Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Kathryn Hansen

Kathryn Hansen
Economics and Statistics
Maryville, IL

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars Program has benefited me immensely. It has allowed me to network with former Gannons and Loyola professors, while create amazing friendships with current Gannons. It has educated me on the concept of intersectional feminism and leadership and has given me the tools and confidence to apply this kind of thinking to my education. I feel more confident in my ability to speak and educate others about feminism and other related topics.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

I am interested in potentially researching the intersection of statistics and voting and political decisions. Math has been continually left out from the conversation about social justice and creating a more just world. However, many of the political decisions that continue an oppressive social order are based on misrepresented statistics. I am interested in researching how different presentation techniques of statistics change and influence the interpretations or decisions voters make in today's world. If we can find a way to educate or influence our voting base fairly and correctly, I believe and hope that citizens would make better decisions, resulting in a more helpful political system and climate.