School of Public Policy
Boise State University
Brighten Critchfield is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) student supporting the School of Public Policy as a Teaching Assistant.
Brighten graduated in 2021 with a B.S. in Political Science from Boise State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College. During her undergrad career, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honors society and spent much of her time involved in local elections, student government, and general community engagement. With broad research interests, Brighten has worked on projects varying from municipal sustainability plans to international violence and resource scarcity. As a gap between undergraduate and graduate school, Brighten worked as a Legislative Aide in the Idaho House of Representatives for the 2022 session. As a first-generation low-income student, she hopes to use that background to further build and invest in quality social, educational, and poverty reduction programs and policies.