Class of 2020 (Cabot House)
Hi! I'm Selena Zhao, a senior in Cabot concentrating in Government with a secondary in Integrative Biology. Besides being a Peer Concentration Counselor, I am also a tour guide and greeter for the Admissions and Financial Aid Office, a research assistant for Professor Cammett in the Government Department, and a director for the Model United Nations conferences both in Boston and in India. Coming from a figure skating background, I stay active as a member of the Harvard Figure Skating Club and as a performer for Evening with Champions, an annual figure skating fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. In my free time, I like to dance on campus through Expressions and the Asian American Dance Troupe, get outdoors and go hiking, or binge-watch Studio Ghibli movies in my room.
Within the government department, my interests are in comparative politics and international relations, so I'm happy to answer any questions regarding course selection or choosing concentrations (I was pretty torn about Integrative Biology, and can speak to very different concentration/secondary fields). I've also previously RA-ed for Professor Levitsky working on his book, How Democracies Die, as well as for visiting Weatherhead Scholar Carmen Geha, interned term-time at the Kennedy School coding datasets for environmental regulation laws in India, researched populism as a summer intern at the Tony Blair Institute in London, and have spent this past summer conducting thesis field research in Belfast, Northern Ireland on power-sharing institutions and sectarian politics--all to say that I am quite happy to help out with summer plans and finding internships, answer questions related to think tank or policy work, or talk about academic research (both directed and independent)! Lastly, I spent my freshman summer studying environmental conservation policy in Tanzania and my junior spring studying politics at Oxford, and would love to offer advice to anyone considering studying abroad.
Please, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, or just to say hi and learn a bit more about the Government Department. I had no idea what I wanted to study coming in as a freshman, so discovering the field of political science and finding a home in this department has been one of the best things to happen to me during my time here and I absolutely love talking about it! Just shoot me an email, with or without questions, and we can grab a coffee :)