Callie Whelan is a sophomore majoring in International Economics (French) and minoring in Computing and Digital Technologies. She is currently working with Dr. Jaimie Bleck in the Department of Political Science to research Islamic service provision as well as social capital and civil society. Their work has a particular focus on Mali, where a current coup d’état has the potential to destabilize the whole Sahel region of West Africa with important security implications for the EU, the US, and the Arab world. In assisting Dr. Bleck with her article “Service Provision, Citizenship and Governance: Exploring the Role of Islam in Mali,” Whelan looks forward to developing her qualitative coding skills and applying her French to transcript analysis.
Whelan has accepted a conditional offer to intern with the U.S. Department of State this spring in the Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures. Her primary research interests lie in political behavior, macroeconomic development, and cyber, financial and national security.