Our organization can be divided into three main departments: the Economic Policy department, the Foreign Policy department, and the Social Policy department. Each department is led by an executive officer who is in charge of assisting members with research and editing drafts. Furthermore, each department, as the names suggest, has a specific focus on what types of issues are researched. The descriptions of each department can be found below. As our organization grows, we plan to add new departments and broaden our scope of research.
Executive Director: Andrew Ham
The foreign policy department focuses on the decisions that impact global security, diplomacy, and relations on a day-to-day basis. Because foreign policy is often times influenced by domestic policy, it often reflects a nation’s political situation and the debates that originated from that nation. Papers on the topic of foreign policy focus on analyzing the different rationales for how nations choose to present themselves on global issues. They also strive to provide counsel to specific governments on which types of legislation to create and pass in order to achieve stated diplomatic goals.
Executive Director: Diana Lee
The social policy department focuses on analyzing, remedying, and reforming social injustices in a governmental setting. Because the goal of social justice is to, in essence, maximize the agency of the people (and because people are inherently diverse), our department draws from a multitude of academic fields. Our work is incomparable in its intricacy: not only must we synthesize research regarding sociology, economics, law, philosophy, and politics, we must also explicate complicated issues such as gender, sexuality, race, education, housing, and healthcare. Our goal is to remind public policy of its origins; we draft policies by the people and for the people and hope to generate social betterment and welfare.
Executive Director: Juhyung Park
The economic policy department focuses on research regarding the government’s role in the economy such as but not limited to taxation, budgets, deficit spending, monetary and fiscal policy, labor, and money supply. In addition, we examine issues present in the economy that deals with government intervention or lack thereof. Since economics is an integral part of our lives, our department strives to raise awareness on the myriad issues that exist within domestic and international economies and attempts to understand the problem at hand through a combination of positive and normative economic analysis.