Newby Parton

Here's the deal: I'm a "fourth-year" graduate student, but I'm also a member of the Class of 2018, which makes me an eighth-year Princeton student in total. Back when I was a senior concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs, the University picked me for a "SINSI" fellowship. Through the fellowship, I worked for two years in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, as part of the practice group that investigates and reforms police departments.

Now I'm back on campus for my second and final year of the M.P.A. program. My research here focuses on the federal judiciary and on reforms to the criminal legal system. As you might have guessed, my next stop is law school, because apparently I need a law degree to practice civil rights law. Who'd have thunk it?

I grew up on the Appalachian Plateau in rural Tennessee, where my hobbies included hiking and spelunking. Here, my activities outside of class have included writing (mostly journalism), organizing game nights, tutoring at the McGraw Center, providing mentorship through the residential colleges, and going on every Broadway trip that the College will take me on.