Masha Miura ‘21 is a sophomore from New York City intending to concentrate in the African American Studies Department, pursuing the Race and Public Policy track. She also plans to obtain a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She entered Princeton initially planning to concentrate in Politics, but was drawn to the AAS department after taking Professor Benjamin’s class, “Race is Socially Constructed, Now What,” which showed her that the AAS department is best aligned to her passions. She is most interested in learning about the methods by which African Americans have historically been isolated and positioned as “Other” in society.
At Princeton, Masha is a co-president of the Students for Prison Education and Reform and a student leader for The Petey Greene Program, a volunteer program that allows students to tutor individuals who are currently incarcerated. She writes with Project Solidarity and is on the Undergraduate Board of Advisors for the AAS Department. She is also a fellow for the Humanities Department’s Behrman Society of Fellows. She hopes to continue her work by attending law school, with the goal of advancing impact litigation to change the way the criminal justice system operates.