Natasha Christie


Dr. Natasha Christie

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration

College of Arts and Sciences


1. What do you do at UNF? 

I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Administration. I primarily teach our research methods and policy related courses to undergraduates and MPA graduate students. 


2. Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you? 

I am a jigsaw puzzle fanatic!! I don’t have as much time for this hobby as I used to, but at my peak it would take me a weekend to assemble a 1000 piece puzzle. 


3. What are some of your accomplishments or community involvement? 

Currently, I am very involved in a local organization called the Atlantic Coast Young Marines, a youth education and leadership program for boys and girls ages 8 -18. The Young Marines is the official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps. They actively participate in community service and veterans events throughout the Jacksonville area. 


4. What person had the greatest impact on your life? 

My former college professor, Mary F. Katzenstein, has had the greatest impact on my life because taking her class on prisons as an undergraduate at Cornell University completely changed the trajectory of my life (I am doubtful she is even aware of how much of an impact her class had on my life). It inspired me to go to graduate school instead of law school, obtain my PhD, and publish in the area of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction, criminal justice administration, etc. Overall, that course helped me to find my passion and I am forever grateful.


5. What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? 

My favorite thing about working at UNF has to be the people that I get to work with on a daily basis; they making working at UNF a pleasure. I am blessed to work in a department where everyone truly cares about one another and takes a genuine interest in each other's well being. 


6. What are you most passionate about? 

I am most passionate about social justice issues and areas where equality and fairness are in question at the institutional level. 


7. How do you feel AAFSA benefited you and why did you join AAFSA? 

I joined AAFSA to establish a connection with other members of the UNF community with whom I share a similar racial/cultural/ethnic identity. So often, we may pass each other on campus and say hello but rarely have the opportunity to truly connect with one another. AAFSA’s meetings, social gatherings, and community involvement provides such opportunities. 






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