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Ravi Charan '14
Political Science

Ravi Charan

As a double major in political science and math, people often ask me how I combine the two. I usually respond that I don't do so directly—and that I don't feel the need to. Certainly the analytical skills from mathematics transfer well, but ultimately I chose to major in political science because I found my other studies too abstract. The world suffers not from a lack of technology so much as an underestimation of the political difficulties of using it correctly.

On campus I'm the co-president of the Society of Political Science students (SPSS), the undergraduate political science student group; we aim to foster community in the department and foster a love of political science. I'm also the Chief of Staff in the Undergraduate Association (UA) and work on policy and politics here at MIT. I firmly believe that good governance, here and in the broader world, is possible with concerted, non-ideological (though not necessarily technocratic) effort. This is why I choose to study comparative politics—I personally find that this field comes closest to understanding governance and how to improve it. However, I also believe that the long-term path for better governance lies in better education, and teach a weekend middle-school mathematics club as well as participating in two clubs here, The Forum and do.it@MIT, which disseminate knowledge by hosting discussions and speakers.

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