Outstanding Senior Class Recognized at Commencement 2021

The Rose Institute is so proud to recognize the class of 2021 for their outstanding accomplishments.  Each of them has contributed to the Rose Institute through the projects they have been involved in through their tenure at the Institute.  We only hope that we have contributed to their overall experiences at Claremont McKenna College.

KAtherine AdelmanKatherine P. AdelmanKatherine is from San Antonio, Texas, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). From a young age, Katherine has been invested in the local politics of her hometown, attending meetings with many civic leaders to gain perspective on the inner workings of city government. Studying abroad in Hong Kong in the fall of 2019, she learned how united political movements impact local governance.  Katherine’s work at the Rose has included writing an article for the Inland Empire Outlook, and a white paper for the Federalism project. She has also worked on the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, Inland Empire at a Glance project, the Video Voter 2020, and being on the communications team.  Katherine is scheduled to graduate in December 2021.

Elena I. Castellanos.  Over this summer, Elena will be in Asia, working with either an urban planning or design firm as a Luce Scholar with the Henry Luce Foundation. She was also awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and her thesis was selected by the Department of Philosophy as the Best Senior Thesis. She holds a dual-major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and Public Policy.  While at the Rose, Elena was the lead on the Redistricting project, participated in a redistricting conference with SCCUR, and assisted with the new hire training sharing her knowledge of Adobe InDesign.

Sevion D.J. DaCosta Sevion found his happy place at the Rose Institute working on the Federalism project as its lead during his junior and senior years.  For his outstanding work, Sevion was recognized by the Rose Institute as one of the J. Cleveland McKenna Student Researchers for 2020-2021.  Aside from working at the Rose, Sevion, who is a PPE major, with a Legal Studies sequence, was also an RDS BA Scholar, president and CFO of the Mock Trial Club, selected as an Appel Fellow in 2018, and was a member of Black Student Affairs and CMS Christian Athletes.

William P. Frankel. Will who graduated with a major in public policy, has been awarded The Philip Roland Award for Excellence in Public Affairs at this year’s Commencement Exercises. He was also awarded the Government Department Chair’s Award for Merit. He was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. His Rose experience included work on single-payer healthcare, Proposition 64, the pension crisis, and the Video Voter series. Outside the Rose, Will was a research assistant at the Lowe Institute, a member of CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, and an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. He has also been named one of the MMC Athenaeum Fellows for 2020-2021.

Anna E. Green, a Government major, with a Gender and Sexuality Studies sequence, was recognized at Commencement with The Brian Walkenbach Award for Outstanding Resident Assistant for 2020-2021. At the Rose Institute, Anna contributed to the Miller-Rose Initiative, California Almanac, and was the manager for the Inland Empire at a Glance project. At CMC, Anna worked as a tour guide in the Office of Admission and as an interviewer for the Free Food for Thought podcast.  Anna will be graduating in December 2021.

Jacob S. Leischner, who graduated with a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), served as Rose Associate Student Manager for 2020-2021. He was selected as this year’s recipient of the George S. Blair Award for State and Local Government. Jake has done some of the research for Dr. Busch’s book on the primaries, contributed to a white paper on Competitive Districts, and written for the Inland Empire Outlook.


Johnson Lin graduated with a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major and Data Science sequence. He was awarded The Berger Award for Outstanding Senior, for his overall contributions to the CMC community, and the Alamshah Award. During his time at the Rose Institute, Johnson was staffed as the Tech Manager and a research assistant on the Miller-Rose Database, worked on projects such as True Time Served, ILG Videos, as well as collaborated with Professor Bessette on a literature review for the Bureau of Justice.

Benjamin McAnally. Taking on the role of Student Manager of the Rose Institute during the time COVID19 quarantined us all,  it must not have been easy but Ben managed to earn the distinction as Class of 2021 Valedictorian. At the Rose, Ben has completed research into the opioid epidemic through analysis of California’s CURES database, provided information on California initiatives through Video Voter, and managed the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey. For all his excellent work at the Rose, Ben was selected by Rose staff as one of the recipients of the J. Cleveland McKenna Student Researchers for 2020-2021.

Naseem Nazari was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  During her time at the Rose Institute, Naseem contributed to the white paper on Competitive Districts, and the 2018 Video Voter project at the Rose. Elsewhere on campus, she served as a Harrison Fellow at the Salvatori Center.


Nandeeni K. Patel served as the Rose’s Training Manager, at the same time she was serving as an Athenaeum fellow for 2020-2021.  She has written articles for the Inland Empire Outlook and provided research assistance for one of Dr. Busch’s books. Elsewhere on campus, she honed her skills as an interviewer for the student-run podcast, Free Food for Thought, and as an international journalism fellow at the Keck Center. She served as a research intern at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.   At Commencement, she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship,  and recognized as Keck Center Best Senior Thesis on Foreign Affairs & International Diplomacy.

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