2018 John Jay Fellow
Alexandra Nieuwsma graduated summa cum laude from Westmont College with a B.A. in Political Science. In the summer of 2016, Alexandra began working as a research assistant for Senior Fellow and George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar, Abraham Sofaer at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Alexandra was named the Outstanding Senior 2017 in Westmont’s Political Science department. She is also a graduate of the Westmont Catalyst Honors program and a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society. While at Westmont, Alexandra served as an op-ed writer for the Horizon student newspaper.
Alexandra is also a contributor for the website of Providence Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy. When she’s not researching or writing, Alexandra enjoys playing the harp and piano, and composing music. Despite her political inclinations, she has always considered the harp her first love, and was a harpist for the Westmont orchestra during her college years and a variety of symphonic groups throughout high school.
Alexandra’s interest areas include political theory and philosophy - in particular, the political thought of the American founding and Constitution. During her undergraduate studies, some of Alexandra’s major research projects focused on the problematic Constitutional grounding of the Roe v. Wade decision and its attendant difficulties, and also the topic of reason and revelation in Locke’s thought and its relation to his political theory. Alexandra aspires to pursue research and/or graduate studies in political theory.