Brandice Canes-Wrone, the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, became vice dean on July 1, 2015. As vice dean, Canes-Wrone oversees the graduate and undergraduate academic programs for the Woodrow Wilson School.
She received a Ph.D. from Stanford, an AB from Princeton, and taught at MIT and Northwestern before returning to Princeton as a faculty member. She has written extensively on issues related to American politics, political economy, and elections. Some of her recent writings include “Judicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions” (American Political Science Review 2014), “Elections, Uncertainty, and Irreversible Investment” (British Journal of Political Science 2014), “Why Has Policy Uncertainty Risen Since 1960?” (American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 2014), “Electoral Business Cycles in OECD Countries” (American Political Science Review 2012), “Judicial Independence and Retention Elections” (Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 2012). The author of the award-winning Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2006), she continues to write on the presidency, including a current project on the relationship between campaign donors’ preferences and presidential policy positions. Other current research includes the economic effects of policy uncertainty, the impact of judicial elections on legal outcomes, and the motivations of congressional campaign donors.
Professor Canes-Wrone has taught classes on Business, Government, and Public Policy; The Presidency; The Politics of Public Policy; Housing Policy; and American Political Institutions. Canes-Wrone is also active in service to the discipline. She is the president of the Presidency and Executive Politics Section, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, Public Choice, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Congress and the Presidency.