Tim Robustelli graduated from the MA International Relations Program in 2017 and is from New Canaan, Connecticut. He majored in History in his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont before coming to NYU.
Where are you working currently and what do you do there?
I'm a policy analyst for the Future of Land and Housing Program at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. I conduct research and policy analysis on housing, land, and property rights issues both in the U.S. and internationally. And I'm lucky enough to write for some external outlets about our ideas!
How did the MA in IR Program prepare you for what you are doing now?
The program really helped me refine my research, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as time management. I rely on all those skills every day in my work. Also, it made me curious to explore new fields and ideas.
What advice do you have for current students who may be looking for a career in your field?
Stay curious and be open to jumping into new fields. Don't be afraid to take an opportunity that might be tangential to your interests. You might find out you enjoy it and learn something new in the process.
Which class did you enjoy the most? And the one in which you learned the most?
I enjoyed my History of U.S. Foreign Policy class with Professor Fousek most, and I learned the most in a Terrorism & Counterterrorism class with Professor Gottlieb.
What is your favorite place on campus? What do you like best about student life at NYU?
I went to undergrad in Vermont, so I really enjoyed being in NYC for graduate school. You can explore New York forever. My favorite place on campus was probably Washington Square Park.
Last Updated April 21, 2021