Welcome to the Graduate Student Association for the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. This page is intended to provide information—academic, professional, and otherwise—to the GVPT graduate student body.

The GVPT Graduate Student Association’s purpose is to represent graduate student interests. This takes the form of liaising with faculty and administration, providing a forum for discussing ideas and organizing programs that benefit graduate students, and addressing any issues that our graduate students may face during their studies. GSA also aims to build a sense of community in the GVPT department via the organization of social events. Meetings are monthly and are announced through email.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us at thighto [at] umd.edu and stsumej [at] umd.edu


For the 2019-2020 academic year, GSA has the following elected officers:

GSA Co-Chairs:
Tristan M. Hightower and Jennifer St Sume

Technology Chair:
Sean Rao

Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee:
Alauna Safarpour and SoRelle Wyckoff

Graduate Student Government representative:
Simon Sheaff

Methods Field Workshop Chair:
Ted Ellsworth
Graduate Student Workshop Coordinator:
First Years’ Rep: