History and American Studies major Shin came to Amherst as an unassuming but bright and curious student. His academic pursuits led him to a PhD in history from Columbia University last year, and he currently teaches at Bates but will be moving to a tenure-track position at the University of Michigan next year.

Shin describes his passion for the work he does not as a primarily knowledge-driven endeavor, but rather as a way in which he can replicate the sort of relationships and impact that the “wonderful” professors at Amherst had on him as a student.