Meet Our International Exchange Students

Tyler Abbot
Economics

Tyler is a Ph.D. student visiting the Department of Economics from Sciences Po. His research interests include macroeconomics, finance, and financial mathematics. His dissertation studies the theory of general equilibrium in incomplete financial markets with heterogeneous agents. He plans to complete his degree in 2019 and hopes to go on the US academic job market. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, and travel.

Anne-Marie Brack
German

Anne is a Ph.D. student at the Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Freiburg. She is coming to Princeton as an exchange student of the Ph.D.-Net "The Knowledge of Literature“, where she is conducting research on the Persian tradition of autobiographical writing. In particular, Anne is focusing on the memoirs of Hashemi Rafsanjani as one of the leading Iranian politicians. He left behind more than 30 volumes of published as well as unpublished diaries covering the years of the Iranian revolution up to the present-day.

Since Anne completed her master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern studies, political science and sociology, she knows the value of interdisciplinary approaches. At Princeton, Anne wants to meet scholars and students form different departments to discuss her thesis and benefit from the inspiring atmosphere this university offers.

Laurent Brochet
Economics

Laurent comes to Princeton as a Procter Fellow from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). He earned a master's degree in Economics from the Paris School of Economics, writing a dissertation on the automatic stabilisation of business cycle fluctuations by social insurance programs. 

During his year at Princeton, Laurent intends to work towards a research project dealing with the interaction of economic reasoning and political forces in the elaboration and the design of policy. This reflects his broader interest in thinking about the role of government in the economy, and about political processes in modern society.

Josefine Buchhorn
Art and Archaeology

Josefine will visit the Department of Art and Archaeology as a Visiting Exchange Student from Freie Universität Berlin within the exchange program between Princeton and Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). She studied ancient studies and classical archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin, and since 2016 she is a member of BerGSAS and Topoi. Josefine's field of research is Classical Archaeology, and herPh.D. thesis deals with the question of the continuance of institutions in the Greek polis during the Roman imperial era. The main focus of her work lies in the investigation of the Prytaneion as a building and the Prytanis as an institution by examining archaeologic, epigraphic and literary sources.

Sam Clarke
Philosophy

Sam is a philosopher of mind/cognitive science working towards a DPhil at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s college). From September, 2017, until June, 2018 he'll be a Procter Fellow at Princeton University. 

He’s particularly interested in perception, social cognition and cognitive architecture, and his thesis combines these interests by exploring the role that perceptual processes play in our understanding of observed action.

Sometimes Sam collaborates with/gets in the way of psychologists running experiments. He spent the summer of 2012 running experiments for Elena Gherri in Edinburgh exploring the effects of posture on perceptual attention, and the summer of 2013 in UC Berkeley running experiments on statistical learning in infants for Alison Gopnik and Fei Xu. He is currently running experiments in Oxford with Philipp Koralus, investigating human reasoning.

Thomas Massoni
Mathematics

Thomas is a French student coming from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and he will be visiting the mathematics departement as a Procter Fellow. Thomas intends to work under the supervision of Prof. Peter Ozsvath. He is interested in many fields concerning geometry, such as differentiable geometry, symplectic topology, complex geometry and algebraic geometry.

Thomas earned hismaster’s degree last year at Pierre and Marie Curie University, writing his master'`s thesis on Gromov-Witten invariants in symplectic topology.

Apart from math, Thomas is also keen on music, classical as well as popular. He has been playing the clarinet since he was 6 and the piano since he was 12. Among his favorite composers or music bands Thomas can quote Ravel, Pink Floyd, Rachmaninoff, Radiohead, Bartok, Archive…

Thomas looks forward to meeting people from all around the world and sharing good times at Princeton University.

Holly Muir
English

Holly is visiting Princeton as a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, working closely with the english department and the Lewis Center for the Arts. She completed her bachelor’s degree in fine art at the University of Oxford, where she spent her time making wooden installations that explored romantic and indigenous archetypes. She has since designed and built stage sets with Spectra Ensemble, a London-based opera collective that reinvents historic and un-performed fragments through contemporary practice. During her time at Princeton, Holly will combine her experience of story-telling with her interest in authenticity, class and rural communities to focus on a creative writing project. She intends to supplement her literary studies with courses in ethics and comparative politics, with the hope that her work will form part of a larger dialogue with artists and writers who approach critical thinking and social change in a practice-led field.

Davide Napoli
Classics

Davide Napoli is currently purusing a master's degree in classics at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. His dissertation will focus on the relationship between myth and truth in fifth-century Greece, especially in Pindar, Herodotus and Aeschylus. The approach of the study originates from an interest in uncovering the philosophical presuppositions that underlie literary texts. In regards to mythical truth, the study aims to show how can it be socially constructed without being conceived as less truthful. For this project, Davide is working with Professor Enrico Medda in Pisa and Professor Joshua Billings in Princeton.

Davide is also interested in classical and electronic music, and holds a master's degree in Piano Performance from Conservatorio di Salerno.

Anna Seip
Politics

Anna is a visiting graduate student in the Department of Politics, attending Princeton on a DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service fellowship. She graduated from Freie Universität Berlin with a B.A. in North American Studies and Political Science, after having spent her junior year as a visiting undergraduate student at Rutgers University.

Anna is currently pursuing an M.A. in Contemporary European Studies, a transatlantic joint degree program which has brought her to the University of Bath and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Princeton, she intends to deepen her understanding of American politics. Ultimately, she aspires to join the German civil service.

Veronika Settele
History

Veronika is a visiting Ph.D. student from Freie University Berlin, Germany. She is joining Princeton University's Department of History and will be supervised by Professor Michael D. Gordin. In Berlin, she works as a research associate at the chair of Professor Paul Nolte, where she also serves as assistant editor of Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Pursuing her doctoral dissertation 'Body, Technology, Productivity: Industrializing Livestock Farming in Germany, 1950-1970', her main research interests lie at the crossroads of the history of knowledge, human-animal-sudies and the history of consumption. More broadly, she is interested in changing societies in modernity, documented also by her previous studies in the fields of history of migration (M.A., 2012) and democratic theory (M.Sc., 2014).