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Feb 22, 2018
Today, the nation faces a series of major policy challenges revolving around immigrants and refugees. In this episode, Julian Zelizer talks to NPR veteran Deborah Amos about how President Donald Trump has used executive power to move the country rightward on these issues and what the impact has been on local communities. Amos also talks about the state of journalism in 2018 and its future. Link: http://bit.ly/PoliticsPolls79 Other recent...
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Jan 30, 2018
Public Affairs
*/ Intense partisanship. Rampant wealth and inequality. Racial divisions. While they sound like the issues of today, they were also prevalent during the Gilded Age, an important time in American history. It was during these years — between 1865 and 1896 — that many of the foundations of modern society were set into place. In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss this era and how it compares to today with award-winning...
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Dec 14, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
Democrat Doug Jones won a pivotal Alabama Senate seat Dec. 12, a victory carrying with it significant national consequences. Jones, a former U.S. attorney, defeated Republican Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice who’s been ensnarled in claims of sexual harassment. Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the race results in this episode of Politics & Polls. Link: http://bit.ly/PoliticsPolls70 */
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Dec 14, 2017
Perhaps you are thinking about coming back to school after working full-time for a number of years. Maybe you’ve been in the for-profit sector and want to pivot to the public sector. Or maybe you are already in the public sector and want to hone your skills. Whatever the case, you may be wondering whether returning to school is the right move, and if so, whether the Woodrow Wilson School is the right place for you. I was in your shoes when I...
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Dec 14, 2017
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below.   Getting In Policy Memo Writing Tips What Counts as Relevant Work Experience? 2018 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation 2018 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement 2018 Application Countdown, Part 3 -...
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Dec 13, 2017
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious; substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Dec 13, 2017
Our Master’s degree students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, primarily in the public and non-profit sectors. Post-graduate work experience can be obtained over time, beginning with summer employment, internship experience, volunteer experience, and professional experience after graduating from college.  While you are in college, be sure to seek out your institution’s career services office for internship opportunities during...
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Dec 8, 2017
Applicants often ask us to provide some guidance in writing a policy memo.  Steve Frakt, WWS writing advisor, has been advising WWS undergraduate and graduate students for the past 17 years.  Steve meets with students one-on-one during his office hours to advise them on their various writing assignments.  Graduate students in our Masters in Public Affairs program are required to take a core course entitled "The Politics of Public Policy" in...
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Dec 8, 2017
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for GPAs and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your performance in courses...
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Dec 8, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
How the media covers race remains a palpable concern in today’s America. In this episode, award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega chats with Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang about the many issues related to race and the media. Vega is speaker on issues of race, media and inequality in the United States as well as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and an Eisner Fellow at the Nation Institute. Her forthcoming book is...
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Dec 7, 2017
GRE Scores and the Dec. 15 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 15 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Nov 30, 2017
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: http://bit.ly/...
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Nov 9, 2017
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
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Nov 2, 2017
Alisa Tiwari '14 *20; Kit Lunney and Rick Barton, Co-directors of SINSI
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...
Oct 24, 2017
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: http://bit.ly/...
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Oct 17, 2017
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:...
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Oct 12, 2017
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...
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Oct 10, 2017
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...
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Oct 5, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
President Donald Trump released a nine-page outline of a tax plan last week, which included proposed tax cuts for corporations and individuals. While many details are missing from the plan, we discussed the proposed framework with esteemed economist Alan Blinder.  */ Link: http://bit.ly/2ylArTT
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Oct 3, 2017
Public Affairs
With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, some have drawn comparisons between the Russia investigations and the Watergate scandal. How are the two events similar? In what ways do they differ? And is it too early to really link the two? */ Elizabeth Drew discusses her reporting of the Watergate scandal as it relates to today in this episode of Politics & Polls. Podcast here.
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Sep 27, 2017
Public Affairs
Recent episodes of the Politics & Polls podcast series hosted by professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang include: */ Episode #59: Is Free Speech Alive and Well on College Campuses? Episode #58: America's Political Storms Episode #57: The Heart of the American Right Episode #56: The Aftermath of Charlottesville
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Aug 15, 2017
Office of Communications
At age 18, Yusuf Dahl MPA '17 wasn’t heading off to college. He was on his way to prison.   Even on the day of his sentencing, though, Dahl was thinking ahead to how he could use his time in prison to prepare for a successful life on the outside. Eventually, he built a career and became involved in addressing the foreclosure crisis in his Milwaukee neighborhood.   Dahl’s experiences spurred him to come to Princeton to learn more about how to...
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Aug 10, 2017
Public Affairs
Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the...
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Aug 8, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
*/ Thirty-four rising college seniors from 13 states and three countries participated in the annual PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School, a seven-week intensive program on public policy. Their studies culminated in oral presentations of their policy research to panels of distinguished practitioners. Full story here.
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Aug 4, 2017
Public Affairs
Spin. It’s used by public relations gurus and politicians to shape an image or message, thereby influencing the public’s perception of a story. And it’s engrained in American politics, as presidents and presidential candidates both have used the art of spin to frame stories and public opinion. */ To discuss the art of spin, David Greenberg, a professor of history and journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, joins this episode of...
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Aug 3, 2017
Public Affairs
*/ Drawing connections between the past and present often sparks fierce debates within the American political landscape. In this episode, Eric Foner, one of America’s most distinguished historians, discusses these interpretations of history and how they relate to today. His latest book, “Battles for Freedom,” explores this “use and abuse of American history,” unearthing the hidden history of American radicalism. Podcast here.
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Jul 24, 2017
The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy provided different models of leadership, which some argue are needed today. In this episode, Professor Julian Zelizer interviews Steven Levingston, nonfiction editor at...
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Jul 17, 2017
President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has dominated national political debates, especially in Congress and the White House. Benjamin Wittes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, joins this episode of Politics & Polls to...
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Jul 13, 2017
Public Affairs
From hosting an Auction to weighing in on the Zika virus, the 2016-17 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School was both productive and exciting! The Woo family tuned in to a new podcast series, supported local charities, and learned from the experiences and expertise of many high-profile figures in public policy. Take a look back at these and many more of our highlights from the year. Story in Issu: https://issuu.com/woodrowwilsonschool/docs/...
Jul 11, 2017
Public Affairs
*/ The Woodrow Wilson School is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Politics & Polls! In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on everything that’s transpired over the past year, from the presidential campaign to President Donald Trump’s election. Podcast here.
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Jul 5, 2017
Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
*/ In honor of the Fourth of July, Zachary Beecher, a member of the Woodrow Wilson School's Class of 2013 and a captain in the U.S. Army, answered our questions via email. In this Q&A, he reflects on freedom, finding strength in differences and how his experiences at Princeton shaped his worldview. Full story here.
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Jun 28, 2017
Public Affairs
America’s experienced a blitz of political twists and turns in the past few months, which may cloak some of the deep-rooted challenges still facing the nation. Still looming large in the background are issues related to the political process — like democracy, gerrymandering, voting laws and federalism. */ In this episode, the focus turns toward the structure of politics with special guest Heather Gerken, one of the country’s leading experts on...
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Jun 16, 2017
Public Affairs
One of the ongoing challenges in American politics is appealing to younger demographics - not simply through elections and voter turn-out but engaging young people with the political process. Today’s young people - and even some adults – find politics difficult to digest and unappealing, presenting challenges in the ways that Americans learn, interpret and analyze politics. */ Gabe Fleisher, a 15-year-old student in St. Louis, is looking to...
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Jun 13, 2017
Public Affairs
Race remains a potent political force in America, as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. Despite the progress that’s been made, race continues to infiltrate many areas of public policy from health care to education to employment. Princeton professor Eddie Glaude joins this episode of Politics & Polls to discuss current race relations in America. */ This episode also aired on Princeton’s Facebook Live. Podcast here.
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Jun 9, 2017
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Boasting one of the most vibrant, active, and extensive LGBTQ student centers in the nation, Princeton University tops College Choice's list for best campus for LGBTQ students. At Princeton queer students will find education, social, and supportive programming that is designed by the LGBTQ community; a busy calendar full of queer lectures, discussions, film, and art; a huge LGBTQ library; and much more. Princeton’s support of the LGBTQ community...
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Jun 1, 2017
Public Affairs
President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media persist while journalists continue to grapple with how to cover such a tumultuous presidency. Amidst the clamor, new voices in journalism have risen to the top, positioning themselves as political power players in a media-saturated world. Among these voices is Lauren Duca, an award-winning journalist at Teen Vogue. In December 2016, Duca penned an essay, “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” which...
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May 25, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
More than 100 insider sources helped journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes lift the veil on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the many avoidable missteps that turned a winnable election into a stunning defeat. Allen and Parnes’ new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” digs deeper to illuminate a flawed campaign that resulted in a defeat that shocked the world. */ In this episode, professor Julian Zelizer interviews...
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May 23, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
*/ Climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer and ecologist David Wilcove teamed up to explore a range of environmental concerns through a policy lens in the spring course “The Environment: Science and Policy.” Full story here.
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May 18, 2017
Public Affairs
Washington has been hit with a trifecta of catastrophic events in the past week. First, President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, justifying his decision by pointing toward Comey’s mishandling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Just days later, news broke that Trump shared classified information about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office — a...
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May 11, 2017
Public Affairs
President Donald Trump pledged to bring jobs back to America during his campaign, appealing to a strong middle class base that’s been struggling with stagnant wages and few job opportunities. Since the 1990s, death rates among this demographic — specifically middle-aged white Americans without college degrees — have been on the rise thanks to opioid addiction, alcohol abuse and suicide. This same pattern isn’t seen in other parts of the world,...
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May 9, 2017
Public Affairs
The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency have been a whirlwind of victories and setbacks, leaving Americans with mixed opinions about President Trump and how the next four years could unfold. How has President Trump done in his first 100 days, and how does it compare to past presidents? Why is the first 100 days in office used as a barometer in the first place? Do these presidential beginnings predict the course of an entire term? */ In this...
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May 9, 2017
Public Affairs
In his campaign promise to make America great again, President Donald Trump vowed to “bring jobs back to America” and revitalize the labor industry. So … where are all of those jobs? */ In this episode, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Christopher P. Lu '88, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, who provides an inside look at the Department of Labor and the Trump transition. Podcast Here.
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Apr 25, 2017
Public Affairs
Under President Donald Trump, the political landscape changes daily. Catch up on recent episodes of Politics & Polls with professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang, as well as special guests each week. Recent episodes include: Politics & Polls #40: The 115th Congress with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) Politics & Polls #39: National Security with Gen. David Petraeus Politics & Polls #38: Unraveling the ‘Trump-Russia Saga’ Politics...
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Apr 24, 2017
Milan Reed MPA ’17 and Simone Webster MPA ’17 – SAOC Chairs
Students & Alumni of Color (SAOC), a Woodrow Wilson School student-led organization, held its 21st annual symposium on April 8-9, 2017. SAOC's mission is to bring together students, alumni and faculty to promote diversity, establish mentoring relationships, discuss issues relevant to the social, political and professional development of students of color, and support the social and political development of communities of color. Election Day...
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Apr 18, 2017
Rebeccah Barger ’18 and Michella Nedashkovskaya (’16, SINSI MPA1)
Twenty-two students and fellows of the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for International Security Studies (CISS) headed to Germany and Belgium for an eight-day spring break trip to explore and experience Cold War history. In the first staff ride of its kind, the group explored the political, social and strategic decisions from the conclusion of World War II to the creation of NATO and beyond. Participants were required to become experts on one...
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Reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Apr 6, 2017
Mel Policicchio
As one of the country’s largest infrastructure joint ventures, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) manages the bridges, tunnels, airports and transit in New York City and Northern New Jersey. Established in 1921 through an interstate compact authorized by Congress, today the Port Authority struggles with financial and political challenges, from insufficient funding to debates over who will pay for maintenance and new services...
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Mar 31, 2017
Hans-Christoph Boemers, MPA ’58
                    Submitted by Hans-Christoph Boemers, MPA ’58: In September 1956, I entered Princeton University fresh from Freiburg University in Germany, where I had just finished my law degree. I had enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School for a two-year graduate program on a very generous scholarship.   Frankly, I was overwhelmed! I left Western Germany, which was still very much in ruins after the war, aboard the only German passenger...
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Mar 28, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
President Trump’s budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to research at the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. What lies ahead for scientific expertise and evidence-based policymaking? Are facts, evidence and truth under siege by the new administration? In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Rush D. Holt about the current state of science in the U.S., from public...
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Mar 24, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
The election of President Donald Trump has challenged the political machine of conservativism. Now, many on the right are grappling with how to make sense of “Trumpism” and whether it fits into the conservative movement that’s been developing over the past few decades. A new policy and political journal, “American Affairs,” aims to intellectualize the Trumpism movement as it unfolds. The publication is led by Julius Krein, a 2008 Harvard...
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Mar 15, 2017
B. Rose Kelly
The start of Donald Trump’s presidency has been anything but predictable. So far, his first 100 days in office have been filled with a lot of heat, noise — and executive orders. But is this that abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Where do we draw the line between what is unprecedented, and what we’ve seen before? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss these questions — which are based on a recent article in The Upshot, a column for...
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Mar 6, 2017
Public Affairs
In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview (Ret.) Amb. Michael B.G. Froman ’85 about his outlook for international trade in a ‘Trumpian World.’ Amb. Froman served in President Obama’s cabinet as the U.S. Trade Representative from June 2013 to January 2017. There, he worked to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system and foster development...
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Mar 2, 2017
Public Affairs
Almost every U.S. president has struggled to broker peace agreements in the Middle East, especially among Israel and Palestine. For many, the possibility of a peace agreement seems dire, with a two-state solution that seems to be fleeting. But what can we expect to see from President Donald Trump? To unravel these complex issues, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer joins this episode of Politics & Polls with co-hosts Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang. Podcast...
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Mar 1, 2017
Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
The recipients of Princeton's top alumni awards underscored solutions for the political and technological challenges of today and the future at the University's annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru, spoke of a new age in Latin America, while Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., was positive about the power of technology to solve societal problems. Their speeches in...
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Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Army Major Michael Kelvington MPA ’17
MPA candidate and U.S. Army Infantry Officer Mike Kelvington penned an op-ed for Havok Journal on how politicians, the media and Hollywood distort the facts about veterans and PTSD, and his own journey of post-traumatic growth. Full story here.
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Feb 21, 2017
Public Affairs
Donald Trump’s presidency has evoked strong emotional and psychological responses from both the public and the president himself, raising issues not often brought forth in public policy and governance. Many, including members of the media, are trying to make sense of this complicated web of anger, passion, rationality and irrationality. Among those reporters is Jesse Singal of New York Magazine, who is bringing the social sciences into the news...
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Feb 14, 2017
Public Affairs
A federal appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Trump also has made moves toward building a border wall with Mexico, which recent figures suggest may cost an estimated $21 billion. If implemented, what would an immigration ban and a border wall accomplish? In this episode, professors Julian Zelizer and...
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Feb 10, 2017
Public Affairs
It seems as if America is watching two shows in parallel. On one hand, we’re seeing the political process unfold with cabinet nominees being appointed and executive orders being signed. On the other hand, the country has front-row seats to The Donald Trump Show, a gripping drama filled with unexpected twists and turns. Are we seeing the birth cries of an authoritarian regime? Or is it the gang that couldn't shoot straight? Professors Julian...
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Feb 6, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Ten students at Princeton University have been selected to the 2017 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship...
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Feb 3, 2017
Office of Communications
Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and 47 other American college and university presidents today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to "rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country's borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world." "If left in place," the letter says, "the order threatens both American higher education and the defining...
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Feb 1, 2017
Michael Kelvington MPA '17
Michael Kelvington MPA '17 wrote this op-ed for Observer. He is an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army with seven deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, including with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Our military remains globally deployed and requires specialized language and cultural skills to accomplish its mission. Much of that comes from locals serving to our benefit, asking little in return. A typical linguist in Afghanistan made the equivalent of $...
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Jan 31, 2017
Office of Communications
Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber issued this statement to the University community on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. To the Princeton community, Many of you have written to express concerns about the recent federal executive order barring entry to the United States for refugees and for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. I share those concerns. Since its early days, when the College of New Jersey recruited a transformative...
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Jan 31, 2017
Public Affairs
Hailed as one of the largest protests in American history, the Women’s March on Washington gathered hundreds of thousands of people in the district and millions in sister marches across the world. Held just a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the protest was an opportunity for Americans to bring gender and reproductive rights to the forefront, an issue many feel is under threat by a Trump administration.    In this episode of...
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Jan 26, 2017
Public Affairs
The Democratic Party may be in a “crisis,” many argue, and not only because of a Donald Trump presidency but also due to continued Republican control of Congress. Given these challenges, will the Democrats be able to rebuild their strength? In episode #27 of Politics & Polls, professsors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview leading political scientist Theda Skocpol about her recent article in Vox: “A Guide to Rebuilding the Democratic Party...
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Jan 24, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Before departing for winter break, Woodrow Wilson School students hosted the School’s annual signature event: a service auction benefitting Isles Youth Institute (IYI), based in Trenton, N.J. On Dec. 9, 2016, Princeton students, faculty, staff and alumni joined community members as well as leadership and students from IYI for an energetic evening that raised more than $16,000 for the local nonprofit. Organized by the Woodrow Wilson Action...
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Jan 18, 2017
Mel Policicchio
Princeton University’s fall break offers students a week away from the classroom, and Woodrow Wilson School graduate students enrolled in a policy workshop use the time to travel the globe researching real-world policy and observing practical application of the lessons they’ve learned on campus. In fall 2016, students in Ethan Kapstein’s graduate policy workshop focused on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The class, “Ensuring the Long...
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Jan 13, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Meg Wirth has focused on women’s health policy since 1998, when she graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School with a Master in Public Affairs degree. Using the grounding the Wilson School provided her in demography and health policy, she gained experience through initiatives funded by epicenters of policy. Wirth has monitored and evaluated a USAID-funded Safe Motherhood initiative in Indonesia and co-authored the United Nation’s Millennium...
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Jan 12, 2017
Public Affairs
Since the election, Democrats have struggled with how to respond to a Donald Trump presidency. But one group is starting to get some traction - the authors of an online guide that is going viral: “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” Originally posted as a Google document, the guide was co-written by former Congressional staffers Ezra Levin and Angel Padilla, who both received their Master in Public Affairs from ...
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Dec 27, 2016
Public Affairs
Should the government play a major or minor role in the lives of American citizens? This core question resurfaces during each election and continues to divide the political parties. It turns out that this argument is not new. In his newest book, Yale historian Steve Pincus challenges those who argue that the Declaration of Independence should be used for political guidance today, saying it’s in favor of limited government. Pincus shows that the...
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Dec 20, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Polarization was a strong undercurrent to the 2016 presidential election, powerfully affecting the electorate and politics. Looking toward President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, those same divisions remain clear. As Trump builds his team, the nation is beginning to see the outlines of a Trump administration - one that fits well with congressional Republicans.  */ In their first live recording of Politics & Polls, professors...
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Dec 16, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
More than two years after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the fraught relationship between law enforcement and African Americans continues to spark controversy and calls for action. This tension — and how to address the divide between communities and the police — were examined at a policy forum held Friday, Dec. 9, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The daylong forum, "From...
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Dec 13, 2016
Public Affairs
Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been considerable debate about what the Democratic party should do next. While some Democrats argue for an openness to cooperation, others insist there isn’t room for compromise given Trump’s views on race and individual rights.   In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview one of the most powerful voices in this debate: Jamelle Bouie.   In his writing, Bouie...
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Dec 9, 2016
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below.   Getting In Policy Memo Writing Tips What Counts as Relevant Work Experience? 2017 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation 2017 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement 2017 Application Countdown, Part 3 -...
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Dec 7, 2016
Public Affairs
In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Linda Greenhouse about how a Trump presidency may affect the U.S. Supreme Court. Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly column on law. She’s the author of several books, including,...
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Dec 7, 2016
Perhaps you are thinking about coming back to school after working full-time for a number of years. Maybe you’ve been in the for-profit sector and want to pivot to the public sector. Or maybe you are already in the public sector and want to hone your skills. Whatever the case, you may be wondering whether returning to school is the right move, and if so, whether the Woodrow Wilson School is the right place for you. I was in your shoes at this...
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Dec 6, 2016
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious; substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Dec 5, 2016
GRE Scores and the Dec. 15 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 15 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel...
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Dec 5, 2016
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for GPAs and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your performance in courses...
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Dec 2, 2016
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...
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Dec 1, 2016
Carly Millenson
On Nov. 19, 2016, Princeton University's Center for International Security Studies (CISS) hosted more than 100 students at its annual fall crisis simulation. In addition to nearly 60 total undergraduate and graduate Princeton students, participants came from West Point, the Naval Academy, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University to grapple with an imagined scenario in which political instability in Pakistan created regional...
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Dec 1, 2016
The Dec. 15 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2017 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...
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Nov 29, 2016
Sarah M. Binder
Every July, about 20 mid-career professionals convene at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, hailing from locations as varied as Gaborone, Botswana; Dayton, Ohio; and London, United Kingdom. Each has a minimum of seven years of public or nonprofit sector work experience, with organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, Israel’s National Cyber Bureau and the New York City Police Department....
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Nov 22, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Facebook — which has been raked over the coals for allowing the dissemination of fake news stories about the 2016 election — is now taking a hard and careful look at what role it may have played among American voters. Some say the election results illustrate a social media “echo chamber,” in which users gather news and information primarily from friends with shared interests. What are the effects of these echo chambers and silos? Are there ways...
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Nov 18, 2016
Public Affairs
Political polarization is the worst it’s been since the Civil War, some experts argue. How did we get here? How have America’s ideologies shifted so much in the past four decades? What forces underlie the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats? And how has social media and varying sources of information widened the gap? */ In episode 21, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss party polarization with Matt Grossman and David...
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Nov 16, 2016
During the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a system that covers 20 million people who were previously uninsured. Now, Trump says he’ll hold on to certain ACA provisions, such as providing care for those with pre-existing conditions. Regardless of what’s being said about the ACA (also known as Obamacare), there are likely to be changes, according to Princeton’s top health care experts. In...
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Nov 11, 2016
Public Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School is hosting a series of "Up to the Minute" events to debrief the election results and discuss the country's path forward. Each event will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel.   We encourage prospective students to join the conversation on Twitter and submit questions for our speakers using #WooLection16.   November 14: Post-Election Impact on Inequality, Discrimination and Well-Being November 17: Election 2016 Debrief...
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Nov 10, 2016
Public Affairs
In a stunning upset, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang react to the results in episode #20, their first post-election recording. Among a host of issues, they discuss why the polls might have been off and what a Trump presidency means to the nation and the history of democracy. Podcast Here */
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Nov 8, 2016
*/ In their last episode before the election, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang look ahead to election day 2016. Among other issues, they discuss what the results will do to the GOP, which states Wang in particular will be watching on election night (hint: it’s not what you’d think), how the Senate races might turn out and if this particular election may shape political discourse in 2020 and beyond. Podcast Here
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Oct 31, 2016
Public Affairs
Who knew that the discharge petition—signed by members of the House of Representatives to bring a bill from committee to the floor—could be good material for a Tony Award-winning play and HBO feature film? In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Robert Schenkkan whose play “All the Way” about Lyndon B. Johnson has been brought from the stage to the screen. “All the Way” is a play and film depicting LBJ’s efforts to...
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Oct 28, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications; B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Wednesday's face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump marked the third and final presidential debate of the 2016 campaign. Those debates, which gave tens of millions of Americans the opportunity to see the top two candidates discuss key campaign topics, were organized and conducted by the independent, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Shirley M. Tilghman, president of the University, emeritus, and professor of molecular...
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Oct 26, 2016
Public Affairs
Donald Trump has made it clear that if he loses on Nov. 8, it is because the election was “rigged.” He has warned that there might be widespread voter fraud that will favor Democrats. But does this threat have any basis in reality? Or is the real threat new voter identification laws that have the potential to disenfranchise significant portions of the population? And why, after a century of working to expand the right to vote, have we seen the...
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Oct 24, 2016
Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
The next president will face a range of challenges related to race and inequality, from poverty and tensions with police to the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights, incarceration and gender equity. In the sixth installment of a Q&A series on important issues the next president will need to address, Princeton University professors Imani Perry and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor examine challenges related to race. Full Story
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Oct 21, 2016
Public Affairs
What happens in the House and Senate races will ultimately shape and influence the next presidency. And many questions remain: What will the Trump effect be on congressional races? What impact will this have in the Senate? Is there any possibility that the House, currently with a large Republican majority, could swing to the Democrats? And will the Freedom Caucus expand or contract in size, and what challenges will this pose House Speaker Paul...
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Oct 20, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications; B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
The challenges facing the next president will span the globe, from Russia to the Middle East to China and beyond. In the fifth installment of a Q&A series on important issues the next president will need to address, Princeton University researchers Aaron Friedberg and G. John Ikenberry examine foreign policy challenges. Full Story
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Oct 17, 2016
Karin Dienst, Office of Communications
Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru. Schmidt, a member of the Class of 1976, will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award. Kuczynski, who earned a Master in Public Affairs in 1961 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will receive the James Madison Medal. They will receive the awards and deliver...
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Oct 14, 2016
Public Affairs
The issue of voting rights in America has been long debated and has changed dramatically since the country was founded. From then until now, Americans have fought for the right to vote, while many tried to stop them. In episode 14, professors Julian E. Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” a book chronicling the long struggle to win voting rights for all citizens. Podcast Here
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Oct 11, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss and B. Rose Kelly
The next president will have his or her hands full regarding issues in the Middle East: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remains a threat; the integrity of the Iran nuclear accord must be ensured; and decisions loom about the United States’ role in Syria. In the fourth installment of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Amb. Daniel Kurtzer and Jacob N. Shapiro examine these...
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Oct 6, 2016
Public Affairs
A previously unknown subculture has emerged onto the political scene thanks to the 2016 presidential election. The alternative right, known as the “alt-right,” is a diverse group of people who identify as right-wing and are unified in opposition against mainstream American conservatism. In episode 13, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Rick Perlstein, author of The New York Times bestseller “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and...
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Oct 5, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss and B. Rose Kelly
Issues related to health — at the personal, community and global scales — will challenge the next president, both in his or her first 100 days and throughout the next four years. In the third part of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Janet Currie, Heather Howard, Adel Mahmoud and Uwe Reinhardt examine a number of these issues. Full Story
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Sep 28, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss and B. Rose Kelly
Issues related to the environment and climate change will demand the new president's attention soon after he or she takes office Jan. 20 and throughout the next four years. In the second part of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Rob Nixon, Michael Oppenheimer and David Wilcove examine environmental and climate-change issues. Full Story
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Sep 26, 2016
Public Affairs
In "Failing in the Field," Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel, a current MPA candidate, delve into the common causes of failure in field research, so that researchers might avoid similar pitfalls in future work. Drawing on the experiences of top social scientists working in developing countries, the book delves into failed projects and helps guide practitioners as they embark on their research. From experimental design and implementation to analysis...
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Sep 23, 2016
Sarah M. Binder
The MacArthur Foundation has named José A. Quiñonez a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Quiñonez, who earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1998 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, joins 22 additional fellows named to the foundation’s class this year. A financial entrepreneur, Quiñonez helps low-income, immigrant and minority families develop their full economic potential by creating pathways to...
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Sep 23, 2016
Public Affairs
The presidential election is at a crossroads as the race is beginning to tighten between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Now, we’re entering a season of debates, with the first one kicking off Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in New York. Some predict this first debate could be the most-viewed in our history. But how might these debates influence voters? Podcast Here
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Sep 22, 2016
Public Affairs
Since Hillary Clinton was named nominee of the Democratic Party, commentators have been taking a hard look at the way gender impacts the political process. Yet, when it comes to gender, it is rarely a clear-cut or easy discussion. Working to disentangle the role of gender in politics is award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister, the best-selling author of “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.” In this...
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Sep 21, 2016
Mel Policicchio, Woodrow Wilson School
In 2005, Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10 was a first-year master’s student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and spent much of her time outside the classroom organizing rallies and encouraging her peers to advocate for immigration reform.   Carrying this passion and dedication into her professional career, Hernández Rivera became the first executive director of legal initiatives at the New York...
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Sep 13, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications; B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
The next president will face a range of economic challenges from his or her first moment in office. In this Q&A, Princeton economists Alan Krueger and Cecilia Rouse explore the key economic issues ahead for the nation in the short and long term. This is the first in a series of Q&A articles with Princeton University experts leading up to the election. Full Story
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Sep 8, 2016
Public Affairs
In one of the most powerful transformations in the history of American politics, African Americans shifted loyalties to the Democratic Party while Republicans became the party of racial conservatism.   How and why did this happen? Did certain moments in history cause this bipartisan ‘racial realignment?’ How has this realignment led to the political polarization of 2016?   In episode 10 of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam...
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Sep 8, 2016
Sarah M. Binder
Siddharth (Sid) Chatterjee, MPP ’11 has been appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya, where he will help to lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies based in the country. He will also serve as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to this appointment, Sid served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Kenya. At UNFPA, Sid and his team spearheaded efforts to reduce the...
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Sep 7, 2016
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The application for the 2017 Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute is now open.  Please spread the word!  The PPIA Junior Summer Institute program prepares undergraduates to be competitive  candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  Learn More! PPIA is now accepting applications to the 2017...
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Aug 29, 2016
Public Affairs
Game-changing events often occur during presidential campaigns. These moments — which can transform party dynamics, voters and even the candidates themselves — oftentimes influence the outcome of the election.  But what about the 2016 presidential campaign? Have we seen moments like these? And, if we have, are they even worth looking back upon?  In episode nine of “Politics & Polls,” professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang close out the...
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Aug 25, 2016
Public Affairs
From straw polls of the 19th century to modern polling of today, polls have played a significant role in the American political landscape. But what is a poll? With dozens of new polls coming out every week, how can we make sense of the data onslaught? Is there a way to reduce the confusion? And what role can polls play in 2016, an election year fraught with drama and uncertainty? In episode eight of “Politics & Polls,” professors Julian...
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Aug 24, 2016
Michael Caddell, Princeton's Office of Career Services
This summer, more than 160 Princeton undergraduate students are spending their breaks interning at public service and nonprofit organizations in over 30 cities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Ireland and France as part of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) program. They include Wilson School student Imani Williams, who is interested in global health. Williams is interning at a children's hospital in France and getting an...
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Aug 18, 2016
Mel Policicchio, Woodrow Wilson School
Professor Christopher Neilson is passionate about ensuring that government policy — in particular education policy — is founded on theory and measurement. He aspires to upend the typical formula where policymakers develop, implement and program, and then outside academics evaluate progress. Rather, he wants to make sure development and implementation go hand in hand with evaluation.  This is the concept behind his latest project: the Peruvian ...
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Aug 17, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss, Princeton Communications
It was a Princeton moment more than 3,600 miles from FitzRandolph Gate: two Princetonians standing together outside the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, on July 28, wearing business suits adorned with sashes in the red and white of their nation's flag. One was Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the nation's newly elected president, who earned a Master in Public Affairs degree in 1961 from the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International...
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Aug 11, 2016
Donald Trump has focused on easing tensions with the Republican Party this week by endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator John McCain and Senator Susan Collins. But while these endorsements are intended to unify the ticket, it's not clear whether these Republican candidates actually want Trump's endorsement, as evidenced by Collins's refusal to support Trump. If disaffected Republicans like Collins stay home, this could spell trouble for...
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Aug 8, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Frederick (Rick) Barton and Kathryn R. (Kit) Lunney have been named co-directors of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. government, both in international and domestic agencies, through academic training that is...
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Aug 4, 2016
Public Affairs
The media have played a powerful role in the 2016 presidential election. Some critics argue Donald Trump became a viable candidate thanks to his “free airtime,” and that he might not have won the Republican bid without the attention. Others point out blatant sexism in the media given the attention paid to Hillary Clinton’s voice and clothing—something reporters didn’t do as much with male candidates. And Bernie Sanders’ supporters contend “...
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Aug 3, 2016
Public Affairs
Within the grand speeches at this week’s Democratic National Convention lies a central message — Clinton and the Democrats, not Trump, can better serve struggling working and middle-class voters who have felt excluded from both parties. When both candidates return full-throttle to the campaign trail, they’ll be competing for these voters in key states such as Pennsylvania.   How has the Democratic Party’s relationship with these voters evolved...
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Aug 2, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Barbara Hampton, a seasoned career services professional with a long-standing passion for helping students attain internships and jobs, joins Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as director of graduate career services and alumni relations on Aug. 15.   “We are thrilled that Barbara will be joining the Woodrow Wilson School,” Dean Cecilia Rouse said. “I am confident that, given her impressive...
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Jul 29, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this ongoing series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. - Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17 Carl Westphal, MPA ‘13International Economist, Office of...
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Jul 28, 2016
Mel Policicchio
New York City is home to more than 58,000 men, women and children living on the streets and relying on public sheltering systems for assistance. This pressing concern has always stood out to Rochelle Haynes, MPA-URP ’06, who is a native of the city. She has dedicated her career to eradicating homelessness and now works as chief of staff for New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.    After graduating from Princeton University’s Woodrow...
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Jul 28, 2016
Nick Donnoli, Princeton University Office of Communications
The Princeton University campus has a gentle hum of activity during the summer months. Faculty and students traverse the grounds on foot and on bicycles to engage in research and learning in libraries and laboratories. Visitors enjoy the art, architecture and recreational facilities. Along Lake Carnegie and in the University's many gardens, warm breezes blow through scenic vistas. Full Story Here.
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Jul 22, 2016
Public Affairs
Candidates for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs usually enter the School's degree programs with real-world professional experience. Students with military backgrounds also bring a global viewpoint of the effect public policy has on the ground. Their leadership and experience in the field enriches classroom conversations. Full Story Here.
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Jul 21, 2016
Public Affairs
It’s been an interesting week at the Republication National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump’s wife Melania was accused of plagiarizing her speech. Ted Cruz was booed offstage after failing to endorse Trump. And Hillary Clinton was called a “criminal” and compared to “Lucifer.”   Will such dramatic incidents have an impact on voters? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang debate this issue and more in episode four of Politics & Polls....
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Jul 18, 2016
Public Affairs
People often vote based on who’s already in the White House. So how does the incumbent party affect elections? And how is President Obama’s legacy influencing the current campaign? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang debate this issue and more in episode three of Politics & Polls. Full Podcast Here.
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Jul 13, 2016
Public Affairs
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will soon announce their running mates—but does the vice president pick still matter? While it was once used as a way to bring regional balance to the ticket, it's not clear what the vice president selection means in 2016. Tune in to the second episode of Politics & Polls as Professors Julian E. Zelizer and Sam Wang debate this issue and more. Full Podcast Here.
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Jul 11, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss and Jamie Saxon
Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their work, highlight one or two favorite books, and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, television binge-watching) lists in our second annual "Spinal tap" feature. On Wilson School Dean Cecilia Rouse's summer reading list: Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books and the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. Full Story Here.
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Jul 1, 2016
Public Affairs
In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in the presidential election. Could we see another landslide like this in 2016? Or does today’s political environment make that impossible? Tune in to the first episode of "Politics and Polls” as Professors Julian E. Zelizer and Sam Wang debate this issue and more. Full Podcast here.
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Jun 20, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Eighteen high school students from 16 Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and two students from the Navajo Nation in Arizona are visiting the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs this week as part of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA). Full Story Here.
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Jun 15, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski MPA ’61, a liberal economist, has won the majority of votes in Peru’s presidential election. Full Story Here.
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Jun 13, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Angus Deaton has been named a Knight Bachelor “for his services to research in economics and international affairs.” The honor entitles him to be known as Sir Angus, or Sir Angus Deaton, and was announced as part of the Queen’s official birthday honours list. Full Story Here.
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Jun 9, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
America’s drug epidemic could be better controlled by addressing the economic hardships facing rural America, Princeton University’s Keith Wailoo said at a recent Congressional briefing. The country must also consider how best to treat those suffering from chronic pain. Full Story Here.
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Jun 2, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
The Woodrow Wilson School awarded 83 graduate students and 144 undergraduate students with degrees at its May 31 Commencement and through the 2015-16 academic year. The Wilson School congratulates the five Ph.D. students, 60 Master in Public Affairs (MPA) students and 18 Master in Public Policy (MPP) students who graduated. Full Story Here.
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Jun 1, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Cecilia Rouse, dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, was among the four Harvard University alumni to receive the Centennial Medal on May 25. Full Story Here.
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May 25, 2016
B. Rose Kelly; Translation by Bonelys Rosado and Hiram Beltran-Sanchez
This text is available in English and Spanish. Scroll down for the Spanish translation. El artículo está disponible en inglés y español. Desplacé el cursor hasta abajo para la versión en Español. Latinos in the United States typically live longer than whites — a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “Hispanic Paradox” or “Latino Mortality Advantage.” While not totally understood, these epidemiological findings have interested scholars, mostly...
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May 24, 2016
Public Affairs
Tishina Okegbe MPP ’16 also found her way to the Peace Corps as a means to find more fulfilling work. During her third year of a doctoral program in molecular biology, Okegbe realized that she needed a job with a more tangible impact on people. “I was spending a lot of time in the lab, a lot of time looking down a microscope and a lot of time doing dissections of very small parts of a fly’s body,” Okegbe said. As she considered her passions for...
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May 19, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Concern for the health and well-being of others has long been a driving force for Marlise Pierre-Wright '12, MPA '16. As a Princeton University undergraduate student, this passion led her to assume several leadership roles on campus, including serving as a Healthy Minds peer advisor and a member of the Student Health Advisory Board. Full Story.
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May 13, 2016
Public Affairs
Growing up, Kevin McGinnis ’11, MPA ’15, never imagined he’d someday be advising the U.S. Secretary of Defense on national security policy and overseas military basing. Full Story Here.
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May 13, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this new series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. --Elizabeth Martin - See more at: http://wws.princeton.edu/admissions/wws-blog/item/...
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May 11, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future. Death rates have declined among children and young adults in the poorest counties in the United States, according to the study published in Science. These children may be more likely to be healthier as they grow older, regardless of the poverty level where they live, the...
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May 10, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference led to a historic agreement, in which 195 nations promised to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions. Questions still remain, however, as to how the global community will develop action plans to implement the agreement that are both scientifically and politically feasible. Three graduate students from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School chose to tackle these questions as part of a day-...
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May 9, 2016
Public Affairs
Princeton Research Day, held May 5, was a celebration of the research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The campus-wide event served as an opportunity for researchers and artists to share their work with the community and included research from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and humanities, with talks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations, digital...
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May 5, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Every year citizens flee their homelands to escape political instability, violent conflicts, environmental degradation and grinding poverty. In 2015 alone, roughly 1 million migrants sought a more secure future within the European Union (EU). Over the past few months, students in a Princeton University undergraduate policy task force have been studying the challenges EU leaders face in dealing with the migrant influx — and developing potential...
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May 5, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference led to a historic agreement, in which 195 nations promised to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions. Questions still remain, however, as to how the global community will develop action plans to implement the agreement that are both scientifically and politically feasible. Three graduate students from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School chose to tackle these questions as part of a day-...
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Apr 28, 2016
Public Affairs
Patrick Linn Patrick Linn MPA ’16 had always dreamt of joining the Peace Corps. He knew it would afford him the opportunity to live and work in a community that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible. He applied for the Peace Corps in 2009, but waited a few years before departing to ensure that he and his wife could volunteer in the same location. The wait was well worth it. Linn and his wife worked in the Kedougou region of southeastern Senegal,...
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Apr 27, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this new series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. --Elizabeth Martin   Alicia Allison, MPA ’98 Director, Political Training Division,...
Apr 20, 2016
Public Affairs
Jeremey Taglieri Jeremey Taglieri MPA '17 also found himself in the Peace Corps after becoming disaffected with the institutionalized nature of academia. As a political science undergraduate, Taglieri enjoyed his studies, but was tired of what seemed to be "all talk" and "no action." I grew dissatisfied with the fact that we spent all this time talking about the world's problems but not actually doing (anything about" them," he said. After...
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Apr 19, 2016
Public Affairs
Home to the best college in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, Princeton is located in Mercer county, right in the center of our state. The population is approximately 30,000, and it is both one of the oldest and newest towns in New Jersey. How is that possible? Though Princeton predates the Revolutionary War, it was established in its current state in 2013 when Princeton Township and the Borough of Princeton merged. Here...
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Apr 15, 2016
Public Affairs
John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961 with the goal of sending volunteers on two-year missions to aid developing nations while simultaneously helping Americans understand foreign cultures. Since then, more than 220,000 Americans have traveled to 140 countries to assist with projects ranging from education to agriculture to technology. The Peace Corps provides volunteers with housing and a stipend to cover food and incidentals, allowing...
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Apr 14, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Benjamin Todd Jealous, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and current partner at Kapor Capital - where he has been an adviser for multiple tech startups working to close gaps of access, opportunity and participation for everyday Americans - will serve as the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at...
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Adam Kent, MPA '14
Apr 13, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this new series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. -- Elizabeth Martin  Adam Kent, MPA ‘14 Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support...
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Apr 8, 2016
B. Rose Huber
This weekend SAOC will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In the mid-1990s, graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs recognized two critical needs among students of color: a space to discuss the challenges students of color might face as public service leaders and dedicated time to connect with those who’d gone before them—alumni who’d already carved out a path in the policy arena. Full Story Here.
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Apr 5, 2016
Vivian Chang, MPA '17
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. –Douglas Adams One year ago, I was in your shoes. I was on the edge of my seat, getting ready to run/drive/fly to Princeton and show them that I was even more amazing in person and a guaranteed investment, if they would admit me off the waitlist. Luckily for me, it worked. Unfortunately, not every story ends this way. This post is for you who is stuck...
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Apr 5, 2016
Public Affairs
A group of undergraduate and graduate students traveled to the coast of Normandy, France over spring break to explore the the D-Day Invasion of World War II. The trip was led by the Center for International Security Studies and organized by Travis Sharp, a Ph.D. student at WWS and director of the center's Student Education Initiative program. View Photos Here. All photos were taken by Katherine Elgin, a Ph.D. student at WWS.
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Apr 1, 2016
Public Affairs
Opening April 4, the show, “In the Nation’s Service? Woodrow Wilson Revisited,” documents not only the positive but also the negative aspects of Wilson’s tenure as 13th president of Princeton University and 28th president of the United States. Full Story.
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Mar 31, 2016
B. Rose Huber
“Over the years, I have seen these awards as personal matters, but the Wilson School asked me to finally share,” Reinhardt said. “I am proud and happy to receive these honors but also humbled by them. You always ask: why me?” Full Story.
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Mar 24, 2016
B. Rose Huber
In the mid-1990s, graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs recognized two critical needs among students of color: a space to discuss the challenges students of color might face as public service leaders and dedicated time to connect with those who’d gone before them—alumni who’d already carved out a path in the policy arena. Full Story.
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Mar 23, 2016
Public Affairs
Accessing potable water in rural Morocco was an ordeal that damaged public health and kept many girls too busy for school. With the implementation of targeted reforms, the percentage of rural Moroccans with some access to potable water has soared from 61 percent in 2004 to 94 percent today. The latest case study produced by Innovations for Successful Societies explores the reforms which have brought water to 12 million Moroccans, allowing young...
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Mar 17, 2016
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
Happy St. Paddy's Day from the WWS Graduate Admissions Office!
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Mar 15, 2016
B. Rose Huber
People in the workplace may adjust their behavior to break stereotypes about themselves or match the stereotypes of others -- even if it means playing dumb or giving the cold shoulder, a Princeton University study finds. Full Story.
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Mar 10, 2016
Public Affairs
Congratulations to the 2016 Liman Fellows! Full story here.
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Mar 8, 2016
Public Affairs
Nancy Duff Campbell, Kate Grant and Diane Coffey are just a few of the incredible women who have walked through the doors of Robertson Hall. Today, in honor of International Women's Day, we share with you some pieces featuring these women. Nancy Duff Campbell: A Path to Service WooCast Alumna Kate Grant Gives a Voice to the World's Poorest Women Maternal Health in India Much Worse than Previously Thought
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Mar 3, 2016
B. Rose Huber
Voters in 12 states solidified two front-runners in the presidential campaign: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who are both looking ahead to November. Full Story.
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Mar 1, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Participants in last fall's graduate Policy Workshop, "Building Ties with Former Enemies," met with officials from the U.S. State Department and the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2015, to present recommendations designed to advance the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. Full Story.
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Feb 25, 2016
Lauren R. Mosko
Eileen Claussen, environmentalist and energy scholar, discusses her distinguished career. Full Story Here.
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Feb 23, 2016
Public Affairs
Princeton's Global Health Program (GHP) serves as a hub for students interested in tackling some of the most pressing health-related issues of our time. Full Story.
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Feb 19, 2016
Lauren R. Mosko
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected three students as the 2015 and 2016 Richard H. Ullman Fellows. This fellowship allows recipients to engage in a one-year, career-defining practitioner experience in the field of international affairs. Full Story.
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Feb 17, 2016
Public Affairs
Interested in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs? Want to learn more about our school and the graduate programs we offer? Watch the below video to gain some insight into WWS! Click here for video.
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Feb 8, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Thanks to the efforts of many generous, community-minded graduate students, faculty and staff at the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS), more than $11,000 was raised to benefit the Isles Youth Institute (IYI) in Trenton, N.J., at the Eighth Annual Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) Service Auction held Dec. 11, 2015, at Robertson Hall. The WWAC is the graduate student government body of the Wilson School, created to provide students both a voice in...
Frank von Hippel
Feb 5, 2016
Jeanne Jackson DeVoe
The world’s nuclear enrichment programs should be under international control to prevent the development of nuclear weapons after the new arms deal with Iran expires in 10 to 15 years, said Frank von Hippel, a senior Princeton University research physicist and a former security advisor during the Clinton Administration. Full Story Here.
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Jake Shapiro
Feb 4, 2016
B. Rose Huber
Jacob Shapiro, associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton Universitys Woodrow Wilson School, has been named winner of the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award by the International Studies Association. Full Story.
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Jan 25, 2016
Public Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School has many centers and programs, one being the Center for Information Technology. Here is their blog, Freedom To Tinker, that discusses digital technologies in public life. Visit Blog.
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Martin Gilens
Jan 21, 2016
B. Rose Huber
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision. This decision stated that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. This has also been extended to include for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations. On todays anniversary we look at Martin Gilens work on affluence and influence. Full Story.
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Jan 20, 2016
Public Affairs
WHO reports that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that plagued that region for the last two years is nearing the end. Princeton examined this issue in-depth at a conference in Dublin: View Story Here.
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Jan 13, 2016
WWS Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Once you submit your application you may log in to the online portal to review your activity and to check the status of your supporting materials. We review each application and will notify you if we find that anything is missing; you do not have to contact us to ask if we have all of your materials. This process takes several weeks. The order in which your application is processed in the system has no bearing on your...
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Jan 11, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss
On the second floor of Lewis Thomas Lab at Princeton University, researchers are working to better understand the complex interactions between environmental conditions and human DNA. At the University of Michigan, researchers are using magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds. And researchers at Stony Brook University are examining what affects sleep patterns among such teenagers. These...
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Jan 7, 2016
B. Rose Huber
Curbing school bullying has been a focal point for educators, administrators, policymakers and parents, but the answer may not lie within rules set by adults, according to new research led by Princeton University. Instead, the solution might actually be to have the students themselves, particularly those most connected to their peers, promote conflict resolution in school. Full Story.
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Dec 15, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions
The deadline to apply to our graduate degree programs (MPP, MPA, Ph.D.) is today, Dec. 15. We have compiled the top five frequently asked questions regarding the application process. Refer to this list before hitting submit! What time is the application deadline? 11:59 p.m. EST I submitted my application but do not see my GRE/TOEFL scores on the checklist. Why not? Once you submit your application, it can take up to three weeks for your...
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Dec 14, 2015
Woodrow Wilson School Staff
A Dec. 11 article in The New York Times, “China’s Emissions Pledges Are Undercut by Boom in Coal Projects Abroad,” cited the research of Phillip Hannam MPA ‘15, a doctoral candidate in the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP). The article discusses how Chinese state enterprises continue to build coal-fired plants throughout Asia, even as that country has pledged to stop the growth of its own...
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Dec 11, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below.   Getting In Policy Memo Writing Tips What Counts as Relevant Work Experience? 2016 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation 2016 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement 2016 Application Countdown, Part 3 -...
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Dec 11, 2015
Woodrow Wilson School Staff
Two doctoral candidates at the Woodrow Wilson School, Alex Bollfrass MPA '12 and Andrew Shaver MPA '12, co-authored this Dec. 9 article published by the Council on Foreign Relations. Citing the work of Wilson School Professors Alan Krueger and Jacob Shapiro, the writers conclude that "the West can take in refugees without jeopardizing its national security." Read the article here.
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Journal of Public & International Affairs 26th Edition
Dec 9, 2015
Susan B. Higgins
While producing the annual Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) is no small task, a review of this year’s 26th edition clearly reveals a publication worthy of the time and effort involved. Preparing the journal necessitated bringing together, over the course of a long winter “reading weekend” on the Princeton University campus, 47 editors, all graduate students representing 17 member schools in the Association of Professional...
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Dec 9, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious; substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Dec 9, 2015
Mae Lindsey, MPA '17 (2nd from the right in the photo)
Perhaps you are thinking about coming back to school after working full-time for a number of years. Maybe you’ve been in the for-profit sector and want to pivot to the public sector. Or maybe you are already in the public sector and want to hone your skills. Whatever the case, you may be wondering whether returning to school is the right move, and if so, whether the Woodrow Wilson School is the right place for you. I was in your shoes at this...
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Woodrow Wilson School
Dec 8, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for GPAs and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your performance in courses...
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Dec 4, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
GRE Scores and the Dec. 15 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 15 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel...
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Dec 4, 2015
Isabella (Mizzi) Gomes '16
On Nov. 18, Laverne Cox, advocate and actress in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” visited Princeton University to give a talk on transgender rights. Cox’s talk at Princeton, “Ain’t I A Woman,” observed the University’s memorial ceremony for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 22. This marks the University’s 14th consecutive year of hosting an event in commemoration of those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender...
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Dec 2, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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...
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Nov 30, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The Dec. 15 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2016 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...
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Nov 23, 2015
John-Michael Arnold
A group of Woodrow Wilson School students took part in a crisis simulation in which “senior officials” across the Asia-Pacific region confronted two significant challenges: a clash between China and the Philippines brewing in the South China Sea and the prospect of serious instability on the Korean peninsula. Full Story Here.
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The blood telegram book
Nov 19, 2015
Lauren R. Mosko
Gary Bass, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, won the Ramnath Goenka Award for best nonfiction book for “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide.” Full Story Here.
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students running
Nov 18, 2015
Isabella (Mizzi) Gomes, ‘16
In early October, 11 graduate students from the Woodrow Wilson School ran the Princeton Half Marathon. Full Story Here.
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Anne Case and Angus Deaton
Nov 12, 2015
Public Affairs
Ms. Case is far more than a wife and a researcher. She is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, one of the leading health economists of her generation, and has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. She is also the first author of the mortality study. Full Story Here.
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NYC Municipal Building
Nov 11, 2015
Dustin Palmer, MPA '16
Each week, I go from a prison outside of Trenton, New Jersey to a Princeton University classroom to the New York City Mayor’s Office in Manhattan, all within a 48 hour span. It’s not a routine I anticipated when I applied to graduate school two years ago, but it has become integral to my experience here at the Woodrow Wilson School. And it certainly keeps me on my toes. When I was applying to policy schools, exuberant alumni quickly made the...
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Nov 11, 2015
Public Affairs
In recognition of Veterans Day, a panel discussion at Princeton University will examine the role of veterans in academia Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, 4:30 p.m., in Robertson Hall. This event is sponsored by the Princeton Student Veterans Organization, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for International Security Studies at the School. Faculty with experience in the military – ranging from a few years to a...
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Shirley Tilghman
Nov 9, 2015
Morgan Kelly
Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University, emeritus, and professor of molecular biology public affairs, has been named to a national commission under the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that will examine how to better the delivery of higher education in the future. Full Story.
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Nov 6, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
Our Master’s degree students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, primarily in the public and non-profit sectors. Post-graduate work experience can be obtained over time, beginning with summer employment, internship experience, volunteer experience, and professional experience after graduating from college.  While you are in college, be sure to seek out your institution’s career services office for internship opportunities during...
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Nov 4, 2015
Steve Frakt, WWS Writing Advisor
Applicants often ask us to provide some guidance in writing a policy memo.  Steve Frakt, WWS writing advisor, has been advising WWS undergraduate and graduate students for the past 17 years.  Steve meets with students one-on-one during his office hours to advise them on their various writing assignments.  Graduate students in our Masters in Public Affairs program are required to take a core course entitled "The Politics of Public Policy"  in...
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WWS Policy Workshop
Nov 2, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate policy workshops are a unique part of the Woodrow Wilson School graduate curriculum.  Policy workshops provide students with an opportunity to use the analytical skills they have acquired in the first year in the program to analyze complex and challenging policy issues.  The goal of the workshop is to understand a policy issue in greater depth and to make policy recommendations that are both creative and realistic, to a real client, by...
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Richard Rogerson
Oct 29, 2015
B. Rose Huber
Richard Rogerson, the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been named the winner of the 8th R.K. Cho Economics Prize by Yonsei University. Full Story.
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Group of JSI students in front of steps
Oct 27, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 PPIA Fellowship! – DEADLINE IS NOV. 1ST Apply Today >> JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses: The Ford School - University of Michigan The Goldman School - UC Berkeley Heinz College - Carnegie Mellon University Woodrow Wilson School - Princeton University Eligible candidates are...
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Oct 26, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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...
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two students talking
Oct 23, 2015
Isabella (Mizzi) Gomes '16
Sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), the Sept. 18 symposium featured the work of students who conducted research projects and participated in summer internships sponsored by the global health and U.S. health policy programs. The event, which was held in partnership with campus organizations including International Internship Program (IIP), Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS), Princeton in Asia (PiA), the Community-...
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Martin Gilens
Oct 22, 2015
Morgan Kelly
Martin Gilens, a professor of politics, and faculty associate at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics has been inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' 235th Class of Members. Full Story.
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Angus Deaton
Oct 13, 2015
Public Affairs
"Nobel laureates don't normally come from public policy schools. ... This is the third Nobel Prize that has come from WWS. ... This is like a Nobel Prize for the Woodrow Wilson School, and that's a truly wonderful thing." -Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 
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Paul Volcker
Oct 9, 2015
B. Rose Huber
The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949. Read the full story here.
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Oct 8, 2015
Public Affairs
Three new professors joined the faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at the start of the 2015-16 year. Read the full story here.
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Couples Hooking arms in square dance
Oct 7, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions
In early September, following math camp and the summer MPP program, new students gather for orientation and a wonderful 20 year old tradition of the WWS Square Dance, a distinctive but not exclusively American custom.  Enjoy watching WWS students learn these skills, which will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Watch the video below:  
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Janet Currie
Oct 5, 2015
Michael Hotchkiss
Economist Janet Currie uses the methods of an economist, her analytical skills and an openness to new ideas to offer important insights into the health and well-being of children. Read the full story here.  
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Sep 15, 2015
Public Affairs
Last spring semester Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world.   Aiming to reach a global audience, Widner made the online class available through NovoEd, a massive open...
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Sep 14, 2015
Mike Kelvington, MPA1
This past Friday morning, on September 11th, approximately 15 graduate students from the Woodrow Wilson School joined Princeton’s Student Veterans Organization and the local chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue for a Remembrance Workout that was nothing short of inspirational.  Just as those horrific events of September 11th, 2001 brought together Americans from all walks of life, so did this tribute workout.  In total, there were over 40...
Sep 10, 2015
Public Affairs
After a visit to Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Richard Horton wrote that in Princeton, he found "a university not at all relaxed about its present or its future," but rather "an institution anxious to make an impact."   With its latest addition — a new, fully revamped online portal connecting all things global health — Princeton is showing just how much it aims to...
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Sep 1, 2015
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Aug 25, 2015
Public Affairs
It took less than two months at the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the Woodrow Wilson School in 1995 for Gilbert Collins, MPA ‘99 – then a rising undergraduate senior at Harvard University – to change his career focus. “I was a political science and government major, and I thought I wanted to go to law school,” Collins said. “My interests completely changed after attending the Junior...
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Aug 24, 2015
WWS Admissions
The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 PPIA Fellowship!    About the Fellowship The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive  candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation  in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one...
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Aug 20, 2015
Public Affairs
Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast region in August 2005, resulting in more than 1,800 people dead and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Nearly 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, a site of unprecedented damage during the storm, is Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital and home of Louisiana State University (LSU). A few blocks from campus lived Ian Aucoin, a native of New Orleans who was, at the time, a senior at LSU. “I was in...
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Aug 18, 2015
Public Affairs
Successful societies need human capital – and human capital is produced when a society invests in its children so that they grow up to be healthy, productive citizens. Such is the formula that shapes the work of Dean Spears, MPA ’07, Ph.D. ’13. A child’s failure to thrive hurts the child. But it also hurts the society. In the Sitapur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, early life health has been chronically problematic. While the...
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JRCPPF logo
Aug 13, 2015
Public Affairs
At the end of each summer, a group of Wilson School students immerse themselves in the ins and outs of the financial market.   Now in its sixth year, the intensive three-day “Short-Course: Financial Markets for Public Policy Professionals” provides a framework for second-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) students to understand the operations of financial institutions, the economic purposes they serve and the...
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Aug 11, 2015
Katherine Pantangco, JSI '15
Homemaking" and "coming full circle" are important themes I've taken away so far in my life. Towards the end of my senior year of high school, I received a call from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations selection committee, congratulating me on becoming the San Francisco winner for that year. This summer, I was able to spend two months back at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, just down the street from the Carl A. Fields Center where the...
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Aug 6, 2015
Public Affairs
In mid-June, 29 rising college seniors cut their summer breaks short and set up shop at the Woodrow Wilson School. The undergraduates in this year’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) class hailed from 24 U.S. colleges and universities, representing 16 states and 14 majors. The seven-week program prepares students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. Students are admitted to JSI based on a demonstrated commitment...
Aug 4, 2015
Public Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School is home to centers and programs organized around a range of policy-relevant issues. They focus research efforts, host seminars, and bring to campus distinguished scholars and practitioners throughout the academic year.   Recently, an anonymous donation was made to create the Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton, enabling the University to strengthen its leading...
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Photo of Reena Shah
Jul 28, 2015
Public Affairs
Every day, Reena Shah MPA ’03, and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, seeks to answer a fundamental question: “What do people need to live a life of dignity?” An attorney, Shah draws on international human rights law to fight for the acquisition of basic human needs in the United States. She is the director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid where she works toward improving outcomes for the poor in...
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Jul 23, 2015
Public Affairs
The Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute prepares undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. If you have an interest in and commitment to cross-cultural and social issues and public service, check out the details of the Princeton program here.
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Jul 21, 2015
Public Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School faculty generates research upon which sound public policy is based. This makes for a thriving academic community, and also shapes dialogue in the classroom and among active graduate students. Thoughtful and analytic conversation and debate is essential to the fabric of the program, as well as a successful career in public policy. The WWS Reacts series chronicles the real-time reactions to current events from Wilson...
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Jul 16, 2015
Public Affairs
  The Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School prepares non-Princeton undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. JSI provides participants with the tools for critical thinking, speaking, writing and quantitative reasoning, and with the skills and experiences necessary to create, analyze, implement, evaluate and affect policy in a...
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Jul 14, 2015
Public Affairs
  The latest issue of the graduate program viewbook is hot off the virtual press. The publication offers a close-up of the admission process, life and education at the Woodrow Wilson School, and the careers and public service opportunities within reach after graduation. If you're wondering how your strengths might fit into the fabric of the MPA, MPP or Ph.D. programs, and how you can grow within the community, browsing the viewbook is a...
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Jul 9, 2015
Public Affairs
Eighty percent of Americans do not have access to solar power, leaving them with higher energy bills and larger carbon footprints. Steve Moilanen MPA ’14 and Steph Speirs MPA ’14 have endeavored to unlock the market for those households through Solstice Initiative. Their cofounded organization uses a “community solar” design, providing households with the opportunity to purchase solar power without installing solar panels on their roofs....
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Jul 7, 2015
Public Affairs
"WooCast," a new podcast series produced by the Woodrow Wilson School, will feature experts weighing in on current issues in the policy arena. In the first episode, health historian Keith Wailoo shows how past epidemics provide powerful lessons for the current Ebola crisis.   Do you have a podcast idea? Please submit your suggestions to extaff@princeton.edu.     Wailoo, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs, is a panelist at...
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Jul 2, 2015
Public Affairs
Half of the 220,000 people killed in the Syrian civil war have been civilians. Untargeted barrel bombings have crumbled cities and diminished basic resources like food and water. Many children have been out of school for four years. Those who have survived the attacks suffer with injuries and have no access to medical care. Within the country, 7.6 million people have been displaced. Another 4 million have made the life-threatening trek into...
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Jun 30, 2015
Public Affairs
To expand on this perspective, the Princeton-Fung Global Forum will convene Nov. 2–3 in Dublin, Ireland, to examine global health, using the Ebola outbreak as a case study of a modern plague. The third annual forum will include academic scholars, researchers, health and medical professionals, aid workers, policymakers and journalists. Using a multidisciplinary approach, panelists will examine economic, environmental, political and historical...
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Jun 25, 2015
Public Affairs
Every fall, applicants to Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School graduate programs make final edits to their policy memos, double-check GRE score submissions and update their résumés. They click “submit,” and the months-long wait begins. Surrounded by stacks of reference letters, transcripts and personal essays, Associate Dean for Graduate Admissions John Templeton shuts his office door, and the reading season begins.   While these applications could...
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Jun 24, 2015
WWS Admissions, Photo by Sameer Khan
We would like to welcome the 29th cohort of students to our Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA JSI), the largest diversity program in the United States that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and advances their leadership roles throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in public policy...
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Jun 23, 2015
Public Affairs
The Fistula Foundation funds more obstetric fistula surgeries than any other non-governmental organization in the world. When Kate Grant MPA ’94 joined the Foundation as its first CEO in 2005, it supported surgeries at one institution in Ethiopia. Since then, the Foundation has helped women in 29 countries in Africa and Asia. It was on a seven-month trip through this region that Grant realized she needed to leave her advertising career for a new...
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Jun 18, 2015
Public Affairs
Each spring, Woodrow Wilson School MPA, MPP and PhD students perform a talent show, bringing together students, faculty and staff for a night of laughs amidst the end of the semester. This year's "Woos Got Talent" featured a cast of students singing, playing instruments, dancing and more. Check out some highlight from the show below. We're already looking forward to seeing the talent 2016 brings!
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Jun 17, 2015
Public Affairs
Today we wanted to give a shout-out to another blog: HistPhil, launched this week by Wilson School Professor Stanley N. Katz and fellow historians Benjamin Soskis and Maribel Morey, Ph.D. '13.  This new blog focuses on the history of philanthropy and places a particular emphasis on how history can shed light on contemporary philanthropic issues and practice. The blog will bring together scholars, foundation leaders, and philanthropists in common...
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Jun 16, 2015
Public Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School is spearheading this year's Princeton-Fung Global Forum Nov. 2-3, 2015, in Dublin, Ireland. Designed to bring together colleagues from around the world, this year's forum will examine global health, using the current Ebola crisis as a critical case study of a modern plague. Several keynote speakers will help to frame the current crisis, and the panels will use the Ebola crisis as a framing mechanism to examine aspects...
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Jun 15, 2015
Public Affairs
Fourteen high school students from the Pueblo, Navajo and Jicarilla Apache nations of New Mexico are visiting the Woodrow Wilson School from June 13-21, as part of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA). Nominated by teachers, community leaders, professionals and tribal leaders, these students spend the week examining Native American policymaking on the federal and state levels. The program, co-founded and...
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Jun 8, 2015
WWS Admissions
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests.  Our 67 first-year MPA students will conclude their first-year requirements with summer positions all over...
Jun 4, 2015
Public Affairs
This spring semester Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world. Aiming to reach a global audience, Widner made the online class available through NovoEd, a massive open...
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Jun 3, 2015
WWS Admissions
Congratulations and best of luck to our 2015 WWS Graduates.  We will miss you!
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May 21, 2015
WWS Admissions
The PPIA Public Service EXPO serves as a creative commons for prospective applicants to public policy and international affairs schools, for individuals seeking public service careers and internships, and for strengthening a community of high-impact individuals.  Held in the nation's capital on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at American Unviersity's Katzen Center from 5-8 pm Who should attend? The EXPO brings together representatives of some of the...
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Apr 15, 2015
Hannah Shaw, MPA '15
That might sound funny, but I am a believer in taxes. Since February, some of my classmates and I have volunteered each week at free tax sites down the road in Trenton. At these sites we help low-income taxpayers file their taxes, claim benefits offered through the tax code, and explain why they owe money when they do. We learn firsthand about the remarkable and tangible difference that refundable tax credits can make for working families. We...
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Apr 10, 2015
Vanesa Sanchez, MPA2, Co-Chair of SAOC's Diversity & Inclusion Committee , Photo by John Houston
The student-led organization, Students & Alumni of Color (SAOC), held its 19th annual Symposium on March 28-29, 2015. SAOC's mission is to bring together Woodrow Wilson School students, alumni, and faculty to promote diversity, establish mentoring relationships, discuss issues relevant to the social, political and professional development of students of color, and support the social and political development of communities of color. Photo...
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Apr 7, 2015
Magda Anchondo, MPA '15, Photo by John Houston
The student-led organization Students & Alumni of Color (SAOC) held its 19th annual Symposium on March 28-29, 2015. SAOC's mission is to bring together Woodrow Wilson School students, alumni, and faculty to promote diversity, establish mentoring relationships, discuss issues relevant to the social, political and professional development of students of color, and support the social and political development of communities of color. We hope...
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Mar 28, 2015
WWS Admissions
One of the advantages of the Woodrow Wilson School is its interdisciplinary approach. Students interested in the law may choose to combine the study of law and the study of public affairs through the MPA/JD program. Thomas Scott, MPA/JD '11 completed the program with Stanford Law School and currently works at a firm in Washington. Be sure to check out the piece he recently authored for his firm's White Collar Lawyer blog.
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Mar 23, 2015
WWS Admissions
The Woodrow Wilson School Students and Alumni of Color (SAOC) will host the 19th annual symposium, "Seizing the Moment:  Social Activism & Policy-Making in the Wake of Ferguson," on March 28-29, 2015. The mission of the symposium is to bring together students and alumni of the Woodrow Wilson School in common cause to promote racial diversity, discuss issues relevant to the social, political, and professional development of students of color...
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Staff welcoming newly admitted students.
Mar 20, 2015
Congratulations to our newly admitted students to the Woodrow Wilson School - view video message.
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Mar 2, 2015
WWS Admissions
Alan Blinder Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs You can have the greatest research in the world. But unless you have smart, well-educated, and well-intentioned public servants—both elected and appointed—to carry out the policies, all that research will do society little good. That, to me, is where the Woodrow Wilson School’s educational mission comes in.    
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WWS Graduate Admissions Staff
Feb 23, 2015
WWS Admissions
The Graduate Admissions Office recruits prospective students with a diversity of interests and experiences. We also seek to make the application and admission processes as smooth as possible for all applicants to the School.   Lisa DuffyGraduate Admissions Assistant I started in the Graduate Admissions Office in September 2013, but I am not new to Princeton University. I grew up and attended college in New Jersey and earned a degree in music...
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Feb 5, 2015
WWS Admissions
The University is committed to building a diverse campus community to ensure that student, faculty and staff members can explore their interests, discover new academic and extracurricular pursuits, and just as importantly, learn from each other. Here are some of the centers on campus that support our students: Campus ClubCommunity HouseDavis International CenterFields Center for Equality and Cultural UnderstandingFrist Campus Center...
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Feb 2, 2015
WWS Admissions
Originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, Duc spent the past five years in the United States. He started college at Truman State University in Missouri and then earned his B.A. in economics and mathematics at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. After college, he worked for Cartesian, a consulting firm in Boston, where he conducted research in the telecommunication and digital media industry and analyzed data. After finishing his contract, he traveled...
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Jan 19, 2015
Shasti Conrad, MPA '15 & Ricardo Hurtado, MPA '15
We wanted to share some timely words from Dr. King this holiday to give some perspective on our day-to-day work to support communities of color in the United States and worldwide.  It’s important to honor the spirit of these efforts in our own work, no matter how small our own individual or collective efforts may seem sometimes.    On December 7, 1964, a few days before he received the Noble Peace Prize, Dr. King addressed thousands of people in...
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Jan 16, 2015
WWS Admissions
Application Processing Once you submit your application you may log in to the online portal to review your activity and to check the status of your supporting materials. We review each application and will notify you if we find that anything is missing; you do not have to contact us to ask if we have all of your materials. This process takes several weeks. The order in which your application is processed in the system has no bearing on your...
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Jan 5, 2015
B. Rose Huber
Every February, around 50 graduate students from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and other universities across the country take over Wallace Hall for a "reading weekend." With 150 academic papers in front of them, the students serve as editors, critiquing the scholarly work of their peers. Throughout the chilly weekend, they are looking for one key theme: papers that provide innovative policy ideas addressing real world-issues....
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Dec 22, 2014
Amal Karim, MPA '16
When I started last August in the MPA Program at WWS, three weeks of math camp was just enough time to get to know everyone. Finally, the faces linked with their names. That "girl who sat next to me at lunch" became Laura who had attended her childhood summer camp with my former colleague. The "guy on crutches" became Mike, a returned Peace Corps volunteer with a civil engineering background. And the list went on from there. During math camp, we...
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Dec 22, 2014
WWS Admissions
Have a wonderful Holiday season from the WWS Admissions Office!  
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Dec 10, 2014
Sara Bencic, MPA '16
I came to the Woo to strengthen my quantitative skills and to gain greater experience in health policy. After working for three years, I knew these were the skills I needed to advance my career. After college, I worked for a year at the Pew Charitable Trusts, addressing issues from unemployment insurance to federal tax and spending policy. I often worked with Bureau of Labor Statistics data in STATA – statistical computer software – to examine...
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Dec 4, 2014
Melissa Lyles
#BLACKLIVESMATTER Today I witnessed one of the most moving moments at Princeton University since I started working here 11 years ago. Students, faculty and staff at the University were encouraged to participate in a “Walk-Out & Die-In” to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson and others in demanding an end to racialized state violence. One of the goals of the protest was to dismantle systemic injustices against marginalized people of...
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Dec 2, 2014
Ritika Katyal, MPA '15
As a part of the WWS policy workshop, “Elections in Fragile States,” I got an opportunity to travel with nine of my classmates to Myanmar to assess the preparations for the upcoming elections. The 2015 elections are critical to Myanmar’s democratic transition, and it was an incredible opportunity for us to observe this critical juncture in Myanmar’s history. We met a range of stakeholders, including the Government Union Election Commission, ...
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Nov 27, 2014
WWS Admissions
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below. The admissions office will be closed over the holiday weekend—If you have difficulty with the online application between now and December 1, you may contact the application administrator, CollegeNet, at help@applyweb.com. Please allow...
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Nov 26, 2014
WWS Admissions
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious as substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Nov 26, 2014
Ricardo Hurtado, MPA '15
On Aug. 9, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri added a heartbreaking chapter to an already tragic story that includes Emmett Till, Tanisha Anderson, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Tarika Wilson, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner and many, many more. On this fateful day, yet another young life was taken at the hands of authorities. Michael Brown, 18 years old, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. One hundred and eight days later...
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Nov 25, 2014
WWS Admissions
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for Grade Point Averages and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your...
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Nov 24, 2014
WWS Admissions
GRE Scores and the Dec. 1 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 1 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel or...
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Nov 21, 2014
Brandon Lewis, MPA '16
Here’s what I got away with in my application to the Woodrow Wilson School: Not having a degree in economics, political science, or international relations Writing my first ever policy memo Deciding to write that memo to the president, provincial governors, minister of mines, and chairman of the state mining company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (I mean, Why not?) Prefacing my course list with the following statement concerning my true...
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Nov 20, 2014
WWS Admissions
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 by telling your story of public service, your contributions to the public good and define your passion for specific policy issues and the ways in which you have...
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Nov 19, 2014
WWS Admissions
The December 1 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2015 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...
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Nov 17, 2014
WWS Admissions
Our Master’s degree students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, primarily in the public and non-profit sectors. Post-graduate work experience can be obtained over time, beginning with summer employment, internship experience, volunteer experience, and professional experience after graduating from college.  While you are in college, be sure to seek out your institution’s career services office for internship opportunities during...
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Nov 11, 2014
Shasti Conrad, MPA '15
This summer, I had the great privilege of working for one of the new Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winners, Malala Yousafzai. After previously working for the federal government, I decided that I wanted to gain experience working at a smaller NGO in the philanthropic sector focused on international development issues. So, when the opportunity presented itself to work with the Malala Fund, I jumped at the chance. The Malala Fund was founded in 2013, a...
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Oct 28, 2014
WWS Admissions
Applicants often ask us to provide some guidance in writing a policy memo.  Steve Frakt, WWS writing advisor, has been advising WWS undergraduate and graduate students for the past 17 years.  Steve meets with students one-on-one during his office hours to advise them on their various writing assignments.  Graduate students in our Masters in Public Affairs program are required to take a core course entitled "The Politics of Public Policy"  in...
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Oct 22, 2014
Alex Kasdin, SINSI-MPA '18
We all thought it was a joke, a mistake on the schedule that was code for something else. But when we walked into the dining room, we saw a band and an excited John Templeton, director of graduate admissions, and knew: we were seriously square dancing.  The Woodrow Wilson School’s MPA curriculum is very quantitative, so to ensure that all incoming MPA students are prepared for the mathematical rigor of the courses, the school sponsors three...
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Oct 20, 2014
WWS Admissions
The type of career one can pursue upon completing a degree in public policy or international affairs is limitless - our graduates go on to pursue lifelong, rewarding careers in public service.  Some pursue careers domestically within federal, state, and local governments.   Others pursue careers abroad for the State Department, USAID, the UN, and non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and the lists goes on and on.  The best advice is to...
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Oct 9, 2014
Eric Wilkens
We asked recent Woodrow Wilson School graduate alumni about their time at Princeton and what they are doing now.
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Sara Elsayed, MPA '16
Oct 7, 2014
Sara Elsayed, MPA '16
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina as a first-generation American. I went to a public high school. My family was supportive and I was motivated. I did well, but I was sheltered. It had never occurred to me to consider a more prestigious or even out-of-state university.  I applied locally and went to a state school. It was a great experience and I received an extraordinary education.  But it was safe--a by-product of my sheltered small...
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Oct 6, 2014
WWS Admissions
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...
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Renato Rocha, MPA '16
Oct 3, 2014
Renato Rocha, MPA '16
During the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to participate in Princeton’s Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute. The PPIA program looks for applicants from various backgrounds interested in public policy. The fellowship provides students with round-trip transportation, room and board, and a summer stipend. When I was applying to PPIA, I knew I was interested in pursuing a career in public service. However, I...
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Sep 23, 2014
Karli Bryant, MPA '16
You mean to tell me that I have unlimited access to every alumni that has graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School?  I have a team in the Career Services Office who actually wants to meet with me and help me with my career path? And I get to take all these classes and have access to all these resources? Yes! Yes! And Yes!  While applying to the Woo, I can say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I knew there were amazing faculty...
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Sep 9, 2014
WWS Admissions
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming and returning graduate students
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Robertson Hall
Aug 5, 2014
WWS Admissions
MPA. MPP. MPA (again). MPH. So what exactly is a master's degree in public and international affairs? Put simply, it is a course of study that will prepare you to think critically, to analyze and solve policy problems and to become an impactful leader for the public good. Flexible programs allow you to tailor a curriculum to your interests and sometimes even earn a joint degree in another discipline. While programs will vary by institution,...
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Jul 28, 2014
Ana E. Cubas, MPA-URP ‘96
As a Los Angeles native, adjusting to life as a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School was tough.  The curriculum was rigorous and getting used to the weather was challenging (I had to learn how to shop for the appropriate jackets, socks, and ear muffs!).  I missed home, and as someone that was committed to public service, I also searched for opportunities to volunteer, and to give back to Latino and African American communities.  I tried...
Jul 14, 2014
Eric Wilkens
On a recent summer evening, a group of 17 rising seniors from colleges across the country were discussing Russia and the European Union in Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus.    The students are part of the international policy workshop, "U.S.-EU Cooperation on Conflict Resolution," in the Junior Summer Institute (JSI), a seven-week-long program hosted by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs that is designed to...
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Jul 7, 2014
Megan McGuire, MPA '15, UN Somali - Intern, Resident Coordinator’s Office
This summer I’m working with the office of the UN Resident Coordinator to Somalia, which plays a strategic planning and coordination function for the UN Somalia Country Team, a set of more than twenty UN agencies working in Somalia. It’s a very exciting time to be in this office: Somalia is undergoing positive political change, experiencing some gains in security and governance, and the international community is beginning to increase its...
Jun 27, 2014
Ricky Hurtado, MPA '15, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink
As I picked up my registration packet at this year’s "A Gathering of Leaders" conference in Oakland, CA, I couldn’t help but laugh when I glanced down at my name tag. “Ricky Hurtado, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink” it read. It felt a little strange to be with my new PolicyLink co-workers, preparing for a week’s worth of energizing and challenging dialogue around the work supporting boys and men of color across the...
Jun 17, 2014
WWS Admissions
Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 23-26, 2014, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational...
A student during the 2013 Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA) at the Wilson School. Photo provided by Patrice Chavez.
Jun 17, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Fourteen high school students from 14 Pueblo Nations in New Mexico will visit the Woodrow Wilson School from June 14-22, as part of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA).    The program, co-founded and co-directed by Regis Pecos ’77, chief of staff to the New Mexico House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader and director of legislative affairs for the House Majority Office, brings American Indian...
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Jun 13, 2014
Melissa Lyles
We would like to welcome the 28th cohort of students to our Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA-JSI), the largest diversity program in the United States that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and advances their leadership roles throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in public policy...
Jun 4, 2014
Melissa Lyles
In June 2013, I welcomed the 27th cohort of rising undergraduate seniors from across the country to our Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA/JSI) program for students interested in public policy. Thirty –five students, hailing from 28 colleges and universities, were here for the seven-week program. 2013 PPIA/JSI CLASS - WOODROW WILSON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS At the welcome event, one student...
May 27, 2014
Melissa Lyles
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests.  From the moment students arrive during Math Camp, Ann Corwin, director of Career Services and Alumni...
Princeton University President Emerita Shirley Tilghman (Photo credit: Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)
May 13, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Shirley Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University, will be joining the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as a joint faculty member with the Department of Molecular Biology.    “We are thrilled to have Professor Tilghman join our faculty,” said Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Wilson School. “Science is integral to public policy, and Professor Tilghman’s research and scholarship in the field of molecular biology and...
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May 5, 2014
Cherena Walker
“My door is always open.” That’s what I like to tell our graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School. As director of Master in Public Policy (MPP) Career Services and assistant director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations, I develop and execute the career services strategy for our mid-career graduate students and provide individualized career coaching for all WWS graduate students. It’s a job I really enjoy because the students...
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Apr 21, 2014
Meet the Woodrow Wilson School graduate faculty, most of whom have dual appointments with other departments within the University. Through their innovative research and expertise, WWS faculty members equip students with the analytical skill and knowledge necessary to take on complex policy issues.
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Apr 14, 2014
Emily King, MPA '15
One of the first decisions you’ll be faced with at Princeton—after you decide which drawer will be the silverware drawer, select the color of your new comforter from Ikea and pick which intramural sports to sign up for—is which track of quantitative classes to take.  As Dan’s earlier post mentioned, quantitative classes come in three flavors at the Woo. B-track classes are designed for students who haven’t taken a math class in awhile and D-...
Apr 7, 2014
Dan Edelman, MPA '15
I’m not the most quantitatively inclined person. I took only one economics class in college and was just a few courses shy of a quadruple major in Sociology, Spanish, Black Studies and History. After college, I taught social studies and coached soccer at a high school in Mississippi and then worked at a food pantry in East Harlem. One of the more surprising aspects of coming to Princeton was that I wasn’t alone in the lack of quantitative...
Apr 2, 2014
Seyron Foo, MPA '14
There, we sat. In this beautiful parlor of a Brooklyn brownstone, where original rich wood paneling contrasted with the sleek modern marble lines, eight of us Woodrow Wilson graduate students joined Woody Woo alumni of color to do what Woos do best. Eat. And talk. We trekked from Princeton on a (finally) warmer—but drizzly day—to the home of a Woody Woo alumna of color, who wanted us to meet established leaders actively engaged in lifting...
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MPP students bowling
Mar 31, 2014
Elin Burns, MPP '14
“So what are you doing next?”… It’s the dreaded question that looms as you’re nearing the end of a diplomatic posting. After 7 years working across three UK government departments in two countries, I realized that I wanted a new challenge. Busy jobs had left me little time to think strategically about what I'd learned, what I wanted from my career, and what I might do next. With this in mind, I applied to the MPP program (designed specifically...
Dean Rouse
Mar 25, 2014
WWS Admissions
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Mar 17, 2014
WWS Admissions
Welcome! We would like to welcome our newly admitted MPA, MPP and Ph.D. students! We look forward to meeting you all at our hosting program on April 6, 2014. Here's what you should expect: You will receive an email from our Student Hosting Committee shortly that will include the agenda and details on how to register for our hosting program. Within the next 24 hours, you will gain access to your electronic offer of admission and contract from the...
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Mar 10, 2014
Elena Serna-Wallender, MPA '14
When I started the Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program at the Woodrow Wilson School, I had no intention of getting involved in WWS’ student government, called the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC). I had not done anything like that as an undergrad and I figured plenty of my classmates would be far more politically inclined than I am. I am not a terribly competitive person, so the idea of running for office—albeit for our school’s rather...
Feb 28, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Second-year Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) and Masters in Public Policy students shared with peers and Woodrow Wilson School administrators the findings of their Policy Workshops during a Policy Workshop Symposium on Feb. 6, 2014.  The purpose of the symposium was for students to share their experiences and research and to offer tips to first-year MPA students on how to plan and execute their own Policy Workshops in Fall 2014. The information...
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Feb 24, 2014
Melissa Lyles
For the past nine years at the Woodrow Wilson School, I have participated on the admissions committee, read and evaluated applications for admission to our Junior Summer Institute program and served on the selection committee for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs, a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This is my first official season...
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Feb 5, 2014
Larry Handerhan, MPA '12
“What is the queer community like at Princeton?” It’s one of the most frequent inquires I receive when I tell people I went to the Woodrow Wilson School. And questioners are often surprised when I reply that Princeton is consistently ranked among the Top Universities for LGBT Students by Campus Pride. Princeton takes its LGBT community very seriously. In recent years, reinvestment from the community has made the University a well-resourced and...
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Students bidding on prizes
Jan 22, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Graduate students, faculty and staff from the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) raised $13,000 for the Isles Youth Institute in Trenton, N.J., during the Sixth Annual Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) Service Auction Dec. 6, 2013, in Robertson Hall. Money raised by the event, organized by WWAC Community Service co-chairs Samuel Clark and Kate Fritzche, both second year master’s students, will go toward helping at-risk youth. All auction items...
Jan 14, 2014
Melissa Lyles
You received the acceptance letter from the graduate school of your dreams – now the reality of having to pay for another round of tuition, books and living expenses sets in. Over the past 10 years, I served as the director of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In that role, I often discussed graduate school opportunities with students and I was very surprised that many of them did...
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Jan 7, 2014
WWS Admissions Director
I read applications in "3D"; I create mental pictures of each person. Images of every place described are active. It is highly entertaining and incredibly time consuming. One applicant wrote about sky diving 800 times. I don’t know about you, but I think once would be enough. Still, this was her passion and it’s important to sense every applicant’s passion. Another applicant served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria and watched drunks beat a stray...
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Dec 30, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Of the 20 students in this year’s Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program at the Woodrow Wilson School, only one spent the past year studying at a Cameroonian war college. Maj. Kevin Toth was the only American among 42 officers from 23 countries to study military strategy, policy, and international cooperation from an African point of view.  “As an African specialist, my primary concern is getting their perspectives on how they fight wars,...
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Seth Smith at Desk
Dec 23, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Seth Smith, MPA II in the Woodrow Wilson School, recalls watching Operation Desert Storm on television as a child. “It was the first time war was displayed on TV. From that point on, international affairs interested me. My intellectual curiosity laid in the world around me, and how countries interacted with each other,” he says. So began a life of public service, including six years in the U.S. Navy, four of which were served in the Middle East...
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Dec 20, 2013
WWS Admissions Director
If I were in your shoes, what happens next would be on my mind every day. Aside from thinking about the applications you just submitted, you go about doing that thing called life. It is the same for me; only not everyone can say, most of the time, “I love my job!” This is what I call “reading season.” I read your application and about 1,000 others for the next two months. After reading and thinking about each applicant, I draw a word portrait...
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Dec 13, 2013
WWS Admissions Director
My immediate reaction to blogging was, “Don’t see no need for it,” which translates to, “I got along just fine without it.” Most days, I feel that way about texting, emails, iPods, smart phones (what genius came up with that marketing), the Internet, fax machines and almost any electronic device short of a record player. So, I am of that adage, “I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands.” But Skype – I like that. So why should we blog?...
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Dec 12, 2013
Eric Wilkens
“The bars in my apartment’s windows showed how unsafe my neighborhood used to be,” says Esha Chhabra, MPA I in the Woodrow Wilson School. At the time, Chhabra lived in Patna, the capital of the Indian state Bihar, once known as the “kidnapping capital of India.” Prior to attending Princeton, Chhabra worked as a country economist for the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India-Bihar Programme, identifying areas for research that could aid...
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Dec 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Woodrow Wilson School Connections: facebook.com/wilsonschool twitter.com/wilsonschool youtube.com/wilsonschool instagram.com/wilson_school  
Kobiljar raising cement block
Dec 5, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Princeton University’s ivy-covered buildings and sprawling campus contrast starkly with Emina Kobiljar’s native Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). At age five, Kobiljar, an MPA I in the Woodrow Wilson School, and her family fled the country when the Bosnian War broke out.  They escaped a few days before the Siege of Sarajevo, an unrelenting military attack on the city that lasted nearly four years. They made their way as refugees nearly 850 miles to...
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Dec 4, 2013
Kidus Asfaw, MPA '14
The summer between an MPA’s two-year life at the Woodrow Wilson School is as unique and impacting as the passion to public service that have brought them back to school. To give you a glimpse into the lives of a few of our students, we asked five volunteers to share the summer internship experience and the impact they had on the organizations and areas in which they lived. JARED DUVAL - domestic policy Location: This summer I was the Creative...
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Dec 4, 2013
Alexandra Utsey, MPA '14
Each summer our WWS graduate students disperse all over the world to participate in summer internships to gain practical professional work experience.  The photos below capture the student's experience in various locations around the world.   Elena Serna-Wallender at the Federal Reserve Board Room in Washington, D.C. (with Nate Ratledge, Thomas Coen, Anna Fogel, Seyron Foo, and Kate Fritzche): "We took this shot in the Federal Reserve board...
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Robertson Hall in autumn
Nov 22, 2013
WWS Admissions
We take a holistic approach in evaluating candidates for admission.  Here are key qualities we seek in competitive applicants to our Masters programs at the Woodrow Wilson School. COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE We seek to enroll students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service We weigh the depth of commitment to a career of public service by evaluating both volunteer and professional accomplishments Your personal statement...
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Sep 18, 2013
Seyron Foo, MPA '14
You may have already heard about our international travels as students at the Woodrow Wilson School, often generously supported by the Woo. To encourage foreign language study, the school provides language scholarships to students seeking to learn a language. The stipends can be used in the United States for classes and tutoring, or for language study abroad. This past summer, students traveled around the world to learn languages, from Spanish...
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May 1, 2013
WWS Admissions
The final installment of our 2012 internship maps!  Check out our last post of the “Where Woos Intern” series featuring summer internship positions held across the United States, excluding those in Washington, D.C. Best of luck to current MPA first years who will be starting their internships in just a few weeks!   View 2012 WWS Internships in the U.S. in a larger map Full list of internship locations and their corresponding intern’s field: The...
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Oregon
Apr 21, 2013
WWS Admissions
Written by Marco De Leon Before my time at the Woodrow Wilson School, I spent my days working on Capitol Hill. While I never directly handled the issue of health care for any Member of Congress, my time in government was nonetheless dominated by the issue. From the agenda-setting politics of the presidential primaries to the protracted and contentious congressional negotiations, any other legislative priorities had to be seen with an eye on the...
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Maggie Haight
Apr 17, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Maggie Haight and asked five questions about her life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School.  What distinguishes WWS from other schools to you? I think WWS offers an amazing array of opportunities that really set it apart from the other options out there. First, it has one of the smallest incoming class sizes, so you get to know your...
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Stanworth Housing
Apr 13, 2013
WWS Admissions
In our second feature on Stanworth housing, we went inside MPA1 Mayank Misra’s apartment where he lives with his wife Poh (a video journalist at the New York Times) and their beagle, JoJo. They moved to Princeton last fall from New Delhi, India. Their Stanworth apartment is a two bedroom simplex unit – click here to view the floorplan.  
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Apr 13, 2013
Becca Gong
One of the special things about the Woodrow Wilson School’s policy programs is that they offer tremendous cross-pollination opportunities between fields. WWS has four academic fields of specialization: International Relations (I) Development Studies (II) Domestic Policy (III) Economics & Public Policy (IV). WWS also offers four certificates, including: Demography (OPR) Health and Health Policy (HHP) Science, Technology & Environmental...
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Apr 11, 2013
WWS Admissions
Last week Anne-Marie Slaughter announced she will be leaving the Woodrow Wilson School to serve as President of the New America Foundation, a D.C. based non-partisan think tank. Professor Slaughter was the first woman to hold the position of Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School from 2002 – 2009. In 2009 she took leave from the School for two years to serve as the first woman to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning at the State...
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Apr 10, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Old Graduate College (OGC), built in 1913 and expanded in 1927, consists largely of one- and two-room suites for one or two students; many rooms have private or semi-private bathrooms. Take a look inside MPA1 Adam Kent’s apartment, where he lives in a one bedroom unit by himself. Adam moved to Princeton last fall from Washington, D.C. Floorplans are not available for OGC apartments.
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WWS and LSE students
Apr 9, 2013
A group picture of the WWS and LSE students who participated in the conference. Written by Cheryl Cooper As the United States and Europe continue to recover from the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many pressing policy questions have yet to be decided: Is austerity in Europe achieving its goals? What is the future of global financial regulation? What role should government institutions play in the recovery? These and many more issues must be...
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Apr 9, 2013
WWS Admissions
Today we’re taking you inside MPA1 Elena Serna-Wallenders’s home at Butler, where she lives with her husband Alex, who will be studying at the Princeton Theological Seminary this fall. They moved to Princeton last fall from San Antonio, Texas. Their apartment is a “two bedroom large” and the average size for Butler units. Click here to view the floorplan.  
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Apr 8, 2013
WWS Admissions
Curious to see what graduate housing looks like in Princeton, New Jersey? Take a look inside MPA1 Corey Parson’s apartment at Stanworth, where he lives with his partner Jessica (a CUNY PhD candidate) and their two cats, Henry and Oliver. They moved to Princeton last fall from Jersey City. Their Stanworth apartment is a two bedroom duplex unit and one of the largest available – click here to view the floorplan.  
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WWS 501: The Politics of Public Policy
Apr 7, 2013
Seyron Foo
WWS 501: the Politics of Public Policy serves as a rite of passage for your first semester as an M.P.A. at the Woodrow Wilson School. The key feature of the course includes the almost weekly memorandums covering an array of political considerations when considering proposals confronted by policymakers on a daily basis. The class brings multiple perspectives, with Woodrow Wilson faculty members from both subjects of international relations and...
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Apr 7, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Wilson School’s Office of Graduate Career Services is an invaluable resource for all Woos, especially as they explore summer internship opportunities that are required for all M.P.A degree candidates in between their two years at school. We’re mapping out all of last year’s internship positions, this week featuring those in our nation’s capital.   View 2012 WWS Internships in Washington, DC in a larger map Full list of internships with...
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A majority of Wilson School students filled the Graduate College as future versions of their classmates.
Apr 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Written by Kate Fritzsche, MPA ’14 As part of our nature as a public service school, many WWS students are involved with community service in the areas surrounding Princeton. The graduate students at WWS have had an ongoing relationship with the Greater Donnelly Initiative (GDI) in Trenton, NJ for five years. GDI provides mentorship, gang-resistance, and homelessness/hunger services to disadvantaged youth in inner-city Trenton. We’ve partnered...
Chad Maisel
Apr 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Chad Maisel and asked five questions about his life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. What did you do before coming to WWS? Prior to Woody Woo, I was working in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. The office works closely with the different federal departments- from Treasury to Interior to GSA- to ensure the entire Administration...
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Photos of pop culture faces
Apr 2, 2013
WWS Admissions
Can you name these faces from queer history and pop culture in under 2 minutes? Last Thursday, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Queer Graduate Caucus hosted a night of “Queer Quizzo” at the Woo-filled Campus Club. Modeled after a style of pub trivia that originated in Philadelphia, QGC’s twist on Quizzo was a fun and educational way for grad students to explore the themes of gender and sexuality. Organized by MPA2 Cara...
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Chris Johnson
Mar 28, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Chris Johnson and asked five questions about his life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. What did you do before studying at WWS? I was studying at NYU majoring in International Relations and Latin American Studies immediately before matriculating at Princeton. I was awarded the Department of State’s Pickering Foreign Affairs fellowship in...
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The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio.
Mar 27, 2013
Peter Blair
The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio. As an international student it might seem kind of strange that I spent fall break in Ohio working on a US presidential Get Out the Vote campaign. As a few people in my class remarked, it wasn’t as if I was going to personally get anything out of the results (other than maybe some left over bumper stickers), but as someone who has always followed US politics (thanks to “The...
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Dean Rouse
Mar 26, 2013
WWS Admissions
Members of the Wilson School Graduate Admissions Office social media team sat down with Dean Cecilia Rouse to hear her vision for the school and what she thinks distinguishes the school’s policy programs from its peer institutions. Find out what she has to say!   2 Minutes with Dean Rouse from WWS Admissions on Vimeo. Transcript: I’ve been on the faculty of Princeton for many years so I’m really an academic, but I’m drawn to academics, I’m...
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Robert Zoellick, photo courtesy of The Daily Princetonian.
Mar 25, 2013
Kidus Asfaw
Launched in 2009, the Woodrow Wilson School’s “Leadership and Governance Program,” brings prominent public policy leaders to the School who are unable to spend a full semester or academic year on campus, but can visit for a shorter period of time. While on campus the “distinguished visitor” delivers a public lecture, meets informally with individuals or small groups of students, and participates in classroom discussions. Kidus reflects on Robert...
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John Templeton
Mar 19, 2013
WWS Admissions
John Templeton is the Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Admission at the Woodrow Wilson School. He has worked at Princeton University since 1988 and has been recognized for his commitment to increasing access to higher education for groups that have been historically underrepresented. Name: John TempletonHometown: Madison, WisconsinAlma Mater: Whitman College, Walla Walla, WATitle: Associate Dean, Director of Graduate AdmissionRole: Manage...
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Madi Sengupta
Mar 18, 2013
WWS Admissions
This is the first post in our weekly Student Spotlight series, in which we sit down with current students and ask five questions about their life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. Madi Sengupta, MPA ’13 Field: I, International RelationsHometown: Houston, TXAlma Mater: University of Texas, Austin ’07 What did you do before studying at the Woodrow Wilson School? Prior to WWS, I worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in...
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Ann Corwin
Mar 15, 2013
Alex Utsey
What’s one of my favorite things about attending a small graduate school program? The personalized career services experience. It’s important to me to have one-on-one guidance when figuring out what to do after grad school, and the Woodrow Wilson School has exceeded my expectations in every way. The week we arrived at Princeton, students had meetings with the two Career Services directors, Ann Corwin and Cherena Walker, to get to know them. We...
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Social Media Group
Mar 15, 2013
WWS Admissions
This blog was created in collaboration with current Wilson school students who make up our unofficial Social Media Group. Working together with the admissions office, the Social Media Group has developed the content strategy and vision for this blog. Meet our team of student contributors who have volunteered their time to make this an engaging resource for prospective students around the world! Alex Utsey, MPA ’14 Field: I, International...
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House, Union Beach, NJ
Mar 11, 2013
WWS Admissions
Five Woos took time out from studying for midterms and headed to Union Beach, NJ, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.  It’s been five months since the hurricane hit and New Jersey communities are still dealing with its aftermath.
MPA1 Mayank Misra, his wife Poh Si Teng, graduate student Catherine Offord and PhD candidate Rachel Baker perform as Tikka Masala.
Mar 8, 2013
WWS Admissions
MPA1 Mayank Misra, his wife Poh Si Teng, graduate student Catherine Offord and PhD candidate Rachel Baker perform as Tikka Masala. Woos packed Princeton’s notorious D-Bar to hear their classmates perform during the second annual “WooCoustic”, an open mic night put on entirely by Wilson School students. The set list included original songs and covers ranging from the BeeGees, the Beatles, and Boys II Men.
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Welcome
Mar 1, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Woodrow Wilson School Admission Blog is the most dynamic and interactive way to be engaged with the life of our students and alumni. Their stories will help you understand the remarkable resources available to you. Our intent is to provide a number of voices primarily from our students and members of the admission office. Thank you for being interested in our degree programs and our commitment to public service. Please contact us at wwsadmit...