Brandon McNeely


Brandon McNeely ’24, currently living in Delran, New Jersey, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in American studies. McNeely is interested in studying the ways race, ethnicity, and discrimination influence U.S. public policy. Brandon is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and the 2022 Gilbert S. Omenn ’61 and Martha A. Darling MPA ’70 Scholar. Brandon was on leave from Princeton during 2022.He will return in January and join the SINSI 2023 intern cohort. He spent his year off working in aviation and traveling. This time away from academics has inspired his burgeoning interests in aviation, maritime trade, and transportation policy. Before his gap year, Brandon organized a tutoring program in partnership with the Young Scholars’ Institute of Trenton (YSI). During the pandemic, he received a grant from the Pace Center to build websites for underfunded schools and organizations. In summer 2021, he worked with at-risk youth as an intern at Alto Perú in Lima, Perú. On campus, he is a member of the Princeton University Band, was elected to the SPIA Undergraduate Student Advisory Council, participated in the Pace Center’s Service Focus program, was a member of the Pre-Law Society, and has worked as an ambassador for the International Internship Program.