Isabella Picui is a third year student enrolled in the Political Science Honours Program. She has academic interests in the study of authoritarian states, American foreign policy, state sovereignty and the surrounding legal theory, as well as 20th century world history. She hopes to pursue law school in the future. She is actively involved with various other clubs around campus, and as President, Isabella wants to increase participation and engagement at events throughout the year, as well as introduce more socials and collaborative events with other organizations. In her free time, Isabella enjoys sleeping, Netflix, travelling, and reading.
Behbod Negahban is an incoming second year Arts student, working towards a degree in Political Science. While primarily concerned with political power dynamics in the Middle East, his interests also extend to continental philosophy and Western literature. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Political Science. As Vice President, Behbod wants to help make UBC talk, to hold interdisciplinary lectures and events, all to the end of bringing insight out into the open. He has contributed to the UBC community as President of the Philosophy Students’ Association, Vice President External for the Young Liberals, former First Year Director of the Political Science Students Association and former Vice President Administration of Free the Children at UBC. In his free time Behbod plays video games, eats, shops, but mostly sleeps.
Joshua James is currently a 4th year Honours Political Science major, with plans for a minor in History. Not surprisingly, he has great interest in political philosophy, the effects of warfare on state organization, and all things historical. At the moment, he is balancing LSAT prep with his executive duties, as well as research for his thesis paper. After his BA, Law school will ideally be on the horizon, and hopes to join the beautiful elite in society as soon as possible. He consider his lack of experience in student bureaucracy a strength, rather than a weakness, and hopes to provide fresh new insight into student politics. In his free time, Josh enjoys hockey, listening to a wide variety of music, witty one liners, and video games.
Robin Asgari is an incoming second year student in the Faculty of Arts, pursuing a major in Political Science. Robin is interested in the institutions of government, foreign affairs, political ideology and the law. He intends to enter law school after his undergraduate degree with the aspirations of one day running for public office. Robin has been politically active with parties at all levels of government and is currently serving as the President of the UBC Young Liberals of Canada. He is also very active with student government, such as the Arts Undergraduate Society, and has been involved with reforms in modernizing the public education system in earlier years. Robin enjoys watching House of Cards, Suits and is also a huge soccer fan
Benjamin is an incoming second year student and is working towards a degree either in Political Science or a double major in Political Science and Economics. He is excited to spread the word about the PSSA and generally excited about getting involved on campus. He sees getting involved on campus as being a valuable university experience that nobody should squander. Academically he enjoys the power concepts of Political Science, Economics, Political Theory and Law. He has a great respect and admiration of political commentators such as Bill Maher, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert. After finishing his studies Benjamin is not sure which path he will take, but is interested pursuing a Masters in Political Science, possibly entering law school, or entering media as a commentator or writer. In his spare time he watches House of Cards, plays guitar, plays hockey with his friends and drinks green tea.
Cheneil Antony-Hale is a fifth year Political Science and Economics student. After taking a GRSJ course in third year, Cheneil became passionate about equity issues, founded and became President of the UBC Feminist Club. She then ran for AMS President in the hopes of starting conversations, and making change, around the issues of environmental sustainability, disability support, sexual assault, and the increasing unaffordability and exclusivity of UBC. During the summers, Cheneil works as a Marine Mammal and Seabird Observer on seismic vessels, living for months at a time on the high seas, recording the actions of marine wildlife, and ensuring that oil companies comply with environmental regulations. Cheneil’s personal interests include boxing, mixed martial arts, playing guitar with her band, and making videos. After graduation Cheneil hopes to pursue sexual assault law, fight at the national level, run for public office, or become the next Frank Zappa (minus the beard).
Tanner Ohlhauser is an incoming third year student in the Faculty of Arts, pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in International Relations. Tanner’s topics of interest pertaining to Political Science are multiculturalism, and Canadian immigration and refugee policy. He was born in rural Alberta and grew in the city of Calgary before coming to Vancouver for University. Aside from being involved in the PSSA Tanner is currently working as a residence advisor in Totem Park Residence and will be advising in Vanier residence in the 2015-2016 school year. After graduating he hopes to pursue a immigration law degree moving onto federal immigration policy some time after that. As a Junior-Year Director Tanner hopes to engage first and second years at UBC, inspiring interest in politics and political involvement.
Veronika Ruskova is an incoming 3rd year student in the Faculty of Arts and is working towards a degree in Political Sciences. After graduating, Veronika is aiming to obtain a masters degree in Political Sciences or International Relations. Apart from the PSSA, Veronika works for Elections Canada and volunteers around election periods. She is interested in improving voter apathy and getting politics on the radar of Canadians. Her personal interests include rollerblading, traveling, particularly sleeping, and getting into political debates with anyone and everyone. Dreaming big, in the future, Veronika would one day like to have a seat on Parliament Hill as the first elected woman PM, and if that doesn't work out, of an uncharted island in the pacific. As a Junior-Year Director, Veronika hope to assiduously advise first and second year students on the subject of politics, and is glad to be on board for the first time with this wonderful PSSA team!
Taylor McGinley is an incoming fourth year Political Science student. Her academic interests lie within comparative politics, security studies, and international relations. Following university, she plans to pursue either law school or graduate school. She is currently involved with the Journal of Political Studies as an editor and will continue with the journal until graduation. With it being her last year in university, she wishes to become more engaged with fellow political science students and the UBC community. Through her role as an events director, she will purpose many social events that offer fun and stimulating atmospheres. In Taylor’s free time, she enjoys yoga, going to the beach, and exploring Vancouver’s social scene.
Eustacia Kwok is an incoming third year Arts student, planning on majoring in Political Science, possibly combined with Philosophy. Her interests expand also to literature and Greek mythology. For now, her future remains unwritten, though she has prospects of becoming a writer. Her other interests include photography, cinema, and reading. She loves to discover all kinds of stories and spend time people-watch. She enjoys being finicky and finding the reason behind people’s actions, something she hopes she can learn to apply to her field of study. As executive assistant, Eustacia will be helping out wherever possible, hoping to provide a more accessible and approachable club and executive body.
Javier Barreto is an incoming third year student, intending to pursue degrees in Political Science and International Relations. Javier was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Vancouver at the age of six. Despite originally being admitted into UBC’s Faculty of Science, Javier’s career interests lie in the Arts through public health administration and policy. Post-graduation, he intends to earn a MHA or PhD. Javier’s drive for social justice can be attributed to his familial values, a deep interest in current events, and an admiration for political pundits (i.e Jon Stewart and John Oliver). As part of the executive, Javier hopes to contribute to the growth of the PSSA and remain in the PSSA until graduation. Aside from academics, Javier is an avid football (“soccer”) fan and cheers for the Colombian National Team and FC Barcelona. He also enjoys travelling, attending music festivals, and playing guitar and piano.
Amanda Brain is a third year student in the Faculty of Arts, pursuing a major in Political Science and minor in Economics. Academically she is interested in comparative politics and constitutional economics, with a particular focus on Latin America. She intends to continue her studies in graduate school and hopes to someday work in economic policymaking. In her spare time Amanda loves exploring beautiful BC and takes advantage of every opportunity to go hiking, surfing, or skiing. As an executive assistant, she is eager to contribute to the incredibly talented PSSA team and promote its positive presence on campus!
Keona Silva Pinto is an incoming second year student, studying in the Faculty of Arts. She is working towards a major in Political Science and a minor in Law and Society. She has academic interests in political theory, comparative politics, and Canadian foreign policy. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue a degree in Law focusing on international law, human rights law and extradition. In her free time, Keona enjoys watching basketball (Go Boston Celtics!), completing DIY Pinterest projects, watching Downtown Abbey, and re-reading the Harry Potter series. She is looking forward to being part of the executive team of the PSSA, and getting more involved on campus while engaging with her fellow political science student at UBC.