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Stanford senior Daniel Shih named Rhodes Scholar

Daniel Shih is an experienced community organizer, researcher and accomplished violinist. He plans to pursue graduate study in comparative politics when he attends Oxford next fall.

Daniel Shih

Daniel D. Shih, a senior political science major at Stanford, has been named a 2010 Rhodes Scholar.  Shih, a native of Naperville, Ill., plans to pursue a graduate degree in comparative politics at the University of Oxford in England next year. An experienced community organizer, accomplished violinist and a 2009 Truman Scholar, Shih helped found the Stanford Sweat-Free Campaign, advocating for improved working conditions in factories that produce Stanford apparel. He has worked with the Chinese Progressive Association, a nonprofit community-organizing group in San Francisco's Chinatown, and took more than a year off from Stanford to work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He was regional field director in Albuquerque for the Obama campaign, and a field organizer in five other states. Shih’s honors thesis, with field research in Venezuela, is on Sino-Venezuelan economic and political relations.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist and African colonist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Shih is among 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States this year.