Chelsea Kelleher is the Pacific Political Science 2011 Outstanding Graduate
Chelsea Kelleher is the University of the Pacific Political Science Department’s 2011 Outstanding Graduate. She will graduate on Saturday, May 7, magna cum laude, completing minors in English and Art History as well as her major in Political Science. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. As a member of the University of the Pacific Speech and Debate team during her first three years at Pacific, Chelsea was a nationally ranked competitor and earned as she says, “about a kajillion trophies.” Chelsea has worked with Jeff Becker as a writing mentor in several of our Writing in the Disciplines courses. The department faculty are especially proud that Chelsea has developed a keen interest in public policy research. A project she conducted under Keith Smith’s direction on the impact of certain housing policies on crime rates in Stockton garnered her an award at the recent PURCC for outstanding oral presentation. Following graduation Chelsea will accept a research internship at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. She also plans to do graduate work in public policy, ideally at UC – Berkeley. Chelsea is the daughter of immigrants from Ireland and she is especially proud that she will be the first member of the US-branch of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.