Abigail Reinhold, SFS’18, International Political Economy

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Abigail Reinhold
Reston, VA
SFS Class of 2018
Major: IPEC – International Political Economy


Why did you choose to apply to the SFS at Georgetown?

When I was applying to university, I knew that I wanted to study international relations, and I knew that I wanted to be at the best possible place to do so. I chose the SFS not only for its stellar academic reputation and world-class faculty, but also for its location. Due to its home in Washington, D.C., the SFS attracts not only phenomenal speakers but also affords its students opportunities such as internships at institutions like Capitol Hill.

Why did you choose your major?

While money and economics drives a great deal of state actions, politics and international norms have a significant influence on the actions that they choose to undertake as well. For that reason, I believe that it is important to not only study both subject areas individually, but to explore where economics and politics intersect. So, I decided to pursue the International Political Economy (IPEC) major during my time at Georgetown.

Which Proseminar did you take your freshman year? What has been your favorite class within your major so far?

I took “The Devil in History” during the fall semester of my freshman year. The class analyzed communism, fascism, and socialism, as well as the historical stigma surrounding each of these political ideologies. One of the highlights of the class was Professor Deletant showing us the records the Romanian secret police had kept on him during his visits to the country during its communist period. In addition to my Proseminar, I have really enjoyed my Introduction to IPEC class with Professor Marc Busch, which delves into the political economy of trade, and the Krogh Honors Seminar with Professor Erik Voeten, which focuses on international organizations and law.

Have you studied abroad? How will this experience fit into your interests and requirements within your major? What languages are you pursuing during your time here and how does that language study enhance your major?

I am planning on spending the fall semester of my junior year abroad in Amman, Jordan. I will hopefully be matriculating into the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program, which will allow me to not only to continue my intensive study of Arabic but to also take a few courses that are pertinent to my major. Of these, I am most excited about “Development Economics of the Middle East,” which analyzes challenges and impacts of economic development in the region. I am already proficient in Spanish, but hope to reach proficiency in Arabic as well after my study abroad experience. I am focusing my major on the study of the political economy of militant non-state actors, such as terrorist organizations and drug cartels, and as such, I believe that Spanish, Arabic, and the classes I will take while abroad will further my chosen course of study.

Abigail Reinhold CrewWhat organizations or activities are you involved in on campus? What makes these activities meaningful to you?

I am a member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing team, and also participate in the Grassroots Project, GU Signs, and the Language Partner Program. Being a student-athlete is a central part of my identity here at Georgetown, as it gives me ample opportunities for leadership development—such as through the Cooper Athletic Leadership Development Program—and it allows me the opportunity to represent the Blue and Gray. Being an athlete also allows me to volunteer with The Grassroots Project, which is an organization of DI athletes that educates at-risk youth in D.C. about HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. All of the ways that I have become involved in the Georgetown and D.C. community allow to follow passions of mine and to challenge myself, whether through athletics or through language.

What are your future career goals and aspirations, and how does your major fit into your plans for the future?

I hope to work in the public sector in the future, possibly for the federal government or for a transnational organization such as the United Nations or the World Bank. I also aspire to work in a career in which I will use my language skills, and I believe that proficiency in two languages will definitely prove valuable. I believe that pursuing IPEC will allow me to cultivate skills that will be advantageous in my future career, such as the ability to analyze quantitatively and qualitatively, think critically, and conduct research in an efficient manner.

What advice do you have for current or future BSFS students trying to determine their major?

My advice for BSFS students is to pursue their interests, no matter which major those interests lend themselves towards. I would also recommend talking to upperclassmen currently studying the majors one might wish to pursue; they will have insight into the curriculum and certain courses that one cannot find on the BSFS website.