Nabil Shaikh ’17 MPA '21, of Reading, Pennsylvania, graduated cum laude from Princeton's politics department with certificates in Global Health and Human Values and Public Life. He also was a co-winner of the Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize, awarded in recognition of the most outstanding thesis written by a student earning a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy and shared the Kenneth Christopher Harris ’65 Memorial Award from the Office of Religious Life for exceptional leadership within the religious and ethical life of the University.
Shaikh, who cares deeply about global access to health care and health disparities, spent his time at Princeton broadening his understanding of how various actors and policies shape health and wellness in society. During summer 2016, Shaikh spent two months as a Princeton Global Health Scholar in Hyderabad, India, where he performed thesis research surveying more than 100 terminally ill cancer patients on their experiences with accessing end-of-life care. He then spent time in Trenton, New Jersey, as a policy research intern at the New Jersey Department of Health, focusing on minority and multicultural health.
On campus, Shaikh served as the president of the Princeton Muslim Students' Association and co-convener of the Religious Life Council, and led initiatives within the Office of Religious Life and the Muslim Life Program. He served as treasurer for both Muslim Advocates for Social Justice and the Pace Council for Civic Values, and as a freshman trip leader for Community Action.
After a summer studying Arabic in Jordan, Nabil began his first rotation at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division working on the Opioid Task Force in the Disability Rights Office. He has just started his 2nd and final rotation at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, MA continuing his work on the opiod crisis.