Policy Workshops

Typical Policy Workshop

Graduate policy workshops are a unique part of the Woodrow Wilson School graduate curriculum.

Policy workshops provide students with an opportunity to use the analytical skills they have acquired in the first year in the program to analyze complex and challenging policy issues, usually for real clients.

The workshops emphasize policy implementation, and it is this emphasis that distinguishes them from regular courses. The goal of the workshops is to understand a policy issue in great depth and to make policy recommendations that are both creative and realistic, given the relevant institutional and political constraints. 

Each workshop consists of eight to 10 students who work in teams to evaluate a policy challenge. Most students engage in field-based research during the eight- or nine-day fall break period.

Typically the formal presentation for the client or expert group is organized sometime between mid-December and late January.

Fall 2016 Policy Workshop Topics and Faculty Advisors

WWS 591a - Reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Tom Wright

WWS 591b - Managing Elections in Fragile States, Jeff Fischer

WWS 591c - The Middle East Peace Process, Daniel Kurtzer

WWS 591d - State-Level Policies on Renewables in the Energy Sector, Anne Hoskins and Jeanne Fox

WWS 591e - Policy, Operational and Political Implementation Challengs of ACA, Heather Howard and Daniel Meuse

WWS 591f - Ensuring the Long Run Impact of MCC Country Compacts, Ethan Kapstein

WWS 591g - Current Issues of Health Policy in India, Jeff Hammer