Nanako Shirai ’21

Chief Correspondent

Concentration: Molecular Biology

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Cognitive Control, Adolescent Brain Development, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Bio: I am a senior from New Hampshire (although almost 10 years of my life was spent in South Carolina). I’m in the Molecular Biology department, and one of my interests is how biology and culture shape social interactions. On campus, I am a violinist in the Princeton University Orchestra, treasurer for the Japanese Student Association, and a fellow at the Princeton Writing Center!

Recent posts by Nanako Shirai

Kamron Soldozy ’22

Outreach Analyst + Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Neuroscience

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Gender and Sexuality Studies, German

Research Interests: Cognitive Control and Attention, Sociology, Electroencephalograms (EEG), Motor Learning, Gender Studies

Bio: I’m a rising junior from Northern Virginia (NOVA!) majoring in Neuroscience. In addition to practicing handstands, I tend to spend my time lifting reasonably heavy things (powerlifting) and cooking/baking. My research interests span Neuroscience (cognitive control; the human connectome) and Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the intersection of the two.

Recent posts by Kamron Soldozy

Alec Israeli ’21

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: History

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: African American Studies, European Cultural Studies, Humanistic Studies

Research Interests: Labor history, intellectual history, 19th century America, Jewish studies, political theory

Bio: I am a senior from Long Island, New York. On campus, I am a former managing editor for the Princeton Progressive magazine, a current Editor-in-Chief for the Princeton Historical Review, and serve as a student mentor with the Humanities Council. In my spare time, I love to play jazz piano. If things go as planned (for now), I hope to pursue a career in academia, researching and teaching history!

Recent posts by Alec Israeli

Saira Reyes ’21

Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degree Program: B.S.E.

Certificate Program: Engineering Biology

Research Interests: metabolic engineering, material science, nanotechnology

Bio: I am a rising senior from Northern NJ planning to concentrate in chemical and biological engineering. Some of the past research projects I have worked on focused on polymer nanoimprints and microfluidics. Over the summer, I will be working on campus on a research project involving metabolic engineering. On campus, I am also involved in PUMP and Princeton Latinos y Amigos.

Recent posts by Saira Reyes

Abhimanyu Banerjee ’23

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Economics

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Monetary policy, fiscal policy, income inequality, financial bubbles, sustainability

Bio: I am a sophomore from Gainesville, Florida. I am interested in economic policy, particularly how it can be used to tackle such issues as alleviating recessions, reducing inequality, and promoting sustainability. I am also a researcher for the Policy Punchline podcast here on campus. In my free time, I am an avid chess player and have played competitively for over a decade.

Austin Davis ’23

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Undecided

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: History, historical memory, urban studies, post-1900 United States, social stratification and structures, and post-1400 Europe.

Bio: I am a sophomore from Pittsburgh, PA. Even though I am undecided, I plan on concentrating in History most likely. One of my interests that has especially emerged at Princeton is the intersection of urban studies and historical memory. Outside of school and research, I am the USG Historian, a Peer Academic Advisor for Forbes College, and a PAI Community Ambassador.

Ryan Champeau ’23

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Princeton School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Program in French Language and Culture, Cognitive Science, Creative Writing

Research Interests: Psychology, Social Media, Public Policy, History

Bio: I’m a freshman from New Jersey who likes dogs, writing, and photography! I’m interested in exploring how I can use research to have a positive impact on the Princeton community and beyond. On campus, I’m a big sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, player and social chair for the club ultimate frisbee team, member of the Whitman College Council, and Community Action leader. I’m also really enthusiastic and love to rap!

Soo Young Yun ’22

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: English

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: minority literature, politics, international relations, history, race in East Asia, gender and sexuality, media

Bio: I am a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea. On campus, I am the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Unfound (Princeton’s Journal of Asian American Studies), on the Peer Review Board for the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal, and a Managing Regional Editor for American Foreign Policy Magazine. In my spare time, I love watching cat videos and dancing to BLACKPINK.

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Alec Getraer ’19 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences
Degree Program: A.B.
Research Interests: Ecology, geology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, climate science

Posts by Alec Getraer

Alexandra Koskosidis ’20 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Certificate Programs: Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Applications of Computing
Research Interests: Engineering (chemical/biological, mechanical/aerospace), energy, robotics

Posts by Alexandra Koskosidis

Andrea Reino ’20 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Princeton School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Degree Program:
A.B.
Certificate Program:
Spanish
Research Interests:
international relations, human rights law, immigration law, criminal justice, prison reform, politics, public policy

Posts by Andrea Reino

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

Elise Freeman ’19 – Humanities Correspondent


Concentration
: French and Italian
Degree Program: A.B
Research Interests: International affairs, culture, francophone countries

Posts by Elise Freeman

Ella Feiner ’22 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Degree Program:
B.S.E.
Certificate Programs:
Quantitative and Computational Biology
Research Interests:
Developmental biology, bioengineering, history of biology, history of medicine

Posts by Ella Feiner

Ellie Brietfeld ’20 – Chief Correspondent and Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Psychology
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Linguistics
Research Interests: Developmental psychology, social neuroscience, language learning

Posts by Ellie Breitfeld

Emma Kaeser ’18 – Chief Correspondent and Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Princeton School of Public Policy 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

Posts by Emma Kaeser

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

Posts by Melissa Parnagian

Nicholas Wu ’18 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Princeton School of Public Policy 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

Posts by Nicholas Wu

Rafi Lehmann ’20 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: History
Degree Program:
A.B.
Certificate Programs:
Urban Studies, Environmental Studies
Research Interests:
Indigenous Studies, Marxism, Post-colonialism, Yiddish

Posts by Rafi Lehmann

Raya Ward ’21 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Human-Computer Interaction and Design
Degree Program:
A.B.
Certificate Programs:
Visual Arts, Technology and Society
Research Interests:
Art history, cognitive psychology, media, design, user experience, human-computer interaction, technology

Posts by Raya Ward

Shanon FitzGerald ’20 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Religion
Degree Program: A.B.
Research Interests: Religion and political theory, American cultural and political history, intellectual history

Posts by Shanon FitzGerald

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

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

Posts by Taylor Griffith

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