Research associate internships are developed based on shared interest and need, and involve interdisciplinary work in research, design, moderation, and reporting of racial equity. Research associates collaborate with the center and partnering organizations to engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion-centered trainings, contribute to data analysis, and write reports, white papers, and commentaries.
Research associates from past cohorts are listed below.
Fall 2021 Wabash Democracy Fellows and RAND Research Associates
Davionne Garrett, Senior Democracy Fellow, of Michigan City, Indiana, is a current senior at Wabash College where he majors in economics and minors in political science. He is the current vice president of the student body at Wabash, where he utilizes his position to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus. He is also an active member of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, which he utilizes in combination with WDPD and his position as vice president to bring various groups on campus together to create connections and promote understanding of different perspectives and experiences.
Chase Breaux, Democracy Fellow, of Houston, Texas, is majoring in political science with a minor Black studies. At Wabash, Breaux serves in various positions—such as alumni committee chairman for the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, vice chairman for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and staff writer for the college’s student-run newspaper, The Bachelor—to contribute to a safer and more inclusive atmosphere on and off-campus.
Adam Brookman, Democracy Fellow, of Evansville, Indiana, is a junior German and history double major with a minor in political science. With WDPD, Brookman has worked on many projects with various topics. He has worked on projects involving housing development, diversity and inclusion, and gun violence. This summer, Brookman worked on a gun violence project in Evansville, Indiana, and created a comprehensive crime report on the issue.
Jonathan Silva, Democracy Fellow, of Calumet City, Illinois, is a politics, philosophy, and economics major. At Wabash College he is an advocate for the Hispanic voice to be active, and is the president of the Hispanic organization La Alianza: Unidos por Sangre. He is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee on campus and created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in his fraternity. As a WDPD Democracy Fellow he researches, collaborates, and facilitates conversation about race, diversity, and free speech.
Dr. Sara Drury is an associate professor and Chair of Rhetoric, and, since 2014, serves as the Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse. Drury’s research and practice focus on the intersections of rhetoric and deliberative democracy, with particular attention to deliberative pedagogy, argumentation, and political communication. Her focus on fostering democracy through productive communication has led to projects with Indiana Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Kettering Foundation. Drury has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2017-2018) and an Indiana Humanities Action Fellow (2019-2021). She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.