The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between student Research Assistants, faculty, and staff. In student’s research in areas relating to state and local government, students and faculty work side by side. Students receive guidance and instruction from professors, fellows, and research associates experienced in the operations of both the public and private sectors. While every student has experience working with faculty members and senior staff on an individual basis, the Rose Institute student staff is overseen by senior student managers.
Benjamin J. McAnally ’21, Student Manager
Ben is from Ashland, Oregon, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He became interested in state and local government through coordinating a mentoring program to promote educational equality at a local charter school, Kids Unlimited Academy, and through teaching a U.S. citizenship class in high school. 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 Survey. He returned from a semester abroad serving as the policy director and dialogue facilitator for the congressional campaign of Rose alum Aditya Pai ’13. In his free time, Ben enjoys creative writing, mock trial, and ballroom dance.
Jacob S. Leischner ’21, Associate Student Manager
Jake is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, pursuing a dual major in Government and International Relations. Jake discovered his interest in politics from his involvement in high school Speech & Debate but tailored his interest to local politics through his internship on an Albuquerque mayoral campaign. He is especially interested in criminal justice and education reform. Jake is also involved in CMC’s Model UN and debate teams. When not working at the Rose, Jake is napping, listening to Serial, or binge-watching Survivor.
Katherine 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 is excited to transfer these experiences into her Rose work this semester, which includes working on a public finance project and being on the communications team.
Elena is from Hawthorne, CA, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She has always been invested in civic engagement projects around her community and Claremont. In Claremont, Elena leads a group called College Knowledge that supports school-wide programs focused on increasing college attendance. Elena’s time at the Rose has strengthened her understanding of local and state politics, especially within the context of Redistricting. Also, having availed of a chance to take an Adobe InDesign workshop last summer, Elena has been training others at the Rose to use the program. Elsewhere on-campus, Elena can be seen picking up a Coconut Crème Bowl of Soul at the Motley, nerding out over the latest redistricting news for her research at the Rose Institute, or attempting to stay on the beat during spin at Roberts. Elena loves listening to political podcasts, re-watching West Wing episodes, and yelping her next food adventure.
Sevion is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sevion is currently a PPE major, with a legal studies sequence, and an RDS BA Scholar. At CMC Sevion is President and CFO of the Mock Trial Club, was selected as an Appel Fellow in 2018, is a member of Black Student Affairs and CMS Christian Athletes. This past summer Sevion worked as an Investigative Intern at the Public Defenders Service in Washington, DC. and was on the tech team. This year Sevion is working on the Rose Miller Initiative Database and Fiscal Analysis. Outside of school and the Rose, Sevion loves to spend time with his family and friends, workout, read, cheer on the New England Patriots, and meet new people.
Will is from Shaker Heights, Ohio majoring in Public Policy. He spent the summer of 2019 in Washington, DC as a Government Affairs Intern at Internet Association, a trade association that represents Google, Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other tech companies. In the fall semester of 2019, he participated in CMC’s Silicon Valley Program as a Trust & Safety Intern at Quizlet, an e-learning website used by two-thirds of American high schoolers. His Rose experience includes work on single-payer healthcare, Proposition 64, the pension crisis, and the Video Voter series. Outside the Rose, Will is a research assistant at the Lowe Institute, a member of CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. He has also been named one of the MMC Athenaeum Fellows for 2020-2021.
Anna is from Fairfield, CT pursuing a major in Government. After spending the fall interning at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., she is excited to bring some new research skills back to her work at the Rose Institute. Anna has contributed to the Miller-Rose Initiative, California Almanac, and is now the Inland Empire at a Glance project manager. At CMC, Anna is also a tour guide in the Office of Admission and an interviewer for the Free Food for Thought podcast. In her free time, Anna loves exploring Southern California, struggling to complete the New York Times crossword, and looking for the best coffee in Claremont.
Johnson Lin ’21, Technology Manager
Johnson is from Portland, Oregon, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a Data Science Sequence. At the Rose, Johnson is currently staffed as the Tech Manager and a research assistant on the Miller-Rose Database. In the past, he’s 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. Outside of the Rose, Johnson is involved in CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, the Asian-Pacific-American Mentoring Group, and ASCMC, where he is serving his third consecutive year as Class President. In his free time, you can find Johnson shooting hoops at Roberts, laughing at memes, and grimacing at his blisters from rock climbing.
Hailing from Claremont, California, Naseem Nazari, a PPE major at CMC, traveled long and far to work at the Rose Institute. Naseem’s interest in state and local government piqued as she listened to NPR on long car rides with her sister, and realized the power that politics/ politicians bestow in enacting lasting and purposeful change. Serving on the board of a local non-profit dedicated to education in high school, she is especially passionate about educational equality and is hoping to do research pertaining to this field while working at the Rose. During her free time, you can catch Naseem playing ping pong in Stark, listening to podcasts, or playing with her incredibly adorable puppy, Jooni. Naseem spent the fall semester (2019) in Madrid, Spain.
Nandeeni K. Patel ’21, New Hire Manager
Nandeeni Patel is from Murrieta, California, and is a philosophy, politics, and economics major, with an interest in South Asian affairs. Throughout high school, all of her experiences have pulled her towards a path founded in policy reform and public service. Specifically, having served as the State President of the California Association of Student Councils and President of the Murrieta Youth Advisory Committee, Nandeeni found an interest in research-based advocacy catered to state and local education policy. This year, she is the Rose’s New Hire manager, while also serving as one of the Athenaeum fellows. 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. Last year, she served as a research intern at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Calder is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is majoring in Philosophy. Calder’s interest in government stems from his belief that the government can ultimately be a force for good. Before arriving at Claremont McKenna, he interned at the Louisiana State Senate, worked on a gubernatorial campaign, and co-organized a series of community forums centered around race and equity. Calder is particularly interested in understanding the philosophical foundations of the American government and how our government might evolve. At the Rose Institute, Calder has worked on the comparative study for the City of Paramount, Competitive Districts, Fiscal Analysis, and Redistricting projects. Around campus, he is also a member of the CMC’s Model United Nations team, plays with the Claremont Colleges’ frisbee team, and is a chef at The Claremont Culinary Institute. In his free time, he loves to cook and hike.
Maria is from Whittier, CA, studying Public Policy and American Studies. Her love for local government comes from her involvement and interest in the politics of her hometown and community. At Rose, she’s done work for the Redistricting team, has written for the Inland Empire Outlook, and helps out on Communications. Her favorite Rose project, though, is the Video Voter series. On campus, Maria is involved with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and works at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. In her free time, she enjoys making jewelry, curating playlists, and finding new foods on Yelp.
Maya hails from Dallas, Texas, and is hoping to major in Environment, Economics, and Politics. She developed a passion for politics due to her intense love for reading the Economist and listening to the podcast Deep State Radio. In high school, she pursued this passion by leading her school’s Political Action Club and environmental group, and by interning for Colin Allred’s congressional campaign. At CMC she also works for the Roberts Environmental Center, Mock Trial, The Forum, and the Athenaeum’s kitchen staff. In her spare time she enjoys running, backpacking, road-tripping, and watching football.
Nandini is from Bettendorf, Iowa, and is majoring in Economics with Sequences in Financial Economics and Data Science. In high school, Nandini was an active member of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC), where she and 23 members across the state drafted and pursued bills through the Iowa state legislature. Nandini also interned for U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack, which sparked her interest in learning more about local campaigns. At the Rose, her experience includes managing the Fiscal Analysis project, analyzing Census data for the Paramount project, and is a member of the communications team. In her free time, you can find Nandini singing, spending time with friends, and enjoying coffee.
Gait is from the central valley of Northern California. As a high school student, Gait garnered an interest in politics through his debate and mock trial teams. Participating in American Legion Boys State allowed Gait to explore the opportunities and complexities of state and local government on a hands-on level. At the Rose Institute, Gait is acquiring valuable skills in policy research, specifically looking at the dichotomy between the vast interests of California, such as working closely with Professor Miller as Project Manager on the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. On-campus, Gait is an attorney on the CMC Mock Trial team. In his free time, Gait plays Spikeball, spends far too much time watching Netflix, and enjoys cooking for his friends.
Nohl Patterson, from Concord, California is pursuing a degree in International Relations and Economics with a Computer Science sequence. His interests lie in blame attribution and public policy and have had experience working with survey data and analysis. He cannot wait to begin to apply these skills and learn from the Rose Institute. Elsewhere on campus Nohl runs track for CMS, works at Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and is a Jack Stark Security Studies Fellow. He also enjoys reading and hiking.
Robin is from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in Government. In high school, she worked on registering her peers to vote and working with local legislators on laws surrounding voting rights for ex-felons. At the Rose, Robin hopes to pursue research on policy related to gun control or sustainability. Outside of the Rose, she enjoys annotating her pocket Constitution, pole vaulting, and re-watching Madam Secretary. If she’s not struggling with Introductory Arabic, she’s either serving in uniform as an ROTC Cadet or trying to catch up on sleep.
Henry Schulz is a New York City native pursuing a Government major and an Ethics sequence. At the Rose, he has conducted research on homelessness and federalism issues within the COVID-19 response. He spent his junior fall semester in Washington DC working for the Mellman Group, a Democratic polling firm. He’s passionate about political communications and helping candidates tell their stories. In his free time, he enjoys listening to Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy, doing the New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle, and playing pick-up basketball at Roberts.
Jensen is from Santa Barbara, California, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He became interested in government working in a variety of local city positions and found his passion for politics in his Youth Council and while volunteering on a mayoral campaign. At the Rose, Jensen has researched homelessness in LA County and the Bay Area, local business costs in California, Inland Empire demographic change, and is currently managing the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. On-campus, he also works as a writing consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. In his free time, you can catch Jensen playing Catan, listening to a podcast, or binge-watching The West Wing.
Adhitya Venkatraman ’22, Design Manager
Adhitya is from San Jose, California, and plans to major in Economics and Computer Science. He gained an interest in politics from a healthy combination of the Daily Show and speech and debate. At the Rose, Adhitya has worked on the Redistricting Project, the Crime Project with Professor Bessette, the California Almanac, the Inland Empire Outlook, and manages the Design Team. This past summer, he worked at an international NGO that prevents torture in prisons. Outside the Rose, Adhitya is involved with SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and the Free Food for Thought Podcast. In his free time, you can find him baking, wearing beanies in 100° weather, and failing to perform magic tricks—usually all at once.
Felipe is an Inland Empire native from Fontana, California majoring in Government with a Public Policy sequence. At the Rose, he has worked on research projects focused on public policy in California. Passionate about politics and local governance, Felipe served as the co-chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for his hometown and was involved in efforts to increase teenage engagement with civic affairs. On-campus, he serves on the board of the Claremont Government Society and is an ROTC cadet. His free time consists of hiking, reading, obsessively binge-watching The West Wing, consuming copious amounts of In-N-Out hamburgers, and spending time with friends and family.
Marshall is from Darien, Connecticut, and is a Government and History dual major. During high school, Marshall gained an interest in politics through the Forum discussion group and the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. At the Rose, Marshall has researched Proposition 13, provided information on Proposition 15 for Video Voter, and worked on the Inland Empire at a Glance project. During his free time, Marshall enjoys golfing, playing squash, and watching college football.
Daniela Corona ’23
Danny is from Half Moon Bay, California, and is majoring in Government with a Data Science Sequence. Her interest in government stems from her high school experience in city government as a school representative. This past summer she worked as a research assistant studying state executive reorganization and reform. On-campus she is also a Success Consultant and works at Kravis Lab. When she is not working you can usually find her on the rugby field wearing uniform #2, tackling her teammates and (hopefully) throwing a perfect line-out.
Miriam H. Farah ’23
Miriam is from Redondo Beach, California, and she is majoring in Public Policy and History. Because of her interest in law and politics, she participates in CMC Mock Trial, serves on the executive boards of the Claremont Government Society and the Taskforce for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and works as a news editor for the CMC Forum. Throughout high school and her freshman year of college, she volunteered for social justice groups and interned for different law firms. She is excited to learn more about the legal system and education reform in California alongside 5C faculty members and students at the Rose. In her free time, Miriam enjoys going to the beach, biking, and baking.
Camille is from Jurupa Valley, CA in the Inland Empire and a first-generation Government major. In high school, she served as a court interpreter in the Jurupa Unified School District’s Youth Court, was an active leader in Riverside County’s Second District Youth Advisory Council, and also served as the chair of the Youth Advisory Board on the California Association of Youth Courts. There she developed a passion for restorative justice programs, education policy, and the juvenile justice system. During her time at the Rose, she hopes to work on research in education and criminal justice reform. In her spare time, Camille enjoys playing the guitar, singing, binging on Netflix shows, and spending time with her family and pets back at home.
Maya T. Kurkhill ’23
Maya is from Yorba Linda, California which is a slightly sleepy town with deep roots in California’s agricultural history. After taking the class Agriculture & Political Rebellion, she became heavily interested in Yorba Linda’s political and farming history. In combination with pursuing a major in International Relations, Maya’s appreciation for local change, such as with Southern California farming, has led her to the Rose to pursue projects such as the Inland Empire Outlook. She hopes to bring her debate experience to her research by providing creative and collaborative ways to analyze civic engagement, process, and policy. Outside of the Rose, can find Maya on (or probably falling off of) her skateboard, watching anything written by Aaron Sorkin, or playing with her dog, Scruffy!
Desmond V. Mantle ’23
Desmond is from Pasadena, California, pursuing a Government major and Computer Science sequence. He has been interested in state and local politics for all his life, culminating in an Appel Fellowship project involving in-depth research on the social, and particularly racial, implications of state firearms laws in the Western United States. At the Rose, Desmond hopes to continue studying the effects of California’s gun laws and contribute to ongoing initiative-related work such as the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. In his free time, Desmond enjoys editing grammar errors on Wikipedia, using his General Class license to communicate via ham radio, and hiking, particularly at his local landfill.
Tara is from Bellevue, Washington, and is hoping to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics or Government. In high school, she pursued her passion for politics and state government through interning on a state representative campaign and managing the debate department for the Pacific Northwest Junior State of America. She became specifically intrigued with constitutional law after participating in the national “We the People” competition. At Rose, she hopes to engage in federalism research and develop skills in fiscal analysis. When not in Rose’s workroom, you may find her working for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, sipping coffee at the hub, or baking cookies.
Sarah G. Simionas ’23
Sarah is from San Jose, CA, and majoring in Philosophy and Economics. Before joining the Rose, she explored her passion for government research as a Research Fellow for the CMC Policy Lab this past summer, researching congressional spending practices under the guidance of Professor Courser. At the Rose, she is excited to enrich her understanding of the impact of state and local policies in California and make this information easily accessible to larger communities. Outside of the Rose, Sarah also works for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and ASCMC’s Events Committee.
Cameron W. Stevens ’23
Cameron is from Park City, Utah, and is majoring in Economics and Public Policy. In high school, he developed an interest in state and local government by participating in debate and volunteering for the ACLU of Utah. At the Rose, Cameron is excited to engage in quantitative and qualitative analysis, and focus on new issues facing Californian communities from the Coronavirus and economic recession. Outside of school and work, Cameron enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking, and spending time in nature.
Dai-Khoa Nathaniel Khai Tran POM’23, Communications Manager
A proud resident of Tracy, California, Nathan is studying Politics and History at Pomona College. Working in local politics since high school made Nathan realize that every decision at every level of government can hugely affect people’s daily lives. Whenever he’s not analyzing election results or devising communication strategies for the Rose, you can probably find Nathan doing similar work as lead policy advisor for the San Joaquin County Democratic Party. And whenever he’s not obsessing himself with California politics, Nathan loves getting lost on walks, watching old movies with his friends, and bingeing new shows with his family.