Getting In:

Dec 7, 2017
Admissions Officers get asked all the time – “How do I get into your program/school?”  The short answer is we are looking for candidates who demonstrate a commitment to public service and an ability to learn what we teach.  Your application should showcase your professional and volunteer experiences, leadership, academic preparation, accomplishments, and strengths -- as they relate to a professional career in public service.  Therefore, we will...

2018 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement

Dec 5, 2017
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...

2018 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation

Dec 4, 2017
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.  Letters of Recommendation 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...

Catch Up with Politics & Polls! New Episode: Captivity and Survival in Syria

Nov 30, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
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. */ Link:

Catch Up with Politics & Polls! New Episode: A Year of Donald Trump

Nov 9, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
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

SINSI Spotlight: Alisa Tiwari '14, U.S. Department of Justice

Nov 2, 2017
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...

Politics & Polls #63: How to be a Conservative in the Age of Trump

Oct 24, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
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. */ Link:

Politics & Polls #62: Does Gerrymandering Leave Voters Without a Voice?

Oct 17, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
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. */ Link:...

WWS Reacts: Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 12, 2017
Published by: B. Rose Kelly
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...

Politics & Polls #61: Identity Politics & the Democratic Party

Oct 10, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
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...