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Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture

Junior Associates

The heart and soul of the Institute is its Junior Associates Program.

The IRPC Junior Associates are dedicated, high achieving undergraduates committed to participating in the life of the Institute. Junior Associates benefit from an intensive and highly interactive mentoring environment.

2013-2014 Class of Junior Associates:

  • Kyle Sepe
  • Robert Billings

2012-2013 Class of Junior Associates:

  • Michael Bonadies. A member of the Class of 2014 majoring in International Studies, Michael conducted a research project exploring the treatment of minority religious communities in Syria and Malaysia.
  • Brittany Weaver  A member of the Class of 2014, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Mathematics and is the Chair of the Honor Board. Recently, she participated in the Oxford Research Seminar, through which she researched the impact of the Catholic Church on abortion liberalization in Latin America. 
  • Rachel Field  A graduate of Washington College, she served as the course assistant for Professor Prud’homme’s course on Comparative Western Religions.

2011/2012 Junior Associates include the following Washington College students whose special projects have been supported by the Institute:

  • Glenn Chew. A graduate of the Class of 2012 and a Political Science major, Glenn presented research at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, and the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.
  • Beverly Frimpong. A graduate of the Class of 2012 originally from Ghana, Beverly is a Political Science major specializing in international relations. In May of 2010 she conducted research in England for a collaborative project with Institute director Joseph Prud’homme exploring the Pan-Africanist thought of Booker T. Washington.
  • James Hetzel. A graduate of the Class of 2012 and Political Science major, James participated in the inaugural Oxford Research Seminar in the summer of 2011. 
  • James Schelberg. A graduate of the Class of 2012 and a Philosophy and Humanities double major, James has researched the understanding of original sin in the philosophy of Colonial theologian Jonathan Edwards and participated in the Institute’s Oxford program.