James Packman ’21, of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated summa cum laude as a Psychology concentrator with a certificate in East Asian Studies. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Packman received the Howard Crosby Warren Prize in Psychology and the Edward E. Jones Memorial Prize for his thesis. The 2019 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar, Packman received a 2019 Princeton’s Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. Packman is a graduate of Princeton in Beijing’s intensive fifth-year language program. Having achieved near-fluency in Mandarin Chinese and a considerable background in Chinese culture (he performed an excellent tea ceremony), Packman’s ultimate ambition is to bring the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China together to tackle issues that threaten the entire world. In particular, his passion lies in addressing the issues of nuclear weapons, climate change, and human rights abuses. Packman’s big heart is always on display on campus, where he volunteered for CONTACT, a suicide prevention and emotional support hotline, for which he also mentored new volunteers. He served as Princeton University China Coalition’s assistant director of alumni outreach. Packman is also an avid drummer, fencer, and stand-up comic.
James served his summer 2019 internship at the U.S. Agency for International Development Department in the Asia Bureau.