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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, and I am a senior majoring in political science and 

minoring in classical studies and geography. Like other freshmen, I was undecided until I took PSC 140 with Professor Denton. His engaging, middle-of-the-road teaching style made me realize that my home was in the Political Science Department.

Before serving as PSC Student Representative, I held a research assistantship and several intern/externships, including at the Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. Having benefited considerably from these experiences, I envision spearheading monthly networking events for students with PSC alumni.

Outside the classroom, I campaign for Judge Jason Bohm's 2020 campaign for circuit judge. I also volunteer at Illinois Premier Boys State and help prepare my former high school's We the People team for state and national competitions. Next fall, I will attend DePaul University College of Law.

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! ​​