Photo: Courtesy of J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, a professor of anthropology and American studies at Wesleyan University, will be the first Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies at Princeton, the University announced in April. The role, endowed in 2020, aims to expand interdisciplinary research and teaching focused on Indigenous communities. Kauanui will have a joint appointment in the Effron Center for the Study of America and the Department of Anthropology.

Journalist, translator, and poet Eliza Griswold ’95 will become director of the Program in Journalism at Princeton in August. Griswold, a former Ferris Visiting Professor, won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2019 for her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.

In April, Trisha Craig became the executive director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Craig came to Princeton from Yale-NUS College, a joint venture by Yale University and the National University of Singapore, where she was vice president for engagement and a senior lecturer in global affairs.

Also in April, Sarah Boll joined Princeton’s Office of Sustainability as its new executive director. Boll, who has worked in energy and sustainability for Marriott International, the University of Utah, and the state of Utah, will oversee the University’s Sustainability Action Plan, with goals that include reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2046. 

Near Eastern studies major Shane Patrick ’24 will pursue a master’s in Islamic studies and history at the University of Oxford as a recipient of the Barry Scholarship. 

Alumni Yuno Iwasaki ’23 and Ananya Agustin Malhotra ’20 are among this year’s recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The fellowships fund graduate studies for immigrants and children of immigrants. Iwasaki will pursue a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Malhotra, a former Rhodes scholar, will study law at Yale University.