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

Honors:

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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