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Department of Political Science
After earning a Master of Arts degree in Australia and working in the Peace Corps in Romania, Michelle came to Northeastern University in 2000 as a lecturer in the Communication Studies department. Her love of learning and global issues led her to simultaneously pursue a PhD in the Department of Politicial Science, focusing on public and international affairs.
One of her long-term objectives was to work in the public sector, and she commends the University for its experiential education. Dr. Lee says, “Unlike some PhD programs out there, which only focus on training future academics for more research, Northeastern connects theory with practical experience.” She was encouraged to actively apply her knowledge, and today works as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, currently on assignment in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lee continued to work full-time as a professor while she completed her PhD, and credits her dissertation advisor, Dr. Amilicar Barreto, for his strong guidance, feedback, and friendship. She also notes that Professor David Rochefort was a particularly effective teacher and an instrumental advisor on her dissertation committee. A publisher recently offered to publish her dissertation as a book, an honor that Dr. Lee believes would not have been possible without her mentors at Northeastern. “I am proud of my own efforts,” she says, “but I couldn ’t have done these things without the support of many advisors and friends at Northeastern. ”