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Featured MA Alumni Profiles

 Megan BlashMegan Blash (MA 2009) is the Social Science department chair at a local high school, where she is also the curriculum leader and teacher of both AP U.S. Government and Politics, and AP Macroeconomics.
“The Political Science MA program was a great fit for me as a working professional. I knew that the faculty would provide rigorous course work which would enhance my teaching and greatly increase my depth of knowledge, and I knew that I would be working with professors that offered support and worked to build a community of learners. I believe that the mentoring I received through this program prepared me for my current position.”

Professional and academic activities of recent MA alumni

Alysse Florez (MA 2014) is working as a Litigation Assistant at a law firm in Century City.

Berny Lazareno (MA 2014) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Politics at UC Santa Cruz.

Ryan Ashlock (MA 2013) is a financial associate for a private investment company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

Othman (Ozzie) Ramadan
(MA 2013) teaches 9th grade English at a local high school.

Donnie Bessom (MA 2012) is an adjunct professor of political science at Long beach City College, where he teaches American Government. He is also involved in environmental cirriculum development.

Vahid Niayesh (MA 2011) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine, and a research affiliate with the Center for the Study of Democracy at UCI.

Jacob Lenerville (MA 2011) is a social science teacher, and an instructor at Barstow Community College. He is also Adjunct Professor of History/Political Science at Vanguard University of Southern California.

Amy Fernandez (MA 2010) is currently a grant writer at a social service agency in Los Angeles. She will begin law school in Fall 2013.

Veronika Zubo (MA 2010) has been working in Washington, D.C. at a media and messaging company dedicated to state and local politics. She is the Institute’s research and communications associate.

Dana Randazzo (MA 2009) has been an Executive Assistant for a CA Congressman, as is currently working in public affairs at the UCLA Medical Center.

Alfredo Carlos-Marquez (MA 2008) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. He is studying comparative political economy. In Fall 2012 he began teaching at CSULB.

Katie Kruger (MA 2008) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Government and Politics Department of University of Maryland. She is studying American politics and public law, with an emphasis on the federal legal bureaucracy and the Supreme Court.

Jacob Larsen (MA 2008) is working as an associate employment law attorney for Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison, APC in Long Beach, CA.

Allison Evans (MA 2006) received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Her research focuses on protest in post-communist Russia, and she is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Western New Mexico University.

Tracey Somerville (MA 2005) taught liberal studies courses at CSULB, and political science courses at several community colleges in Southern California until 2012. She is now working in the private sector doing business development for an international professional services firm.

Ali Taghavi (MA 1997) is the Director of Communications at Pepperdine University. He also has worked in public relations for the University of California and the UCLA Health System.

We welcome news from our MA alumni! Please email and let us know how you are doing.