Valerie Jarrett is former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and former chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Currently she serves as a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and president of the board of When We All Vote, a nonpartisan not-for-profit focused on voter registration.
Guggenheim Fellow Bruce Western (Columbia University) and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Matthew Desmond (Princeton's Department of Sociology) discussed mass incarceration, prisoner re-entry, and Western’s new book, “Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison,” at the Woodrow Wilson School on Oct. 15, 2018.
As deputy leader of Cambodia’s opposition party and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights in Southeast Asia, Mu Sochua is dedicated to combating sex trafficking, promoting gender equality, and ensuring the restoration of democracy and freedom in Cambodia. On Oct. 11, 2018, she spoke at the Woodrow Wilson School on "Democracy in Peril."
The main auditorium in Robertson Hall, home of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been renamed for Sir W. Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). This video tribute commemorates Lewis’ life and scholarship: He served on Princeton’s faculty from 1963 to 1983 and was the University’s first black full professor.
Previously, Varmus was the director of the National Cancer Institute for (2010 – 2015), the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for a decade and director of the National Institutes of Health (1993 – 1999). He joined the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine in April 2015.
As president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa and is known worldwide as a leading advocate for freedom, peace, justice, women’s empowerment and democratic rule.
Amb. Burns currently serves as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the U.S. He served as deputy secretary of state from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as undersecretary for political affairs.