Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs

421 Robertson Hall
Helene Wood
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  • Media and Politics
  • Celebrity Politics
  • Executive Branch
  • Public Opinion
  • Gender


Lauren A. Wright is Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on The Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication. Wright is the author of Star Power: American Democracy in the Age of the Celebrity Candidate (Routledge, 2019) and On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, 2016). A frequent guest political analyst, she has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Newsmax, where she is a regular contributor. Her research and commentary have been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA TodayThe San Francisco ChronicleGlamourThe AtlanticNewsweekU.S. News & World ReportThe Hill, and The Huffington Post. Wright graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University and received a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University with a concentration in American politics and political methodology. She is a board member of The White House Transition project and previously served as Field Representative for Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California.