Past Fellows

Magdalena Krajewska

Susan French Overstreet

Melissa Prosky

Sarah Staszak


Paul Emerson Herron

Paul Herron earned a B.A. in history at American University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.  

While in law school, he worked for U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner and for U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He practiced law in Boston at a large firm before returning to school to pursue a Ph.D. in politics, concentrating in American political development, public law and the history of ideas.    

His research and teaching interests include American constitutional development and Southern political history.  

Ryan M. LaRochelle

Ryan M. LaRochelle received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.  He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with departmental honors in political science.

Ryan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Politics Department at Brandeis, concentrating on American politics.  His teaching and research interests include American political development, national institutions, and media and politics.  His current research focuses on the entrenchment of organized interest groups and their influence on the presidency, Congress, and the state.