This month, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recognized new inductees and current members during an annual dinner celebration. Matthew Milner ’99, a co-founder of Edgeworth Economics and chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice, delivered the evening’s keynote address.
“What was true at the time of my induction and remains true today is there’s an unprecedented responsibility in the world to be a critical thinker, to test and rigorously engage with how you use information — skills that these students have mastered as reflected by their membership to Pi Sigma Alpha,” says Milner, who was part of the society’s inaugural class at HWS. “They have learned how to be leaders in thought and information; how to use the power of connection and to question information in a way that differentiates them from others who accept things at face value.”
Pi Sigma Alpha’s nine inductees this year include Allison Cheney ’19, Maeve Creagan ’19, Isaac DuBois ’18, John Hassett ’18, Lindsey Kloc ’19, Zachery Poretz ’18, Alexis Santiago ’18, Owen Smith ’18 and Sadeek Walker ’18. In addition to plaques, graduating members received regalia to wear during this year’s Commencement ceremonies.
Each spring, the Chi Phi chapter inducts junior and senior HWS political science majors who have demonstrated academic excellence in the field and in their general studies. Those inducted in their junior year must have a 3.7 grade point average, both in political science and in their overall GPA; senior inductees must earn a 3.5. Since its formation, the Chi Phi chapter has initiated more than 100 members.
“We’re thrilled to recognize the hard work of our students who have challenged themselves, pursued questions without easy answers and continuously strive for excellence in scholarship,” says Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman. “We are honored to welcome Matt Milner back to campus and deeply appreciate his enduring support of the Colleges.”
In his role at Edgeworth, Milner assists counsel and corporations with extracting, transforming, and analyzing large transactional databases for use in litigation, criminal investigations, and public policy and regulatory matters, bringing economic and econometric expertise to matters in antitrust damages and class certification. He is a regular participant in the Colleges’ Day on the Hill program and served as an adviser for the 2018 Stu Lieblein ’90 Pitch Contest. Milner earned his B.A. in economics and political science from HWS and went on to receive his M.B.A. from The George Washington University School of Business.
During his time at the Colleges, Milner spent a semester abroad in London and a semester in Washington, D.C. interning for the Clinton Administration. “Hobart and William Smith is the hallmark of community. Even as an alum, when you return after a while of being away, that feeling returns very quickly,” Milner says.