Policy Workshops

Policy workshop students

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 2017 Policy Workshop Topics and Faculty Advisors

WWS 591a - Smart Cities, Steven Strauss

WWS 591b - Criminal Justice Reform in Maryland, Ben Jealous

WWS 591c - The US and Russia in the Middle East, Daniel Kurtzer

WWS 591d - Slums and Service Delivery in India, Jeffrey Hammer

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

WWS 591f - Managing Aid in Conflict and Transition, Nealin Parker

WWS 591g - Power Africa and Energy Reform in Senegal, Laura Taylor-Kale