Class of 2022 (Cabot House)
My name is Trisha Prabhu, and I am a junior in Cabot House, concentrating in Government, on the Tech Science pathway, and pursuing a secondary in Economics. I'm originally from Naperville, Illinois. I'm so excited to be a Peer Concentration Counselor this year, and hope you'll reach out to me with any questions you have (re: Government, or anything else on your mind)!
Within the broad field that is Government, I'm most passionate about understanding the impact the rise of technology has had on our society -- specifically, with regards to the proliferation of Big Tech, and the way the digital economy has shaped concepts like free speech and privacy -- and spearheading policy and work to resolve these issues. You'll often find me utilizing data science and quantitative research methods to dig into this work. In that vein, some of my favorite classes in the Government Department include: Technology and Revolution in China and Beyond (a GOV 97 Sophomore Tutorial), taught by Professor Enos, Data (GOV 50), taught by Professor Kane, and American Constitutional Law (GOV 1510), taught by Professor Fallon. I also enjoyed Tech Ethics (GEN ED 1058) taught by Professor Sandel (in the Government Department!) and Professor Melton (though this was a Gen Ed, it also counted towards my Political Theory subfield requirement!).
Outside of class, I serve as the President of the Harvard Undergraduate South Asian Americans in Public Service initiative, which seeks to inspire undergraduate South Asian Americans on Harvard's campus to meaningfully contribute to their communities and promote cultural and intellectual diversity through public service. I also serve as the President of Harvard Model Congress San Francisco, through which I organize one of the nation's oldest government simulation conferences for over 400 students in San Francisco.
In my summers, I've pursued a wide variety of opportunities, from working on ReThink, a social venture incubated in the Harvard i-Lab that I founded and lead, to serving as a Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. For my work with ReThink, I've been blessed to receive a number of Harvard-related awards and honors, including the Harvard University President's Innovation Challenge's Grand Prize, and the Harvard College i3 Innovation Challenge McKinley Family Grant.
After college, I hope to build innovative entities and craft cutting-edge policy here in the US to make our Internet and tech world more accessible, kind, and fair.
I'd be more than happy to talk about any of my experiences in the Government department, or my work outside of my classes -- don't hesitate to reach out! Looking forward to getting to know you.