Teaching Faculty

Robertson Hall

Sociology Faculty

Kathryn Edin

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs: Co-Director, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy

151 Wallace Hall
Homepage: https://sociology.princeton.edu/people/kathryn-edin

Edin is one of the nations's leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. A qualitative and mixed-methods researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don't more go to work? Why do they end up as singel mothers in the first place? Where are teh fathers and why do they disengage from their children's lives? How have the lives of single mothers changes as a result of welfare reform? The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men and children.
Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and was a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the Academy of Social Insurance in 2017 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.
Jennifer Jennings
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs: Director, Education Research Section

159 Wallace Hall

Jennifer Jennings studies racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in educational and health outcomes. A Princeton alumna who majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received a certificate in Teacher Prep., she returned to Princeton in 2017 as faculty in the Department of Sociology and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She recieved a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University and served on the faculty at New York University.

Politics Faculty

Tali Mendelberg
John Work Garrett Professor in Politics

210 Fisher Hall
Homepage: https://politics.princeton.edu/people/tali-mendelberg

Tali Mendelberg is also the director of the Program on Inequality at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. 

Her book, The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and teh Norm of Equality (Princeton University Press, 2001), won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the United States during the prior year on government, politics, or international affairs."

Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Princeton University Center for Human Values, and The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Her areas of specialization are political communication; gender; race; class; public opinion; political psychology; and experimental methods.

Andreas Wiedemann
Assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs

243 Corwin Hall
Website: https://www.abwiedemann.com/

Andreas Wiedemann is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He studies the comparative political economy of advanced democracies, focusing on financial markets, wealth inequality, and social policies. His research combines large panel and administrative datasets with statistical and experimental methods. In his book manuscript, he explores the political causes and consequences of household debt, showing how the interaction of welfare states and credit regimes shapes patterns of indebtedness across OECD countries. In other ongoing projects, he studies the political determinants of credit market expansion, the effects of wealth in general and debt in particular on economic insecurity, and the consequences of rising indebtedness on electoral behavior and political attitudes toward redistribution and the welfare state. The book is based on his dissertation, which has won the 2019 Gabriel A. Almond and the Ernst B. Haas dissertation awards from the American Political Science Association. Wiedemann’s work has been supported by the John Fell Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Krupp Foundation and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 2018.

Psychology Faculty

Susan Fiske
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology

2-N-14 Green Hall
Homepage: http://psych.princeton.edu/person/susan-fiske

“Our lab explores how power and competition create biases against out-groups. We work on research that includes a variety of levels: neural patterns, interpersonal interactions, societal stereotypes and cultural comparisons. For example, we have studied how stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships such as cooperation, competition and status.

“People easily categorize others, especially based on race, gender and age. Going beyond categorical prejudices—to learn about the individual person—requires motivation. Social relationships supply one form of motivation to individuate, and our work shows that being on the same team or depending on another person helps people go beyond stereotypes.

“Conversely, people in power are less motivated to go beyond their stereotypes. Our laboratory examines how a variety of relationships affect people forming impressions of others. Society's cultural stereotypes and prejudices also depend on relationships of power and interdependence. Group status and competition affect how groups are disliked and disrespected.

“From survey evidence, we analyze the content of group stereotypes based on race, gender, age, disability and income, the micro building blocks of institutional inequality.”

Economics Faculty

Marc Fleurbaey
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

178 JR Rabinowitz
Homepage: http://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/mfleurba

Marc Fleurbaey is Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. He has been an economist at INSEE (Paris), a professor of economics at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Pau (France), and a research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He has also been a Lachmann Fellow and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a research associate at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve) and the Institute for Public Economics (IDEP, Marseilles), and a visiting researcher at Oxford. He is a former editor of the journal Economics and Philosophyand as of 2012 is the coordinating editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, 2008). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity and responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory.