Veronica Czastkiewicz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on Political Rhetoric, Education Policy, and American Exceptionalism. Her dissertation will examine the melodramatic language that surrounds education and school choice in the United States.
Veronica teaches a diverse range of courses for the Department including Research Methods, American Government, and Comparative Politics. Veronica is also a doctoral fellow in the Doctor of Law and Policy program in the College of Professional Studies, and has co-taught courses on Judicial Process & Behavior. In the summer of 2013, Veronica led a Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Germany and Poland, where she taught courses on the role of trauma and memory in post-Holocaust countries.
In the classroom, Veronica enjoys pushing the envelope and engaging students in tough conversations that examine the political structures, language, and environments in which they have grown up. Although Veronica is particularly passionate about American government, her diverse professional history is a testament to the comparative perspective with which she approaches the classroom and her own research.
Veronica is pleased to have worked with the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, on the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Economic Opportunity Studies in Washington, DC, and local government in Jefferson County, Colorado. In summer 2011, Veronica participated in the State Department’s internship program at Embassy Warsaw.
Veronica holds her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College, where she was honored to have been selected into Phi Beta Kappa and to have completed a semester abroad with the Department of International Polish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Although academia and policy are indeed fascinating, Veronica also enjoys life “on the outside.” She spends her free time and fortune cooking, traveling, power-walking, and reading. She is a proud big sister, indebted daughter, and demanding friend.