AHI Intern Hugo Naulot

Hugo Naulot, a student at L’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) of Paris, one of France’s most prestigious institutions of higher education, is interning this summer at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI). Born in Rouen, Normandy, where he spent the first nine years of his life, Naulot in 2001 moved to Boston where he studied at the city’s International School. In 2010, he was admitted into IEP—better known as Sciences-Po—a highly selective institution that specializes in the teaching of the social sciences and serves as a breeding ground for France’s political and diplomatic elite. Hugo majored in history and minored in sociology.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Hugo attended Hamilton College as a visiting student and attended a course on the history of the Old South taught by AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette. Students in the class had to read, cover-to-cover, William Freehling’s Prelude to Civil War (1965), Eugene Genovese’s Roll, Jordan, Roll (1974), and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese’s Within the Plantation Household (1988) as well as a wide variety of primary sources.  “Hugo Naulot emerged as one of the very best students in the class,” Paquette observed.  He takes criticism quite well—no small matter these days—and has a sharp analytical mind.  His writing in English proved to be superior to most of the students in the class born and raised in this country.”

As an AHI intern, Hugo runs the Encounter Bookstore and is assisting Paquette in the preparation of a book manuscript centered on the former French colony of Louisiana. Naulot also has a second job this summer interning for a United States Senator.

In 2014 Hugo will begin work on a master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences-Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He will concentrate on Middle-Eastern studies and Defense and Security Economics. Upon graduation, he intends to work for a law firm in preparation for a position in a finance-related international organization such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.