Major: Political Science, Human Rights, and Women’s Studies
School: University of Connecticut
Abdullah Hasan is an Honors student at the University of Connecticut pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Human Rights, and Women’s Studies. He is the president of UConn’s Mock Trial Association, founder and Editor-in-Chief of UConn’s first undergraduate political review, and served as senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the past, Abdullah interned at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and served as the National Communications Coordinator for the Center for American Progress/Enough Project’s Conflict-Free Campus Initiative. He has also interned with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, assisting in cases against NYPD’s unlawful Muslim surveillance programs and the NSA’s mass surveillance practices, as well as with Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign. He is also conducting his own research on the construction of Muslim masculine identities in primary Islamic texts and within a post-9/11 US surveillance culture. A member of UConn’s Special Program in Law, he seeks to earn a law degree and work to protect civil liberties. A New England Scholar and recipient of a UConn Leadership Scholarship, Abdullah has also been awarded the Irving Smirnoff Award from the Department of Political Science and the Balanced Man Scholarship. More recently, he was selected as a University Scholar, UConn’s highest academic distinction.
2016 Update: Abdullah is the Assistant Press Secretary at the White House Office of Management and Budget