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Student Representatives 2020-2021

​​​​​​Political Science students elected the following students to be their representatives in departmental governance matters. ​

Celeste Ruan


My name is Celeste Ruan and I am incoming junior. I am majoring in Political Science with concentration in Law and Theory along with a minor in Spanish. I am from Long Beach, California and came to DePaul to take advantage of the opportunities the school and the city have to offer. As a student representative, I am looking forward to voice and fulfill the needs of PSC majors, especially students of color, and encourage student-faculty interaction.

Kacie Koenig

My name is Kacie Koenig and I am studying Political Science with a Law & Theory concentration. In addition to my major, I'm also double minoring in Spanish and Psychology. I'm an incoming junior, born and raised in Orange County, California. I came to DePaul to experience seasons, live in a city, and take advantage of all DePaul offers to get the best education. I can't wait to bring students' voices to the department faculty this year as a student rep!

James Leichty


My name is James Leichty. Like many first-year students, I was undecided as to what I wanted to study until I took my first PSC class with Professor Denton. It was then that I found my home in the Political Science Department.

Throughout my time at DePaul, I have learned the importance of building and maintaining community, especially during uncertain times like we're in presently. I envision spearheading monthly networking events in the PSC lounge for students to build community with their peers. Having held and benefited considerably from intern/externships at the Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and CAIR-Chicago, I want to bring in PSC alumni to speak at these networking events. Networking has undoubtedly set me up for future success. I want to make these opportunities for personal and professional development accessible to all PSC students so that they may reach their fullest potential.

Olivia Kennedy​

Olivia Kennedy
My name is Olivia Kennedy and I am a second-year student studying Political Science, Economics, and French. I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was thrilled to move to Chicago and attend DePaul because of the endless internship and research opportunities, DePaul's unique location, and the strong academic and pre-professional programs in the city.  Growing up in Iowa gave me a ton of exposure to politics because of our first-in-the-nation caucus spot and I found that I really enjoyed this area of study through my time thus far at DePaul. As a student rep, I want to increase transparency and communication from the department to students and come up with some interesting events to increase student engagement with the department.

Riley Reed​

Riley Reed
My name is Riley Reed and I'm a current junior studying Political Science and Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies. I'm originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but, don't worry, I'm an avid Bears and Cubs fan. I love the amazing poli sci program at DePaul and all the resources to connect with groups and people in the city of Chicago. The classes always fascinate me and have helped promote my passion for social justice. Outside of school, I am the Chicago chapter lead for March For Our Lives, I am a National Outreach coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Youth, and I have my own organization called Pride In Running focused on helping the young LGBTQ+ folks run for office and gain advocacy skills. So, civics and social change are things that run deep for me! ​​