J.P. Burleigh Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

J.P. Burleigh is a junior Political Science major from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the Political Thought Club, the Student Government Association, and The Riley Institute Advance Team. Mr. Burleigh is a Shucker Leadership Institute Graduate and was Chair of Furman For Rubio. He is an Honors Scholar with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization devoted to educating college students for liberty. Mr. Burleigh's intellectual interests lie in the fundamental human questions and what they reveal about a common human nature, with a specific focus on the Classical tradition. After Furman, he is tentatively interested in pursuing law, a career in which political thought intersects with practical life.

Sarah Byrd Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Sarah Byrd is a junior Political Science and Philosophy major from Fairhope, Alabama. She is a Philosophy Scholar and serves as a member of the AEI Executive Council, the student conduct board, and the TEDxFurmanU curation team. In addition, she is a member of the Pre-Law Society, College Republicans, and was an intern for the Marco Rubio campaign in Greenville, SC. In Fall 2016, she attended the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Texas Leadership Summit on Roots of American Constitutional Liberty. In her free time, Ms. Byrd tutors GED candidates in Social Studies with a focus on government and civics. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a JD/MBA and practice Intellectual Property Law.

Bryan Colhoun Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Bryan Colhoun is a junior Philosophy major from South Brunswick, New Jersey. Mr. Colhoun is a member of the Political Thought Club and the Manuscripts Club. In addition, he has earned admission to both the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society as well as the Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honor Society. Mr. Colhoun is also a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he serves as philanthropy chair, and Furman's Heller Service Corps, where he serves as the Camp Spearhead program coordinator. After graduation, Mr. Colhoun hopes to attend a graduate program that specializes in Modern Continental Philosophy or Western Political Thought.

Tabitha Colter Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Tabitha Colter is a senior Physics and Philosophy double major from Knoxville, Tennessee. She has interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in quantum physics research and with the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. On campus, she serves as the student Head of all twelve Sophomore Greek Halls, as a Writing Consultant at the Writing and Multimedia Lab, and as President of both the Triathlon Club and the Society of Physics Students. Ms. Colter is also a member of both the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics and the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership National Honor Societies. Her two favorite Furman experiences were giving a TEDx talk and studying abroad in India.

Vernon Robinson Cooper Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Vernon Robinson Cooper is a senior Political Science major and a full-time janitor at Furman University. Mr. Cooper is a member of the Political Thought Club and spends what little free time he has reading works of theology and political philosophy. Mr. Cooper plans to study both of these interests more deeply in graduate school.

Matthew Deininger Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Matthew Deininger is a junior Mathematics-Economics and Political Science double major at Furman University. He is from Pittsboro, North Carolina. He was awarded the Marshall Delph Earle Scholarship in Mathematics and is a Townes Scholar. In November of 2015, Mr. Deininger attended the APEC summit hosted in Manila, Philippines to discuss sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He was an AEI Honors Scholar in the summer of 2016, where he spent a week in Washington, D.C. studying the Principles and Practices of Democratic Capitalism. On campus, he is the president of the Political Thought Club as well as a member of The Riley Institute Advance Team and the Furman Economic Society. He aspires to work in economic and public policy.

Abby DeMare Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Abby DeMare is a junior Political Science and Philosophy double-major from Columbia, South Carolina. She is currently a member of the Furman University Women's soccer team and the Furman University Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team. Additionally, she has served on Furman's CLP committee. After graduation she hopes to attend law school to pursue a career in law or politics.

Francis Deneen Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Francis Deneenis a senior Health Science major from South Bend, Indiana. He has studied in New Mexico and Arizona with the Furman May Experience program. He is a member of the Phi Eta SigmaHonor Society as well as the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the Furman Club Soccer team. After graduation, Mr. Deneen plans on going abroad before pursuing a career in physical therapy. 

Sara DeSantis Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Sara DeSantis is a senior Political Science and Philosophy major from Greenville, SC. She is a Furman Merit Legacy Scholar and the Social Chair of the Political Thought Club. Ms. DeSantis was a summer intern at the Furman Library and currently has a position at the Reference Desk. She hopes to attend the University of South Carolina to attain a Masters in Library and Information Science.

Zack Kanter Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Zack Kanter is a junior Political Science major from Sarasota, Florida. Before coming to Furman, he interned for State Senator Nancy Detert in Tallahassee, Florida. He has also interned at outdoorosity.com, an outdoor enthusiast website. After graduation, he plans to go to law school and pursue a career in either law or politics.

Carol Lewis Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Carol Lewis is a junior Math major from Greenville, South Carolina. She is a Wylie Scholar and an Honors Scholar with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She is co-President of the Political Thought Club, and a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry and the Furman University Outdoor Club.

Evan Norfleet Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Evan Norfleet is a junior Political Science major from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Having worked for United States Senator Tim Scott last summer, he has a vested interest in tackling challenges faced by government and business leaders at the local, national, and global levels. Mr. Norfleet has served on the Furman Student Government Association as well as The Riley Institute Advance Team. In Fall 2016, he spent a semester in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he worked as an intern at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.

Kaitlyn Pugh Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Kaitlyn Pugh is a junior Political Science major from Edgefield, SC. She is a Mock Trial Scholarship recipient and is vice president of the Furman University mock trial program. Ms. Pugh is a member of the student conduct board, the Missions Coordinator for Wesley Fellowship, a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and an intern for The Riley Institute. After graduating from Furman she plans to either attend law school to study criminal law or to attend graduate school to continue her education in political theory.

Bridget Sewell Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Bridget Sewell is a junior Philosophy and Political Science double major from Granville, Ohio. She has been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and has dedicated more than 500 hours to Southeastern Ohio Legal Aid. Ms. Sewell will intern at the Scottish Parliament in Spring 2016 and plans to attend law school after graduation.

Scott Simon Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Scott Simon is a senior Physics and Political Science double major from Banner Elk, North Carolina. On campus, he is an active participant in the Furman Theatre Department and Mere Christianity Forum. This past summer he interned with Dr. Moffett in the Physics department preparing to observe gravitational lensing effects during the 2017 eclipse. He plans to attend graduate school for automotive engineering.

Kathleen Smith Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Kathleen Smith is a junior Political Science and Philosophy double-major from Butler, Pennsylvania. She spent last summer working at Project Vote Smart in Philipsburg, Montana. On campus, she works as a Writing and Media Lab Consultant in the library, and is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority as well as of the South Carolina Youth in Government's Resource Staff. She will spend the spring of 2017 in Washington, D.C. participating in Furman's Washington Experience.

James Watkins Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

James Watkins is a senior Chemistry major who was raised near Atlanta, Georgia. At Furman, he spent two years participating in research concerning nanomaterials on gold. Mr. Watkins is also a member of the Furman Futones, a co-ed acapella group; the Pauper Players, a student-led musical theatre group; and the Political Thought Club. He plans to find a job after graduation that allows him to synthesize the valuable interdisciplinary knowledge he has gained at Furman.

Noah Zimmerman Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Noah Zimmerman is a junior Political Science and Philosophy double-major with a minor in Poverty Studies from Camden, South Carolina. He is a Hollingsworth Scholar and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. On campus, he is president of the Poverty Awareness Committee and serves as an officer in Catholic Campus Ministry and the Outdoors Club. Additionally, he is a member of The Riley Institute Advance Team and Admission Ambassadors. Mr. Zimmermann's internship experience includes work with the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte Refugee Resettlement Office, The Riley Institute Center for Education Policy and Leadership, a congressional campaign, and the South Carolina Senate. Through Furman's study away programs, Mr. Zimmermann has had the opportunity to travel to Northern Ireland, Israel, Jordan, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. His professional interests include ethics, justice, peace, and global affairs, and he hopes to pursue a career in global governance following graduate school.

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Alise Alexander Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Alise Alexander ('16) is teaching French and Religious Studies at St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi, Mississippi while pursuing a Masters of Education through the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education.

Oryza Astari Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Oryza Astari ('16) is a Corps Member and Development Ambassador with Teach For America in Jacksonville, Florida, where she teaches eighth-grade comprehensive science.

Elizabeth Bundy Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Elizabeth Bundy ('16) is pursuing a Masters in Chemistry at Furman.


Lawson Held Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Lawson Held ('16) is studying medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.


Jonathan Kubakundimana Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Jonathan Kubakundimana ('16) is a Program Assistant at the Equal Justice Initiative in Birmingham, Alabama.

Hiers Rainwater Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Hiers Rainwater ('16) is studying medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Gloria Taylor ('16) is a Grassroots Associate at Heritage Action in D.C.

Rachel Whitted Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Rachel Whitted ('16) is a substitute teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, where she also participates in a volunteer orchestra and a volunteer wind symphony.

Yasmin Alvarez-Garcia Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Yasmin Alvarez-Garcia ('15) is pursuing a PhD in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cecily Kritz Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Cecily Kritz ('15) is studying Spanish language and literature in Spain.

Orlin Sergev Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Orlin Sergev ('15) is in his first year of an M.D./PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrew Smith Society of Tocqueville Fellows Tocqueville Program Political Science

Andrew Smith ('15) is a Research Assistant in Economics at the American Enterprise Institute.

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