Sidita Kushi

Sidita is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations and Public Policy. She also possesses a strong background in economic theory and quantitative analysis. Sidita serves as a Teaching Assistant for courses including Introduction to International Relations and Globalization and International Affairs.

Research Interests

Sidita’s research interests relate to International Political Economy (IPE) dynamics as they influence post-conflict rebuilding and democratic progress. Additionally, she is interested in economic development in ethnically fragmented regions, specifically in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Currently, Sidita is delving into the main factors behind international humanitarian interventions through quantitative modeling. Sidita is a frequent contributor to Atlantic Community, an open think tank on transatlantic relations.

Prior Work

In the recent past, Sidita is pleased to have worked for the New York State Department of Labor, researching labor market trends and instructing clients on new policies. She has also served as a Poli/Econ Graduate Intern at US Embassy Tirana and as an intern at the district office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.

Biography

While born and raised in Albania, Sidita migrated to Rochester, NY, with her family at a young age. She earned her BA from St. John Fisher College, where she double majored in Economics and International Studies and minored in Modern Languages. Throughout this time, she founded and led Economics Club and maintained numerous academic scholarships. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning the title of “Top Distinguished Scholar” and receiving top departmental honors. Sidita continued her studies as an MA student in Political Science at Northeastern University, where she was awarded a full scholarship and assistantship. Sidita is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society and International Honor Society for Economics.

Outside of her academic pursuits, Sidita enjoys spending time with family, exploring the world, reading classic literature (The Count of Monte Cristo being her favorite book), watching films, scoping out the most recent biology research, and playing with her giant cat named Chuchi.