Justin Schuster, MPA ’24

#PolicyProfile: Justin Schuster, MPA ’24

Jun 06 2024
By Brittany N. Murray
Source Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

“Before coming to Princeton SPIA, I spent seven years covering foreign policy, conflict, and climate change in various media and editorial capacities. After majoring in global affairs and Middle Eastern studies as an undergraduate at Yale, I was fortunate to receive a postgraduate fellowship that allowed me to move to Amman, Jordan, for a year-long, upper-level Arabic program. What was originally just supposed to be a one-year commitment would ultimately turn into three and a half years in the region.

I worked with a small, non-profit newsroom called Syria Direct, initially as a translator, then as a journalist reporting on the war in Syria, and eventually as the managing director of that newsroom. In 2018, I returned to the U.S. to work in New York City with the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign policy think tank. My team created educational resources to teach middle school, high school, and college students about the basic building blocks of international relations, foreign policy, and how the world works.

One of my favorite projects was working on an educational computer game called Convene the Council, which simulated the National Security Council and had students take on the role of president in addressing various foreign policy crises.
Justin Schuster, MPA '24

With both Syria Direct and the Council on Foreign Relations, my work often focused on climate change and the consequences when policymakers fail to take appropriate action.

These experiences motivated my decision to attend SPIA and transition from a career writing about these issues to one actively involved in shaping the policies themselves. At SPIA, I have specialized in climate and environmental policy with an eye toward advancing sustainable and equitable solutions in furtherance of the clean energy transition.”

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