Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives serve as a resource and representative for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and brings student concerns and/or ideas to the program faculty. They also provide feedback to the program chair, undergraduate advising head, and faculty regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors, and other interested students.

Andrea Bolduc
Andrea Bolduc
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

I am a senior majoring in Politics and minoring in French and Francophone studies, with a particular focus on the intersection of race and American politics. This summer I interned with the Blue Lab, a progressive campaign incubator that amplifies the voices of first-time candidates for state and local office who typically face a high barrier of entry into politics. I also worked as a research assistant for Professor Goodhart, engaging in data management for her research on the role of TV advertising costs in political polarization and electoral outcomes. I will be writing my senior thesis on the role that whiteness, white supremacy, and political cognitive dissonance have had in shaping the current political climate in the United States. Outside of the classroom, I am a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Brandeis Journal of Politics and captain of the women's varsity Cross-Country and Track and Field team, where I specialize in the distance and mid-distance events. I am excited to work with the Politics department and my fellow UDRs to improve and enrich the experience of students and provide greater opportunities for collaboration between faculty, staff and undergraduates.

Yulanda Huang
Yulanda Huang
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

I am a junior majoring in Politics and History and minoring in Art History. I am passionate about civic engagement. At Brandeis, both within the classroom and through my community service involvement in Waltham, I have furthered my desire to strive for social justice. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to help the Waltham community: I worked as a casework intern at Community Day Center, helping people who struggle with chronic homelessness. I have volunteered at other local organizations in Waltham as well. Back at home this year, I worked as a congressional campaign intern for New York. I enjoy spending my free time being active: playing tennis, yoga or swimming. I am looking forward to working with the Politics Department and my fellow UDRs to enrich the experience of students and improve meaningful engagement among faculty, staff and undergraduates during these challenging times. 

Shania Thomas
Shania Thomas
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

I am a rising senior at Brandeis University, double majoring in Politics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) with minors in Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) and Legal Studies. Being both a woman and a person of color, I believe that being politically conscious is non-negotiable. This summer, I interned with the Power in Place Project, which encourages female political engagement by highlighting women in elected office. My research focus is public policy with a specialty in healthcare policy. I will be writing my senior thesis on interest group influence on government-funded food supplement programs. Outside of the department, I am a Roosevelt Fellow, a member of Cru, the Student Union, and more. Additionally, I am a part of The Every Voice Coalition, an organization that advocates for an end to sexual assault on college campuses through state legislation and issue education. I am thrilled to be a UDR this year and look forward to increasing fraternity between students and faculty within the department and creating more networking and skill-building opportunities for my fellow undergraduates.