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.
 

JORDAN GYGI

Camilla is a Senior studying Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She is working as a research assistant for Jay Goodliffe. Camilla spent last summer in Rwanda and Uganda studying Peace Building and Conflict Resolution and over thanksgiving break she competed in an international conference with the Model United Nations team in Xian, China. Her interests include immigration and understanding how cultures influence governmental institutions. On her free time, Camilla enjoys zumba, hiking, and eating good food.

JEREMY PRATT

Abe Burton is a junior from Draper, Utah studying Economics with a minor in statistics. He is a teaching assistant in the Economics Department. With interests in technology and industrial policy, he plans to pursue a PhD in Public Policy following graduation. In his free time, Abe enjoys stand-up comedy, philosophy, and playing obscure sports like curling and disc golf.  

MORGAN RUSHFORTH

Layla is a senior from Jerusalem, Palestine studying Political Science with an emphasis in Research and Data Analysis and a minor in Legal Studies. She is currently working as a research assistant for Professor Karpowitz. She is a member of the Prelaw Review and is currently co-authoring a paper on the constitutionality of nuisance ordinances. She intends to pursue a J.D. after graduation. Her interests include identity politics, criminal justice, and political psychology. In her free time, Layla enjoys skateboarding, reading, and thrift shopping. 

CHRISTOPHER VAZQUEZ

Ethan Meldrum is a junior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is studying Political Science focusing on data research and analysis and currently works as a research assistant for Professor Patterson. He is looking forward to an internship with Y2 Analytics in Washington D.C. this summer doing congressional campaign research. His interests include movies, board games, sightseeing, and working on his podcast with friends.

GRANT BALDWIN

Grant is a senior from Meridian, Idaho. He is currently studying political science with minors in history and civic engagement leadership. He enjoys working with some BYU’s best political science, history, and economics professors as a teaching assistant in the renowned general education course, American Heritage. Additionally, he works with Professor Adam Dynes as a research assistant on various projects related to local government. After graduating, Grant dreams of pursuing a Ph.D. in American politics. In his free time, he enjoys playing his Nintendo Switch and going on nature walks with his wife.

ZEKE PETERS

Zeke is a senior from Austin, MN studying Political Science and minoring in Urban Planning. He is a writer for the BYU Political Review and a research assistant for Jeremy Pope. His interests include global development, NGO work, international organizations, and urban design. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, non-fiction reading, ballet, and playing music. 

JESSICA DOFELMIRE

Jessica is a senior from Vernal, Utah studying Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. She currently works as a research assistant for Quin Monson. She is a member of the Prelaw Review. She is interested in religion and politics, survey research, and public opinion. In her free time, Jessica enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling, watching movies, and reading.

KELSEY EYRE

Kelsey is currently a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. She has been previously involved with BYU’s Model United Nations and worked as a Teaching Assistant for that class in the past and also worked as a Teaching Assistant for Political Science 328- Statistical Analysis. Since a summer working at a political consulting firm in D.C., She has been involved in CSED and works as a research assistant for Dr. Ethan Busby and Dr. Lisa Argyle. She hopes to work in DC in a policy research role at a think tank and pursue graduate studies in the future. Her interests include gender in civic engagement, racial sorting, and inequity within the United States. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, and making Tiktoks of the cheesy foods she creates.

ISABEL WILLIAMS

Isabel Williams is a senior studying Political Science with an emphasis on political strategy. She currently works as a research assistant for Quin Monson and Jeremy Pope. Isabel is interested in legislative politics and has spent two summers as a congressional intern, as well as campaign politics and American political development. After graduation she hopes to move to D.C. and work at a think tank or strategic consulting firm. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, baking, and reading.

HANNAH FORSYTH

Hannah Forsyth is a senior from Redmond, Washington majoring in Political Science and minoring in Legal Studies. As CSED’s Administrative Assistant, she spends her days planning conferences, doing research, and answering emails. After graduation, she plans on pursing a Masters in Public Administration. She loves to travel, watch sports, and spend time outdoors.

TOMMY NANTO

Tommy is a senior from Littleton, Massachusetts studying Political Science with minors in Psychology and Business. He works as a statistical methods teaching assistant for Professor Barber. His interests include research methodology, political psychology, public opinion, and organizational behavior. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music with friends, spending time with dogs, and cooking Japanese food.

KESLEY TOWNSEND

Kesley is a Senior studying Political Science with an emphasis in Political Strategy, and minors in History and Sociology. She is currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Pope, Dr. Argyle, and Dr. Preece. She is also an author for the BYU Political Review and president of the BYU Women in Politics organization. Kesley is interested in the interaction of racial and gender identity and political behavior and campaigns and elections. She plans to pursue a PhD in Political Science. In her free time, she enjoys reading biographies and the news.

JACOB LUNT

Jacob is a senior from Dallas studying Political Science with an emphasis on legal studies and a minor in Philosophy. His interests include judicial politics, and political philosophy He has worked previously as a teaching assistant for Dr. Busby. He currently works as a research assistant with Dr. Karpowitz studying judicial politics. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a J.D. In his free time, he enjoys reading, trying new foods, and biking.

If you are interested in becoming a CSED undergraduate fellow, please apply here.

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