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Dean Rouse describes the WWS community as tight-knit and inclusive

Nov 27, 2019
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Dean Rouse

Dean Rouse describes the Woodrow Wilson School community as very tight-knit and inclusive. She supports our admission efforts to bring together a group of students with a desire and passion to change the world.

Watch the video to learn about how we approach public policy—through a disciplinary lens.

After the video, check out some WWS faculty quotes, where you will notice our constant themes: a commitment to public service and a desire to change the world.

As Dean Rouse states, the disciplinary method, for which the WWS is known, affords our students a rich tool kit of ideas, ways of thinking, and approaches. She says it best, “so that they are ready to address whatever problems the world poses tomorrow.”

From the graduate admissions team, Dean Rouse, our faculty and administration, thank you for your interest in our community. For those who choose to apply, we look forward to reading your application. Good luck.



WWS MPA students are a real pleasure to teach because they are hard-working, deep thinkers with a respect for scholarly research and commitment to putting knowledge to work in the policy arena.”
James Raymond Vreeland, Professor of Politics and International Affairs

I enjoy interacting with students who bring deep knowledge from their own public policy experiences and who really care about making the world a better place.
Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Policy Affairs, Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

I love teaching MPAs because many have experience in the developing world, they have their feet on the ground, and they want to do some good.
Atul Kohli, David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Professor of Politics and International Affairs

We give students powerful policy design and implementation tools; our graduates’ track record of using them to transform young people’s lives makes the Woodrow Wilson School the most inspiring place to teach.
Jennifer L. Jennings ’00, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Peer-learning is a hidden bonus in WWS courses. When we talk about a practical problem that arises in a case study, there is almost always someone in the room who can say “I was there and this is what happened…” or “let me explain how we approached this issue in my work.” 
Jennifer A. Widner, Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, Innovations for Successful Societies

I enjoy teaching here because the students combine diverse interests, backgrounds, and experiences with a shared concern for problems of policy.
Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs

I enjoy teaching in the WWS because of the opportunity to introduce students, coming from a range of backgrounds, to the deep historical roots, complex forces shaping, and methods for analyzing US public policy.
Keith A. Wailoo, Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs; Chair, Department of History

The implications of globalization for national welfare and the distribution of income are some of the most important questions of our time. International trade policy is an exciting field, and I enjoy the high levels of interaction and debate about this important set of issues with our outstanding MPAs.
Stephen Redding, Harold T. Shapiro ’64 Professor in Economics, Professor of Economics and International Affairs




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