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Brilliant young boy wins UK Rhodes scholarship, set to earn masters degree at University of Oxford

A brilliant young boy named Sam Harshbarger has won the prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study for his master’s at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Sam is a teen from New Jersey who was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to study for his master’s degree at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She is among 62 students from across the world to receive the 2024 Rhodes Scholarships.

He is currently studying for his bachelors degree in History with three minors: in history and the practice of diplomacy in Eastern studies; and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies at Princeton University, United States.

In Princeton, Sam is a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, a group of juniors and seniors committed to humanistic inquiry. He is also a student fellow of the Center for International Security Studies and an undergraduate fellow of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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Sam mentioned that his senior thesis tentatively titled “Between Cold War and Decolonization: Turkey and Post-Colonial Afro-Asia, 1951-1960”  analyzes Turkey’s participation in the Bandung Conference of 1955 and its relationship with North African anti-colonial nationalists.

He was also the recipient of the Lawrence Stone and Shelby Cullom Davis Thesis Prize Fellowship. While participating in exchange programs in Russia in high school, Sam became interested in Turkey because of its link to the former Soviet Union across the Black Sea and to the Middle East to its south.

Before he resumed at Princeton, he took a gap year as a policy fellow with the Washington, D.C.-based Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), working part of that time from Turkey with SETF’s cross-border humanitarian assistance to communities in northwestern Syria.


Sam stated that he will be studying for his master’s in History at the University of Oxford. He said that he intends to return to Istanbul to pursue a career focused on the transnational politics of conflict across Eurasia, either as a journalist or with a think tank.

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