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Ronan Farrow ’09 Named 2012 Rhodes Scholar

Ronan Farrow, a human rights activist and 2009 graduate of Yale Law School, has been named a 2012 Rhodes Scholar. He is one of 32 American students selected from a pool of 830 candidates to receive the scholarship to Oxford University in England. He will begin studies there in October 2012.

The son of actress and activist Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, Farrow currently works as director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues Office and advises Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ’73 on global youth issues. He previously served as the State Department’s Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Farrow has been a political commentator on U.S. television and has written about a variety of human rights issues in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. At age 15, he became the youngest person ever to graduate from Bard College, with a double major in philosophy and biology. He graduated in 2009 from Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

At Oxford, Farrow plans to do a D.Phil. in international development.