About

A Master in Public Policy (MPP) student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, I earned my bachelor's degree in Economics and French from Brown University. My passion for these two fields led me to study abroad at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics and to write an honors thesis in French on 18th-century Paris. I returned to France during the 2017–18 school year, serving as an English teaching assistant in greater Paris.

My policy interests lie in foreign affairs, including transatlantic relations, multilateral cooperation on climate change and municipal diplomacy. I am especially committed to the Franco-American alliance. I have previously worked at the Consulate General of France in Boston, the Harvard Kennedy School's Future of Diplomacy Project, Brown's Office of International Programs, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and the City and Eurométropole of Strasbourg.

As a journalist, I have occupied a variety of roles (opinions columnist, chief copy editor, senior staff writer, etc.) on a number of publications, including the Brown Daily Herald, Brown Political Review and Intercollegiate Finance Journal. I currently serve as a managing editor of the Kennedy School Review. I also founded an online French literary review.

This website features highlights of my journalistic, academic and literary work. Feel free to contact me for more information. Thanks for stopping by!

News

  • I was interviewed live on German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle following Chancellor Angela Merkel's commencement address at Harvard in May 2019! I spoke about the speech's implications for transatlantic relations and climate change.

  • I published an article, "Think Global, Act Local: European Cities on the Front Lines of Climate Action," in the Kennedy School Review's 19th print journal in April 2019. The article explores the critical work being done by city networks in Europe to push for ambitious climate action within the context of the European Union's green governance structure, which includes actors like the European Commission and the Member States.

  • I was selected to participate in the Innovation Policy Internship Program organized by the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Boston in June and July 2019. The program brings together American and French students to offer innovative solutions for the French public sector. My internship with the City and Eurométropole of Strasbourg aims to tackle the following challenge: "How to better engage all citizens, in particular the most isolated, to contribute to public policymaking?"

    • Video produced by the Consulate General of France in Boston​

© 2019 by Nikhil Alexander Kumar