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Message From the Dean

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Our Faculty Hellos, Goodbyes, and Congratulations Faculty Research Faculty Awards & Recognition Faculty Books WWS in the Policy Arena


Centers and Programs

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Our Students Master in Public Affairs Master in Public Policy Ph.D. in Public Affairs Undergraduate Policy Task Forces Graduate Policy Workshops Fellowship Programs

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Beyond the Classroom Student Organizations Public Affairs Public Service Internships Career Destinations


Summer Learning

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Special Projects Double Sights Reimagining Robertson


Telling the WWS Story

Introduction I am pleased to present the Woodrow Wilson School’s annual report, which presents an overview of the work covered in the past fiscal year. In the pages ahead, we highlight faculty work and awards as well as achievements by our centers and programs. We profile our students and their work in and out of the classroom, and showcase the many ways we tell the Woodrow Wilson School story. Finally, we provide an overview of upcoming changes to the School’s interior and exterior physical space.


I want to highlight one particular area of growth. In the past year, we have focused more intentionally on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). While I believe DEI has always been baked into the ethos of the School, in the past year we have worked to formalize our efforts. Much of the work highlighted below focuses on our graduate program, as undergraduate majors are served by the broader University. That said, ensuring that we are meeting our DEI goals benefits all students, staff, and faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Building Awareness and Understanding The School is working to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have a deep awareness and understanding of DEI issues. This has been done in a number of ways: establishment of a standing committee to oversee the School’s efforts, numerous workshops and trainings, and collaborations with the graduate student governing body. Last year 13 workshops were offered, including one mandatory, all-day workshop for MPA students.

Strengthening the Curriculum The School is working to diversify its faculty, and to better incorporate issues of DEI in core and gateway courses. A position was created in 2018 for a DEI postdoctoral research scholar who works with faculty teaching core and gateway 1

courses for the MPA program. Additional half-term courses focused on race were also added to the curriculum, including one taught by the research scholar.

Fostering a Supportive Community The role of Associate Director for Graduate Student Life and Diversity Initiatives was created in 2017 to, among other things, support efforts to build community. This includes convening informal and formal events, with the aim of providing a learning environment that is welcoming and supportive for all. Examples include weekly diversity dinners, social events, and mentoring opportunities. Graduate student organizations, always central to student life here at the School, have been added that focus primarily on diverse populations, from first-generation and lowincome students, to race, gender, and LGBTQ policy issues. The School continues to support an invitation-only Facebook group that was created so that graduate students could engage in open, safe communication on DEI issues.

Moving Forward The formal work on DEI will continue in the coming year. We have engaged a firm to help us articulate better the overall mission of the School and the vision for DEI in the coming decade. As we undertake a needed website overhaul, we will spend much time thinking about how we talk about DEI and how we continue to tell the WWS story more generally. I look forward to reporting on these efforts next year!



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Full-time Faculty

Visiting Professors, Lecturers, and Practitioners* *Includes faculty who teach in the WWS undergraduate program overseas


David S. Lee

Chemical Bank Chairman’s Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Stacey A. Sinclair

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Janet M. Currie Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Aaron L. Friedberg Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Keith A. Wailoo

Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs

Elke U. Weber

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Kathryn J. Edin

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Alexander Glaser

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs


NEW FACULTY Professors Frances E. Lee has joined the School as professor of politics and public affairs. Previously, she served on the faculty of the University of Maryland since 2004. Lee taught in the political science department at Case Western Reserve University from 1998 to 2003. She specializes in American governing institutions, especially the U.S. Congress. Lee earned a Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University in 1997.


Patrick T. Sharkey has joined the School as professor of sociology and public affairs. He came to Princeton from New York University, where he chaired the Department of Sociology and was an affiliated faculty member at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. An expert in urban inequality, crime, and violence, he also is scientific director at Crime Lab New York. He received a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University in 2007.

Assistant Professors Rebecca L. Perlman ’08 has joined the School as assistant professor of politics and international affairs. Her primary field of research is international political economy, with a focus on regulation, trade, and the role of international institutions. Perlman is expected to receive a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Andreas B. Wiedemann has joined the School as assistant professor of politics and international affairs. Previously, he was a postdoctoral prize research fellow in politics at the University of Oxford. His research concentrates on political economy and comparative politics of advanced democracies, focusing on financial markets, wealth inequality, and social policies. Wiedemann received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018.

DEPARTURES The following faculty members have departed Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School: Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War; Keren Yarhi-Milo, associate professor of politics and 5

international affairs; and Will S. Dobbie, assistant professor of economics and public affairs.

PROMOTIONS Alin I. Coman has been promoted to associate professor of psychology and public affairs after serving at the Woodrow Wilson School as an assistant professor since 2012. His research program is part of an emerging field in the social sciences aimed at connecting micro-level local dynamics (e.g., social influence) with large-scale social phenomena (e.g., the emergence of collective memories, emotions, and beliefs). Using experimental methods in conjunction with computer simulations and social network analysis, this research program is aimed at investigating complex social, cultural, and political phenomena. Coman earned a Ph.D. in cognitive, social, and developmental psychology in 2010 from the New School for Social Research in New York. Owen M. Zidar has been promoted to associate professor of economics and public affairs. Previously, he served at the Woodrow Wilson School as assistant professor during the 2018-19 academic year and as a visiting assistant professor during the 2017-18 academic year. Before coming to Princeton, Zidar was assistant professor of economics at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. A public finance economist, he studies the taxation of firms and top earners, local fiscal policy, and the creation and distribution of economic profits. Zidar earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.

TRANSFER TO EMERITUS STATUS R. Douglas Arnold, the William Church Osborn Professor of Public Affairs and professor of politics and public affairs, transferred to emeritus status. One of the nation’s leading congressional scholars, his broad research interests lie in

American politics, with special interests in congressional politics, national policymaking, representation, the mass media, and Social Security. Arnold joined the Princeton faculty in 1977, and, in addition to his teaching duties, he directed two graduate programs in the Woodrow Wilson School — first the Ph.D. program and then the MPA program. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1977.

RETIRING Stanley N. Katz, lecturer with rank of professor of public and international affairs and director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, has retired. Since arriving at the University in 1978, Katz has served as faculty chair of the undergraduate program; vice president, president, and board member of the Center for Jewish Life; and acting director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs. In 1994, he co-founded the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, which he has directed since 1998. In 2010, he was honored by former President Obama with a U.S. National Humanities Medal. Katz earned his Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University in 1961.

IN MEMORIAM The School honors the memory and legacy of the late Alan B. Krueger (1960-2019), James Madison Professor of Political Economy and founding director of the Princeton Survey Research Center; the late Robert George Gilpin Jr. (19312018), the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus; and the late James Trussell (1949-2018), Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus.


Physical assault during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, can increase the rate of babies born at very low birth weights (under 3.3 pounds) and very pre-term (fewer than 34 weeks gestation).

FACULTY RESEARCH The Woodrow Wilson School produces a number of stories to convey the work of the School. This includes research briefs, which are summary “translations” of faculty research. All are disseminated broadly to the media, policymakers, advocacy groups, academics, and alumni. The main findings of faculty research authored or co-authored over the past year follow.

Janet M. Currie

Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Militarized policing is ineffective in decreasing crime and protecting police and may actually weaken the public’s image of the police. Jonathan F. Mummolo

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs

Both guerilla forces and paramilitary groups in Colombia used violence to influence local officials to carry out their own policy preferences. The higher level of violence, the more taxes and property rights shifted in the direction of the group’s preferences. Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Public Affairs


Europe’s decision to promote the use of wood as a “renewable fuel” will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the world’s forests.

An adapted version of Google Trends shows that people search for conservation just as often as they do for climate change, suggesting the public’s interest in conservation may be rising.

Timothy D. Searchinger

David S. Wilcove

Research Scholar, Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute

China’s use of coal-based synthetic natural gas may increase carbon emissions and water demand, especially in regions that already have high per capita carbon emissions and water scarcity.

Future sea level rise poses serious threats to the viability of coastal communities but is challenging to predict. A new model provides a better way to measure these increasing waters — and their risks.

Denise L. Mauzerall

Michael Oppenheimer

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute

The flu sickens millions of people each year. The more people a city has and the more organized its residents’ movement patterns, the longer its flu season is apt to last.

Hispanics experience significant racial discrimination in the rental housing market in New York City. Compared to whites, Hispanics are 28% less likely to have a potential landlord return their calls about housing and 49% less likely to receive a rental offer at all.

Bryan T. Grenfell

Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs

C. Jessica E. Metcalf

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs

Andrew Guess

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs


Listening to someone repeating a belief increases the believability of the statement, especially if the person listening might believe it already. For those who haven’t committed to particular beliefs, hearing correct information can override the myths.

A small percentage of Americans shared links to so-called “fake news” sites on Facebook. Those who did were more likely to be over the age of 65.

Alin I. Coman

Andrew Guess

Policymakers and researchers have underestimated the effect that changes in land management and people’s diets would have on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The inefficient use of land for agriculture and even alternativefuel production greatly increases greenhouse gas emissions.

Thousands of firms and businesses manage to operate in some of the world’s most conflict-intensive settings — like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq — but their growth is stunted by insecurity.

Timothy D. Searchinger

Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Research Scholar, Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

The insecurities people have of a changing America may be unwarranted. With time, people can adapt to societal diversity and actually benefit from it. Those in power set the tone for integrating people into a new society. Douglas S. Massey

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs


Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs

Ethan B. Kapstein Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Many blame idle millionaires for the rise in income inequality, but today’s top earners are actually the “working rich.” Most top income comes from “pass-through” businesses wherein profits and losses are passed through the owners themselves. Owen M. Zidar

Associate Professor of Economics

A policymaking process needs to respond quickly to new information in order to prevent extinction for hundreds of animals and plants. It’s absolutely critical that policymakers allow science to inform a speedy protection process. David S. Wilcove

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs

The trade war has resulted in substantial losses for the United States: U.S. importers and consumers experienced $12.3 billion in added tax costs and $6.9 billion from reduced imports that otherwise would have been purchased at a lower price without tariffs. Stephen J. Redding

Racial bias may play a role in how students are disciplined across U.S. schools. Pairing two sets of data — one on racial bias and another on disciplinary reports in schools — black students appear to experience higher rates of suspension, expulsion, in-school arrests, and law enforcement referrals than whites. The gap was larger in counties with more reports of racial bias. Stacey A. Sinclair

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Hospital-born infections are a significant problem in the U.S. Hospitals could strengthen preventative measures against these infections, especially in multi-hospital areas, if government subsidies matched the amount spent on infection control.

Harold T. Shapiro ’64 Professor in Economics and Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Bryan T. Grenfell

A star-studded Nigerian movie about corruption — and a subsequent textmessaging campaign to combat government graft — led a record number of citizens in Nigeria to report acts of corruption.

The socioeconomic factors driving America’s growing inequality gap were already in motion prior to the Great Recession. The shock of the recession likely aggravated the situation as economic distress increased.

Elizabeth Levy Paluck

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs

Noreen Goldman Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs


Many of today’s fertilizers are not environmentally friendly. To reduce pollution and save billions of dollars in damages, the U.S. should require manufacturers to sell nitrogen fertilizer with compounds designed to increase their efficiency and reduce pollution. Timothy D. Searchinger

Research Scholar, Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

Compared to on-the-ground fieldwork, bioacoustics, which are recordings of entire soundscapes, including animal and human activity, is relatively inexpensive and produces powerful conservation insights. David S. Wilcove

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Given the immediate and significant human health benefits, it would be economically sound to quickly and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. Marc Fleurbaey

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



Janet M. Currie President, American Society of Health Economists Member, National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award, NOMIS Foundation


Rafaela M. Dancygier Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award, American Political Science Association - “Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics” Sir Angus S. Deaton Honorary Degree, Cambridge University Great Immigrant, Carnegie Corporation of New York Will S. Dobbie 2019 Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Kathryn J. Edin Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Paul Frymer J. David Greenstone Book Prize, American Political Science Association - “Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion” Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Political Sociology Section Book Award, Section in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association


Noreen Goldman Vice President, Population Association of America Patricia A. Kirkland Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award, Urban and Local Politics Section, American Political Science Association Stephen Kotkin Arthur Ross Book Award, Council on Foreign Relations “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941” Melissa M. Lee Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize, Theme: The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania Alexandre Mas Fellow, Society of Labor Economics Douglas S. Massey Member, Academia Europaea Sara McLanahan Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Robert J. Lapham Award, Population Association of America Helen V. Milner President-Elect, International Studies Association Member, National Academy of Sciences

Ashoka Mody PROSE Award, American Association of Publishers “EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts” Benjamin Moll Bernácer Prize, Observatorio del Banco Central Europeo Jonathan F. Mummolo Winner, 2018 Harold D. Lasswell Award, American Political Science Association Esteban A. Rossi-Hansberg Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize, Journal of Political Economy Marta Tienda Top 35 Women in Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Distinguished Leadership, Latino Leaders Magazine Keith A. Wailoo Fellow, Hastings Center Deborah J. Yashar Comparative Democratization (Section 35) 2019 Best Book Award, American Political Science Association “Homicidal Ecologies” New-York Historical Society, Distinguished Senior Fellow, 2018-2019 14

Information, Democracy, and Autocracy: Economic Transparency and Political (In)Stability Co-authored by: James R. Hollyer, B. Peter Rosendorff, and James Raymond Vreeland Rockonomics: What the Music Industry Can Teach Us About Economics (and Our Future) By: Alan B. Krueger EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts By: Ashoka Mody


Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy Co-authored by: Michael Oppenheimer, Naomi Oreskes, Dale Jamieson, Keynyn Brysse, Jessica O’Reilly, Matthew Shindell, and Milena Wazeck Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care By: Uwe E. Reinhardt Homicidal Ecologies By: Deborah J. Yashar Fault Lines: The History of the United States Since 1974 Co-authored by: Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer




This news-focused series features faculty who present their views about current events.

A Supreme Court With Kavanaugh Oct. 10, 2018

Paul Frymer

The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Oct. 25, 2018

Ryan C. Crocker and Daniel C. Kurtzer 2018 Midterm Elections Nov. 7, 2018

Charles M. Cameron, Brandice Canes-Wrone, Dara Strolovitch, and Ali Valenzuela


The Trump Administration’s Climate Change Report Nov. 28, 2018

Michael Oppenheimer and Denise L. Mauzerall Remembering President George H.W. Bush Dec. 5, 2018

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Lauren Wright, and Julian E. Zelizer Yellow Vest Protectors Cause Chaos in France Dec. 7, 2018

Sophie Meunier

Trump’s Border Wall, DACA, and “Chain Migration” Dec. 17, 2018

Marta Tienda


Following Texas Ruling, What’s Next for the ACA? Dec. 20, 2018

Heather Howard

The Brexit Plan Was Defeated. What’s Next? Jan. 16, 2019

Harold James

U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Jan. 31, 2019

Jacob N. Shapiro

Venezuela’s Leadership Crisis Feb. 5, 2019

Magaly Sanchez-R Israel Elections April 10, 2019

Daniel C. Kurtzer Restricting Abortions Across America May 24, 2019

Elizabeth M. Armstrong

Escalating Tensions Between U.S. and Iran June 21, 2019

Ryan C. Crocker

Federal Courts and Gerrymandering June 27, 2019

Nolan McCarty

“Britain won’t get out of its self-imposed dilemma under the leadership of Theresa May. Her prime ministership is effectively over, and there’s got to be a new government before Britain can really think about negotiating a really permanent way of how to relate to the European Union.” — Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs “The term ‘chain migration’ has been grossly mischaracterized in several media outlets to buttress claims that the family reunification sponsorship provision in U.S. immigration law leads to an endless supply of future immigrants. This is patently false.” — Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs “President George H.W. Bush embodied a value that seems to be vanishing from our nation: public service. Love or hate his politics, most politicians who worked with Bush valued his deep commitment to government.” — Julian E. Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs “The midterm elections have made America safe for messaging legislation. House Democrats can try to raise the minimum wage, repeal and replace the tax cut, and pass ethics legislation without worry of any consequences from surly reality. Similarly, the Senate Republicans are free to try and fund the wall, cut taxes yet again, and repeal Obamacare.” — Charles M. Cameron, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs “The United States and most other countries are far behind in addressing the problem of climate change — both in terms of emissions reductions of the greenhouse gases that are needed to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and also a comprehensive, ongoing effort to adapt to expected impacts.” — Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute 18


House Armed Services Committee March 6, 2019

Blair testified on the threats and possible solutions of handling nuclear weapons to prevent a nuclear war between the U.S. and other nations. Edward W. Felten

U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Oct. 11, 2018

Felten was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a bipartisan agency within the executive branch. Aaron L. Friedberg

House Foreign Affairs Committee May 8, 2019

Friedberg testified on the strategies of the China Communist Party that compete with the U.S. and how the U.S. can protect itself politically and economically.


Faculty share their expertise with lawmakers through Congressional testimonies and advisory councils. Below is a list from last year.

Daniel C. Kurtzer

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security July 17, 2018

Kurtzer testified on the status of Golan Heights, a strategically significant area that Israel occupied from Syria as a result of the Six-Day War, also known as the June War or the 1967 Arab–Israeli War. Jonathan Mayer

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board May 31, 2019

Mayer testified on the threats posed by rogue cell-site simulators, which can unlawfully intercept cellular calls, texts, and data as well as track cell phones. Michael Oppenheimer

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on the Environment April 9, 2019

Oppenheimer testified on how the understanding of climate change science has changed over time.




BENDHEIM-THOMAN CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON CHILD WELLBEING https://crcw.princeton.edu • CRCW’s proposal to conduct another round of interviews with children from the “Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study” (who are now 22 years old) is expected to be funded in summer 2019. • Kathryn J. Edin, professor of sociology and public affairs, is now director of the center, as well as coprincipal investigator of the “Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study” and the director of Princeton’s Joint Degree Program in Social Policy. • Edin is bringing three new projects to the center, all of which complement and expand its research agenda. These endeavors focus on economic mobility, poverty in America, and better understanding vulnerable U.S. communities.

CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL POLICY STUDIES https://culturalpolicy.princeton.edu • CACPS offered several lunch-time talks on cultural policy by local and visiting scholars. • The center supported several conferences on cultural heritage preservation and continues to warn people about the danger the wars in the Middle East, especially in Syria, have posed to antiquities. • Stanley N. Katz, director of the center, retired this year. He will continue to lead the center until July 1, 2020.


CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING https://chw.princeton.edu


• CHW supported over 100 undergraduates enrolled in the Global Health and Health Policy certificate program, and nine graduate students pursuing the Health and Health Policy certificate. The center facilitated internships and research opportunities for 98 students in 28 countries, establishing new institutional partnerships in New York, New Jersey, and India.

• CITP released two papers that it prepared at the request of the Carnegie Encryption Working Group to provide insight into future trends related to encryption policy. Edward W. Felten, director of the center (2007-2019) and Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, is a member of this working group.

• The center hosted five visiting research scholars and five postdoctoral fellows working on projects ranging from the relationship between sexual assault and undergraduate wellbeing, and the interaction of health insurance reform and the labor market. The center also sponsored a range of research initiatives by graduate students and affiliated faculty.

• Along with the University’s Center for Human Values, the center developed case studies addressing the various dimensions of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics by situating ethical dilemmas in real world scenarios. The first six case studies are available on the center’s website and another three are in production.

• The center co-sponsored a major conference on the future of American health care, in tribute to the late Uwe Reinhardt. Other events included a discussion with Surgeon General Jerome Adams, five global health colloquium talks, a documentary screening on medical relief in Sudan, two faculty mini-conferences, and numerous seminars.


• The center’s ongoing initiative to study consumer internet of things (IoT) security and privacy led to the development of a new IoT inspector tool.

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES https://ciss.princeton.edu • Twenty-seven of CISS’s undergraduate and graduate student fellows traveled throughout the Normandy region of France over spring break to reflect upon the significance of the landings that occurred there on June 6, 1944. They gave presentations, moderated discussions, and explored historic sites in Normandy and Paris. • More than 400 people attended the center’s annual conference, “A New Era of Great Power Competition?” The event convened experts on international security and foreign policy from academies, government, and research communities to discuss competition and cooperation between China, Russia, and the U.S. • Center students visited the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, to observe how the U.S. Army trains for conflict. Led by the inaugural U.S. Army War College Fellow Lt. Col. Peter Gilbert, students witnessed a live-fire exercise, toured the center, and spoke to highlevel officials about the role of training in strategy.

CENTER FOR POLICY AND RESEARCH ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT https://cpree.princeton.edu • C-PREE hosted 20 Bradford seminars featuring prominent researchers and practitioners in environmental and energy policy including Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and former New Jersey governor; Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist, World Wildlife Fund; Robert Bonnie, former under secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Ya-Wei (Jake) Li, director for biodiversity, Environmental Policy Innovation Center. • Center researchers published on a range of critical policy topics, including land-use changes to mitigate climate change, compound heat wave events, methane emissions from oil and gas wells, extreme flooding events related to sea level rise, and bioacoustics analysis to strengthen conservation efforts in Nature, Earth’s Future, Science of the Total Environment, Nature Communications, and Science. • The center’s faculty have influenced environmental policy through their research: giving testimony to Congress on the history of climate science; authoring special reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; identifying critical areas for conservation; influencing Chinese policy on coal and gas use in the residential and power sectors; and speaking on NPR about land use, food production, and climate change. 24

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC POLITICS https://csdp.princeton.edu • CSDP launched two major research and policy initiatives: oo “Congress and U.S. Political Institutions in an Age of Mistrust” provides insight into the causes and consequences of erosion in trust in the government, polarization, delegation of policymaking to the executive branch, and partisanship in judicial nominations and other appointments. oo “Economic Inequality in America and the Politics of Affluence” tackles questions at the core of our political age including: Do the affluent and non-affluent have different issue positions? Are the trade-offs between economic and cultural issues different? • In addition to weekly seminars, where scholars present research to a large group of faculty, fellows, and graduate students, the center’s spring series of research workshops focused on politics and YouTube, lobbying and institutional performance, democracy in the U.S., candidates and competition, and accountability and public policy.


EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF CONFLICT PROJECT https://esoc.princeton.edu • ESOC completed a study funded by the Department of International Development presenting evidence on the relationship between violent conflict and the industrial organization of firms and entrepreneurial decision-making in fragile states. • The project hosted its 10th annual meeting in San Diego, bringing together nearly 100 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss this year’s theme “Political Economy of Conflict Spaces.” The event was organized around a series of academic sessions around state capacity, crime, and violent extremism. • The project’s leadership published seven papers in peer-reviewed journals, including two based on its “Deterrence with Proxies” project, which is sponsored by the Minerva Research Initiative. The project continues to add to its working paper series for unpublished, high-impact project results, adding two more papers in the last fiscal year.

INITIATIVE FOR DATA EXPLORATION AND ANALYTICS https://wws.princeton.edu/centers-programs/initiative-dataexploration-and-analytics-ideas • Through a consulting engagement with Princeton’s Graduate School, IDEAS designed and conducted a series of analyses to uncover important trends in graduate school admissions across the University. It employed predictive modeling to identify patterns of yield and enrollment, ultimately providing valuable information to the dean of the Graduate School for strategic decision-making. • To create a source of data on faculty appointments that will support a host of academic research and administrative operational functions, the program completed two phases of data collection, obtaining snapshots in time of faculty and academic staff across disciplines and departments from approximately 280 top U.S. colleges and universities. • Launched this year, the Data Analytics Working Group (DAWG) meets quarterly, providing a venue through which more than 20 administrators who are actively engaged in the analysis of Princeton data to improve programming, decision-making, and reporting can share best practices and contribute toward the ongoing development of the University’s data ecosystem.

INNOVATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL SOCIETIES https://successfulsocieties.princeton.edu • ISS hosted a Washington, D.C., meeting, “Managing Public Finances: Country Perspectives and External Support in a Changing Landscape,” in May 2019 with New York University and the Overseas Development Institute. This work will later appear as an online course as well as in book form. • The program teamed up with colleagues at Princeton University and others to develop projects on conserving urban water resources, expanding access to municipal services for young families in violence-affected neighborhoods, and using technology to improve services. • The program published 17 research papers, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government published ISS Director Jennifer A. Widner’s study of interagency coordination to respond to the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak. Widner is a professor of politics and international affairs.


EDUCATION RESEARCH SECTION https://ers.princeton.edu


• Low-income families often lack information about their school options. To help families access highquality schools, ERS-affiliated faculty are working with urban school districts, including New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, to design and evaluate decision-support tools for parents and students. The project is “Helping Districts Improve School Choice Programs.”

• With an active group of more than 70 student associates, JRCPPF offered a robust program of curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as funding for research travel, summer internships, and student-led conferences. In addition to an undergraduate accounting course, the center organized its annual 3 ½-day course on financial markets, which enrolled 40 to 50 MPA/MPP students.

• The section’s conference, “Multisystem Approaches to Help Keep Children Out of the Justice System,” drew more than 200 local practitioners and showcased evidence-based approaches to reducing children’s criminal justice involvement, with an emphasis on how interagency collaboration can help achieve these goals. • The section’s interdisciplinary weekly seminar series provides faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students with a venue to present work in progress. This year, talks included scholars from economics, psychology, sociology, political science, and computer science.


• The center sponsored or co-sponsored more than 25 events this year. In the center’s new economic history workshop, Adam Tooze of Columbia University discussed his book, “Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.” The Economist magazine listed “Crashed” in its “Best Business and Economics Books of 2018,” as well as “Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society” by Glen Weyl, visiting research scholar, and “EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts” by Ashoka Mody, the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy. • Held 10 years after the financial crisis and co-sponsored by Microsoft Research, the center’s eighth annual conference explored new economic mechanisms to address issues of inequality, competition, and social organization. More than 100 people attended to hear from experts on blockchain, financial technology, financial decentralization, and innovative mechanism design.

KAHNEMAN-TREISMAN CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY https://behavioralpolicy.princeton.edu • In association with ideas42, KTC hosted the first “Behavioral Cities Summit,” convening municipal leaders from six North American cities to share how they have used behavioral science methodologies to evaluate and affect change in municipal processes and to discuss with center researchers how academics and practitioners can better collaborate. • The center launched “Langfeld Behavioral Science Residencies,” a series of multi-day residencies by out-ofthe-box thinkers utilizing behavioral insights to inform public policy. Inaugural resident Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions, shared her systems-based approach to ending homelessness and explored how this movement can be accelerated using behavioral science. • Dispelling myths about economic hardship in America is vital to developing effective policies to increase mobility from poverty. With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the center convened a group of academics, journalists, media experts, and data scientists who are mapping out both short-term and long-range narrative change strategies.

LIECHTENSTEIN INSTITUTE ON SELF-DETERMINATION https://lisd.princeton.edu • LISD held a fall seminar series, “Emerging Foreign and Security Dimensions,” divided into three modules, to discuss interstate and intrastate perspectives on selfdetermination, climate change and the environment, migration, and leadership challenges in the region spanning from Vancouver, Canada, to Vladivostok, Russia. • Student fellows involved with the institute’s project on “Gender in the Global Community” published a volume of research conducted over the course of the 2017-18 academic year — some in connection to course work, junior policy seminars, and senior theses, and others as stand-alone research papers. The volume focuses on conflict and sexual violence, political and social empowerment, and reproductive rights. • The institute launched the “Bridging Divides Initiative” to bring students, the academic community, and practitioners together to understand polarization in the U.S., including power and inequality, identity, violence, extremism, the role of the economy, and of media and misinformation. In April, Lecturer Nealin Parker MPA ’08 hosted a workshop on the basic tools used in conflict transformation for approaching divisive conversations.


NIEHAUS CENTER FOR GLOBALIZATION AND GOVERNANCE https://niehaus.princeton.edu • NCGG created a visiting research scholar position for the year and hired Daniel L. Nielson of Brigham Young University. He played a key supporting role in the development and execution of the center’s educational and research initiatives while pursuing his own research to design and execute initiatives aimed at enhancing scholarship in experimental research methods. • For the 15th year, the center continued its unique research opportunities offered to up-and-coming scholars through its fellowship programs. One-year research awards were awarded to 10 scholars after a competitive screening of more than 140 talented applicants. These opportunities are designed to promote basic research in the broad areas of international and comparative political economy, international organization and global governance, and globalization. • The center sponsored two international workshops. One was held in Singapore at the National University of Singapore on the political economy of global production networks. Another, held in Lucca, Italy, focused on antiglobalization backlash, bringing together diverse political science scholars to discuss and analyze why such a backlash has occurred across the developed world. 29

OFFICE OF POPULATION RESEARCH https://opr.princeton.edu • OPR Director Douglas S. Massey’s effort to present the facts about the border and immigration enforcement, which appeared on TruTV’s show “Adam Ruins Everything,” has now recorded more than 8.3 million downloads. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs. • Marta Tienda, the Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, presented papers from her teen relationship study, which used smart phone technology to collect data on the romantic relationships of 500 adolescents, at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. • Emeritus Professor of Sociology Thomas J. Espenshade’s “New Jersey Families Study” just completed data collection on 21 families selected to be diverse with respect to race, class, ethnicity, and family structure. This study, which seeks to determine how families build educational skills in their preschool children, includes 4,000 hours of in-home video plus additional survey and interview data.

PRINCETON SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER https://psrc.princeton.edu • SRC provided consultation on 10 faculty and postdoctoral research projects, 28 graduate student projects, 81 undergraduate student projects, and 32 surveys conducted by University administrators. • The center continued its work on a research project funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The purpose of the project is to find ways to reduce reporting errors in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Contingent Worker Supplement. • The center surveyed more than 3,500 members of the “Understanding America Study” to study opinions on the issue of universal basic income.

PROGRAM IN LAW AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS https://lapa.princeton.edu • LAPA’s seminars featured 11 scholars presenting works-in-progress, including the six program fellows. Faculty and graduate students from across Princeton University read and discussed these original research projects. • A conference on law and work convened nationally recognized legal scholars. The keynote panel examined “The Future of Workers’ Rights in America” and was presented by William Gould of Stanford Law School, and Kate Andrias of the University of Michigan. LAPA Director Paul Frymer moderated. • Graduate students studying law convened by the program held a full schedule of seminars on worksin-progress. Students across disciplines presented their work and exchanged ideas about their research agendas. These students are now planning a research conference for the coming academic year.


PROGRAM ON SCIENCE AND GLOBAL SECURITY https://www.princeton.edu/sgs • SGS Co-directors Alexander Glaser and Zia Mian published “Denuclearizing North Korea: A Verified, Phased Approach” in Science magazine, offering novel technical verification approaches, measures, and tools to allow the scope and pace of a step-by-step North Korean nuclear disarmament process to match progress in its political relationship with the U.S. Glaser is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs, and Mian is a research scientist. • Glaser — along with Moritz Kütt, postdoctoral research associate, Tamara L. Patton, graduate student, and Sharon K. Weiner, visiting research scholar — advanced the development of virtual reality as a new tool for technical and policy research on nuclear decision-making, expert collaboration, and public engagement on nuclear weapon issues, some of which was featured at the annual “International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Symposium.” • Bruce G. Blair, research policy analyst, published “The End of Nuclear Warfighting: Moving to a Deterrence-Only Posture — An Alternative U.S. Nuclear Posture Review,” arguing the U.S. could adopt a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons and no hair-trigger response, and eliminate most of its submarines and all land-based intercontinental missiles. 31

RESEARCH PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES https://rpds.princeton.edu • RPDS hosted 19 seminars, co-sponsored together with the Center for Health and Wellbeing. • Anne C. Case, director of the program and the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, serves on the Committee on National Statistics, and the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. With Sir Angus S. Deaton, she has written a book “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism” (forthcoming Princeton University Press, 2020). • Sir Angus S. Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Emeritus, is currently chairing “Inequality: The IFS Deaton Review” for the Institute for Fiscal Studies with the Nuffield Foundation. He continues to serve on the High Level Expert Group on Social and Economic Progress, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and on the Technical Advisory Group of the International Comparison Program.

RESEARCH PROGRAM IN POLITICAL ECONOMY https://rppe.princeton.edu • RPPE organized two conferences. The first was the seventh edition of the “Political Economy Conference” in Venice, Italy, which regularly brings together top faculty in political economy across Europe and North America. The second was a conference honoring the contributions of Thomas Romer, former director of the program, which featured current research on agenda control, taxation, and redistribution. • The program ran a political economy workshop, which included 17 talks by outside speakers from economics and political science. This featured empirical and theoretical work on political economy. They also ran a pilot for a new policy series, hosting former deputy governor of Argentina’s Central Bank, jointly with the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. • The program hosted its political economy research seminars, which included more than 15 talks. This seminar series featured an impressive integration of political economy and development, and of theory, empirics, and policy analysis.



Enrolled Students in 2018-19

123 110 Seniors


Isabel James ’19


Enrolled Students in 2018-19

139 20 33 MPAs




“WWS has supported me in my most exciting endeavors at Princeton — including study abroad in Havana and Cape Town — shaping my interest in pursuing a career in international development with the U.S. government.”

Christopher Crawford Ph.D. “Being surrounded by such engaged, motivated, and thoughtful people every day has added an element to my education that reverberates far beyond the classroom.”

Erik Morinaga MPA ’20

“Like my time in the Marines, the WWS is making an investment in me, so I have a duty to meet the standard and exceed it when I can.”

Ronit Sela MPP ‘19 “I came to WWS after an intense work experience in human rights advocacy in Israel. Being here has enabled me to step outside of my particular work context and dive into rigorous studies of international and public policy.”

Sakari Ishetiar MPA ’19

“I’m mixed-race, so my search for belonging began early. My experience with WWS, especially the summer Public Policy and International Affairs Program helped me tremendously, allowing me to study with motivated minority students who had their own answers.”

Tylor-Maria Johnson ’19

“Being part of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service summer internship program was an amazing opportunity to see how my sociological understandings of race could inform a career in federal service.”



MASTER IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS The two-year MPA program offers a core curriculum allowing students to develop the analytical skills necessary for addressing complex public policy issues. The School enrolls individuals with a demonstrated commitment to public service through their volunteer interests, internships, and professional experiences.


55 Female

52 Male

20% 80% 47%



United States

of U.S. admits self-identify as students of color.


When applying to the Woodrow Wilson School, MPA students choose from one of four fields of concentration. The figures below reflect the fields chosen by those who were admitted to the program in 2019.

23% 33% 30% 14% International Relations


3.7-4.0 - 73% 3.4-3.6 - 22% <3.3 - 5%

International Development


90%-99% - 83% 80%-89% - 9% <79% - 8%

Domestic Policy

Economics and Public Policy



90%-99% - 21% 80%-89% - 22% <79% - 57%

6.0 - 13% 5.0-5.5 - 58% <4.5 - 29%

Figures based on the 107 students admitted in spring 2019.




MASTER IN PUBLIC POLICY The Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-year MPP program is designed for mid-career professionals who are rising leaders in international and domestic public policy. It is an opportunity for those embedded in public service for seven or more years to expand their knowledge in relation to their chosen professional path.

11 Female

15 Male

35% 65% 24%



United States

of U.S. admits self-identify as students of color.


When applying to the Woodrow Wilson School, MPP students choose from one of four fields of concentration. The figures below reflect the fields chosen by those who were admitted to the program in 2019.

42% 12% 31% 15% International Relations


3.7-4.0 - 35% 3.4-3.6 - 15% <3.3 - 50%

International Development


90%-99% - 62% 80%-89% - 27% <70% - 11%

Domestic Policy

Economics and Public Policy



80%-89% - 8% 70%-79% - 27% <70% - 65%

6.0 - 8% 5.0-5.5 - 38% <4.5 - 54%

Figures based on the 26 students admitted in spring 2019.




Ph.D. IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs is a five-year program in which students concentrate on one of two research areas: Security Studies; or Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

5 Female

5 Male

30% 70% 29%



United States

of U.S. admits self-identify as students of color.


When applying to the Woodrow Wilson School, Ph.D. students choose from one of two research clusters.


Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy


3.7-4.0 - 70% 3.4-3.6 - 20% <3.3 - 10%


90%-99% - 90% <89% - 10%

50% Security Studies


90%-99% - 40% 80%-89% - 20% <79% - 40%


6.0 - 10% 5.0-5.5 - 70% <4.5 - 20%

Figures based on the 10 students admitted in spring 2019.


A distinctive feature of our undergraduate program, the Policy Task Force is a requirement for all Princeton juniors concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School. Each task force addresses unfinished questions of public policy, often characterized by rapidly changing circumstances, and provides students with experience in academic research, field research, oral presentations, and collective discussion and deliberation. Often modeled on the way research is performed by government staff, each task force class as a whole is charged with tackling a policy issue, while each student writes an individual research paper on one aspect of the larger problem. Students combine information from their individual research, guest speakers, field visits, and group discussions to arrive at a set of recommendations on the policy problem, which often are presented to real-world clients.



TOPICS STUDIED IN 2018-19 Fall 2018

Spring 2019

After the Wars

U.N. Peacekeeping Peace Operations: Successes, Failures, Challenges Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer, Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies

Frederick D. Barton, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Co-director, Scholars in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service Initiative

The Working Poor

Henry Coleman, Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University

Tackling Criminal Justice Abuses in Latin America

Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University Law School

Improving Health Care for Vulnerable Populations: Modernizing Medicaid Heather H. Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs and Director, State Health and Value Strategies The Future of Syria Amb. Ryan C. Crocker MCF â&#x20AC;&#x2122;85, Diplomat-in-Residence and Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs Halting Climate Change: Can Clean Energy Meet the Challenge? Gregory Jaczko, Former Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Improving Democracy and Governance in Developing Countries Carol L. Martin, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs China and the Rule of Law, Domestic and International Martin S. Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of Law, Fordham Law School Rethinking Criminal Justice in the U.S.: Policy Responses to Mass Incarceration Udi Ofer, Visiting Lecturer in Public Affairs Addressing Human Needs in the Face of Mass Migration: Political Challenges Across Borders Douglas Mercado, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs Governance and Cross-Level Coordination: Migration Policy in the EU and Italy Valentina Mele, Visiting Associate Professor of International Affairs 42

An important part of our graduate curriculum, policy workshops allow students to use their acquired analytical skills to evaluate complex and challenging policy issues for real-world government clients. Emphasizing policy implementation, the goal of the workshop is for students to understand an issue in great depth and to make policy recommendations that are both creative and realistic, given the relevant institutional and political constraints. Offered each fall semester, workshops consist of eight to 10 students and typically include field research during fall break. At the conclusion of the workshop, students produce a final report and present policy recommendations to the client.



Guaranteed Income in Stockton, CA

Martha B. Coven, John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs


Samuel S. Wang, Professor of Neuroscience

Diplomacy and Protracted Conflict

Heather H. Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs and Director, State Health and Value Strategies; and Daniel J. Meuse, Deputy Director, State Health and Value Strategies

Resettlement and Reintegration in PostConflict Environments

Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs

Jennifer Nealin Parker, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Professional Specialist

U.S. Relations With North Korea

Eugenie L. Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, University of Pennsylvania

Frank N. von Hippel, Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus; and Leon Sigal, Director, Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, Social Science Research Council


Policy, Operational, and Political Implementation Challenges of the ACA

Urban Informality


Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative SINSI is a competitive scholarship program designed to prepare Princeton seniors and admitted first-year MPA students for careers in the U.S. government. The program serves:

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS In the 2018-19 academic year, Princeton University students could apply for two scholarship programs that fully funded professional work in domestic and international public service: Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) and the Richard H. Ullman Fellowship. Both programs were codirected by Frederick Barton, lecturer of public and international affairs, and Kathryn Lunney.


• approximately seven undergraduate students per year for eight- to 10-week summer internships with the federal government, and; • approximately four graduate scholars per year who join the program for four years: two years of study in the MPA program, with two years of work in the federal government in between the first and second year of the academic program. During the 2018-19 academic year, 12 Princeton students were selected to participate. Since the first cohort in 2007, students have pursued opportunities with the Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Treasury, Education, Justice, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development; the intelligence community; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the National Academy of Sciences; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Environmental Protection Agency; the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; the Office of Management and Budget; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; NASA; the National Institutes of Health; and the White House.

Richard H. Ullman Fellowship During the 2018-19 academic year, the School awarded Richard H. Ullman Fellowships to Tom Clark MPA â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20 and Paulina Lopez Gonzalez MPA â&#x20AC;&#x2122;19, allowing them to pursue significant international projects full-time for one year. Clark will spend his year using big data to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Lopez Gonzalez will spend her year rethinking the role of government and policymaking in the context of the gig economy, centering on domestic work. They represent the final cohort of the fellowship. The Ullman Fellowship honored the late Richard H. Ullman, the David E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, at the Woodrow Wilson School. Ullman published hundreds of academic papers on foreign policy, helped to compile the Pentagon Papers, and served in many governmental, journalistic, and academic positions. He was a distinguished scholar of international affairs at Princeton for more than 40 years.


BEYOND THE CLASSROOM WWS students are fully engaged in learning about public policy outside the classroom. Students attend lectures by leading policymakers and practitioners, participate in extracurricular organizations, and conduct fieldwork around the globe.


At the Woodrow Wilson School, students not only bring their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and passions into lively classroom discussions, they also participate in extracurricular student organizations, both at the School and across campus. Below are the School’s officially recognized organizations. UNDERGRADUATE


• The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee GRADUATE • • • • • •

Gender and Policy Network Graduate Consulting Group Journal of Public and International Affairs Students and Alumni of Color Woodrow Wilson Action Committee Woodrow Wilson Political Network

The Woodrow Wilson School is committed to ensuring all members of its community feel respected, included, supported, and valued. We see our diversity as a strength. So much so, we established a Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee in 2018, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, to make recommendations to the Dean’s Office on graduate admissions, curricular offerings, student support services, and public affairs programming. 48

Leadership Through Mentorship Program This program brings in high-level policy leaders and practitioners for two to three days at the School. They attend classes, have meals with students, and conduct one-on-one office hours. Below are the 2018-19 guests. Kimberly Bryant

Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls Code

Arthur C. Brooks


President, American Enterprise Institute

Manuel JosĂŠ Cepeda Espinosa

National Political Correspondent, National Public Radio

Dr. Rajesh Panjabi

Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health

Former Chief Justice, Constitutional Court of Colombia

Cecile Richards

Jeff Flake

Anthony D. Romero

David Ignatius

David E. Sanger

Valerie Jarrett

Mu Sochua

Former U.S. Senator (R-Arizona) Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Washington Post Former Senior Adviser to President Obama; Former Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls

Alec Karakatsanis

Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps


Mara Liasson

Former President, Planned Parenthood Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union National Security Correspondent, The New York Times Deputy Leader, Cambodia Opposition Party

Christine Todd Whitman

Former Governor of New Jersey; Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the George W. Bush administration


Public Lectures




Leadership Through Mentorship Visitors


Leadership Luncheons


In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity


Princeton’s unofficial motto captures the essence of the Woodrow Wilson School and is embodied not only in our curriculum — designed to prepare students to pursue careers in public service — but also in the activities our students pursue outside of the classroom. For the past five academic years, our graduate students have organized and hosted a service auction to raise funds for Isles — a community development organization based in Trenton, New Jersey, that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities. In December 2018, the students’ efforts raised approximately $20,000 for the nonprofit, founded in 1981 by Martin Johnson ’81. The School’s Graduate Program Office organized a Community Service Day at Isles at the start of the fall semester in 2017 and 2018. Aiming to help students better understand the nature of Isles’ engagement in the community and to increase knowledge about the broader community in Mercer County, the day included hands-on, on-site volunteer sessions and discussions with Isles staff. More than 60 graduate students participated in the 2018-19 Community Service Day.





Nonprofit Sector 6 Public Sector 5 Private Sector 56 * 22 Funded by WWS



Nonprofit Sector 31 Public Sector 34 Private Sector 1 * 49 Funded by WWS


UNDERGRADUATES: Public Sector Nonprofit Sector Private Sector Graduate Study Fellowships/Internships Unknown


5% 11% 66% 11% 21% 1%


CLASS OF 2018 FIRST DESTINATIONS Six months after graduation

Public Sector Nonprofit Sector Private Sector Graduate Study Unknown

Public Sector Nonprofit Sector Private Sector Graduate Study

Domestically Focused 89% Internationally Focused 11%


48% 32% 13% 5% 1%

MPPs: 69% 19% 6% 6%



Domestically Focused 35% Internationally Focused 62% Unspecified 3%



Domestically Focused 87% Internationally Focused 13%




Junior Summer Institute Twenty-nine rising college seniors attended the 2019 Junior Summer Institute, hailing from 28 institutions of higher education and encompassing 23 academic majors. More than half were Federal Pell Grant recipients, and many were first-generation college students. During the seven-week intensive program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hosted annually by the Woodrow Wilson School since 1985 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the students attended classes and participated in international or domestic policy workshops

designed to prepare them for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. The rigorous curriculum focused on writing, critical thinking, public speaking, and quantitative reasoning skills, as well as fast-paced coursework in economics and statistics. A lunch series complementing the formal curriculum introduced students to topics ranging from stress management and social entrepreneurship to racial democracy in America.


Double Sights In April 2016, the University’s Board of Trustees adopted the report and recommendations made by the Wilson Legacy Review Committee on how the University should recognize both the negative and positive aspects of Wilson’s legacy, including placing a permanent “marker” on Scudder Plaza beside Robertson Hall.


A committee was formed, chaired by Woodrow Wilson School Dean Cecilia Elena Rouse and University Architect Ron McCoy, and made up of faculty, staff, and students. After a competition in which seven firms submitted proposals, the committee selected the design offered by acclaimed artist Walter Hood for its honest reflections and its creative approach. Over the past two years, Hood has convened focus groups of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to inform his thinking about the didactic content and imagery that will adorn the installation, titled “Double Sights.” Construction for a new installation about Woodrow Wilson’s complex legacy began June 2019 on Scudder Plaza beside Robertson Hall, home of the Woodrow Wilson School. The piece measures 39 feet in height and is adjacent to the Fountain of Freedom on the Washington Road side of the plaza. At the sculpture’s center, the two vertical planes face each other; one is a glass lenticular surface with images of some of Wilson’s contemporaries who were critical of his views, particularly about race and gender. The opposite side, composed of stainless steel, contains quotes by these


detractors regarding negative actions Wilson took. Direct quotes by Wilson are on the outer sides of the two planes. Hood discussed his installation at a public talk at Princeton University’s Friend Center in April 2018. “Our country is built on a lot of dark things that we don’t like to talk about; it’s the light that we always talk about. We are thinking perhaps, through the support of one column on the other, there can be a dialectical, rather than polemical, conversation,” said Hood, who is creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California.


Reimagining Robertson Robertson Hall, the main building of the Woodrow Wilson School, was built in 1965 as a result of a gift by Charles Robertson ’26 and Marie Robertson. Designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, the building is an architectural icon on campus. In 2015, the Woodrow Wilson School underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process that identified key goals and objectives for the School’s future. This included a more collaborative, efficient environment for teaching and research. To this end, KPMB Architects were retained to oversee the redesign and renovation of Robertson Hall, which began in 2019. The building was vacated in December 2018, and the majority of faculty and staff moved into Green Hall. The construction team, led by HSC Builders & Construction Managers, has completed a full demolition of all interior spaces for all four above-grade floors. They have begun the process of building out the space by leveling


floor surfaces, spraying insulation, running electrical conduit and HVAC duct work, relocating floor hangers to optimize open space, and laying out wall partitions. As they continue the rebuilding process, the design and construction team has tested office front systems as well as operable window designs. With a focus on a modular office design — allowing the School to adapt to the changing dynamics of the workplace and the demands of the School — the team is evaluating office and public space furniture and identifying vendors for bidding. They also have finalized building and wayfinding signage. Upon completion of the project, the newly redesigned space will provide a highly collaborative environment that respects the building’s unique architectural heritage while meeting the 21st century needs of its faculty, staff, and students. The expected completion date is August 2020.




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Annual Report 2019  

Annual Report 2019