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Will Gabelman

Title of Program: Urban Studies, Public Policy, and the Economics of Inequality

E-mail Address: wgabelma@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Cookeville, TN

Year: Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2018

Description of Program: My program aims to examine the economic and sociopolitical frameworks of American cities, with a particular focus on spatial determinants of economic and social inequality, governance, and domains of public policy relating to urban environments – including economic development, affordable housing, labor, social services, restorative justice, education, poverty, and public health.

Departmental Emphases: Economics, Sociology, Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Fitzgerald, Department of Political Science

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I hope to gain a few years of policy experience before pursuing either a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.), law degree (J.D.), or both.

Other Academic Interests: Anthropology, Geography, Mathematics, Women and Gender Studies

Research Experiences or Internships: This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with the Department of Advance at Hillary for America in Philadelphia, transporting and offering logistical support for senior political staff at the Democratic National Convention. I also spent two months in Washington, DC interning for the public opinion and market research firm, Lincoln Park Strategies. Prior to this summer, I have served as a campaign fellow for Nashville Mayor Megan Barry as well as a constituent affairs intern in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: On campus, I am the President of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank that is part of the national Roosevelt Campus Network, Director of Diversity Affairs and College of Arts & Sciences Senator for the Student Government Association, and an executive member of SEAT. I also volunteer, having worked with Street Sense, a nonprofit offering economic opportunity for those experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC, and previously for two years as a program counselor with the Tennessee American Legion Boys’ State.


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