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 our Co-Chairs, Oja and Taylor, at opathak [at] umd.edu and tvincent [at] umd.edu.

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opathak [at] umd.edu (Oja Pathak)
Taylor Vincent


Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee Representatives:

Tori Worley

Florian Gawehns


Graduate Student Government Representative:

Autumn Perkey (tentative)

Simon Sheaff (GSG officer, tentative)


Methods Field Workshop Coordinator(s):

Evan Jones (tentative, pending fall opening/closure)

Xiaonan Wang


Graduate Student Workshop Coordinator:

Connor Kopchick


Technology Chair:

Tristan Hightower

Due to COVID-19, events for Fall 2020 are currently TBD, please check back soon for more details. 

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GSA was established in 2016 to represent graduate student interests, serve as a liaison with faculty and the administration, provide a forum for discussing ideas and organizing programs that benefit government and politics graduate students, address concerns that Government and Politics graduate students have, and help build a sense of community in the Government and Politics Department.

Each year, two students are elected to serve a one-year term as co-heads of GSA. Our current and previous Co-Chairs are:

  • Sean Rao (2016-17)
  • Tegan George (2016-17)
  • Nick Miras (2017-18)
  • Alauna Safarpour (2017-18)
  • Kee Hyun Park (2018-19)
  • SoRelle Wyckoff Gaynor (2018-19)
  • Tristan Hightower (2019-20)
  • Jennifer St Sume (2019-20)
  • Oja Pathak (2020-21)
  • Taylor Vincent (2020-21)