Ernest H. Ruehl III

Woodrow Wilson School, Class of 2019

I’m a Woodrow Wilson School major with a certificate in History and the Practice of Diplomacy.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Behrman Society

Activities on campus:

Skipper and former Treasurer on Sailing Team, Treasurer and Financial Manager at Princeton Tonight, Princeton Conservation Society


Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I’m a social sciences major, but I’ve always been fascinated by and loved learning about languages, cultures, religion, and history. In fact, I almost decided to major in history, and I continue to take as many classes in the subject as I can.

What I have gained from the humanities:

I think the humanities are an essential part of any education, both for their own sake and for the interdisciplinary benefits that they bring I have relied heavily on historical and linguistic studies for much of my work at the Woodrow Wilson School, for example.

Independent work:

My fall junior paper discussed the merits of the US provision of antitank defensive weapons to the Ukrainian military, and its possible effects on the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. My spring junior paper used behavioral psychology to analyze the sometimes counterintuitive effects of analyst experience on intelligence agencies’ predictions.

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