Senior Editor Spotlight: Chloe Dennison

Chloe Dennison is a junior at Barnard College studying Political Science and History. This summer, Chloe worked as a research assistant for Dr. Ashley Moraguez, a Political Science professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Chloe assisted Dr. Moraguez with her research on line-item vetoes and the bargaining power they wield for governors attempting to pass budgets with the legislature!

Why did you join JPS?

It seemed like a decent means of satisfying my desire to gain experience in some capacity with written works. The fact that JPS allowed me to have immense control and participation in the editing process was incredibly appealing.

Why have you stayed on JPS?

The papers we get are so incredibly diverse (and come from authors from such a myriad of contexts) that no semester is repetitive.

Which of the papers we’ve published during your time on JPS has been your favorite?

“‘A Tribe is an Island:’ Placemaking, Protest, and the Alcatraz Occupation” by Lois Biggs

It formed a unique intersection between political activism and art history, weaving in concepts of critical art theory to explain key tactics of political protest. This was especially significant considering the paper’s subject was Indigenous peoples and the Alcatraz Occupation, specifically, which is an extremely understudied topic.

What is your favorite memory from your time on JPS?

Working with Lois Biggs, who wrote “A Tribe is an Island,” was really incredible, as it was the most collaborative experience I’ve had yet on JPS. Since her paper was more art-centric than most of the social science papers we receive, we got to construct a new format for her to use to convey her research, which was much more imaginative than such work normally allows.

What impact has JPS had on your Columbia experience?

JPS has given me the wholly unparalleled experience of working on the backend of research (in the editing process), which has subsequently improved my understanding of research concepts and methodologies in relevant social science courses I’ve taken.

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