Shaniqua McClendon has worked in politics for a decade and currently serves as Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. In this role, Shaniqua led the creation of their voter engagement program, Vote Save America and volunteer engagement program, Adopt a State, which has educated millions of voters, recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to Crooked Media, Shaniqua began her career as a White House Intern for President Barack Obama. She then went on to Capitol Hill, serving as a policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, where she spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus.
Shaniqua is originally from North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC Chapel Hill, she developed a deep interest in how politicians and public policy shape people’s lives. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service.
Course Offering: Political Disruptors
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.
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From Barack Obama and Donald Trump to the Tea Party and Black Lives Matter, this course will explore the rise, impact, and implications of recent political individuals, movements, and institutions that have dramatically shaped American politics. Specifically, the course will examine the circumstances that led to the rise of these political entities, how they leveraged their new influence, their successes and failures, where they are now, and their lasting impact.