Alireza Nourani-Dargiri

The professors in EPPS are experts in their field, they produce countless publications that reach thousands of people around the world, and many of them are well known in their respective intellectual communities.

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Major: BA and MA in Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019 and 2020

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Student Chair for the Comet L.E.A.D Advisory Board
  • Student Diversity Advisory Council President
  • Crush Crew President
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President
  • UT Dallas Men’s Cross Country Captain
  • Co-Chair for the Orientation Leader Program
  • Freshman Commuter Program Mentor
  • Academic Excellence Scholar
  • Recipient of the Student Diversity Award
  • Recipient of the NCAA CHOICES Grant
  • Three-time American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference
  • Three-time American Southwest Conference All-Conference Team
  • Two-time UT Dallas Men’s Cross Country MVP
  • 2015 American Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year

Deciding on Political Science

When I was deciding on my major when I applied to UTD, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do. I ultimately decided on mechanical engineering since my older brother had studied in that field and he seemed to really enjoy it. But, as I got involved in campus and saw what politics really entailed, I began to realize that what I really wanted to pursue was political science. I realized that everything we do in life is politics. Whether that be your conventional understanding of politics and government legislation or simply convincing a friend to drive you to the grocery store, politics is all around us. However, I was still hesitant with making that big of a jump from engineering to political science, so I first spent my sophomore year with only a political science minor, to test the waters and make sure this was what I wanted to do, but I made the official change my junior year and I haven’t looked back since. 

My EPPS Success

Success in EPPS, and really any other pursuit, depends largely on how you interact with people. The professors in EPPS are experts in their field, they produce countless publications that reach thousands of people around the world, and many of them are well known in their respective intellectual communities. When I first started college I was often afraid to go up to any of them as I felt intimidated by their success and reputations. However, I realized I became more successful, not just in the classroom but in my other interests as well, when I spent time talking to each of them. There are so many connections and so many opportunities that I would have otherwise missed out on if I didn’t begin interacting with my professors who genuinely want the best for me and my future.

Plans for the Future

After graduation, I plan to attend law school and focus my course studies on becoming an international and human rights attorney. At some point, I want to make the transition into working in world politics, such as working for the United Nations. Lastly, I want to end up back in the world of academia and become a college professor, making significant scholarly contributions to the legal and political fields.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Spend some time talking to those in EPPS, but don’t just talk about school. Yes, school is very important, but everyone here is so much more than that and you can truly gain from talking about other things. For example, instead of asking your professor about if they graded your paper yet, ask them about their weekend. Maybe they had family come into town. Maybe one of their family members works at a law firm in Dallas and is looking for a student intern. With these simple questions, you have the opportunity to gain connections that will both further your career and your relationship with those around you.

  • BA and MA in Political Science
BA and MA in Political Science