Emma Murphy

Harriet Newhall Fellow

Emma Murphy, class of 2015, is a third generation Mount Holyoke student!  She majors in Politics and East Asian Studies and is writing a thesis that explores the concurrent political development of Japan as a state and the ideological evolution of Japanese baseball. Outside of her studies, Emma is the Assistant General Manager and an active DJ for WMHC Radio and a member of the Outing Club. During the  summer of 2014, Emma participated in the MHC International Internship Program as an institutional support intern for the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa in Monrovia, Liberia. Before being evacuated because of the ebola outbreak, she worked with the Foundation to promote women's education and youth development. During her junior year, Emma spent 8 months studying and living with a host family in Kyoto, Japan through the Associated Kyoto Program.  When Emma isn’t in class she loves hiking in the Pioneer Valley, listening to music, kickboxing classes on campus and reading. Emma loves our diversity and mentioned, “I have friends all across the world and I can meet fellow MHC students wherever I go. I also love the sense of community. There is an instant bond between MHC students, even if they have never met before.” As a Boren Scholar, she is required to spend a year working at the Department of State, Homeland Security, Defense, or an intelligence agency within three years of graduating but she is also applying for a Fulbright independent research grant in Ghana and the Peace Corps.