Politics & Polls #69: How the Media Covers Race

Dec 8, 2017
Published by: 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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Getting In:

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...

2018 Application Countdown, Part 3 - The GRE Deadline

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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2018 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement

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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2018 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation

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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Catch Up with Politics & Polls! New Episode: Captivity and Survival in Syria

Nov 30, 2017
Published by: 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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Catch Up with Politics & Polls! New Episode: A Year of Donald Trump

Nov 9, 2017
Published by: 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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SINSI Spotlight: Alisa Tiwari '14, U.S. Department of Justice

Nov 2, 2017
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...

Politics & Polls #63: How to be a Conservative in the Age of Trump

Oct 24, 2017
Published by: 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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Politics & Polls #62: Does Gerrymandering Leave Voters Without a Voice?

Oct 17, 2017
Published by: 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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