New York, 2015
University: Princeton University
Joseph W. Barrett, Port Washington, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in June with a major in History and a minor in South Asian Studies. He won the highest award for undergraduates, based on scholarship, character and leadership, as well as the prize for the best thesis in American History. Joe is passionate about prison education and reform, an issue he focused on as a freshman and that led him to establish a program on incarceration issues at Princeton that he has expanded to other colleges. He has worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Lesotho, spent a year learning Hindu and Urdu and working on literacy projects in Varanasi, India, and is passionate about social justice and economic development.