Majors: Sociology and Peace Studies
Minor: Data Science
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Have any of your experiences come to mind a lot while studying peace?
I worked for an organization called Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem, which has become the Center for Civic Innovation, from 2016 up to 2020. It’s an organization that focuses on sustainable community-driven projects. They always stressed working with the neighbors and not at the neighbors. The definition of success was what the community thought, not what we thought, necessarily.
How do you see sociology and peace studies working together?
Peace is a framework that you can do sociology through, and sociology betters our understanding of how peace works. Problems can’t be solved just politically or just economically. You need massive, comprehensive social programs and projects to address these systemic issues. So what I learn in my sociology classes is closely tied to what I learn in my peace studies classes, and vice versa.