Waideen Wright, Tufts University
Waideen Wright is a rising fourth-year at Tufts University and a Questbridge Scholar. She is studying Anthropology and Political Science, tentatively on the Pre-Law track. She began her first semester at Tufts in a civic engagement program abroad, the Tufts Civic Semester in Perú, studying Spanish while learning from and working with indigenous Andean communities through an NGO. This experience inspired her to pursue civic engagement further, resulting in Waideen accepting a position as a Tufts Tisch Scholar where she works with non-profit organization MassINC to address transportation justice and create civic spaces alongside a supportive community of peers and educators. Waideen has also approached political science with an anthropological lens through journalism; she was one of ten student writers for the Student Dispatch at Tufts, an online political science publication focused on local inequities and policies in Massachusetts. Her research goals include a focus on the relationship between capitalism’s effect on human habitus and the formation of U.S. labor rights and social norms. Overall, Waideen is passionate about conducting research that analyzes historical processes both socially and economically to produce inclusive and equitable policy formation in all government sectors, especially in the U.S. Department of Labor.