ESP Biography

NIKHIL LAHIRI, Columbia University senior studying American studi

Major: American Studies

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

From a young age, I have nurtured a deep passion for our democracy and have cherished my place in it as a citizen. This love brought me to Columbia to study American Studies, an interdisciplinary major that has allowed me to explore the connection between the law and our democracy through history and political science courses. I hope to carry this passion to law school in the years after graduation. In addition to my major, I have also taken courses in economics, philosophy, religion, and psychology in my bid to understand the American people and the democracy we share. I believe our democracy is stronger when young people passionately protect it, and I hope to impart on my students the responsibilities of citizenship and the importance of civic participation.

Past Classes

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Y1008: What is the Constitution, and (Why) Should I Care About It? in Splash Fall 2021 (Nov. 14, 2021)
To many young Americans, the Constitution may seem like an ancient artifact filled with legal jargon that has little impact on their daily lives. This document, however, may be more accessible than you think, and it surely impacts your life every day. This class will break down the Constitution to a level that all citizens can (and should) understand, from the Preamble to the 27th Amendment. More importantly, it will demonstrate the key role that each of plays as citizens in our constantly evolving democracy.