CYPP Team

Dr. Elizabeth Matto
Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Elizabeth Matto is the Director of the Youth Political Participation Program (CYPP) and leads CYPP’s research, educational, and service efforts. She earned her Ph.D. in American Politics at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is an Associate Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Jessica Ronan
Jessica Ronan

Jessica Ronan

Jessica is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Youth Political Participation. She has a BA in Political Science and received her MA in Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May of 2018. Jessica enjoys reading Game of Thrones, traveling, hiking and exploring the state of New Jersey on the weekends.
Rebekah Mann
Rebekah Mann

Rebekah Mann

Rebekah is the Project Coordinator for the Darien Civic Engagement Project. She is a second-year masters student at Rutgers University and received her Bachelors from the University of Central Florida in International and Global Studies with a double minor in Italian and Pre-Law. Rebekah is an avid Bruce Springsteen fan and aspiring world-traveler.
Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary

Emily O'Leary

Emily is a senior majoring in political science and criminal justice with a minor in sociology. After graduation in May she plans to go to law school. She chose to take the internship course offered at Eagleton to continue her work with the CYPP program and spread awareness about the importance of voting and being civically engaged.
Brandon Giovanni
Brandon Giovanni

Brandon Giovanni

Brandon is a senior in the SAS Honors Program studying Political Science and Economics. Outside of academics, he enjoys serving on his hometown school board, watching RuPaul's Drag Race and spending time with his dog, Georgia.
Leandro Martinez
Leandro Martinez

Leandro Martinez

Leandro is a Senior at Rutgers University. He is majoring economics, and minoring in political science. He was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to NJ when he was 5. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing NBA 2k.
Tasnim Bhuiya
Tasnim Bhuiya

Tasnim Bhuiya

Tasnim Bhuiya is a senior majoring in Political Science, and double minoring in Economics, and International and Global Studies with a specialization in Europe and Central Asia. She has a deep interest in community service and development, and aspires to work within the legal and policy making fields of government agencies, non-profit organizations, or international organizations.
Michelle Gabriel
Michelle Gabriel
Michelle is a junior who is double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies as well as minoring in International and Global Studies. She hopes to one day to work in the White House.
Jacob Miller
Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ. Although he is only a first semster sophomore in the School of Arts and Science, he has committed to majoring in Political Science. As the Outreach Director for the Rutgers Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty and Social Media Director for the Rutgers Conservative Union, Jacob looks forward to learning how to make students - at Rutgers and across the country - more politically engaged.
Cory Bloom
Cory Bloom

Cory Bloom

Cory is a Junior majoring in Political Science. He chose to enroll in this course because it gives him the opportunity to share my thoughts on civic engagement with my peers as well as other younger learners. Being knowledgeable about how government works and the importance of voting is empowering and allows people to stand up for their rights.
Nazruv Baum
Nazruv Baum

Nazruv Baum

Navruz is in his third year at Rutgers studying mechanical engineering and economics. Outside of class, he's involved with the Engineering Governing Council and the Institute of Domestic and International Affairs, and enjoys flying RC planes.
Cecilia Ritacco
Cecilia Ritacco
Cecilia is a first-year student at Rutgers University, looking to pursue a major in Political Science. As an undergraduate and member of the Douglass Residential College, Cecilia hopes to get involved through organizations like the DCEP and the Eagleton Institute of Politics to encourage greater discussions about and participation in politics.
Madeleine Lewis
Madeleine Lewis

Madeleine Lewis

Maddie is a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in history. She hopes to engage students and mobilize voters during a critical political time period. Her future plans are to attend law school and earn a Congressional internship.
Sofia Zimmerman
Sofia Zimmerman
Sofia Zimmerman is currently a junior at Rutgers University, and she is studying Economics and Political Science. Sofia enjoys being active and hopes to encourage student engagement on campus.
Hamzah Shaikh
Hamzah Shaikh
Hamzah Shaikh is a freshman at Rutgers Honors College planning to study Cell Biology and Neuroscience (CBN) and Political science. He serves as an EMT at his local first aid squad and loves to volunteer in his free time.
Christian Zapata
Christian Zapata

Christian Zapata

Christian Zapata is a senior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Philosophy. He is the News Editor at The Daily Targum and hopes to gain a better understanding of voter registration and politics from the Darien Civic Engagement Project.
Uzo Achebe
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Subhadha Kartik

Subhadha Kartik

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