Recent UMaine graduate writes feature story for Public Service Review

Julian Ober, a May 2024 graduate of the University of Maine who completed a bachelor’s with a double major in political science and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, wrote a feature story for the spring 2024 edition of Public Service Review from the Stennis Center for Public Service.

Ober interviewed Ambureen Rana, a fellow graduate of UMaine and current member of the Maine House of Representatives, on youth engagement in politics. The director of the publication had asked Robert Glover, an associate professor of political science and honors at UMaine, to identify a state legislator who speaks toward the issues of young people and a current student to interview the legislator.

“Julian [Ober] was a unique student who combined her knowledge and expertise with a strong sense of civic engagement,” Glover said. “She was a perfect candidate to conduct this interview with Rep. Rana. I have no doubt that her future trajectory will be meaningful and shape society for the better.”

While a student, Ober was the vice president of student organizations in Student Government and presided over the student organizations committee. She was also the diversity, equity and inclusion chair for Chi Omega Social Sorority. Glover served as her Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) professor, a program led by Brandeis University that aims to engage college students in democracy through on-the-ground experience in the state legislative process.