One of the motivations underlying the creation of this blog was to create a mechanism for graduate students to get to know each other better, especially with regard to research interests and academic endeavors. Doing so would not only help us all become more acquainted but also identify overlapping work. With this in mind, I’m happy to present our first profile of a recent arrival to the graduate program, Christine Osborn.
Osborn is a Lincoln native who started graduate studies in political science in the Fall of 2008. As many a budding political scientist might attest, her interest in the field began in her freshman year of college; and though she has not indicated so specifically, this interviewer has pondered whether interest in the field was perhaps initiated by the encyclopedic knowledge of politics so often possessed and diffused by the graduate students and faculty at this fine institution (followup emails were not initiated by the interviewer, owing to ever-so-near comprehensive exams).
Interestingly, political science was not always the sole preoccupation of Christine; instead, her interest was spurred on by her experiences in collegiate speech and debate. “Nascent” was the word Christine used to describe her early interest in political science, her enthusiasm increasing with the passing of each of 14 speeches she gave throughout undergraduate education.
“My exposure to the graduate studies program in the Communication Studies department as an undergraduate gave me an enlightened perspective on graduate studies,” she said. Her contact with that graduate program eventually decide to pursue research at the graduate level.
Christine is studying International Relations and Comparative Politics, with specific interest in Transnational Networks/Feminism, Development, the European Union and Central European Politics, owing to their relevance to women’s rights and agency internationally.
She plans on continuing on in graduate studies at the doctoral level after completion of her studies, and hopes to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany during her travels to that country this summer. Osborn said she hopes to become a professor of Transnational Feminism or Political Science following completion of graduate studies.
Finally, though the interview process included a question about “greatest fear,” the question was left unanswered. This minor complaint aside, her correspondence otherwise indicated a firm grasp of the English language and good sentence structure.