Faculty Advisor: Emerson Niou

Lydia Barrios

Lydia Barrios (T '20) is a senior majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Markets and Managements Studies and a minor in Chinese. Although originally from Madrid, Spain, Lydia also grew up in the UK, US, Russia, and Canada. In addition to English and Spanish, Lydia also speaks French, Russian, and Chinese. At Duke, Lydia served as President of the Latin American Student Organization, as Director of Publicity for the 2019 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) and as Treasurer for 2018 CLS, as VP of Marketing for the Alexander Hamilton Society her junior year, and as Secretary General of the Duke International Security Conference her junior and senior year, among other positions she held on campus. Next year, Lydia will be moving to San Francisco, CA to work at Google as an Associate Product Marketing Manager.


Faculty Advisor: Kristin Goss

Elle Eshleman

Elle Eshleman (T '20) from Littleton, Colorado, is a graduating senior with degrees in Political Science and History. During her undergraduate career, she was the President of the Duke University Debating Society. Additionally, she’s interned at the Supreme Court of the United States and worked at the Crisis Center, a domestic violence shelter. Next year, she’ll be pursuing her JD at Yale Law School. Her hobbies include painting and listening to podcasts.


Faculty Advisor: Melanie Manion

Ketan Gupta

Ketan Gupta (T '20) is a senior from New Delhi, India, and is majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Economics. At Duke, Ketan is involved with the Duke Debate Society and is a Council member of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Previously, Ketan has worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. Anirudh Krishna at the Sanford School of Public Policy and as an analyst with the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis & Simulation (LUCAS). His summer research experiences have included stints with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in New Delhi.

Ketan plans to attend law school after either studying in the UK for an advanced degree in international relations or working in a policy or law-related role in the US. After a few years of practicing in the US, he intends to return to litigate in India and then pivot to a role in public policy or politics back home.


Faculty Advisor: David Schanzer

Morenike Moroof-Mustapha

Morenike Moroof-Mustapha (T '20) is from Staten Island, New York. At Duke, she is a Political Science major with a concentration in Security, Peace, and Conflict and has minor in Neuroscience. She is currently a member of the Duke Women’s Club Lacrosse team and was an executive member of Duke’s She’s the First and Spoon University organizations. Morenike has an interest in international security and affairs, which inspired her to conduct independent research on counterterrorism issues in Sweden last summer. After graduation plans to work in Stockholm for the following year before applying to graduate school to study international relations.


Faculty Advisor: Michael Munger

Dylan Rudolph

Dylan Rudolph (T '20) is a graduating member of the Class of 2020 at Duke University. Dylan is particularly interested in the intersection of politics and economics and has dedicated his undergraduate studies to developing a deep understanding of these fields. His honors thesis in political economy offers a unique examination of the causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis and an alternative viewpoint regarding future economic policy. Upon graduation, Dylan will be relocating to New York, NY where he will begin his career in finance as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer & Retail group at Wells Fargo Securities.


Honors Thesis:

Release or Reintegration? Evaluating the Implementation Effectiveness of North Carolina’s Local Reentry Councils

Faculty Advisor: Kenneth Rogerson

Kevin Solomon

Kevin Solomon (T '20) was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, studied Political Science, African & African American Studies, and Human Rights at Duke, focusing on the intersection between urban development and social justice. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a recipient of the 2020 Faculty Scholar Award, as a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, and as a 2020 Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Motivated by his experiences growing up in poverty, Kevin experientially and ethnographically studied inequality in more than 30 cities around the world, including in the US South and South Africa as a part of the Governance, Policy, and Society DukeImmerse program with Dr. Kerry Haynie. In his advocacy, Kevin was a community organizer with the Durham Community Land Trustees for two years, where he helped win $750,000 for affordable housing from the city, and was a founding member of the Duke People’s State of the University, where he helped push Duke to Ban the Box and establish a Disability Cultural Center. Kevin is a senior fellow of Humanity in Action’s John Lewis Fellowship, a PPIA Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Junior Summer Institute, and a President Brodhead Fellow for civic engagement. For fun, Kevin enjoys distance running, swing dancing, and beatboxing/drumming. Kevin now lives with his partner in Milwaukee, WI, where he does community organizing work. In the future, he


Faculty Advisor: Melanie Manion

Cecilia Wu

Cecilia Wu (T '20) is a Political Science and Economics double major from Shanghai, China. She is passionate about political ideologies and Chinese politics. Cecilia served as the Co-President of Duke East Asia Nexus and the Duke Director for 2020 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. Cecilia is also a Research Assistant to Professor Melanie Manion, a council member of Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, an actress in Duke Chinese Theater, and a rider in Duke Equestrian Team. She interned with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in her junior summer. In her spare time, Cecilia loves traveling, watching historical drama, writing fictions and playing guqin.


Faculty Advisor: Michael Munger

Ariadna Chuaqui

Ariadna Chuaqui (T ’20) was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. At Duke University, Ariadna is majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and a minor in Economics. She is currently Vice President of the Latin American Student Organization and a member of Duke Club Field Hockey. Ariadna has held internships at the United Nations Development Program, Fundación Chile and Center of Public Studies. After graduation, Ariadna plans to work in Santiago to later attend graduate school and pursue a doctoral degree in comparative politics.


Faculty Advisor:
 Geneviève Rousselière

David Frisch

David Frisch (T '20) is a senior Angier B. Duke Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa majoring in Political Science with a concentration in normative political thought and minors in History and Religious Studies. His core research interests lie at the intersection of politics, history, and religion. David has explored these interests in the Visions of Freedom FOCUS cluster then as president and three-time House Course Instructor for the Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community. Meanwhile, David has also volunteered courthouse childcare specialist and for three years as a court advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Building on those experiences, David has treated child protection and family law as his primary case study for the critical importance and limits of religious and cultural tolerance.

Two grants from Duke University have funded his work on the topic in US courthouses, at historical archives in Spain, and as an invited Visiting Researcher at the Monash University Law Faculty in Melbourne, Australia. He developed the theoretical foundations for this research by pursuing interdisciplinary coursework at Duke, studying political theory at New College, Oxford and the history of political thought at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After Duke, David will pursue an MPhil in Politics (Political Theory) at Oxford University as one of the Canterbury Institute’s Barry Scholars.


Faculty Advisor: Erik Wibbels

Hannah Horowitz

Hannah Horowitz (T '20) was born in Hong Kong, raised in Los Angeles, and went to high school in Singapore.

“In high school, I volunteered with anti-human trafficking organizations in Southeast Asia. This past summer, I worked at the Stairway Foundation in the Philippines, where I helped with young male victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. I returned to Duke in the fall eager to begin a thesis on the topic of human trafficking and took the opportunity to research the extent of the problem within my own country. Eventually, I hope to apply the knowledge I gained about anti-human trafficking laws and protecting victims to a career focused on combatting trafficking in persons.”

“In addition to my major in Political Science, I am earning certificates in Ethics & Society and Policy, Journalism, and Media Studies. I enjoy news and investigative journalism and interned with Indy Week during the fall semester of my senior year. During my undergraduate career at Duke, I was the co-president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action and was a member of Dukes & Duchesses and Happy Kids, Healthy Kids. While I love my job teaching water sports at summer camp, after graduation I hope to pursue a career in the non-profit industry, specifically focused on international development.”


Faculty Advisor: Megan Mullins

Katie Ridgway

Katie Ridgway (T '20) is a senior political science major with a certificate in marine science and conservation. As a Duke Rachel Carson Scholar, her research interest is how political institutions shape environmental policy. Upon graduation, she will commission as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Her long term aspiration is practicing environmental law.


Faculty Advisor: Sarah Bermeo

Julia Searby

Julia Searby (T '20) is pursuing a double major in Political Science with a concentration in Security, Peace and Conflict and Spanish at Duke. At Duke, her academic interests and student involvement largely centers on migration and Latin American studies. Since her time at Duke, Julia has mentored refugee mothers from Yemen and Syria through the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Throughout this school year, she interned at World Relief Durham, a refugee resettlement agency, as a case manager. Julia also spent her time at Duke working with an immigration attorney in Durham completing DACA renewal forms for dreamers from Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador. She hopes to pursue a career in international law following her graduation from Duke.


Faculty Advisor: Alexander Kirshner

Shaun Taraporewalla

Shaun Taraporewalla (T '20) is a Cum Laude graduate of Duke University with a degree in an honors level degree in Political Science, a minor in Economics and an innovation and Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate. He was born in New York City and raised in Durham, North Carolina. With a love for travel he has always been keen to explore the challenges of international relations and the political, social, and economic impact of policies and leadership. Outside of academic settings he is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys filmmaking and photography.

2020 Political Science Honors Students