Nathan Eckstein '16 MPA '20, of Chicago, Illinois, a Woodrow Wilson School major, graduated from Princeton with certificates in Latin American Studies and Humanistic Studies. Proficient in Spanish, many of his interests relate to the utility of diplomacy in reframing U.S.-Latin America partnerships.
As an undergraduate, Eckstein was a member of Princeton University Ballet and diSiac Dance Company and a research assistant for Wilson School Professor of Politics and International Affairs Christina Davis. Off campus, Eckstein led the 2015 Southern United States Model United Nations Conference as its Secretary-General.
In the summer of 2014, Eckstein received the Sigmund Scholars Award to intern for the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, in the public affairs section where he coordinated and implemented the summer youth outreach programs. During the previous summer, Eckstein was awarded a Program in Latin American Studies grant to work for El Niño y La Bola in San José, Costa Rica, an organization that serves immigrant children. As the 2016 James D. Zirin '61 and Marlene Hess Scholar, Eckstein served his SINSI internship at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, in both the political and public affairs sections, where he assisted in the build-up to the 2015 Our Ocean Conference.
Eckstein began his SINSI fellowship in the summer of 2017 at the Pentagon's Office of Secretary of Defense Policy (OSDP) in Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) in and then moved to South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) for his second and final rotation. For his service, Nathan twice received the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. After studying Spanish in Uruguay, he is back in Princeton as an MPA2 and has completed his degree in 2020.