What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“After spending a whole year at Wharton, I have found that there are distinct segments of business students. There are the future entrepreneurs: the kids who want to start their businesses. There are the Wolves of Wall Street: kids who will go straight to bulge bracket banks and hedge funds. And then there is a third segment: the public policy kids. By virtue of being in the Public Policy Initiative Student Group, Penn Democrats, and the Penn Political Review, I have gotten to know many of my Public Policy-interested peers. At Penn, the public policy students are the ones who know what is going on in the world, and they are the ones I talk to when I want to share my opinion or hear opposing ones. By being a part of the Public Policy Research Scholars, I’m with an entire group of public policy nerds, having to transverse the same rigorous PPRS curriculum. That is pretty appealing.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“My initial passion for public policy came as a result of my extensive experience abroad. I see the Public Policy Research Scholars as an opportunity to inject some international studies into my academic trajectory that concentrates heavily on economics and domestic public policy. I want to tailor my future research to be at the intersection of foreign, fiscal, and public policy.
PPRS fits perfectly with a more immediate academic career goal of mine: research. As a Joseph Wharton Scholar, I have spent the last year considering topics that I would like to investigate. In keeping with my interest in foreign and fiscal policy, I would love to evaluate the coupling of US military might and economic prowess.”