Caleb Griffin, MS, MA

I am working on a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I focus on regional and religious identities, and how those identities interact with public policy.

Education

PhD, Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019-Current

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Political Science, 2021

Teaching Assistantships

  • The U.S. Constitution, 2019
  • Politics & Media, 2020

Research Assistantships

  • Cara Wong, 2021-2022

Departmental Service

  • Faculty Search Committee: 2022
  • Co-Social Chair for Political Science Graduate Student Association, 2021-2022
  • Project lead: Brownbag faculty & student lunches, 2021-2022
  • Project co-lead: Mentorship program, 2021-2022
  • Visits Committee: 2020-2022
  • Peer Mentor: 2020-2022

Other

  • Workshop Attendee for ASREC (Association for the Study of Religion Economics and Culture)
  • Reviewer for Critique Magazine

MA, Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019-2021

MS, Applied Community & Economic Development
Illinois State University
2015-2017

BA, Political Science
Brigham Young University
2009-2014

Conference Presentations

Fellowships

Awards

  • Rita & Leonard Ogren Prize for Academic Achievement (2022)
  • Pass with Distinction on Specialized Exam (2022)
  • Pass with Distinction on American General Exam (2021)
  • James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Nominee (2018)

Honour Societies

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Golden Key International

Languages

  • Programming & Markup: R, LaTeX, Markdown

  • Human: Español, الدارجة

Other Professional Experience

Legislative Fellow
The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois
2022

I am currently working in the office of a state legislator (51st district) on a year-long project involving best practices in state recruitment of police officers.

Writing Instructor
The University of Utah
2019

I taught academic writing for the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. My work included lecturing, grading, editing, curriculum-development, and other activities designed to help graduate engineering students complete excellent master’s theses. I also designed and taught academic writing workshops for students and faculty, which I carried out in Mehran University in Pakistan.

Research Assistant
Social Research Institute
2019

My role included database management, program evaluation, statistical analysis, and conducting literature reviews for three non-profits that contracted with the Social Research Institute (a research branch of the University of Utah College of Social Work).

Youth Development Specialist
United States Peace Corps 
2016-2018

I served in the community of Imouzzer Kandar, working with the Greenside Development Foundation, an NGO which helps young people and women in Morocco obtain the skills necessary to find stable employment. My work included grant writing, project design, teaching, and many other activities. I also taught English at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Imouzzer.

Legislative Research Assistant
Utah State Legislature
2016

Assisted policy analysts and state legislators in various capacities. This included creating presentations for interim committees, preparing reports and memos, and conducting research.

Research Coordinator
Teens Act
2014-2015

Directed evaluation projects including conducting, compiling, and analyzing survey data for students and mentors. Created quarterly and annual reports for school administrators and the board of directors. Maintained a student database and carried out several large research projects. Drafted partnership proposals for Utah Valley University and the BYU Psychology department. Collaborated on a cohort project with the BYU Sociology department. Managed three interns and directed research assignments for them.

Congressional Intern
U.S. House of Representatives
2013

Interned in Washington D.C. for the Arizona 8th District. My work included constituent relations, proofreading, research, and clerical work.