IPPSR is excited to welcome two returning Masters of Public Policy students to enrich and expand current leadership, policy and research offerings during the 2019-2020 academic year. Their work will focus on compiling, analyzing and publishing research and writing for academic and public audiences through our blog and related documents in print and online. We congratulate 2018-19 fellow Simon Schuster as he graduates and pursues a continuing career of excellence.
Sejal completed her Bachelors degree in Economics from University of Delhi in India. While earning her degree, she interned with various independent research and nonprofit organizations focusing on policies and activities of India's government. Her policy interests include education policy and anti-poverty measures aimed at strengthening India's educational systems using skill-based and vocational methods. She also plans to study innovative waste recycling methodologies while in Michigan. After graduation, she hopes to work with policy groups or nonprofit organizations on policy advocacy and government consulting.
Hannah Sweeney is a 2018 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication. Her policy interests involve economic development, education, and women’s issues. Prior to entering MSU's MPP program, Hannah gained campaign experience ranging from Michigan's Senate to a Campaign Finance Fellowship for a gubernatorial race. She has also worked in internships at the Michigan House of Representatives. She worked as a Legislative Fellow as an architect of a paid family leave bill proposal. Hannah has also spent time working with after school programs in the Saginaw area teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to students.
Simon Schuster is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy. Simon entered the MPP program in the fall of 2017. His policy and research interests include the integration of behavioral economics into land-use policy and transportation infrastructures. Prior to entering the MPP program, Simon worked as a journalist covering politics and policy, and as a research contractor analyzing corporate sustainability policies. He was raised in the Metro Detroit area.