Political science undergraduate student will attend the university’s study abroad program in London

Charles Ryan, a sophomore majoring in political science, will attend the university’s study abroad program

Charles Ryan, a sophomore majoring in political science, will attend the university’s study abroad program. The Penn State Schreyer Honors Scholar and Presidential Leadership Academy member will pursue his educational goals this fall at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ryan was inspired by a book he read by journalist, author, and London School of Economics alumnus Christian Parenti, "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence," which examines the interaction between extreme weather and economic and social factors and how they produce violence around the world.

“I wrote my personal statement about climate migration and how I’m interested in insuring that the international legal apparatus recognizes these community values and people’s individual sovereignty,” Ryan said, “as well as the political legitimacy of the countries who are vulnerable to inundation as a result of climate change.”

Ryan plans to work with the LSE’s Migration Studies Unit and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment as he studies the way geographic boundaries influence groups of people. He hopes to use the experience to generate ideas and research for his honors thesis.

Like Gershanok, Ryan is excited to meet and work with students from a variety of countries while they continue their studies.

“I’m looking forward to just diving into this intellectual environment,” Ryan said.

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