly interested in public funding. She currently works for Dr. Jay Goodliffe and for the Utah State Legislature. She enjoys hiking and reading the news.

MANDI EATOUGH

Mandi Eatough is a senior from Redmond, Washington studying Political Science. Her research primarily focuses on the impact of political behaviors and institutions on constituency engagement in politics. She currently is a research assistant for Dr. Michael Barber & Dr. Jessica Preece and plans to pursue a PhD in Political Science. She is a Theatre Arts minor focusing on Performance Studies and enjoys writing and graphic design. 

JAMES LEE

James is pursuing a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on American political institutions. His research interests include public opinion and policy, legislative studies, and the American founding. He currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Jeremy Pope and plans to pursue a J.D. next year. James enjoys skiing, collecting vinyl records, and traveling with his wife.

BRAD SANDERSON

Brad Sanderson is a senior from Arizona studying Political Science with an emphasis in Data Analysis. He has worked as a small business consultant helping startups use data to efficiently start and grow their businesses. His research interests include persuasion, and survey writing. His curiosity leads into his love of stories in the form of books, movies, and games. He also enjoys the outdoors and traveling.  

 

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