Sophia Auger Madden is a member of American University’s class of 2021. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Law and a Certificate in Advanced Leaderships Studies through the School of Public Affair’s Leadership Program. She is also a member of the School of Public Affairs Honors Program.

Originally from San Jose, California, Sophia has developed a passion for social justice and advocacy through several experiences. After starting her undergraduate education at American University, she completed a year-long research and social action project alongside six other students aimed at understanding the economics of addiction. Together, they raised $600 for Samaritan Inns, a D.C. based non profit which provides services to those dealing with addictions to help them reach and maintain sobriety. As a second year student in the program, she conducted research on the juvenile justice system and youth at risk.

Sophia hopes to pursue a career within the realm of the criminal justice system where she hopes to improve the lives of others and create change within the community. She hopes to complete her capstone project on the subject of far right extremism in an age of technology and social media.