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Isaac James ’19 earns Truman Scholarship

The public policy and political economy major is joining some elite company. He is one of just 62 2019 Truman Scholars. 

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Kenzie Helmick

This semester, I am studying social justice and community development in Chile while completely immersing myself in Spanish and taking classes in economics and political science.

James Ryan

James Ryan is a 2017 graduate in Public Policy and Political Economy. James graduated summa cum laude and College Valedictorian. 

Read the full stories about our featured Public Policy and Political Economy students below.

Isaac James

Isaac JamesIsaac James is a junior transfer student in Public Policy and Political Economy. Isaac’s family is Sudanese but he was born in Ifo refugee camp in Kenya. Due to fear of persecution during the Second Sudanese Civil War, Isaac’s family left South Sudan and walked to Kenya.  His research interests include using Section 8 Housing Vouchers as a method to improve upward mobility for low-income households. He recently received a summer fellowship from the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program, a national consortium of the top public policy and international affairs graduate schools that prepare students for advanced degrees and careers serving the public good. Last summer he studied at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

A sincere congratulations to Isaac James for earning a 2019 Truman Scholarship. Read the article.

Kenzie Helmick

Kenzie HelmickThis semester, I am studying social justice and community development in Chile while completely immersing myself in Spanish and taking classes in economics and political science. Most of my classes are concerned with the residual political, economic, and social effects of Chile's 17-year dictatorship held by Augusto Pinochet and examine the unique limitations in Chile's political structure following their transition to a democracy. I decided to major in Public Policy and Political Economy because I have always been interested in the relationship between social justice and politics and the ways in which laws can work to both include and exclude individuals. It is this passion and interest that also led me to pursue a major in public policy, which I hope will allow me to have a better understanding of my own country's political structure and the technical processes and nuances of policy formation, and to use my theoretical background to aid social justice organizations in their efforts to create lasting change.

James Ryan

James RyanJames Ryan is a 2017 graduate in Public Policy and Political Economy. James graduated summa cum laude and College Valedictorian.  James dedicated extensive effort and expertise to building student political engagement through his leadership on The Democracy Project—a civic engagement program at Rollins.  James has lived on all five continents, and currently is earning his MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business.