Class of 2021 (Quincy House)
Hi everyone! My name is Mahalia Mathelier, and I’m a senior studying Government in the Public Policy program with a secondary in Economics. I grew up in East Meadow, NY, but on campus I live in Quincy House. I'm so excited to welcome you all to the Government department!
I chose Government because I appreciate the flexibility within the concentration to pursue the topics I'm interested in within the department while still having space to pursue interests in other social sciences fields. I am really interested in law, especially how the law relates to public policy and resulting racial inequalities, and while there is definitely no pre-law track at Harvard, the Gov department has offered me the chance to take a lot of courses related to my interests. One of my favorite courses so far is actually one I took at the Kennedy School that is pre-approved for Gov concentration credit: SUP-715: Morals, Money and Movements with Professor Cornell William Brooks. This class was truly incredible, and if you get a chance to take it or attend an event with Professor Brooks at some point, I highly recommend doing so!
Outside of classes,I'm an Administrative Fellow for the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, a social justice clinic at the Kennedy School, which I got involved in through taking SUP-715. Working at Trotter has been a really great experience, and through my work here I've also been able to work as an Associate Producer on the Collaborative's social justice podcast, The Avant Guardian! If you're interested in hearing more about the Trotter Collaborative and how to get involved in social justice related work, please don't hesitate to reach out. This semester I'll also be working as a remote intern for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with their Byrd Center, which supports communities and individuals targeted by hate crimes and challenges white supremacy. During sophomore and junior year, during term time I worked at the Law School's Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Services, and I was a Circulation Assistant at the Kennedy School's library, so also feel free to reach out if you have questions about getting term time jobs and balancing them with classes! In terms of extracurriculars, I'm Membership Engagement Director for PBHA's Small Claims Advisory Service, and I've also been very involved in Quincy's House Committee, and the Black Pre-Law Association.
I spent this past summer beginning my work with the Trotter Collaborative, and working as a Research Assistant with one of the former Weatherhead Fellows, Dr. Anne-Marie Livingstone. We worked together on a paper tackling racial bias in police stops to accompany her qualitative research on the subject among youths in Canada. I spent the previous summer studying abroad in Venice, during which time I took a course in International Business Law.
After graduating, my plan is to take a year or two off before going to law school. There are so many different paths to attending law school that do not have to look anything like my own, but if you have any questions about classes that might allow you to explore this interest as an undergrad, studying for the LSAT while in school, or anything else, please reach out and I'd love to talk!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the gov department, or some classes in the new Public Policy track, or really anything as all! I know my path at Harvard has been really positively affected from the conversations and suggestions I've gotten from different advisors and peers and professors, so even if you just need a sounding board to bounce ideas off of, I'm there! Looking forward to meeting everyone!