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Alicia Rolsma

Posts by Alicia Rolsma

Alicia Rolsma is a senior studying political science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was selected as a 2020 Blog Contributor for the Faith & Public Life blog. She is the president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute society on campus and works for the Integrated Liberal Studies certificate program. Currently, she is writing her senior thesis on the relation between politics and natural disasters in the works of Augustine of Hippo. To pass time during this season of COVID-19, she is knitting sweaters and baking exorbitant amounts of chocolate chip cookies. After graduation, Alicia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political theory.

The Politics We Wear

The release of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) new clothing line has of course sparked plenty of controversy on social media. Yet, politically affiliated clothing is hardly novel. The political nature of AOC’s apparel is little different than President...

Enlightened Cooperation: Why Libraries Work When Welfare Doesn’t

Amidst a global pandemic and an economic recession, the American people are in need. Not just for human connection but also public assistance. Stimulus checks and unemployment benefits have led to mixed results and polarization threatens any further federal aid. It is...

Back to the Basics: Ditching your Smartphone Amid a Pandemic

The number of Americans with smartphones has increased dramatically in recent years. A Pew Research survey shows that 81 percent of Americans now own smartphones, compared to only 35 percent in 2011. The increase in smartphone usage correlates with another more...