Asher Cohen

Identity Politics and Campaign Strategy Re-Formation
Volume 8 | Issue I | March 2024
Dwight-Englewood School ’25
New Jersey, USA
My primary academic interests are history, politics, civic engagement, and social identity. My interests in these areas stem from witnessing the lack of civic education in schools in my community during the 2020 election. Since then, I have explored the importance of civic education and founded Voters2Be, an organization aimed at educating teens in diverse and low-income communities about democracy and politics. I believe that to learn about civics, it is crucial to understand the history of politics. Many of my pursuits have focused on the voter experience and factors that increase voter turnout. In addition to starting Voters2Be, I intern for the New York State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, work for the Institute for Youth in Policy, and serve on the youth board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Additionally, at school, I am the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper, leader of the political discussions club, president of INSPIRE (diversity leadership club), president of the admissions office tour guide group, and captain of the varsity tennis team. I started this research project to explore the other side of politics of how candidates connect with voters. I also wanted to learn about new cultures and explore the role of religion in politics. Producing this paper published in The Schola was an amazing intellectual journey that taught me how to properly research, synthesize, and organize information. I would like to thank my research mentor, Dr. Nora Lessersohn, for supporting me in the research process.
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