Evan Soltas, JRCPPF Undergraduate Associate, Named Rhodes Scholar
From the main Princeton website: Evan Soltas, of Rumson, New Jersey, is concentrating in economics and pursuing a certificate in statistics and machine learning. At Oxford, he plans to pursue an M.Sc. in applied statistics, combined with an M.Sc. by research in his second year.
"I am so thrilled and honored to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar," Soltas said. "I am eagerly looking forward to studying at Oxford and spending two years with my fellow scholars."
Soltas began an economics blog shortly before entering Princeton as a way to learn more about the subject and in 2012 became a writer for The Washington Post's "Wonkblog," a morning email newsletter on policy that has 40,000 subscribers, and a contributing writer at Bloomberg View.
"After nearly four years of writing, three lessons stand above all the others," Soltas wrote in his Rhodes application. "First, I've discovered in economics an abiding sense of purpose — and something of a talent in making economic issues lively instead of dry. Second, the ethos that inspired my blog has been profoundly validated: that the best way to learn about something is to try to explain it and share it with others. Third, I know deeply the importance of taking on new, daunting challenges, which makes two years in the U.K. so appealing."
Soltas was a research assistant for Atif Mian, the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance, and an intern at Prudential Fixed Income. Those experiences drove Soltas' interest in not just discussing economic questions but answering them.