Alesha Lewis

Alesha Lewis is a recent Southwestern graduate, having earned her bachelor’s degree in 2021 with a double major in psychology and political science.  While at Southwestern, Ms. Lewis served as the president of the Honor Code Council and as a member of the Student Foundation and of the Student Philanthropy Council.  She was the student director of Southwestern Breakaway, which during the 2020–21 academic year proposed remote alternatives for volunteer work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitated group discussions and service opportunities related to racial justice in the United States.  She was the director of philanthropy of Alpha Delta Pi and the co-vice president of service of the Southwestern chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a coeducational service fraternity.

Ms. Lewis was actively involved in student research during her time at Southwestern, working on two different research projects with political science professors at Southwestern and at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a member of the American Political Science Association and of the Society for Political Methodology.

After graduation, Alesha participated in AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA, a year-long, full-time, team-based residential service program for young adults who want to gain professional skills in emergency management while serving the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Alesha currently is a first-year Ph.D. political science candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is interested in studying political psychology and understanding how politics links to race and ethnicity in the United States.

Location: Urbana, Illinois