Bryn McCarthy is a Ph.D. student in political science studying American politics, with an interest in race, gender, and political behavior. Prior to Columbia, they graduated summa cum laude from Simmons University with a B.A. in Political Science. They received high honors for their thesis, "The Politics of Entitlement: White Nationalism and the Overton Window in American Politics," which examined identity formation and articulation in contemporary far-right rhetoric. They also completed an internship at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.