Aaron Xiao Sobel ’19, of Fairfax, Virginia, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the former Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, with certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy and Values and Public Life. Sobel is the Class of 2018 Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin ’61 Scholar. Aaron spent most of his life in Southeast Asia, where he developed his academic interests in development and legal institutions. In the summer of 2017, Sobel interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he wrote motions, findings, proffers for plea agreements, sentencing memoranda, direct- and cross-examinations and conducted legal research. On campus, Sobel was a team captain for Princeton Mock Trial, a peer representative to the Honor Committee, the chair of the Student Groups Committee for the Undergraduate Student Government, and chargé d’affaires (formerly undersecretary-general) of the Princeton Model United Nations Conference. Sobel's summer 2018 SINSI internship was with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the State Department.
Summer of 2018