Benjamin Escobar

Benjamin Escobar, in Washington DC

Benjamin is a double major in History and Political Science. He is currently completing an honors  senior thesis under the direction of Professor Mark Steinberg in the field of urban history. In Fall 2020, Benjamin worked as a research assistant to History PhD candidate Eric Denby and studied youth political activism in the late 20th century. For two years, Benjamin was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Law Review at the University of Illinois.

In early 2018, Benjamin helped run the New Voters Project to mobilize the efforts of young voters for the Illinois Public Interest Research Group. That same year, he was a field intern for the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan for Congress campaign. As part of his duties, Benjamin led volunteer recruitment efforts, organized volunteer meetings, and canvassed over 4,000 doors in support of the candidate. He interned with State Senator Scott Bennett in 2019, working to assist and support constituents of the 52nd district. During summer 2019, Benjamin interned at the District Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in Washington D.C., where his duties included preparing and drafting memos and correspondence, event planning, and conducting interviews with veterans in the D.C. area.

On top of all this,  Benjamin is an accomplished musician with a passion for chamber and philharmonic music!