“During the Congressional fellowship year, I am eager to get hands-on experience turning research into actionable policy insights,” said Nguyen in her fellowship application. “I am trained as a mixed-methodologist, analyzing data from U.S. and international censuses while engaging in qualitative fieldwork and conducting in-depth interviews with Asian and Latino immigrants. I hope to utilize these skills as a congressional staffer.”
During her fellowship year on Capitol Hill, Nguyen was originally going apply her experience and expertise in the office of Representative Mike Honda (D-CA). Because Honda lost the election, Nguyen was forced to find a new placement. This certainly brought a new reality to working on Capitol Hill.
“Unfortunately Congressman Mike Honda lost his reelection forcing me to quickly find a new placement,” said Nguyen. “But I’ve since placed with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand where I’ll be working on healthcare and immigration issues.”
Not new to public affairs work, Nguyen has written a policy brief for the Center for Poverty Research and policy-relevant research articles for journals. Nguyen sees policy-relevant work as a natural fit with the discipline. “Sociologists are fundamentally concerned with the causes and implications of social inequality and social change, and are well positioned to address these issues currently being debated in Washington.”