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Maddox Larson is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy and minors in Economics and Mathematics at Creighton University. His research interests are in social epistemology, political economy and philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He is interested in the ways humans interact and exchange with one another and the ways in which we structure our world views. Following graduation in spring 2025, he plans to pursue graduate study in philosophy with the aim of becoming a professor.

Claire Lympus is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science in Business Administration-Business Analytics (MSBA-BA) program at Virginia Tech.  She graduated with undergraduate degrees in Human Resource Management and PPE from Virginia Tech in 2023. Her research interests are in film, depictions of gender, the psychology of choices on humans, and the utilization of analytics to better understand the connections between people and data. She is particularly interested in exploring topics of media with a philosophical and ethical lens.

Maya Mahdi is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in PPE. Her passion for voting and elections was inside—and outside—of the classroom as the founder of Hokies Vote Caucus, a student-led voter and civic engagement student program. Currently, she works for a state Senator as a legislative assistant.

Aloka Wijesundara recently graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in PPE. Her interest in studying the complexities of issues such as socioeconomic inequality and conflict drew her to the multidisciplinary field of PPE. Aloka is currently working in the public affairs and communications field, where she enjoys watching the intersection of business, government, law, and policy at play.

David Weatherup is a final-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast, studying PPE. His research interests include the study of historical change, the influence of economic forces on foreign policy. He is also interested in 19th-century British economic and monetary history, with special focus on the influence of economic theory on policymakers.


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