Isra Thange ’22, of Franklin Park, New Jersey, graduated summa cum laude from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in the history and practice of diplomacy and Near Eastern studies. Thange is a Janet M. McCartney Scholar and received the R.W. van de Velde Award for outstanding junior independent work and won the Program in Near Eastern Studies Senior Thesis Prize. She is passionate about conflict resolution, institution building, and international development, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Last summer Thange worked as a research associate identifying, tracking, and analyzing digital misinformation content for the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. In summer 2019, Thange participated in the Princeton Global Seminar on Xenophobia and Xenophilia in Europe, where she studied the social psychology underlying the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion facing refugees and immigrants in Berlin, while conducting fieldwork to examine the lived reality of resettlement and integration. On campus. Thange represented students during disciplinary proceedings as a peer representative to the Honor Committee. She was the president of the International Relations Council, a member of the Model UN team, and has served on the secretariat of the Princeton Model UN Conference for two years. She was formerly an attorney and recruitment chair for the Mock Trial team and was a co-director of the Princeton Mock Trial Opening Round Championship.Thange was a global diplomatic and security challenges fellow with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Thange is the 2021 James D. Zirin ’61 and Marlene Hess Scholar.
For her summer internship, Isra worked at the State Department, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization and Operations (CSO).