Political Science – Outstanding Senior 2022

Mitra Aflatooni

Albany, OR

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


  • Sociology

Honor graduation status

  • Summa cum laude

Internships & Employment

  • Owner/Photographer, Mitra Louisa Photography
  • Social Media Intern, Mona Foundation
  • Immigration Writer and Intern: Latina Republic

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Dr. Steven Stehr, Political Science
  • Dr. Patrick Mahoney, Political Science
  • Dr. Season Hoard, Political Science

Faculty Comments

“In my judgment, Mitra’s success thus far at Washington State University has resulted from equal parts of native intelligence and hard work. Mitra was always prepared for class, and she was clearly engaged in the course material. She thinks clearly and writes very well. I would also note that when Mitra and I have met outside of class time to discuss politics or her plans for pursuing graduate studies, I have found her to be friendly, attentive, and polite.” –Dr. Steven Stehr

Personal Statement

“I’d like to thank all who have been with me through this journey. To my family, thank you for supporting me. To my professors and teaching assistants, thank you for being the educators you are and preparing me for my next steps in life. To myself, thank you for persevering and believing in your goals despite those who have doubted you. I will forever be grateful for my experiences at WSU and those who have influenced my decisions for graduate school. Because of you, I look at my future with excitement. As always, go Cougs!”

Future Plans

Mitra will pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Denver. Her long-term dream is to work in addressing issues of renewable energy, sustainability, and natural resources.