Alexandra Nieuwsma

Alexandra Nieuwsma graduated summa cum laude from Westmont College with a BA in political science. She was formerly a fellow at the John Jay Institute and has worked as a research assistant for Senior Fellow and George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar Abraham Sofaer at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Alexandra was named the Outstanding Senior 2017 by the political science faculty of Westmont College. Currently, Alexandra is working as a research assistant in Washington, DC. When she’s not researching or writing, she enjoys playing the harp and piano, and composing music.
The American Nation-State, Cosmopolitanism, and Identity Politics in the Millennial Imagination
The American Nation-State, Cosmopolitanism, and Identity Politics in the Millennial Imagination

The very idea of the American nation-state seems to be losing its importance. In its stead, Americans have unfortunately moved toward cosmopolitanism and—for millennials especially—identity politics.

The Dirty Sources of Clean Energy: A Case Study in Cheap Piety - Cobalt Mining - Democratic Republic of Congo
The Dirty Sources of Clean Energy: A Case Study of Cobalt in the Congo

While more and more governments and consumers are pushing for environmentally friendly cars, they are painfully ignorant that the elements necessary for the so-called “clean energy” of hybrid automobiles may very well have dirty sources.

China’s Invasive “Family Planning” Enforcement Still in Place after “Two-Child” Policy Begins
China’s Invasive “Family Planning” Enforcement Still in Place after “Two-Child” Policy Begins

China’s two-child policy not only rejects the intrinsic moral value each human has as an image of God, but it also rejects the rights of parents to plan their families as they see fit, enforcing the government’s view through mechanisms that are horrific and unjust.

The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage
The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage

The problems of sexism and misogynist perceptions of women still exist in America, but they do not have established legal structures supporting them. In the Middle East, societal perceptions of women are just the tip of the iceberg.