WWS Blog: 2018

Jul 27, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
The Woodrow Wilson School has a good mix of domestic and international students in residence during any given year. We welcome students from all backgrounds; each unique perspective adds to the learning dynamic within our cohorts! We are often asked by international students about life in New Jersey. Does Princeton have a community in which I would feel welcome? How many students from other countries do you have in your programs? Am I a...
Jul 24, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
This video was put together by and features Woodrow Wilson School students from the 2018 and 2019 MPA cohorts. These brave and courageous students have helped to advance a school-wide conversation around diversity and inclusion broadly and first-generation and low-income students at the WWS specifically. This conversation led to the formation of a student organization – first. – as a forum for first-generation and low-income students to find...
Jul 20, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
The Graduate Admissions Office participated in New York City and Washington, D.C. events on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to all who came out; we enjoyed meeting you! Additional many thanks to MPA graduates Liv Dowling and Evan LeFlore for speaking on the alumni panels about their work at the Pentagon and the Federal Reserve Bank, respectively. Liv focuses her work on international relations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for...
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Jul 10, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Greetings from hot and humid central New Jersey. For those wishing to get a jump start on their fall 2018 application to the WWS, I am pleased to write with an update. Beyond the other application requirements, we want to get to know our applicants on a more personal and individual basis. As such, we will ask all applicants to our three graduate degree programs - MPA, MPP, PhD - to answer the following *new* question in approximately 200 to 300...
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Jul 3, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
The Woodrow Wilson School strives to be a diverse and inclusive community. We admit students from all walks of life and from a variety of backgrounds. Our students are the center of our school; their different policy interests help to make us great on campus, and contribute toward making the world great upon graduation. One group we are proud to welcome each fall is our active duty and military veterans. Beyond our work to facilitate civil-...
Jun 29, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
We were thrilled to participate in the second Summerfest 2018 event this week in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Thanks to all who came to the event - we enjoyed meeting you! Sheree Oluwafemi, MPA class of 2017 and current Presidential Management Fellow, represented the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) on the alumni panel. Sheree did a superb job answering questions like: What advice would you give to...
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Jun 26, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Greetings from Princeton. Each year, the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) plays host to countless speakers, conferences and events. And while our summer programming is - by comparison - slower, we still work hard to keep educating the next generation of policy leaders. One of our flagship programs, the Junior Summer Institute (JSI), has just welcomed its 32nd cohort to campus. Since 1985, save one year, the WWS has hosted a JSI as part of its proud...
Jun 21, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Last night the Woodrow Wilson School Admissions Office and Shekeima Dockery, MPA class of 2017 currently working for the City of Boston, were in Medford, MA for Boston Summerfest 2018, along with colleagues and alumni from four other graduate programs.   Each Summerfest follows the same format: admissions representatives provide school-specific overviews, while our alumni speak on a panel about their experience at policy school and how that...
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Jun 8, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
If you are thinking about graduate school in public affairs or public policy, please join the WWS and four other professional schools this summer in Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. Each event will feature a panel discussion with alumni and a meet and greet with admissions representatives from five top professional schools. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered, and to see whether graduate school is an option that...
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May 16, 2018
Carly Millenson ’18
Princeton University’s Center for International Security Studies (CISS) held its spring Grand Strategy Simulation on April 28. The activity brought together Princeton students from diverse academic backgrounds to take part in an exercise simulating the strategic jostling of the U.S., Russia, China and Turkey over three decades. The goal of the simulation is to create a no-stakes environment in which students can experience some of the pressures...
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SAOC conference participants
May 1, 2018
Lauryn Williams MPA ’18, Marcelo Norsworthy MPA ’18, Seleeke Flingai MPA ’18
Students and Alumni of Color (SAOC), a Woodrow Wilson School graduate student-led organization, held its 22nd annual Symposium on April 7-8, 2018. The mission of SAOC is to bring together students, alumni and faculty to promote diversity, build 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 at Princeton. In...
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Apr 24, 2018
Sarah M. Binder
Recent reports indicate President Donald Trump would like U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria within six months, while some on his national security team warn that leaving Syria would allow other nation states to exert greater influence over the war-torn country. As Syria and the rest of the Middle East faces fundamental political challenges, it appears likely that U.S. and Russian interests in the region will compete.   A fall 2017 graduate...
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Apr 3, 2018
Public Affairs
President Donald Trump’s moods and temperament are a hot topic for journalists, lawmakers and academics. In fact, earlier this year, a psychiatrist from Yale University actually briefed Democratic lawmakers on the president’s mental state, which she called “dangerous.” The analysis, by Dr. Bandy Lee and others, received criticism given that she and others haven’t actually examined President Trump. She joins the podcast this week to explain her...
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Mar 16, 2018
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is seeking a writing intern for its Office of Public Affairs and Communications for summer 2018. The intern will be responsible for writing news articles, feature articles, award briefs and social media posts for a non-technical audience, and assisting with outreach strategies. This is a paid position. Apply here! http://bit.ly/2IsrNEK */
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Mar 16, 2018
Want to learn more about the students, faculty and staff at the Woodrow Wilson School? Check us out on Instagram to read #WooWho profiles in which individuals talk about their commitment to service and what it is like to study, teach and work here. The latest post features Stefanie Mavronis MPA '18, a native of Baltimore. Are you already at the Woo and want to be featured? Email us at extaff@princeton.edu!
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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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