Jona Hoxha
BA Political Science ‘17
Global Concentration


Q: Why did you choose to attend UAlbany?
A: Initially I chose UAlbany because it was a good investment – it offered a quality education at an affordable price. To be honest, I came to UAlbany with the intention of transferring to a school in D.C., but then I took Introduction to International and Comparative Politics with Professor Asal, where I learned about opportunities for undergraduate research. I also became involved in extracurricular activities, such as the Model EU and the Model UN, and participated in the Semester in Washington Program. Eventually, I realized the true value of what UAlbany and Rockefeller College have to offer both inside and outside of the classroom. These experiences, coupled with Rockefeller College’s reputation at the national level as a leader in public affairs education, solidified my decision to complete my degree here.

Q: How have your classes and experiences impacted your career goals?
A: After I declared a major in political science, I took a number of classes that focused on international and comparative politics, as well as public law. Meeting with professors and learning from scholars who study, among other things, terrorism, economic sanctions and the law, offered me insight into a variety of potential career options. I found Professor Asal’s research especially intriguing. Working as a research assistant added another dimension to my undergraduate experience and greatly enhanced my skills and knowledge, as well as giving me the opportunity to explore research as a career.   

Q: You’ve certainly accomplished a lot during your time at UAlbany. What makes you the proudest?  
A: Apart from my academic success, I am proud of all of the opportunities at Rockefeller that I was able to take advantage of – it’s hard to name just one! I am proud of the work I did as an intern at the Center for International Development in Albany and at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., as well as serving as a fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. In addition, this past October I was one of five undergraduate students who presented their own research at a national conference in Washington, D.C. I also presented at Harvard, NYU, Brown University, and the SUNY Global Center in New York City, which gave me the opportunity to not only share my expertise on the subject matter, but also make strong connections with peers and expand my network.  

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Short term, I plan to continue working as a project manager for the Project on Violent Conflict. Long term, I am still debating between law school or graduate school. At this point I am keeping all my different options open!
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Rockefeller College News Magazine.
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