Ellie Breitfeld ’20

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Undecided

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Developmental psychology, social neuroscience, language learning, decision making, linguistics

Bio: I am originally from North Carolina and I’m still getting used to the colder weather and lack of BBQ here in New Jersey, but nevertheless am taking full advantage of my time in the orange bubble. Though currently undecided, I plan to concentrate in psychology with a certificate in neuroscience. I love being engaged in research in these relatively new fields because there are so many opportunities to study questions that still remain unanswered and largely unexplored. On campus, I am part of the Princeton Running Club, I am a photographer for Princeton’s chapter of Spoon University (follow us @spoon_princeton), and I work as a Research Assistant in the Baby Lab–Princeton’s developmental psychology lab.

Shanon FitzGerald ’20

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: History or Politics

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Constitutional law, politics, modern American history, quantitative social science, behavioral economics

Bio: I am a rising sophomore and first-time blogger from Fishers, Indiana. On campus, you’re likely to catch me either reading in Firestone or watching the squirrels frolic outside (unfortunately, the squirrels don’t count as a research interest). In addition to PCUR, I’m involved in Tiger Magazine and the James Madison Program.

Elise Freeman ’19
Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: French and Italian

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: International affairs, culture, francophone countries

Bio: I love looking at the world from perspectives different from my own — the more foreign the subject, the better! I’m fascinated by how we interact with one another, and learning French certainly provides a cool lens for that. Though I lean towards social sciences, I could read about fringe science or space for hours. I spend my time on campus aspiring to be like my idols: my mom, Michelle Obama, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Recent posts by Elise Freeman

Alec Getraer ’19

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Ecology, geology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, climate science

Bio: I love the natural world and my work at Princeton focuses on field based research in ecology and the geosciences. On-campus I am an Outdoor Action Leader, an officer of the Princeton University Geosciences Society, and an active member of the Center for Jewish Life. I enjoy traveling, hiking, snowboarding, photography, and drawing.

Taylor Griffith ’18
Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Sociology

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Creative Writing, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Research Interests: Authors, creative writing, gender, sexuality, media, television

Bio: I’m an aspiring novelist from Pennsylvania who’s passionate about pushing boundaries and questioning the workings of our society in order to broaden people’s understanding of diversity and the world we live in. Through research, I analyze parts of our everyday lives to find underlying patterns and messages related to how our society is socially constructed. In addition to my writing and independent work, I’m a Peer Health Adviser, a Student Manager at the Department of Public Safety, and a member of the BAC Dance Company and the Princeton HighSteppers Step Team.

Recent posts by Taylor Griffith

Emma Kaeser ’18
Chief Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Program in French Language and Culture, Program in Urban Studies

Research Interests: Public policy, women and children’s rights, maternal and child health, human rights law

Bio: I am a senior from New York with a passion for public policy, human rights and social change. On campus, I am the President of Princeton University Ballet and an officer of CityStep Princeton. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, going for runs and doing yoga.

Recent posts by Emma Kaeser

Alexandra Koskosidis ’20

Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program: B.S.E.

Certificates: Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Applications of Computing

Research Interests: Engineering (chemical/biological, mechanical/aerospace), energy, robotics

Bio: I’m a native New Yorker, but my family is originally from Greece. If I’m not at the squash courts, you can usually find me listening to music or playing guitar/piano/drums. On campus, I’m on the club squash and climbing teams, and I’m part of Princeton Racing Electric. Talk to me about music, science, Formula 1, Greece (bonus points if you do it in Greek!), and any random thought that pops into your head!

Rafi Lehmann ’20

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Sociology

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Ethnic conflict; Caste; Race; Marxism; Identity Formation

Bio: I am a second-year from Maryland with irresponsible dreams. Ask me about the Yiddish Farm, my year in India, and/or why the Times’ Style section is essential to our democracy. Also, I love poetry.

Nicholas Wu ’18

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Program in American Studies and East Asian Studies Program

Research Interests: Politics, public policy, migration, race, Asian American studies

Bio: I’m a junior from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, interested in the intersections of public policy, migration, and Asian American studies. On campus, I’m involved with the Daily Princetonian, International Relations Council, and Princeton Advocates for Justice. I also enjoy cooking.



PCUR Alumni

Good researchers always recognize those who came before them — and we’re no exception. PCUR thanks its former bloggers for their creative and helpful views on independent work:

Annie Woehling ’15 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Anthropology
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: Global Health and Health Policy
Research Interests: sexual health and wellness, life sciences, health policy

Posts by Annie Woehling


Bennett McIntosh ’16 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Chemistry
Degree Program: A.B
Research Interests: biochemistry, protein folding, protein design

Posts by Bennett McIntosh


Dylan Blau Edelstein ’17 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Latin American Studies, Theater, Ethnography
Research Interests: languages, Latin America, theater, culture, gender and sexuality, social movements

Posts by Dylan Blau Edelstein


Isabelle Laurenzi ’15 – Chief Correspondent
Isabelle Laurenzi

Concentration: Religion
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Creative Writing and Humanistic Studies
Research Interests: religion, ethics, and politics, philosophy of religion, expressions of religion and ethics in contemporary literature

Posts by Isabelle Laurenzi


Jalisha Braxton ’16 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Psychology
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Neuroscience
Research Interests: cognition, learning disorders

Posts by Jalisha Braxton


Kavi Jain ’18 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Certificate Programs: Statistics and Machine Learning, Applications of Computing
Research Interests: data science, nanotechnology, clean energy, biomimicry

Posts by Kavi Jain


Melissa Parnagian ’17 – Chief Correspondent and Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: American Studies
Research Interests: politics, race, media, representation, mass culture

Posts by Melissa Parnagian


Stacey Huang ’16 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Electrical Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Research Interests: laser spectroscopy, applied physics, photonics, circuits

Posts by Stacey Huang


Vidushi Sharma ’17 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Philosophy
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Programs: Neuroscience, Humanistic Studies
Research Interests: cognitive science, interdisciplinary learning, classical languages, culture

Posts by Vidushi Sharma


Yuem Park ’15 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences
Degree Program: A.B.
Research Interests: geosciences, geology, structural geology, geochemistry, tectonics

Posts by Yuem Park


Zoe Sims ’17 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: Environmental Studies
Research Interests: ecology, environmental science, acclimatization, climate change

Posts by Zoe Sims