Fall 2019 Fellows
Meet our Fellows for the Fall 2019 semester!
Nicolas Abouchedid - Program of Liberal Studies
Nick is a junior majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), with minors in philosophy and Chinese. His hometown is Caracas, Venezuela, but he spent much of his upbringing in Shanghai, China. On campus, Nick serves as the editor-in-chief of the Irish Rover, is a Sorin Fellow with the dCEC, and participates Notre Dame's premier intellectual discussion group, Res Publica.
Patrick Aimone - Political Science
Patrick Aimone is a sophomore from Long Beach, California studying Political Science, with minors in PPE, the Hesburgh Program for Public Service, and Constitutional Studies (for now, at least). He is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. On campus, Patrick is involved in a variety of political organizations, including ND Votes, BridgeND, and Debate. He spent last summer accompanying Central American migrants with the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora. His other interests include Frisbee and puns.
Georges Alsankary - Computer Engineering
Georges Alsankary is a senior from Lebanon majoring in Computer Engineering. His interests lie in law, technology and their intersection - they include privacy, intellectual property and the design of embedded systems and integrated circuits. He is also in the Liturgical Choir, and a proud resident of Stanford Hall and a member of its cross-country team.
Alix Basden - International Economics (French)
Alix Basden is a sophomore from Lafayette, LA studying International Economics with a concentration in French, along with a minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and the Kellogg International Scholars Program. Alix is on the Executive Cabinet of ND Student Government, serving as a co-director of FUEL, and represents Howard Hall and Student Government on the NDVotes task force. She interned at the state office for Louisiana Medicaid and James Mueller for Mayor of South Bend. She is also a member of the large group of people defeated on Jeopardy! by James Holzhauer.
David Bender - Economics
David Bender is a junior from Dallas, Texas, studying economics with a concentration in financial economics and econometrics and a minor in history. He is the Grand Knight of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, and is actively involved with the Baseball Analytics Club. His interests include political theory, family economics, and talking baseball with anyone.
Jonathan Biagini - Political Science
Jonathan Biagini is a senior from Washington, D.C. studying political science and minoring in business-economics and constitutional studies. He is a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture 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.
Maura Bradley - Political Science
Maura Bradley is a senior from Philadelphia, PA majoring in political science and minoring in constitutional studies and theology. She is a Resident Assistant in Farley Hall and, beyond the Tocqueville Fellowship, she is involved in the ND Right to Life Club, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Appalachia Seminars. Two summers ago, she interned for Congressman Patrick Meehan in his district office located in Springfield, PA and last summer she interned for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski in her Washington D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Furthermore, Maura had the opportunity to intern in the UK Parliament in the office of Andrew Percy MP during her semester abroad and this past summer, she interned at the James Wilson Institute in DC. Her interests include law, political philosophy, service, and theology.
Joe Cook - Mechanical Engineering and Theology
Joe is a fifth-year senior pursuing dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Theology, who, though now off-campus, was a proud resident of Alumni Hall. He has moved frequently as a lifelong Navy brat, but currently calls San Diego home when not at Notre Dame. In addition to the Tocqueville Fellows and his classes, he takes part in aerodynamics research and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Notre Dame Men's Rugby club, for whom he plays lock.
Samuel Delmer - History and Economics
Samuel Delmer is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, majoring in History and Economics with a minor in Constitutional Studies. He is currently President of the Alexander Hamilton Society, Vice President of the Texas Club, Student Senator from Dillon Hall, Secretary of Students for Child-Oriented Policy, and Social Affairs Chair for College Republicans. He spent the past summer interning at the Office of Senator John Cornyn. He is excited to be a part of the Tocqueville Program.
Jack Ferguson - Program of Liberal Studies
Jack Ferguson is a senior from the Washington, D.C. area. An R.A. in Duncan Hall, Jack majors in the Program of Liberal Studies (roll squirrels!) with a minor in Constitutional Studies. He spent last summer at the American Enterprise Institute researching education policy, and has also worked at the Vatican, Notre Dame Vision, and the Center for Ethics and Culture. Jack's interests include history memes, the British monarchy, playing squash for Notre Dame, and beating Tocqueville Fellow Will Jones in ping pong.
Analie Fernandes - Political Science
Analie Fernandes is a sophomore pursing a degree in Political Science with a Pre-Health supplementary major and a minor in the Glynn Family Honors Program. She is also a Walter and Suzanne Scott Merit Scholar. Analie is believes in leaving the world better than she found it, and is eager to learn as much as she can in order to accomplish that goal. On campus, she is co-president of GlobeMed ND, a member of the Student Department of Health and Wellness, director of Aquatic Relief for Kids (ARK-ND), a collegiate debater, a student assistant to Prof. Ray Offenheiser, and a research assistant to Dr. Vania Smith-Oka.
Anna Gallagher - Political Science
Anna is from the Philadelphia area. She is a political science major with minors in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service and computing and digital technologies. In the past two summers, she has interned for a county judge and for a representative in Congress. This summer, she was also a teaching assistant at an adult literacy advocacy center in Washington DC. During the school year, she have taken on research apprentinceships in subjects of political philosophy and identity politics, while attempting to read as much Harry Potter as possible.
Maggie Garnett - Theology
Maggie Garnett is sophomore from South Bend, IN studying Theology and Constitutional Studies in the Glynn Family Honors Program. A resident of Walsh Hall, she is also a Sorin Fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. Maggie is Vice President for Communications for Notre Dame Right to Life, a writer and editor for the Irish Rover, and a member of the American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council at Notre Dame. She spent this past summer participating in an AEI Summer Honors Program and interning with the Archdiocese of New York's Respect Life Office.
Matthew Hardiman - Economics and Political Science
Matt Hardiman is a Senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double-majoring in Economics & Political Science and minoring in Italian. On campus, he is a resident assistant in Morrissey Manor, co-leader of the Italian Club, and member of the club lacrosse and boxing programs. This summer, he helped develop two idea-stage non-profit startups in the Washington D.C. area.
Noelle Johnson - Theology and Physics
Noelle Johnson is a senior from Los Angeles majoring in Theology and Physics with a philosophy minor. This year she will serve as President of Notre Dame Right to Life and is writing a senior thesis in Old Testament Studies as part of the Theology Department Honors Program and Glynn Family Honors Program. She is a Notre Dame Merit Scholar, Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, a contributor to the McGrath Institute for Church Life Journal and the Irish Rover, and a member of the Theology Majors Advisory Council. She interned in the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 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 right to life, the Church in public life, and the rights and responsibilities of American Catholics.
Will Jones - Program of Liberal Studies
Will Jones was born in Southern California and is currently a student in the Program of Liberal Studies with a minor in Russian. Aside from the Tocqueville Program, he is a Sorin Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture, is a member of the Knights of Columbus council, and served as the student leader for the London Undergraduate Scholars program while studying abroad. Will has also led and been involved in numerous bible studies on campus. In the Tocqueville program, Will is particularly interested in the relation of religion to the happiness, success, and stability of a political society. Will’s dreams include being as cool and handsome as Jack Ferguson and one day Will hopes to work in public service to further the good of humanity and his country.
Therese Konopelski - Program of Liberal Studies
Therese Konopelski is a senior 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. On campus, she works for Professor Aragón. She has interned for the Library of Congress, the office of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Nicholas Marr - Political Science
Nicholas (Nick) Marr is a senior from San Diego, CA. He is a Political Science major and Constitutional Studies minor. On campus, he works for Professor Muñoz and the Constitutional Studies program, serves as the executive editor of the Irish Rover, and chairs American Enterprise Institute's Executive Council. This past summer, he interned for the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation.
Veronica Maska - Business Analytics
Veronica Maska is a sophomore from Austin, Texas majoring in Business Analytics and minoring in Philosophy and Constitutional Studies. She is the co-President of Students for Child-Oriented Policy, a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, the ND Votes commissioner for Lewis Hall, and hopes to get involved with the consulting side of SIBC this year. This summer she interned at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in DC. She is passionate about understanding the human person from both a statistical and humanistic perspective.
Holly McGrath - Program of Liberal Studies
Holly McGrath is a senior from Beverly Hills, MI, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies. She is a Sorin Fellow and student worker at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and an active member of Notre Dame Right to Life. She also enjoys working for the ConStudies office .This past summer she interned at the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.
Gregory Miller - Applied Mathematics and Economics
Greg Miller is pursuing a double major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and Economics with a minor in Constitutional Studies. A Fulbright Summer Institute Alumnus, he engages with his community through a variety of means holding several leadership titles; he is vice president of the Roosevelt Institute, Events Commissioner of BridgeND, Treasurer of Notre Dame Debate, Advising Fellow with Matriculate, and more. Post-graduation, he plans on attending law school to study Constitutional Law.
Jorge Plaza - Economics and Philosophy
Jorge Plaza is a junior studying Economics and Philosophy with a minor in Constitutional Studies. Jorge comes from a family of 9, and since moving from Venezuela in 2005, his family has found a new home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He plays cello in the Notre Dame Orchestra and is a starting lineman for the O'Neill interhall football team. He is also a Dean's Fellow and a Sorin Fellow. This past summer, he interned at the Media Research Center in Washington D.C., writing for MRC Culture.
Jake Rinear - Political Science
Jake Rinear is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Political Science with a minor in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. Though he no longer lives on campus, Jake will always consider Keough Hall his home under the dome. He has competed as an attorney for Notre Dame’s Mock Trial program since freshman year and proudly serves as its President for the 2019-2020 season. He lived in Washington, DC each of the past three summers, interning both on Capitol Hill and with the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.
Mac Ryan - Economics
Mac Ryan is a sophomore in Duncan Hall from Janesville, WI studying economics and minoring in PPE, philosophy-political science-economics. He is an active member of the Student International Business Counsel consulting division and a volunteer in the ND Dream Team program which works with the local elementary schools of South Bend to assist in classrooms. This past summer, Mac participated in the Summer Honors program at the American Enterprise Institute and was an intern for Senator Mitt Romney.
Andrew Slattery - Program of Liberal Studies, Constitutional Studies
Andrew Slattery is a senior 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 philosophy, particularly concerning: the American founding, the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 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 has served as an editor to the undergraduate political journal, Beyond Politics. Additionally, he is a proud Buffalo Bills and New York Mets fan.
Zach Thapar - Political Science and Global Affairs
Zach Thapar is a sophomore resident of Sorin College. He is studying political science and global affairs with a concentration in international development studies. Zach’s career interests include law, politics, and foreign affairs.
Stephen Viz - Finance
Stephen Viz is a sophomore at Holy Cross College who comes from a large Catholic family of 8. He is a finance and liberal studies major who is hoping to break into the field of Investment Banking. At school, he is on the Holy Cross golf team and am also involved in the Knights of Columbus.
Cam White - Not yet pictured