#26: Subservient Citizens with Abhi Rajshekar ’21, Political Science

Abhi discusses how he came up with the idea of subservient citizens, and what led him to want to investigate state sponsored violence in his thesis year. He was also featured in Reed Magazine’s 2021 “What is a Reedie, Anyway?” article.

This is our last episode for the fall semester, but we’ll be back in late January with more interviews from the class of 2021. We hope you have a happy holiday season.

Reed community members can read Abhi’s thesis, “Constructing Subservience: Theorizing Citizenship Under the Incidence of State- Sponsored Violence,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#10: The Politics of Pat Robertson with Lewis Chapman ’19, Political Science

Lewis had a secular upbringing, but was fascinated by Fundamentalist Christianity in the U.S. from a young age. His political science department thesis gave him the opportunity to research Fundamentalism by examining the politics of Pat Robertson. Lewis spent a year and a half visiting churches and interviewing Fundamentalists, and also took an unplanned dive into social theory to find a working definition of “fundamentalist” in order to support his thesis.