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Where Are They Now Wednesday: Ali Greenholt

Ali Greenholt was a 2016 highly commended entrant in the Social Science: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category for her paper titled, “A Masculinity Problem in the ‘Gender Equal’ Nation of Sweden,” in which she argued that Sweden’s political parties employ problematic masculinities under the guise of gender equal policy-making and that the country’s masculine social construct is tied to a sometimes discriminatory and violent nationalist identity.

Since attending the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in November 2016, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in nonfiction writing. Her senior project was a longform essay about the inequalities in Pittsburgh’s food system and the players (chefs, farmers, grocers, and nonprofits) who are trying to make it more sustainable, a topic that she feels incredibly passionate about.

After graduating, she and her partner spent a month living out of their car while camping and backpacking in the southwestern US. Her favorite part of the trip was reaching the Colorado River at the base of the Grand Canyon and – oddly enough – the grueling hike up out of the canyon the following day, admitting that it was a simultaneously humbling and empowering experience.

Now back in Pittsburgh, Ali is working at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health as part of the administrative team in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where she primarily functions as a liaison between hospital executives and students during the residency matching process. She’s soon starting two other positions – one as farmers market staff for Who Cooks For You Farm, an organic farm located north of the city, and the other as events staff for Threadbare Cider and its sister company, Wigle Whiskey, the first distillery in Pittsburgh since Prohibition.

Ali’s several jobs are all in an effort to return to school in the fall. She will be attending Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs to pursue a Master of International Development, majoring in urban affairs and planning. She eventually wants to work for a consulting firm or advocacy organization that connects community members with city governments and developers to create equitable, sustainable urban planning solutions. Ali views her trip to the UA Global Summit as formative and influential in this decision, remembering her team’s discussion during UCollaborate, which was summarized as “We lack empathy, so let’s build a garden.”

Ali was inspired and impressed at the UA Global Summit, naming it as

"one of the highlights of my academic career thus far, and I hope that my fellow UA alum, if ever in the Pittsburgh area, know that they have a friend, colleague, and place to stay in the “Paris of Appalachia.”"

We at The Undergraduate Awards wish Ali all the best in her future endeavours!