Politics & Polls #24: Draining the Swamp?

Dec 20, 2016
Published by: 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...

‘Community Swell’ Needed to Address Racial Justice and Policing in America

Dec 16, 2016
Published by: 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...

Politics & Polls #23: Democrats in Trump’s America

Dec 13, 2016
Published by: 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...

2017 Application Wrap-up

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 -...

Politics & Polls #22: Trump & the Supreme Court

Dec 7, 2016
Published by: 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,...

2017 Application Countdown, Part 6 - Coming Back to School? Here’s What You Need to Know

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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2017 Application Countdown, Part 5 - Résumé & Diversity

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,...

2017 Application Countdown, Part 3 - The GRE Deadline

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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2017 Application Countdown, Part 4 – Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores

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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2017 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement

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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