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Noah E

- Research Program Mentor

JD candidate at Harvard University


Law, history, political science, public health


My primary current academic passion is in legal history, especially in the history of American criminal legal policy through the 1900s and early 2000s. I am also interested in public opinion, polling, and political behavior, spending four years researching this as part of a project focused on bolstering youth civic engagement. Additionally, I am interested in studying all different kinds of public policy, including policy related to public health. I pride myself on being a adaptable generalist when it comes to research. Beyond my academic passions, I love to spend time reading (nonfiction), playing or watching basketball, and watching musical theater. I enjoy cooking, though I still have plenty of room for improvement. I also love all kinds of pets!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The Lasting Effects of COVID on School Attendance

As most schools have returned to the pre-2020 model of school administration (no longer wearing masks, social distancing, etc.), do students still attend school when feeling under the weather at the same rates as they did previously? Alternatively, are students more cautious about infecting their classmates, or perhaps less? In this project, we will design a survey that will attempt to get a picture of how students think about the risks that they pose to other students when sick, as well as the risk that other students pose to them. Using both qualitative and quantity survey methodology, in addition to broader scholarly research, this project will try to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected school attendance during and after the pandemic.

The Struggle for Integration in American Professional Sports

The mid-1900s has numerous examples of players breaking "color barriers," but not all sports approached integration in the same way. Analyzing the most popular sports of the time period, including basketball, baseball, and football, this project will conduct a historical analysis of how American professional sports differed in its approach to integration. Which leagues were the slowest to integrate, and how did the leagues' justifications for their actions differ? What forces may have been most significant in causing the leagues to take different approaches?

Social Determinants of Health

What social factors are most significant in affecting health outcomes? This project will analyze some of the extensive scholarship research on "social determinants of health" to understand what social factors repeatedly arise as driving health outcomes (some examples of social determinants include income, education, geography). Students could also pick one social determinant specifically, diving deep to understand how and why a particular factor affects a population's health.

Teaching experience

While in college at Duke, I directed a program that mentored 80 incoming first-year students each year. Following college, alongside my full-time job I worked as a high school speech and debate coach, a role that I thoroughly enjoyed. In law school I am involved in a program that teaches legal research and writing to first-year students, along with serving as the primary mentor to 13 first-year students each year. I also serve as a teaching fellow for a first-year course in civil procedure, holding office hours weekly and leading class discussions.


Work experience

McKinsey & Company (2019 - 2021)
Business Analyst
Duke University (2015 - 2019)
Research Assistant
Harvard Law School (2022 - Current)
Research Assistant
Harvard Law School (2022 - Current)
Teaching Fellow


Duke University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2019)
Political science, history, public opinion
Harvard University
JD Juris Doctorate candidate

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