Nexight Group is happy to welcome Anthony D’Andrea to the team as our new Research and Communications Analyst. He graduated from Marymount University with a BA in Politics and a minor in Philosophy. We sat down with Anthony to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I graduated in May from Marymount University as an Honors Scholar with a major in Politics and a minor in Philosophy. My academic work revolved around my fascination of the intersection of social influences on political action. I examined nationalistic and far-right rhetoric in many of my projects, including during a tutorial at New College, Oxford University. In addition, I studied American political identity at a seminar with the Abigail Adams Institute hosted in Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies. I also completed my honors thesis on social and political factors that may affect higher education funding appropriations in state legislatures.
Outside of the classroom, I served as a Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader, and Student Ambassador. I completed two terms as the President of the Marymount University Student Government Association, where I worked with various campus stakeholders—including students, faculty, staff, and administration—to advocate for the student experience. I most notably worked with the institution to implement diversity and inclusive excellence and food security initiatives. I also completed an internship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Office of Public Affairs.
When I am not working, I enjoy exploring the DMV and reading!
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: I decided to join Nexight Group because it provided me with the opportunity to participate in a vibrant workplace that operates under a multi-disciplinary framework.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a major in Politics and a minor in Philosophy?
A: I am really fascinated by political action, and I liked that the Marymount University Politics program provided me with a curriculum of both political science and political theory. I learned the foundation of political thought and how these tenets influence the actions of all stakeholders in today’s political systems. After learning more about political theory, I decided that minoring in Philosophy to study the foundations for moral, social, and economic thought would supplement my political studies as well!
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I grow best from experiences where I am working on a subject that I am not completely familiar with because I come away with knowledge that I can apply to other areas I work in. I’m extremely excited to join the Nexight team and support their work of providing practical solutions for complex problems!