Nov 26, 2018
Princeton and the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) are renowned for supporting their students in pursuit of higher education and in being leaders committed to service. We do this in the classroom as well as with funding. We invest in you so that you, in turn, will be able to invest in others and fully embrace Princeton’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” What does this actually mean? Simply put, we fully fund our...
Nov 9, 2018
Applicants ask us all the time to give guidance on our request for a policy memo as a part of the application. This blog serves to do just that. In short, take it one step at a time. Yes, we read them. Yes, we look to see if they’re logical. Yes, we notice spelling and grammar mistakes. Yes, we can tell when the memo is a recycled term paper. Yes, we know when they’re too long. Yes, it’s obvious when something is copy-pasted from somewhere else...
Nov 8, 2018
We welcome reapplications to the Woodrow Wilson School. We want people in our cohorts who want to be in our cohorts, and certainly one way of demonstrating this interest in our School is to reapply. If you have applied before, and should you choose to reapply to the Woodrow Wilson School, please consider the following: - Do not send the exact same application! This is the surest way to ensure the same result. While it may be appropriate to re-...
Continuing the countdown to our December 1 application deadline with an opinion piece from the Executive Director of APSIA, an organization of professional schools of international affairs - WWS is an active participating member!
Nov 2, 2018
We are finishing up a trip to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana in the United States, and will be on the road again next week for the APSIA fairs in Madrid (Nov. 6), Paris (Nov. 7), and London (Nov. 8). To our European colleagues and interested applicants, we look forward to seeing you and to meeting you, and to discussing the three graduate degree programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. We’re highlighting this article on the...
Countdown to our application deadline - December 1, 2018! Are You Well-Positioned for Graduate Study at the Woodrow Wilson School?
Nov 1, 2018
T-minus one month until our Fall 2018 application deadline: December 1, 2018. We have enjoyed meeting many of you on the road, and have likewise delighted in engagement with interested applicants through our online platforms and calls to our admissions team. Thank you for your interest in our degree programs. The Woodrow Wilson School strives to be a diverse and inclusive community. We admit students from all walks of life and from a variety of...
Final Reminder--Future Public Policy Leaders: Princeton JSI Participants Reflect on a Summer of Community and Learning
Oct 29, 2018
Final reminder to all college juniors—our 2019 Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute has a November 1, 2018 deadline. Please make sure to get your application in on time. Additional information on where to find the application as well as some reflections from four 2018 participants can be found in the article below by Sarah Binder, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, which ran earlier in October. ** Thirty-one...
Oct 25, 2018
What’s unique about the Woodrow Wilson School’s approach to policy? Our distinctive multidisciplinary course of study strikes a balance between theory and practice. Eighty-five full-time faculty members teach at the School, almost all of whom have dual appointments with other departments. Approximately 45 visiting professors, lecturers and practitioners from the world of public and international affairs also teach at the School. Our faculty...
Oct 18, 2018
We ask for your personal statement to be approximately two to four pages in length - the prompt is reproduced below. This does not mean it must be four pages. If you can address what we ask in two or three pages, do it. There is no need to ramble on or regurgitate what is already stated simply to reach a personal statement length of four pages. Be brief. Be brilliant. Be yourself. (But in four pages or less!) “Your personal statement should...
Oct 16, 2018
You are invited to our Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) Graduate Admissions Open House. This half-day event will introduce prospective students to our graduate degree programs. WWS administrators and students will discuss our academic programs and curriculum, student life, career services, admissions requirements, and robust financial aid. We hope you will join us. WWS Graduate Admissions Open House Monday,...
Jul 24, 2018
This video was put together by and features Woodrow Wilson School students from the 2018 and 2019 MPA cohorts. These brave and courageous students have helped to advance a school-wide conversation around diversity and inclusion broadly and first-generation and low-income students at the WWS specifically. This conversation led to the formation of a student organization – first. – as a forum for first-generation and low-income students to find...
Jun 26, 2018
Greetings from Princeton. Each year, the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) plays host to countless speakers, conferences and events. And while our summer programming is - by comparison - slower, we still work hard to keep educating the next generation of policy leaders. One of our flagship programs, the Junior Summer Institute (JSI), has just welcomed its 32nd cohort to campus. Since 1985, save one year, the WWS has hosted a JSI as part of its proud...
Aug 8, 2017
*/ Thirty-four rising college seniors from 13 states and three countries participated in the annual PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School, a seven-week intensive program on public policy. Their studies culminated in oral presentations of their policy research to panels of distinguished practitioners. Full story here.
Jul 24, 2017
The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy provided different models of leadership, which some argue are needed today. In this episode, Professor Julian Zelizer interviews Steven Levingston, nonfiction editor at...
Jul 17, 2017
President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has dominated national political debates, especially in Congress and the White House. Benjamin Wittes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, joins this episode of Politics & Polls to...
Jul 13, 2017
From hosting an Auction to weighing in on the Zika virus, the 2016-17 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School was both productive and exciting! The Woo family tuned in to a new podcast series, supported local charities, and learned from the experiences and expertise of many high-profile figures in public policy. Take a look back at these and many more of our highlights from the year. Story in Issu: https://issuu.com/woodrowwilsonschool/docs/...
May 23, 2017
*/ Climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer and ecologist David Wilcove teamed up to explore a range of environmental concerns through a policy lens in the spring course “The Environment: Science and Policy.” Full story here.
Jan 18, 2017
Princeton University’s fall break offers students a week away from the classroom, and Woodrow Wilson School graduate students enrolled in a policy workshop use the time to travel the globe researching real-world policy and observing practical application of the lessons they’ve learned on campus. In fall 2016, students in Ethan Kapstein’s graduate policy workshop focused on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The class, “Ensuring the Long...
Jul 22, 2016
Candidates for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs usually enter the School's degree programs with real-world professional experience. Students with military backgrounds also bring a global viewpoint of the effect public policy has on the ground. Their leadership and experience in the field enriches classroom conversations. Full Story Here.
Jul 11, 2016
Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their work, highlight one or two favorite books, and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, television binge-watching) lists in our second annual "Spinal tap" feature. On Wilson School Dean Cecilia Rouse's summer reading list: Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books and the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. Full Story Here.
Jul 1, 2016
In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Could we see another landslide like this in 2016? Or does today’s political environment make that impossible? Tune in to the first episode of "Politics and Polls” as Professors Julian E. Zelizer and Sam Wang debate this issue and more. Full Podcast here.
Jun 13, 2016
Angus Deaton has been named a Knight Bachelor “for his services to research in economics and international affairs.” The honor entitles him to be known as Sir Angus, or Sir Angus Deaton, and was announced as part of the Queen’s official birthday honours list. Full Story Here.
Addressing Economic Hardships in Rural America Could Help Control Drug Epidemic, Wailoo Tells Congress
Jun 9, 2016
America’s drug epidemic could be better controlled by addressing the economic hardships facing rural America, Princeton University’s Keith Wailoo said at a recent Congressional briefing. The country must also consider how best to treat those suffering from chronic pain. Full Story Here.
Jun 2, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson School awarded 83 graduate students and 144 undergraduate students with degrees at its May 31 Commencement and through the 2015-16 academic year. The Wilson School congratulates the five Ph.D. students, 60 Master in Public Affairs (MPA) students and 18 Master in Public Policy (MPP) students who graduated. Full Story Here.
Jun 1, 2016
Cecilia Rouse, dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, was among the four Harvard University alumni to receive the Centennial Medal on May 25. Full Story Here.
May 25, 2016
This text is available in English and Spanish. Scroll down for the Spanish translation. El artículo está disponible en inglés y español. Desplacé el cursor hasta abajo para la versión en Español. Latinos in the United States typically live longer than whites — a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “Hispanic Paradox” or “Latino Mortality Advantage.” While not totally understood, these epidemiological findings have interested scholars, mostly...
May 19, 2016
Concern for the health and well-being of others has long been a driving force for Marlise Pierre-Wright '12, MPA '16. As a Princeton University undergraduate student, this passion led her to assume several leadership roles on campus, including serving as a Healthy Minds peer advisor and a member of the Student Health Advisory Board. Full Story.
May 13, 2016
Growing up, Kevin McGinnis ’11, MPA ’15, never imagined he’d someday be advising the U.S. Secretary of Defense on national security policy and overseas military basing. Full Story Here.
May 11, 2016
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future. Death rates have declined among children and young adults in the poorest counties in the United States, according to the study published in Science. These children may be more likely to be healthier as they grow older, regardless of the poverty level where they live, the...
May 10, 2016
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference led to a historic agreement, in which 195 nations promised to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions. Questions still remain, however, as to how the global community will develop action plans to implement the agreement that are both scientifically and politically feasible. Three graduate students from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School chose to tackle these questions as part of a day-...
May 9, 2016
Princeton Research Day, held May 5, was a celebration of the research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The campus-wide event served as an opportunity for researchers and artists to share their work with the community and included research from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and humanities, with talks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations, digital...
Former President and CEO of NAACP to Join the Woodrow Wilson School as Visiting Professor and Lecturer
Apr 14, 2016
Benjamin Todd Jealous, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and current partner at Kapor Capital - where he has been an adviser for multiple tech startups working to close gaps of access, opportunity and participation for everyday Americans - will serve as the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at...
Apr 5, 2016
A group of undergraduate and graduate students traveled to the coast of Normandy, France over spring break to explore the the D-Day Invasion of World War II. The trip was led by the Center for International Security Studies and organized by Travis Sharp, a Ph.D. student at WWS and director of the center's Student Education Initiative program. View Photos Here. All photos were taken by Katherine Elgin, a Ph.D. student at WWS.
Mar 23, 2016
Accessing potable water in rural Morocco was an ordeal that damaged public health and kept many girls too busy for school. With the implementation of targeted reforms, the percentage of rural Moroccans with some access to potable water has soared from 61 percent in 2004 to 94 percent today. The latest case study produced by Innovations for Successful Societies explores the reforms which have brought water to 12 million Moroccans, allowing young...
Mar 15, 2016
People in the workplace may adjust their behavior to break stereotypes about themselves or match the stereotypes of others -- even if it means playing dumb or giving the cold shoulder, a Princeton University study finds. Full Story.
Mar 10, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Liman Fellows! Full story here.
Mar 3, 2016
Voters in 12 states solidified two front-runners in the presidential campaign: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who are both looking ahead to November. Full Story.
Mar 1, 2016
Participants in last fall's graduate Policy Workshop, "Building Ties with Former Enemies," met with officials from the U.S. State Department and the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2015, to present recommendations designed to advance the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. Full Story.
Feb 23, 2016
Princeton's Global Health Program (GHP) serves as a hub for students interested in tackling some of the most pressing health-related issues of our time. Full Story.
Feb 19, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected three students as the 2015 and 2016 Richard H. Ullman Fellows. This fellowship allows recipients to engage in a one-year, career-defining practitioner experience in the field of international affairs. Full Story.
Feb 5, 2016
The world’s nuclear enrichment programs should be under international control to prevent the development of nuclear weapons after the new arms deal with Iran expires in 10 to 15 years, said Frank von Hippel, a senior Princeton University research physicist and a former security advisor during the Clinton Administration. Full Story Here.
Feb 4, 2016
Jacob Shapiro, associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton Universitys Woodrow Wilson School, has been named winner of the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award by the International Studies Association. Full Story.
Jan 25, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson School has many centers and programs, one being the Center for Information Technology. Here is their blog, Freedom To Tinker, that discusses digital technologies in public life. Visit Blog.
Jan 21, 2016
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision. This decision stated that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. This has also been extended to include for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations. On todays anniversary we look at Martin Gilens work on affluence and influence. Full Story.
Jan 20, 2016
WHO reports that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that plagued that region for the last two years is nearing the end. Princeton examined this issue in-depth at a conference in Dublin: View Story Here.
Jan 11, 2016
On the second floor of Lewis Thomas Lab at Princeton University, researchers are working to better understand the complex interactions between environmental conditions and human DNA. At the University of Michigan, researchers are using magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds. And researchers at Stony Brook University are examining what affects sleep patterns among such teenagers. These...
Jan 7, 2016
Curbing school bullying has been a focal point for educators, administrators, policymakers and parents, but the answer may not lie within rules set by adults, according to new research led by Princeton University. Instead, the solution might actually be to have the students themselves, particularly those most connected to their peers, promote conflict resolution in school. Full Story.
Dec 14, 2015
A Dec. 11 article in The New York Times, “China’s Emissions Pledges Are Undercut by Boom in Coal Projects Abroad,” cited the research of Phillip Hannam MPA ‘15, a doctoral candidate in the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP). The article discusses how Chinese state enterprises continue to build coal-fired plants throughout Asia, even as that country has pledged to stop the growth of its own...
Dec 11, 2015
Two doctoral candidates at the Woodrow Wilson School, Alex Bollfrass MPA '12 and Andrew Shaver MPA '12, co-authored this Dec. 9 article published by the Council on Foreign Relations. Citing the work of Wilson School Professors Alan Krueger and Jacob Shapiro, the writers conclude that "the West can take in refugees without jeopardizing its national security." Read the article here.
Dec 9, 2015
While producing the annual Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) is no small task, a review of this year’s 26th edition clearly reveals a publication worthy of the time and effort involved. Preparing the journal necessitated bringing together, over the course of a long winter “reading weekend” on the Princeton University campus, 47 editors, all graduate students representing 17 member schools in the Association of Professional...
Nov 23, 2015
A group of Woodrow Wilson School students took part in a crisis simulation in which “senior officials” across the Asia-Pacific region confronted two significant challenges: a clash between China and the Philippines brewing in the South China Sea and the prospect of serious instability on the Korean peninsula. Full Story Here.
Nov 19, 2015
Gary Bass, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, won the Ramnath Goenka Award for best nonfiction book for “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide.” Full Story Here.
Nov 12, 2015
Ms. Case is far more than a wife and a researcher. She is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, one of the leading health economists of her generation, and has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. She is also the first author of the mortality study. Full Story Here.
Nov 9, 2015
Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University, emeritus, and professor of molecular biology public affairs, has been named to a national commission under the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that will examine how to better the delivery of higher education in the future. Full Story.
Oct 29, 2015
Richard Rogerson, the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been named the winner of the 8th R.K. Cho Economics Prize by Yonsei University. Full Story.
Oct 23, 2015
Sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), the Sept. 18 symposium featured the work of students who conducted research projects and participated in summer internships sponsored by the global health and U.S. health policy programs. The event, which was held in partnership with campus organizations including International Internship Program (IIP), Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS), Princeton in Asia (PiA), the Community-...
Oct 22, 2015
Martin Gilens, a professor of politics, and faculty associate at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics has been inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' 235th Class of Members. Full Story.
Oct 13, 2015
"Nobel laureates don't normally come from public policy schools. ... This is the third Nobel Prize that has come from WWS. ... This is like a Nobel Prize for the Woodrow Wilson School, and that's a truly wonderful thing." -Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Oct 8, 2015
Three new professors joined the faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at the start of the 2015-16 year. Read the full story here.
Oct 5, 2015
Economist Janet Currie uses the methods of an economist, her analytical skills and an openness to new ideas to offer important insights into the health and well-being of children. Read the full story here.
Sep 15, 2015
Last spring semester Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world. Aiming to reach a global audience, Widner made the online class available through NovoEd, a massive open...
Sep 10, 2015
After a visit to Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Richard Horton wrote that in Princeton, he found "a university not at all relaxed about its present or its future," but rather "an institution anxious to make an impact." With its latest addition — a new, fully revamped online portal connecting all things global health — Princeton is showing just how much it aims to...
Aug 25, 2015
It took less than two months at the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the Woodrow Wilson School in 1995 for Gilbert Collins, MPA ‘99 – then a rising undergraduate senior at Harvard University – to change his career focus. “I was a political science and government major, and I thought I wanted to go to law school,” Collins said. “My interests completely changed after attending the Junior...
Aug 13, 2015
At the end of each summer, a group of Wilson School students immerse themselves in the ins and outs of the financial market. Now in its sixth year, the intensive three-day “Short-Course: Financial Markets for Public Policy Professionals” provides a framework for second-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) students to understand the operations of financial institutions, the economic purposes they serve and the...
Aug 6, 2015
In mid-June, 29 rising college seniors cut their summer breaks short and set up shop at the Woodrow Wilson School. The undergraduates in this year’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) class hailed from 24 U.S. colleges and universities, representing 16 states and 14 majors. The seven-week program prepares students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. Students are admitted to JSI based on a demonstrated commitment...
Aug 4, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson School is home to centers and programs organized around a range of policy-relevant issues. They focus research efforts, host seminars, and bring to campus distinguished scholars and practitioners throughout the academic year. Recently, an anonymous donation was made to create the Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton, enabling the University to strengthen its leading...
Jul 21, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson School faculty generates research upon which sound public policy is based. This makes for a thriving academic community, and also shapes dialogue in the classroom and among active graduate students. Thoughtful and analytic conversation and debate is essential to the fabric of the program, as well as a successful career in public policy. The WWS Reacts series chronicles the real-time reactions to current events from Wilson...
Jul 16, 2015
The Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School prepares non-Princeton undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. JSI provides participants with the tools for critical thinking, speaking, writing and quantitative reasoning, and with the skills and experiences necessary to create, analyze, implement, evaluate and affect policy in a...
Jul 7, 2015
"WooCast," a new podcast series produced by the Woodrow Wilson School, will feature experts weighing in on current issues in the policy arena. In the first episode, health historian Keith Wailoo shows how past epidemics provide powerful lessons for the current Ebola crisis. Do you have a podcast idea? Please submit your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wailoo, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs, is a panelist at...
Jun 17, 2015
Today we wanted to give a shout-out to another blog: HistPhil, launched this week by Wilson School Professor Stanley N. Katz and fellow historians Benjamin Soskis and Maribel Morey, Ph.D. '13. This new blog focuses on the history of philanthropy and places a particular emphasis on how history can shed light on contemporary philanthropic issues and practice. The blog will bring together scholars, foundation leaders, and philanthropists in common...
Jun 16, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson School is spearheading this year's Princeton-Fung Global Forum Nov. 2-3, 2015, in Dublin, Ireland. Designed to bring together colleagues from around the world, this year's forum will examine global health, using the current Ebola crisis as a critical case study of a modern plague. Several keynote speakers will help to frame the current crisis, and the panels will use the Ebola crisis as a framing mechanism to examine aspects...
Jun 4, 2015
This spring semester Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world. Aiming to reach a global audience, Widner made the online class available through NovoEd, a massive open...
Mar 2, 2015
Alan Blinder Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs You can have the greatest research in the world. But unless you have smart, well-educated, and well-intentioned public servants—both elected and appointed—to carry out the policies, all that research will do society little good. That, to me, is where the Woodrow Wilson School’s educational mission comes in.
Dec 2, 2014
As a part of the WWS policy workshop, “Elections in Fragile States,” I got an opportunity to travel with nine of my classmates to Myanmar to assess the preparations for the upcoming elections. The 2015 elections are critical to Myanmar’s democratic transition, and it was an incredible opportunity for us to observe this critical juncture in Myanmar’s history. We met a range of stakeholders, including the Government Union Election Commission, ...
Oct 3, 2014
During the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to participate in Princeton’s Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute. The PPIA program looks for applicants from various backgrounds interested in public policy. The fellowship provides students with round-trip transportation, room and board, and a summer stipend. When I was applying to PPIA, I knew I was interested in pursuing a career in public service. However, I...
Aug 5, 2014
MPA. MPP. MPA (again). MPH. So what exactly is a master's degree in public and international affairs? Put simply, it is a course of study that will prepare you to think critically, to analyze and solve policy problems and to become an impactful leader for the public good. Flexible programs allow you to tailor a curriculum to your interests and sometimes even earn a joint degree in another discipline. While programs will vary by institution,...
Jul 28, 2014
As a Los Angeles native, adjusting to life as a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School was tough. The curriculum was rigorous and getting used to the weather was challenging (I had to learn how to shop for the appropriate jackets, socks, and ear muffs!). I missed home, and as someone that was committed to public service, I also searched for opportunities to volunteer, and to give back to Latino and African American communities. I tried...
Jul 7, 2014
This summer I’m working with the office of the UN Resident Coordinator to Somalia, which plays a strategic planning and coordination function for the UN Somalia Country Team, a set of more than twenty UN agencies working in Somalia. It’s a very exciting time to be in this office: Somalia is undergoing positive political change, experiencing some gains in security and governance, and the international community is beginning to increase its...
Jun 27, 2014
As I picked up my registration packet at this year’s "A Gathering of Leaders" conference in Oakland, CA, I couldn’t help but laugh when I glanced down at my name tag. “Ricky Hurtado, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink” it read. It felt a little strange to be with my new PolicyLink co-workers, preparing for a week’s worth of energizing and challenging dialogue around the work supporting boys and men of color across the...
Jun 4, 2014
In June 2013, I welcomed the 27th cohort of rising undergraduate seniors from across the country to our Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA/JSI) program for students interested in public policy. Thirty –five students, hailing from 28 colleges and universities, were here for the seven-week program. 2013 PPIA/JSI CLASS - WOODROW WILSON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS At the welcome event, one student...
May 27, 2014
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests. From the moment students arrive during Math Camp, Ann Corwin, director of Career Services and Alumni...
May 13, 2014
Shirley Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University, will be joining the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as a joint faculty member with the Department of Molecular Biology. “We are thrilled to have Professor Tilghman join our faculty,” said Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Wilson School. “Science is integral to public policy, and Professor Tilghman’s research and scholarship in the field of molecular biology and...
Apr 21, 2014
Meet the Woodrow Wilson School graduate faculty, most of whom have dual appointments with other departments within the University. Through their innovative research and expertise, WWS faculty members equip students with the analytical skill and knowledge necessary to take on complex policy issues.
Apr 14, 2014
One of the first decisions you’ll be faced with at Princeton—after you decide which drawer will be the silverware drawer, select the color of your new comforter from Ikea and pick which intramural sports to sign up for—is which track of quantitative classes to take. As Dan’s earlier post mentioned, quantitative classes come in three flavors at the Woo. B-track classes are designed for students who haven’t taken a math class in awhile and D-...
Apr 7, 2014
I’m not the most quantitatively inclined person. I took only one economics class in college and was just a few courses shy of a quadruple major in Sociology, Spanish, Black Studies and History. After college, I taught social studies and coached soccer at a high school in Mississippi and then worked at a food pantry in East Harlem. One of the more surprising aspects of coming to Princeton was that I wasn’t alone in the lack of quantitative...
Mar 31, 2014
“So what are you doing next?”… It’s the dreaded question that looms as you’re nearing the end of a diplomatic posting. After 7 years working across three UK government departments in two countries, I realized that I wanted a new challenge. Busy jobs had left me little time to think strategically about what I'd learned, what I wanted from my career, and what I might do next. With this in mind, I applied to the MPP program (designed specifically...
Mar 10, 2014
When I started the Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program at the Woodrow Wilson School, I had no intention of getting involved in WWS’ student government, called the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC). I had not done anything like that as an undergrad and I figured plenty of my classmates would be far more politically inclined than I am. I am not a terribly competitive person, so the idea of running for office—albeit for our school’s rather...
Dec 5, 2013
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Sep 18, 2013
You may have already heard about our international travels as students at the Woodrow Wilson School, often generously supported by the Woo. To encourage foreign language study, the school provides language scholarships to students seeking to learn a language. The stipends can be used in the United States for classes and tutoring, or for language study abroad. This past summer, students traveled around the world to learn languages, from Spanish...
Apr 21, 2013
Written by Marco De Leon Before my time at the Woodrow Wilson School, I spent my days working on Capitol Hill. While I never directly handled the issue of health care for any Member of Congress, my time in government was nonetheless dominated by the issue. From the agenda-setting politics of the presidential primaries to the protracted and contentious congressional negotiations, any other legislative priorities had to be seen with an eye on the...
Apr 13, 2013
One of the special things about the Woodrow Wilson School’s policy programs is that they offer tremendous cross-pollination opportunities between fields. WWS has four academic fields of specialization: International Relations (I) Development Studies (II) Domestic Policy (III) Economics & Public Policy (IV). WWS also offers four certificates, including: Demography (OPR) Health and Health Policy (HHP) Science, Technology & Environmental...
Apr 11, 2013
Last week Anne-Marie Slaughter announced she will be leaving the Woodrow Wilson School to serve as President of the New America Foundation, a D.C. based non-partisan think tank. Professor Slaughter was the first woman to hold the position of Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School from 2002 – 2009. In 2009 she took leave from the School for two years to serve as the first woman to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning at the State...
Apr 9, 2013
A group picture of the WWS and LSE students who participated in the conference. Written by Cheryl Cooper As the United States and Europe continue to recover from the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many pressing policy questions have yet to be decided: Is austerity in Europe achieving its goals? What is the future of global financial regulation? What role should government institutions play in the recovery? These and many more issues must be...
Apr 7, 2013
WWS 501: the Politics of Public Policy serves as a rite of passage for your first semester as an M.P.A. at the Woodrow Wilson School. The key feature of the course includes the almost weekly memorandums covering an array of political considerations when considering proposals confronted by policymakers on a daily basis. The class brings multiple perspectives, with Woodrow Wilson faculty members from both subjects of international relations and...
Mar 26, 2013
Members of the Wilson School Graduate Admissions Office social media team sat down with Dean Cecilia Rouse to hear her vision for the school and what she thinks distinguishes the school’s policy programs from its peer institutions. Find out what she has to say! 2 Minutes with Dean Rouse from WWS Admissions on Vimeo. Transcript: I’ve been on the faculty of Princeton for many years so I’m really an academic, but I’m drawn to academics, I’m...
Mar 25, 2013
Launched in 2009, the Woodrow Wilson School’s “Leadership and Governance Program,” brings prominent public policy leaders to the School who are unable to spend a full semester or academic year on campus, but can visit for a shorter period of time. While on campus the “distinguished visitor” delivers a public lecture, meets informally with individuals or small groups of students, and participates in classroom discussions. Kidus reflects on Robert...
Mar 11, 2013
Five Woos took time out from studying for midterms and headed to Union Beach, NJ, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. It’s been five months since the hurricane hit and New Jersey communities are still dealing with its aftermath.
Mar 1, 2013
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