Undergraduate Alumni

undergraduate alumni list infomation

2015

Kira Simon

I graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and immediately moved to Washington, D.C., where I spent the summer interning in the office of Congressman Joe P. Kennedy III. I currently work as a research coordinator at EMILY’s List, where I lead research projects primarily on federal-level candidates, craft materials and messaging, examine candidates’ records on a woman’s right to choose, and support candidates. (Click above to read more.)

2014

Arielle Pardes

I am currently a multimedia journalist in San Francisco. While at Penn, I pursued degrees in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies and Philosophy. I received the Lynda Hart Prize in Sexuality Studies in 2014 for my research on sex education in Sweden, which I completed during a semester abroad in Stockholm. I also co-authored a paper on forced marriage with Fels Institute of Government professor Deirdre Martinez, which would later be published in the anthology Montesinos' Legacy: Defining and Defending Human Rights for Five Hundred Years. (Click above to read more.)

2013

Andrew Jakubowski

I graduated from Penn with a B.A. in GSWS and Biology in May 2013 and joined Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm, in September 2013. In my formal role, I was a consultant. I started as a generalist, with projects spanning multiple industries, and later aligned to the firm’s Health and Life Sciences Practice Group. I differentiated myself as a consultant through my communication and qualitative research skills, many of which I gained through studying the humanities and authoring large research papers like my senior thesis. (Click above to read more.)

2012

George Hardy

As a Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies major, I explored the intersections of Black masculinity, sexuality, and education. My research focused on understanding how masculinity and sexuality influenced or motivated Black men to achieve in academic setting. I found this area of study particularly interesting given my background as a gay Black man from the city of Detroit, and a student at Penn. The GSWS major helped me find my passion for diversity and inclusion work, and understand how identities drive experiences, interactions, and decision making. (Click above to read more.)

2009

Blair Borish

I am a Philadelphia native and a 2009 GSWS Major. After Penn, I went on to earn my M.Ed in 2014 from Temple University. I have spent the past four years teaching Reading and English Language Arts to middle schoolers. My first three years of teaching were at an all-girls school in Delaware called Serviam Girls Academy, and in this fourth year, I am currently pleased to be back in Philadelphia at Girard College. Teaching is my absolute JOY! I love sharing my passion for reading, writing, and the English language with young people. For now, I am happy with my position as a classroom teacher, but in the future, I may return to school for my Ed.D in Educational Leadership. (Click above to read more.)

Barrie Nussbaum

I graduated from the College in 2009 and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice in 2011. I loved the idea of taking what I learned in Gender, Culture and Society and parlaying that into providing therapy for women. However, through my coursework and clinical placements in social work school, I discovered that I was most interested in the “macro” social work track – how nonprofits could provide the most good for the most people. (Click above to read more.)

2001

Josephine Hyeyun Shin

I am a Portfolio Manager at Delphi Capital, specifically focusing on corporate fixed income securities - looking at various companies across multiple sectors and industries.  I've started my career as a high yield analyst at an asset management firm in Philadelphia, looking at "junk bonds" and eventually ended up moving to New York City to continue my passion of bond investing. (Click above to read more.)