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Sam Van Oort

Global finance, comparative economics, social and political philosophy

Before beginning your studies at the Institute of Political Economy where did you study and what program(s) were you enrolled in?

I did my undergraduate studies at Iowa State University where I majored in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. It was through my minor that my most meaningful and engaging learning experiences took place and how my interest in political economy began.

What is it specifically that attracted you to study Political Economy at Carleton?

I actually had to go all the way to Japan to find out about Carleton. I studied abroad there during my undergrad and had a professor who had done a visiting professorship at Carleton and he told me about the program. What I appreciate most about the PECO program is its interdisciplinary nature, its critical perspective, and the opportunity it provides to focus on and develop each person’s individual research interests.

My areas of research interest include…

Global finance, comparative economics, social and political philosophy.

What activities have you been involved in lately? (work placement, work experience, Undergraduate research, research positions, volunteer work, awards, travel, favourite books)

Outside of class I work as a TA for an introductory course in the Law and Legal Studies program. Off campus most of my time has been spent exploring Ottawa and the rest of Canada since I just moved here from the US.

What advice would you give to a prospective Political Economy graduate student?

My advice would be that if you are passionate about political economy and are looking for a program that lets you pursue that passion, Carleton offers a really great opportunity to do so. Also, be prepared to read, read, and read some more.