Matthew Ruppert is a rising junior in Columbia College from Minnesota, pursuing a major in political science and a concentration in human rights. His research interests include mass violence, international human rights law, urban militarism, the political role of sports and international organizations, and foreign intervention. Matthew is currently a District Field Organizer for the Minnesota DFL and the incoming Director of the Roosevelt Institute at Columbia’s Energy and Environment Policy Center. He previously served as secretary of Roosevelt and treasurer of Columbia Democrats and is also involved with Model UN.