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Current Featured MA Student Profiles


Sabrina van der Linden
(Entered fall 2014)

In 2013 I moved to the US from the Netherlands, where I had completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Leiden. I also studied for a year at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, where I earned a Diploma in Legal Studies. After moving to the United States, I wanted to broaden my academic horizons by studying political science. CSULB was the perfect place to accomplish this goal. I started the MA program in the Fall of 2014. The seminars are small and the professors are very approachable outside of class. I really appreciate their input on my professional advancement as well as the flexibility of the program, which allows me to focus on interesting topics, like the political context of contemporary legal issues. I enjoy research and I aspire to pursue this passion with a career in academia.

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson
(Entered fall 2013)

I earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an undergraduate, I  studied Ghana for one year as an international student and participated in the UCDC internship program in Washington, DC. After graduating from UCSC, I was hired as a Congressional Aide to US Representative Sam Farr. I then spent a year abroad, living in Hong Kong and then teaching ESL to Burmese refugees in Thailand. After returning to the United States, I began working for the Los Angeles Community College District where I hope to eventually become a political science professor.

I chose to attend CSU Long Beach because of the outstanding faculty and staff members in the department, and the evening class times allow me to pursue a graduate degree while working full-time. I love the small class sizes at CSULB, and my professors are terrific mentors who often suggest opportunities for professional growth.

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Dilyana Valeva
(Entered fall 2012)

I was born in Bulgaria, and moved to the United States when I was 17 years old. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in political theory in 2010. Later that year, I traveled to Bulgaria where I had the opportunity to meet and interview several high-profile politicians and journalists, as part of a longer project about political, economic and social developments in Bulgaria in the years immediately following 1989.

When I started attending CSU Long Beach with a concentration in Comparative and American politics, my professors immediately began to suggest ways in which I could further develop my interests. Their unparalleled commitment to help us grow as students and future professionals, coupled with the small and personalized classes, makes for a great learning environment and an invaluable experience; one that will extend far beyond the classroom. Under the mentorship of a professor in the program, I was fortunate to become co-author in a peer-reviewed chapter.