Class of 2026
Téa Bartlett is an American Studies major with minors in legal studies and gender and sexuality studies from Oakland, California. Her research focus is centered on how the law allows for the policing of gender and sexuality. Outside of academics, Téa is a member of the Northwestern Mock Trial team, a competitive archer with Chicago’s North Side Archery Club, teaches young girls STEM with Full STEAM Forward, and is an intern for FREEST, a non-profit promoting anti-human trafficking education in schools.
Simon Carr is a journalism and American studies double major from Portland, Oregon and Providence, Rhode Island. He's interested in trust-based interstate economic systems and, in general, theorizing a world without nations or borders. Simon works on campus with The Daily Northwestern and the Northwestern Undergraduate Law Journal. He also enjoys reading, designing sound, playing tennis, and doing the New York Times crossword.
Psippi Haendel is an American Studies major hoping to minor in environmental policy and culture. Originally from Los Angeles, Psippi is interested in the history of the American West, historic preservation and restoration, and how historic structures are able to further certain narratives in museum settings. She works part-time at a local elementary school and loves collecting sea glass on the beach.
Jordyn Howard, a Columbus, GA native, is majoring in American Studies and psychology with a minor in legal studies. She is an active member of the Black Pre-Law Association and the Black Mentorship Program, where she serves as a mentor to other students of color on campus. She is also a member of the highly competitive Mock Trial team, where she has excelled as a double all-regional attorney. When she's not in class or participating in extracurricular activities, Jordyn works at the Mail and Package Center on campus, ensuring that packages are delivered promptly and efficiently to students and faculty. As an American Studies major, Jordyn is interested in exploring the development of social activism throughout history alongside the development of social media, with a particular focus on the ways in which marginalized communities have fought for their rights and freedoms.
Melanie Tapia is an Evans Scholar from Chicago pursuing a double major in American Studies and environmental policy & culture along with a minor in business institutions. On campus, she is the Deputy of Northwestern's Sustainability Committee through ASG and also serves as the Co-chair of Resource Management. She is also an active member in Kesem and a Peer Advisor. Outside of her academic work, Melanie is employed part-time at Bob's Pizza in Evanston.
Talia Winiarsky is majoring in American Studies with a Spanish minor. She is a lifelong New Yorker and loves learning about her city. Outside of class, she writes for the Daily Northwestern, is involved in Hillel, and is an incoming Leopold Fellow. She enjoys running, Greek salads, and reading Sally Rooney and James Baldwin novels.