Centers & Programs

Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW)

Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW)

The center is concerned with a broad range of children's issues, including education, health care, income sufficiency, and family/community resources. Its long-term goal is to identify economically efficient, politically feasible policies that address children's needs in each of these areas. Director: Sara McLanahan
Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS)

Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS)

The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies is dedicated to training and research on the effects of public policies on the arts and culture. Research affiliates of the center have addressed such topics as cultural development and urban renewal, public participation in the arts, public conflicts over art and culture, and the impact on the arts of digital technologies and their implications for the legal treatment of intellectual property. Director: Stan Katz
Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW)

Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW)

The Center for Health and Wellbeing sponsors research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and well-being in both developed and developing countries. It provides research support to faculty members and students, sponsors conferences, research seminars, and public lectures, and hosts a visiting fellows program that brings researchers and post-doctoral students to Princeton. Director: Janet Currie
Center for Information Technology Policy

Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP)

The Center for Information Technology Policy uses Princeton's unique strengths to promote an informed public discussion of digital technologies. Combining faculty expertise in public policy, technology and engineering, and the social sciences with a strong University tradition of service, the Center's research, teaching, and public programs address digital technologies as they interact with policy, markets and society. Director: Edward W. Felten
Center for International Security Studies (CISS)

Center for International Security Studies (CISS)

The Center for International Security Studies (CISS) will provide a home for the study and debate of national and international security and will support a variety of educational, research, enrichment, and outreach activities with the intent of generating new knowledge on issues of fundamental importance and educating the next generation of strategic thinkers and decision makers. It will also seek to establish research and policy links with other institutions around the world. Co-directors: Aaron L. Friedberg and G. John Ikenberry
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics supports empirical research on democratic political processes and institutions, primarily but not exclusively in the contemporary American setting. Director: Markus Prior
China and the World Program (CWP)

China and the World Program (CWP)

Founded in 2005, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program (CWP) is committed to integrating the advanced study of China’s foreign relations into the field of international relations, by bringing exceptional young scholars whose work bridges China studies and international relations together with recognized scholars in these fields. Co-director (Princeton University): Thomas J. Christensen; Co-director (Harvard University): Alastair Iain Johnston
Education Research Section (ERS)

Education Research Section (ERS)

The Education Research Section (ERS) supports research, publication, and teaching on matters relating to education policy and practice. The ERS also seeks to promote the development of research infrastructure (e.g., data collection, support of collaborative projects) and the dissemination of research findings for the benefit of policy-makers and practitioners in the education field. Director: Sara McLanahan
Innovations for Successful Societies (Institutions for Fragile States)

Innovations for Successful Societies (Institutions for Fragile States)

This research program is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Innovations for Successful Societies chronicles the challenges reform leaders face in serving publics better and helps share solutions across boundaries. A central aim is to identify strategies that can help reform leaders escape the governance traps that often subvert economic and political turnarounds. The program also focuses on innovative ways to solve principal-agent problems that arise in the context of resource scarcity and insecurity. ISS staff and Ph.D. affiliates develop operationally detailed, interview-based case studies and analyses. The also program also hosts an oral history project that highlights the experiences and reflections of reformers worldwide. Director: Jennifer Widner
Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRCPPF)

Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRCPPF)

Established in 2011, the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRCPPF) is a research and teaching center that focuses on using in-depth knowledge of financial markets to improve the design and implementation of public policies. As part of the Woodrow Wilson School, JRCPPF is at the forefront of the emerging field of public policy and finance. Director: Atif Mian
Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)

Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)

The Institute seeks to create a global, objective, and nonpolemical environment for the discussion, research and publication on issues related to and emerging from self-determination. Director: Wolfgang Danspeckgruber
Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG)

Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG)

The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance aims to bring together a large and dynamic community of scholars and students interested in the academic and policy dimensions of globalization and international governance. The Center’s mission is to foster greater integration among various parts of the social sciences at Princeton University. The Center promotes interdisciplinary research at Princeton; numerous faculty members from the WWS, Politics, Economics, History and Sociology Departments are associated with the Center and involved in its projects. Director: Helen Milner
Office of Population Research (OPR)

Office of Population Research (OPR)

The Office of Population Research was established in 1936 to develop research and instruction in demography. OPR faculty associates' broad interests span the fields of population and environment, population and development, population policy, poverty and child well-being, demographic anthropology, social and economic demography, health and well-being, and statistical and mathematical demography. Director: Douglas S. Massey
Princeton Survey Research Center (SRC)

Princeton Survey Research Center (SRC)

The SRC specializes in surveys pertaining to policy-related research. Projects have included many diverse topics in, immigration, poverty, and labor-force issues. The center provides strategic consulting and execution of paper, telephone and web-based surveys for Princeton faculty, researchers, and students. The SRC also serves as a teaching asset, enabling undergraduate and graduate students to develop expertise in survey methodology and practical experience in survey implementation. Director: Alan Krueger
Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)

Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)

The program seeks to promote the interdisciplinary study of law and to enrich the intellectual life of students and faculty by bringing them into closer contact with legal issues and institutions. Director: Kim L. Scheppele
Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)

Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)

The Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy is based in the Woodrow Wilson School, yet has strong ties to the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. In addition to providing a systematic introduction to the field of policy analysis, the goal of the STEP program is to develop a deeper understanding of current scientific, technological, and environmental issues and potential local, national and international policy responses. We provide inter-disciplinary training that facilitates communication between technical experts and policy makers. Director: Michael Oppenheimer
Program on Science and Global Security (SGS)

Program on Science and Global Security (SGS)

This 25 year-old University research group was formerly called the Program on Nuclear Policy Alternatives. The program focuses on developing the technical bases for new nuclear arms control and nonproliferation initiatives. Director: Christopher Chyba
Research Program in Development Studies (RPDS)

Research Program in Development Studies (RPDS)

The RPDS conducts research in economics and related fields at both a theoretical and empirical level. A seminar series brings speakers from around the world to Princeton on a regular basis throughout the academic year. Its work is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. Director: Anne C. Case
Research Program in Political Economy (RPPE)

Research Program in Political Economy (RPPE)

Created by the joint initiative of the Woodrow Wilson School, the Politics Department, and the Economics Department, the Research Program in Political Economy supports scholarship at the intersection of economics and political science. To facilitate greater interaction across departments at Princeton as well as with the broader disciplines, the program sponsors research workshops and colloquia, conferences, short-term visits to Princeton by scholars who work in political economy, and grants to students to aid their research in political economy. Director: Thomas Romer