My name is Brandon Gutierrez, and I am a research assistant at the Lexington Institute. As a member of the California State University DC Scholars Program, I am excited to gain practical political experience in the nation’s capital.
I am currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton, double majoring in political science and psychology. I am fascinated by the intricacies of the mind and body, and the perplexities of political systems and actors. Each semester, I have been able to study how the brain functions while analyzing political systems around the world.
As a research assistant, I generate contact lists, help coordinate events, assist with social media strategy, and research defense and energy issues. I have also had the opportunity to attend think tank panels, congressional hearings, and other events on and off Capitol Hill focused on a variety of policy issues.
I have studied abroad twice as an undergraduate student, first in Prague, Czech Republic and then in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In Prague, I witnessed the lasting effects of the communist-era, and explored the once vibrant capital of Central European arts. In Chiang Mai, I mourned with citizens saddened by the death of the king, and gained a different understanding of how the government and its leaders impact citizens.
After visiting nearly 30 countries, I have gained a clearer understanding about a variety of cultures and lifestyles. While differences exist, I have learned that citizens generally share a common desire for security. This has inspired me to become a leading expert on peace and stability in the future.
I look forward to learning more about a variety of policy issues during my stay in Washington, DC, and exploring the city.
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