For this week’s #studentspotlight, we were able to sit down with Ashton Hashemipour while he was in town from his year long direct enrollment program in Paris! Ashton is currently involved with The Gate, UChicago’s political review. While he started off as a staff writer, for the past year and a half, he has been a co-editor of the publication’s World Section. Additionally, he has been a part of the Fellows Program, International Policy Program, and New Americans.
“The Gate has allowed me to explore my favorite political topic (Iran) and just write about it in a supportive environment, which I’ve really appreciated. The research that I’ve been able to conduct—whether through interviewing experts at think tanks or just reading commentary—has further given me a strong foundation in both my Political Science and NELC majors.My internships the past two summers have also been through the IOP. Through the Summer in Washington, I’ve been able not only to work at really cool places but also to go on amazing site visits of organizations like the World Bank and Huffington Post, all while surrounded by similarly-minded students.”
Book, show, or podcast recommendation?
“Given my interest in Middle Eastern politics, I’d recommend Middle East focus, a weekly podcast put out by MEI (DC thinktank). For those looking for an introduction to the various conflicts in the Middle East, internal political coverage, or cultural phenomena, it’s a great start, as the hosts break down complex issues into 20-25 minute segments.”