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About GSA

GSA President Helene Purcell

A doctoral candidate in the Economics program, Helene will serve as President of the Graduate Student Association for the 2019-2020 academic year. Helene plans to devote her energy to creating a more cohesive graduate community across the Fordham’s campuses, tailoring events to student needs. Her research focuses on development economics, specifically on the behavioral consequences of experiencing a natural disaster as well as evaluating a technological innovation to help pastoralists in Africa deal with climate change.

GSA Vice President Alex Finn-Atkins 

A doctoral candidate in English, Alex will serve as Vice President of the Graduate Student Association for the 2019-2020 academic year. She is excited to help Helene strengthen our graduate community, to organize more fitness and outdoor activities, and to start the first podcast for Fordham graduate students. Her dissertation examines literary representations of coming of age in early modern English poetry, drama, and masque.