Social Sciences

Sambo ‘Bo’ Dul

“I work on challenging, interesting issues that I care deeply about with colleagues that I admire and from whom I learn a great deal,” said Dul.

In 2005, Dul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the School of Political and Global Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the School of International Letters and Cultures, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Department of Economics.

Her journey to graduation and success as an attorney wasn’t always easy. It started back when she was a baby and her family were refugees.

Stephen Roe Lewis

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, "Gu-u-Ki", on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has a fifteen-year-old son, Daniel Roe Lewis.

Paul Padegimas

“I didn’t know much about Arizona State University,” said Padegimas, who received a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of Connecticut. “But my undergraduate advisor recommended it because ASU had the best geography graduate program in the country.”

In 2011, Padegimas received his Master of Arts in geography from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, an academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He said the program helped him learn how to be constructive and how to tackle big projects, which have been useful skills in his career.

Abraham Hamadeh

“From the small class size to the friendly community, Arizona State University is a perfect fit,” said Abraham. “I wanted to go to law school and political science is the best route for someone to grasp a lot of different areas, just thinking differently and analytically.”

In 2012, Abraham graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science from the School of Politics and Global Studies. During his time as an undergraduate, he developed close relationships with professors in the school and the future Center for Political Thought and Leadership.

Steven Slugocki

“I had to stay true to ASU,” said Slugocki, who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I decided to study political science and history because I was very passionate about both. I was also fascinated by the presidential election of 2000 between Al Gore and George Bush. And, I wanted to know everything possible about these subjects.”

Logan Rhind

“From a very young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of education and hard work,” said Rhind, who graduated with the class of ’15. “I was expected to get a college degree, but the university made it fun. ASU gave my life direction and the resources I needed to find a career that best fit my interests and passions.”

Carly Fleege

“All my degrees had a hand in who I am as a professional,” said Carly Fleege, public affairs associate at Hamilton Consulting. “They were all valuable.”

In 2009, Fleege completed her undergraduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the height of the Great Recession, employment opportunities were bleak. Fleege worked for her parents’ company in her home state of Idaho for nine months before returning to Arizona to seek paid internships in government or politics.  

Lynn Vavreck, PhD

“One of the things I like about being a college professor is I get to have one-on-one dealings with young people in a way that I can make their lives better … their careers better,” said Vavreck, full professor of political science and communication studies at University of California, Los Angeles. “There are hardly any other more rewarding moments for a faculty member.”

Manuel J. Johnson

“I’m really proud of my service in the FBI. It was a great career,” said Johnson, a member of Gila River Indian Community. “But I really feel like the accomplishments I’ve had in my life happened because I stood on the shoulders of those who have come before me and sacrificed before me.”

Born in Phoenix, Johnson was raised by his mother who inspired him to work hard and pursue a higher education. He said he always knew he would attend ASU, but his chosen field of study didn’t come so easily to him.