Ahmad Abdulwadood is a rising senior at Bowdoin College. He is pursuing a double major in Africana Studies and Government and Legal Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies. His research interests lie in how minorities with heterodox politics access and understand their legal rights. Currently, he is studying how the Black Panther Party comported their Black Nationalist and Marxist politics with the Second Amendment. His work also explores how constitutional rights, such as the right to bear arms, are brokered through the identities and politics of their claimants, utilizing sociolegal scholarship to challenge American citizens’ assumptions about the legal system and its actors.
Outside of research, Ahmad is an organizer, photographer, and improviser. He hopes to pursue sociolegal scholarship, community organizing, and art-making after college. He will work with Laura Beth Nielsen on her research about legal consciousness, true crime podcasts, and gender violence on college campuses this summer.