Undergraduate Fellows, Spring 2019
The Tocqueville Fellowship was designed for Notre Dame undergraduates interested in discussing fundamental questions about politics, culture, business, markets, philosophy, and religion. Tocqueville Fellows receive special invitations to meet, network, and dine with guests and scholars visiting Notre Dame. Fellows also work closely with the Program’s professors and staff to design and implement the Program’s events, including the “Professors for Lunch” series.
Pictured above are the Fellows with Professor Robert P. George of Princeton, who delivered the second Tocqueville Lecture on September 13, 2018.
Nicolas Abouchedid (Not yet pictured) - Sophomore, Program of Liberal Studies, Philosophy
Patrick Aimone - Freshman, Political Science, Glynn Family Honors Program, Hesburgh Program in Public Service
Patrick Aimone is a first-year from Long Beach, CA studying Political Science with a minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. He is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. On campus, he participates in ND Votes, Bridge ND, and Debate, and volunteered for Joe Donnelly's Senate re-election campaign. He is also a undergraduate research assistant focusing on modern political philosophy. He is looking forward to the fascinating events and discussions that characterize the Tocqueville Program!
Georges Alsankary - Junior, Computer Engineering; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Georges Alsankary is a junior from Lebanon studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He is interested in privacy and intellectual property rights, especially when they relate to religious organizations.
Jonathan M. Biagini - Junior, Political Science, Constitutional Studies, Business Economics
Jonathan Biagini is a junior from Washington, D.C. studying political science and minoring in business economics and constitutional studies. He is a Sorin Fellow and member of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). His interests include law, politics, and boxing for the Notre Dame Men’s boxing club team. He is very excited to be a Tocqueville Fellow.
Holly Bahadursingh (Not yet pictured) - Senior, Political Science, Constitutional Studies, Theology
David Bender - Sophomore, Economics, History
David Bender is a sophomore from Ojai, California, studying economics with a concentration in financial economics and econometrics and a minor in history. He is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Recorder for the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, and is actively involved with the Notre Dame Baseball Analytics Club. His interests include political theory, family economics, and discussing baseball with anyone.
Bea Cuasay (Not yet pictured) - Sophomore (St. Mary's College), Philosophy, Humanistic Studies, Constitutional Studies
Samuel Delmer - Freshman, History, Economics, Glynn Family Honors Program
Samuel Delmer is a freshmen from San Antonio, Texas, majoring in History and Economics. He is currently President of the Alexander Hamilton Society, Secretary of the Texas Club, on the Board of the Student Union, and a part of the Student Advisory Council for the History Department. He is excited to be a part of the Tocqueville Program.
Maggie Garnett - Freshman, Theology, Constitutional Studies, Glynn Family Honors Program
Maggie Garnett is a first year student studying Theology and Constitutional Studies in the Glynn Family Honors Program. She is a Sorin Fellow at the de Nichola Center for Ethics and Culture and is very excited to be a Tocqueville Fellow as well! Maggie is the apologetic co-commissioner for Notre Dame Right to Life, student worker at the CEC and ConStudies offices, a staff writer for the Irish Rover, and a member of the American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council at Notre Dame. Her interests include advocating for a culture of life, Catholic education and educational policy, and arguing about college basketball.
Soren Hansen - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies
(Mary) Soren Hansen is a senior from San Diego, CA. She is a member of the Program of Liberal Studies and is pursuing a minor in Constitutional Studies. On campus, Soren plays the upright bass in the ND Symphony Orchestra, is a Politics and Economics editor for the Irish Rover, and is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture. She is a founding member of the on-campus discussion group, Res Publica. Last summer, Soren interned at the Heritage Foundation in the Simon Center for Principles and Politics.
Matthew Hardiman - Junior, Economics, Political Science
Matt Hardiman is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania living in Morrissey Manor, studying Economics & Political Science. He is a member of the Club Lacrosse and Boxing teams and his interests include political theory, theology, and international relations. This past summer he interned for Representative Mike Kelly, a proud Notre Dame alum.
John Henry Hobgood - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies, PPE
John Henry Hobgood is a junior from Shreveport, LA but now calls the Cadillac of Dorms, Fisher Hall, home. He is majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in Constitutional Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He serves as a Sorin Fellow for the Center for Ethics and Culture and president of Dean’s Fellows for the College of Arts and Letters. Last summer, he interned at the Abigail Adams Institute at Harvard, where he conducted research for Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, for her forthcoming book, The First Affection: Restoring the Women’s Movement’s Lost Vision. His interests include political theory and philosophy, political theology, legal philosophy, and performing arts.
Tobias Hoonhout - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Economics, Constitutional Studies
Tobias Hoonhout is a senior from Smithtown, New York, double majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and economics, with a minor in Constitutional Studies. Formerly of Knott Hall, Tobias serves as the Managing Editor of The Observer, Notre Dame's daily student newspaper, and is also a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture. He is also involved in the Knights of Columbus, and has spent his past summers in Chicago working at the Midtown Educational Foundation and Huron Consulting Group.
Noelle Johnson - Junior, Theology, Physics
Noelle Johnson is a junior from Los Angeles living in Lewis Hall and majoring in Theology and Physics. She is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, a regular contributor to the McGrath Institute for Church Life Journal, and a staff writer for the Irish Rover. This semester, she is Director of Spirituality for Notre Dame Right to Life, and she has interned in the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past two summers, working on a Respect Life Week curriculum used by schools across the country. She is passionate about religious liberty and the Supreme Court, the Church in public life, and the rights and responsibilities of American Catholics.
Therese Konopelski - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies
Therese Konopelski is a junior from Frederick, MD majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies living in Lyons Hall. A Glynn Honors student, she is minoring in Latino Studies and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, co-chair of the Latino Honor Society, and a research assistant in political science. She has interned for the Library of Congress, the office of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Nicholas Marr - Junior, History, Political Science
Nicholas (Nick) Marr is a junior from San Diego, CA. He lives in Knott Hall, and is studying history and political theory. On campus, he works for Professor Muñoz and the Constitutional Studies and Tocqueville programs, is a writer and editor for the Irish Rover, and a columnist for The Observer. He also chairs American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council.
Christian McGrew - Senior, Political Science; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Isabella Penola - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies, Theology
Isabella Penola is a senior from Zionsville, IN. She is a major in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in Constitutional Studies and Theology. This year, she is interning with the McGrath Institute for Church Life and with the Alliance for Catholic Education. After a semester abroad in Ireland, she is excited to return to the community of Notre Dame and the ever-thought-provoking events put on by the Tocqueville Program!
Jorge Plaza (Not yet pictured) - Sophomore, Economics, Philosophy, Constitutional Studies
Andrew D. Rebholz - Senior, Program of Liberal Studies, Classical Civilizations
Andrew Rebholz is a senior hailing from Strongsville, OH, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with a minor in Classical Civilizations. Having served as President of Carroll Hall and Operational Manager for the Knights of Columbus' Steak Sales, this year Andrew is ready and eager to direct his energies toward the Tocqueville program. His interests include reading, writing, arguing at length, running, and swimming...preferably in that order and ideally followed by a cookout with friends.
Andrew Schmitz - Senior, Accounting, Political Science
Andrew Schmitz is a senior Accounting and Political Science major from Pasadena, CA. A proud resident of Carroll Hall, Andrew has held various positions in Student and Dorm Governments throughout his time at Notre Dame. During his junior year, Andrew studied abroad at the National University of Singapore. He is heavily involved with international student recruiting and Res Publica. His academic interests include American political philosophy and foreign policy, as well as political economy. Andrew loves to travel and considers himself both a baseball and aviation enthusiast.
Andrew Slattery - Junior, Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies
Andrew Slattery is a junior from Wheatfield, NY living in Duncan Hall. He is majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Constitutional Studies. His main academic interest is political history/theory, particularly concerning: the American founding, natural law and rights, civic and liberal education, and ethics. During the Summer of 2018, he had the opportunity to teach two five-day courses on politics at Somerville College at Oxford University for the Great Books Summer Program. On campus, he is a newly appointed editor to the undergraduate political journal, Beyond Politics. Additionally, he is a proud Buffalo Bills and New York Mets fan.
Mark Spretnjak - Junior, Physics, Economics, Constitutional Studies
Mark Spretnjak is a junior studying physics, economics and constitutional studies. He is currently the Warden of the Notre Dame #1477 Knights of Columbus, the Student Government Senator from Sorin College, and a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture.
Zachary Thapar - Freshman, Political Science, Global Affairs
Zach Thapar is a freshman from Edgewood, Kentucky and lives in Sorin College. He is majoring in political science and global affairs with a concentration in international development. Also a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, Zach's interests include politics, international security, sports, cooking, and travel.