How to Build Momentum in a Personal Statement
The personal statement must “smell authentic” meaning that it could never be possible to confuse it with any other applicant. To be compelling, your story must be told with humility while also highlighting your strengths and leadership. Begin your personal statement by telling your story of public service and your contributions to the public good. Define your passion for specific policy issues and...
The Dec. 15 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2018 is quickly approaching. The admissions office will post short reminders of what applicants should include as they complete their applications. Check back for more reminders and tips.
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By virtue of the small class sizes of the MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. cohorts, admission to each program is competitive; in crafting a diverse class each year, it becomes...
Photographers are often on the front lines of war, risking their lives to document deadly conflict zones. One such photojournalist is Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French-American photographer who was captured and held hostage by Syrian rebels in 2013. In this episode, Alpeyrie describes his 81 days of being bound, blindfolded, and beaten — an experience that forced him to question the value and risks of his career.
In episode #66, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang take a look back at the past year and analyze all that has unfolded since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Podcast here
Other recent episodes include:
Episode #65: Alaskan Politics with Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham; Speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives)
Episode #64: Congressional Races in 2018
As a Princeton University undergraduate, Alisa Tiwari '14 evaluated New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program for her senior thesis. With a background in domestic policy, African-American studies, and urban studies, and drawing on her coursework in politics, policy analysis, and statistics, she spent countless hours analyzing police data, reviewing the relevant legal issues, and considering the perspectives of both officers and...
Leading conservative thinker David Frum was one of the earliest and most prominent conservative voices to come out in opposition to President Donald Trump. A CNN contributor and senior editor at The Atlantic, Frum said in a public radio interview that Trump “is shattering the safeguards that protect democracy.”
In this episode, Julian Zelizer interviews Frum about being a conservative in the age of Trump.
This episode is about one of Sam Wang’s favorite topics: gerrymandering.
Wang visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 to hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan gerrymandering.
In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Wang discuss the case, Wang’s day in D.C. and whether this case could potentially put guardrails on the partisan gerrymandering process.
Reports indicate that President Donald Trump plans to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal on grounds that Iran hasn’t lived up to the agreement. The news comes ahead of a looming Oct. 15 deadline, on which day the Trump administration must certify to Congress that Iran is adhering to the deal.
We teased out the details of decertification and what the Iran nuclear deal means in terms of a broader U.S. strategy with two physicists at Princeton’s...
Are identity politics hurting the Democratic Party? Some argue Democrats have strayed away from core economic issues, favoring religion, race, sexuality, gender or social background (to name a few) to form their political alliance – thereby undercutting the party’s effectiveness.
Joining this episode is an author who has written extensively on the rise of identity politics: Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University and...
President Donald Trump released a nine-page outline of a tax plan last week, which included proposed tax cuts for corporations and individuals.
While many details are missing from the plan, we discussed the proposed framework with esteemed economist Alan Blinder.