Two rising seniors have been awarded the Albert H . Gordon Summer Research Fellowship at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) for the summer of 2022: Alyssa Stankevitz ’23  and Kathryn Monahan ’23.

Stankevitz is a double major in politics and American studies from Corinna, Maine. Her research this summer is focused on how prison gerrymandering affects the representation of prisoners and predominantly Black communities.

“I am interested in understanding whether states are actively depriving predominantly Black communities of equal representation and equitable citizenship,” said Stankevitz.

Monahan is a politics and psychology double major with a minor in international relations from Tewksbury, Mass. Her advisor is Professor Lucas, a professor in the politics department. She will focus her research on whether a woman politician’s assertiveness in Congress will lead to an increase in gendered media response. Her interest in the topic of gender studies and women’s representation in politics and media was inspired by a fall semester class.

“My comparative world politics class last semester with Professor Higgins made me interested in looking at how gender stereotypes affected politics and the ability for women to gain substantive representation. I also wanted to look at how the media perpetrated these stereotypes because I currently work at WMUR-TV and am hoping to go into the news broadcasting industry following graduation,” said Monahan.

The Gordon Fellowship provides deserving students with a well-rounded experience that will enhance their career planning, postgraduate opportunities, and active citizenship. It represents the lifelong commitment of its sponsor, the late Albert H. Gordon, to education and opportunity for Saint Anselm students.

The position is made available through a competitive application process to students of all majors upon completion of their junior or senior year. Those receiving the prestigious appointment are chosen in recognition of leadership and critical thinking skills, a proven commitment to civic education and engagement, and a high degree of intellectual depth and inquisitiveness.