Fall 2020 Fellows

Meet our Fellows for the Fall 2020 semester!


Nicolas Abouchedid - Program of Liberal Studies and Chinese

Nicolas is a rising senior majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from Venezuela, he spent four years of his upbringing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and six years in Beijing and Shanghai, China. He lives off-campus, and is the editor-in-chief emeritus of the Irish Rover and a Sorin Fellow in the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture.


Patrick Aimone - Political Science

Patrick Aimone is a junior from Long Beach, California studying political science with minors in PPE, the Hesburgh Program for Public Service, and Constitutional Studies. He is particularly interested in the intersection of religious liberty, constitutional law, and liberal political theory. He is also passionate about immigration policy and has spent summers accompanying Central American migrants in Nogales, Sonora and advocating for an Indiana law that would allow undocumented residents to drive legally. On campus, he founded and manages the Student Policy Network, a new student-run initiative that connects teams of students with policy research and advocacy opportunities through partnerships with external organizations.


John Babbo - Program of Liberal Studies 

John Babbo is a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and minoring in Business Economics, Constitutional Studies, and Data Science. Over the summer, John participated in the NDIGI Virtue Investment Banking Experience and, through the Student International Business Council, he has done consulting projects with McKinsey and BCG. John's icebreaker fun fact is that he has been professionally acting since he was eight years old and has appeared in shows on Broadway, Hulu, Netflix, and others.


Emma Barrett - Program of Liberal Studies

Emma is a sophomore majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), with minors in Business Economics and Constitutional Studies. She is from South Bend, Indiana. On campus, she is involved in events with her dorm, is a Sorin Fellow and student worker with the deNicola Center for Ethics, and Culture, and is involved with the Notre Dame Right to Life Club. This past summer, she interned at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


Corrinne Carlson - Program of Liberal Studies

Corrinne is a sophomore from Huntington Beach, CA but currently living in the lovely Badin Hall! She is majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with minors in Constitutional Studies and Medieval Studies. She serves on the leadership team for the student ministry Iron Sharpens Iron, works as an Admissions tour guide, and is also involved with the Adopt-a-Family Christmas Initiative, Right to Life, and Badin Hall's championship-contending flag football team. She also works at a healthcare and employment law firm during summers, but prefers spending her time reading, camping and climbing mountains, or watching Dodgers baseball.


Sam Delmer - Philosophy and Economics

Samuel Delmer is a Junior from San Antonio, Texas, majoring in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Constitutional Studies. He is currently Head of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, President of the Texas Club, and a participant in the First Liberty Fellowship Program. In the past, he has been the President of the Alexander Hamilton Society, Student Senator from Dillon Hall, Secretary of Students for Child-Oriented Policy, and Social Affairs Chair for College Republicans. He spent the past summer participating in the Hertog Summer Fellows Program and helping a professor with research. He is excited to be a part of the Tocqueville Program.


Caitlin Fennelly - Program of Liberal Studies and History

Caitlin Fennelly is a senior from Washington, D.C. studying the Program of Liberal Studies and History. She has interned with the Pontifical Academy for Life and in the office of Senator Tom Cotton. Caitlin currently works as a tutor at the University Writing Center and is a Sorin Fellow with the dCEC. Despite her Irish heritage, Caitlin's passions involve anything related to Italy.


Analie Fernandes - Political Science and Pre-Med

Analie Fernandes is a junior pursuing a degree in Political Science with a Pre-Med supplementary major and a minor in the Glynn Family Honors Program. She is also a University of Notre Dame Merit Scholar. Analie 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 President of Aquatic Relief for Kids (ARK-ND), Advocacy Director of Partners in Health Engage, a sitting member of the Class of 2022 Council, Wellness Commissioner for Breen-Phillips Hall, and a research assistant to Dr. Vania Smith-Oka.


Victoria-Katharina Flick - Political Science

Victoria-Katharina Flick is a junior studying political science with a minor in constitutional studies and business economics. She is an international student from Austria and lived in Howard Hall before moving off campus this fall. On campus, she is involved in the Women's boxing club (Baraka Bouts), Women in International Security, and the Smart Women Securities Club. She loves travelling to different countries in order to widen her horizons, which is why she has already lived in 5 countries (so far) and intends on making this list longer after she graduates from ND.


Thomas Garnett - Economics

Thomas Garnett is from freshman from South Bend, Indiana. He plans on majoring in economics with a possible minor in philosophy of PPE. At Notre Dame he hopes to be involved in many things including the Tocqueville Fellows, Sorin Fellows, Bengal Bouts Boxing, and Club Rugby.


Jed Mariano - Program of Liberal Studies and Political Science

Jed Mariano is a Junior from Ruston, LA, majoring in Political Science and The Program of Liberal Studies. His research areas include the intersections of political philosophy, international relations, and religious liberty. In addition to the Tocqueville Program, he is also a Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) fellow. In the past, he has been in involved with political campaigns around the local South Bend community, such as Ellen Marks for Congress and Mueller for Mayor. This past summer, Jed interned at Friends of Intelligent Democracy PAC, where he currently works as a Fundraising Analyst remotely.


Veronica Maska - Business Analytics

Veronica Maska is a junior from Austin, Texas majoring in Business Analytics and minoring in Philosophy and Constitutional Studies. She is a research assistant, a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, and the ND Votes commissioner for Lewis Hall. She is passionate about understanding the human person from both a statistical and humanistic perspective. Professionally, Veronica hopes to apply data analysis to policy-making and the public sector.


Jorge Plaza - Philosophy and Economics

Jorge Plaza is a senior studying Philosophy and Economics 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 is the president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Notre Dame Chapter and is a Röpke-Wojtyła fellow with The Catholic University of America Busch School of Business. He also plays cello in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and is a former lineman for the O'Neill interhall football team. This past summer, he worked at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty as a communications intern.


Thomas Richter - Philosophy and Political Science

Thomas Richter is a sophomore from Columbus, OH studying Philosophy and Political Science and living in Stanford Hall. On campus, he is involved in the Economics and Classics Clubs and is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society. After graduation, he would like to work in Washington, DC before eventually attending law school.


Lizzie Self - Program of Liberal Studies and Theology

Lizzie is a junior hailing from Phoenix, AZ, majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and Theology, and minoring in Constitutional Studies. She is managing editor of the Irish Rover, Zossima Chair for Theology Club, and a passionate member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, SCOP, the Militia of the Immaculata, and the Children of Mary. She is also a deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture Sorin Fellow and an intern at SENT Ventures. She spent her last two summers with the Missionaries of Charity in Memphis and the Community of the Beatitudes in Denver.


Francine Shaft - Theology and Japanese

Francine Shaft is a junior from Grand Forks, ND, studying Theology and Japanese. She is a Suzanne and Walter Scott Scholar and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. On campus, Francine leads a dialogue and outreach initiative for ND Right to Life, is a Sorin Fellow with the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture, a research assistant to Professor John McGreevy, and a Japanese language tutor. Last summer she interned for Catholic speaker and author, Lisa Hendey.


Sean Tehan - Political Science

Sean Tehan is a Junior from Dallas, Texas studying political science with minors in constitutional studies and theology. He is a proud resident of Alumni Hall (Go Dawgs!) and sits on the Executive Board of Notre Dame Right to Life.


Zachary Thapar - Political Science and Global Affairs

Zachary Thapar is a junior studying political science and global affairs with a concentration in international development studies. In addition to a being Tocqueville Fellow, Zachary is a member of the Sorin Fellows Program and the Kellogg International Scholars Program. He conducts research on campus on international education policy and has spent past summers volunteering in Peru and working with the Heritage Foundation. Outside of class, Zachary enjoys watching sports, investing, and outdoor activities.


Christian Vincent Torsell - Philosophy

Christian is a junior from Leadville, Colorado, pursuing a degree in philosophy with a minor in PPE. He transferred to Notre Dame in Spring 2019 from Loyola University New Orleans, where he had been studying economics. Christian is an avid skier and a saxophonist in Notre Dame's marching band and jazz ensembles.


Cam White - Theology

Cam is a Sophomore at Holy Cross College and is third of seven in his South Bend based family. He plans on studying Theology with a minor in Political Science. Outside of the classroom he is involved in Notre Dame Naval ROTC, ND Right to Life, and is a Sorin Fellow at the De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. 


Charles Yockey - Program of Liberal Studies and Economics

Charles is a freshman hailing from bucolic Springfield, Illinois and double majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and Economics with a minor in Constitutional Studies. While on campus, he inhabits St. Edward's Hall and is active in the Federalist Society, Mock Trial, Holy Cross House, and various financial markets organizations. In summers past, he has worked as a speechwriting intern in the Washington, D.C. office of a United States Senator and as a civil division intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois. Outside of the classroom, his interests include ancient history, political philosophy, alpine backpacking, and rhetoric.


Blake Ziegler - Political Science and Philosophy

Blake Ziegler is a sophomore at Notre Dame from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is majoring in political science and philosophy with a minor in constitutional studies. His research interests include democracy, justice, and promoting civic engagement through education and discourse. On campus, Blake is a columnist at The Observer, TA for the God and the Good Life philosophy course, and a research fellow at NDIAS.