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Politics & Polls #9: Top Three Campaign Moments

Aug 29, 2016
Published by: 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...

Politics & Polls #8: All About Polls

Aug 25, 2016
Published by: 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...

Community and Civic Engagement Internships Provide Opportunity to Explore Careers in Service

Aug 24, 2016
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...

Neilson Ushers Peruvian Education Policy Laboratory

Aug 18, 2016
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 ...

A Princeton Moment in Peru: Alumni Take Up Top Government Posts

Aug 17, 2016
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...

Politics & Polls #7: The Coattail Effect, Gerrymandering & Third-Party Candidates

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...

Barton, Lunney Named Co-Directors of SINSI

Aug 8, 2016
Published by: 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...

Politics & Polls #6: Does Election Media Coverage Tell the Right Story?

Aug 4, 2016
Published by: 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 “...

Politics & Polls #5: Courting the Working Class

Aug 3, 2016
Published by: 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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Hampton Joins Wilson School as Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations

Aug 2, 2016
Published by: 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...