Alec Israeli

History, Class of 2021

I’m a History major, considering certificates in European Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Jazz Studies.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Student Mentor

Activities on campus:

Editor and Writer with the Princeton Progressive Magazine, Member and Former Secretary of the Young Democratic Socialists of Princeton, Pianist for the Jazz Vocal Collective


Recipient of the 2018 Haarlow Prize from the Humanities Council

Why I decided to study the humanities:

The humanities, and history in particular, have really been all I have ever wanted to study. That said, this past year I have realized more and more the humanities’ importance as reflexive or self-aware disciplines. This aspect of the humanities — that they can lead one to study not only a given object, but also oneself, one’s method, and the others around oneself — continues to fascinate me.

What I have gained from the humanities:

Along with the pleasure studying the humanities has given me, such study has led me to both appreciate and interrogate the world around me in a more critical way.

Independent work:

I am interested in labor and intellectual history, especially in Europe and the United States in the 19th century. I am currently working on a project examining the language of “othering” used in New York City press reports on a June 1848 Paris worker rebellion.

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