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Current Featured MA Student Profiles

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.

Dilyana Valeva 1

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.