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Congressional Fellowships

on Women and Public Policy

Class of 2013

The Class of 2013: Arianna Baseman, Emerald Christopher,

Angelina Gonzalez-Aller, Erin O’Quinn, and Rachel Hall


Arianna C. Baseman works as a legislative fellow in the office of Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40). Before coming to Washington, Arianna was a field research analyst and coordinator with the Latino Migrant Network Study at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Arianna received her Master of Public Health from Tulane, focusing on sexual and reproductive health as well as post-disaster management.   During her practicum, Arianna worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Chilean member affiliate APROFA in both advocacy actions and public policy research to promote sexual and reproductive health rights.  She also completed an internship with the Louisiana Office of Public Health in the HIV/AIDS Program.

Prior to graduate school, Arianna served as an Information Communication Technology for Education Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.  There, she successfully trained and mentored adolescent community members to become peer educators facilitating HIV/AIDS/STI prevention workshops, among other sexual health related topics.  She also secured the funding and building of the Healthy Stoves Projects, resulting in 47 new stoves providing an efficient and healthier smoke-free environment to the community of La Piedra.

Arianna remains fluent in Spanish and hopes to remain an avid international traveler.  She delights in live music, yoga, Florida Gator football, New Orleans, spending time with her family, friends and beloved pup, Athena


Emerald L. Christopher is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where her research focuses on the cultural politics of race, class, gender and sexuality. Emerald works as a legislative fellow in the Office of Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3rd District).

A graduate of the University of Delaware in English and Women’s Studies, Emerald holds a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. While obtaining her graduate degrees, Emerald served as a University administrator focusing on the adjudication of student disciplinary cases involving sexual assault and physical violence.

As an advocate of education and cultural exchange, Emerald is a faculty member of an Au Pair educational program and is a part-time faculty member at Montgomery College in the Department of English and Women’s Studies.

Emerald lives in D.C. with her husband and puppy. 

Rachel Hall is currently in her last semester of the George Washington University Masters program in Women and Gender Studies and Public Policy.  Rachel works on women's issues in the Office of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District).  Prior to GWU, Rachel received her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Georgetown University where she focused on representations of women in historic and medical texts. From 2009-2011, Rachel earned her M.S. in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College while teaching kindergarten at an all-girls charter school for low-income students in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  She has also taught English in a TB clinic in South Africa, in a community school in Ghana, and undergraduate Writing courses at George Washington University.

Rachel currently studies violence against women in communities of color, volunteers as an emergency hot line advocate for DC Safe providing emergency services for domestic violence survivors, and is the Internship and Volunteer Coordinator for the student group GWU Graduate Feminists.  She lives in D.C. and is an active member of the Lumbee Native American tribe of North Carolina.

Angelina Gonzalez-Aller is a PhD candidate in political science and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health (RWJF) Policy Doctoral Fellow at the University of New Mexico and holds a Master’s Degree in public policy.   She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude in political science. Angelina has also studied in universities in both Spain and Mexico, where she completed a second degree in Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Angelina completed the Ronald E. McNair scholars program and interned for the United States Congress in Washington D.C., where she resolved to return to Capitol Hill at some point in the future.

A native New Mexican, Angelina grew up assisting her parents with the care of her special needs sister, an experience that drove her to adopt the study of health policy. As an RWJF health policy fellow, Angelina’s research focuses on the social causes of racial and ethnic health inequities across the United States and the globe.  As a scholar of American government, Angelina studies the relationship between representation of women, racial and ethnic minorities and public policy.  Angelina is also a teaching associate for the UNM Department of Political Science, and has taught courses on public policy and American politics.  Each winter, Angelina works with the Sandia Peak Adaptive Ski program where she teaches children and adults with physical or cognitive disabilities how to ski and snowboard.  In her free time, she also enjoys back country skiing, kayaking and alpinism.  Angelina will be serving her WREI fellowship in the office of U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard.  During this time, Angelina will also continue her dissertation work which explores the representative consequences of race and gender norms in the U.S. Congress. 

Erin O'Quinn will be working on health for Rep. Lois Capps of California. She received a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2012, where she focused on Policy and Management and Maternal and Child Health.  As part of graduate field practica, Erin worked as a tobacco cessation counselor for UNC Hospitals, worked in rural health clinics in Guatemala and most recently worked in public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina on state level policy research and advocacy.  She focused her Master's Paper on the implications of the Affordable Care Act on the community health assessment process after helping conduct and author a county health assessment in North Carolina.  Erin is specifically interested in women's health, affordable health access and addressing the social determinants of health.

Prior to graduate school Erin served in AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh, where she conducted HIV testing, education, and outreach and later worked as an HIV Case Manager.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in African Studies from  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.