Policy Research Seminars

Typical Policy Research Seminars

As part of the junior independent work requirement, each student must complete one Policy Research Seminar in the junior year.

The evaluation of policy requires knowledge of the subject and training in the critical thinking and methodology necessary to assess evidence about policy effectiveness. The Policy Research Seminar aims to provide a foundation on these two dimensions that will be essential for students in their junior and senior independent research at Princeton and in their future careers.

In policy research seminars, faculty members supervise small groups of students engaged in research on a specific topic in public and international affairs. Faculty seminar leaders introduce students to the existing state of knowledge and available evidence for research within a well-defined topic area in public policy.

Students also participate in a research-methods lab designed to teach them quantitative research methods (including sampling, hypothesis testing, and causal inference) and qualitative research methods (including interview design ethnographic methods).

Fall 2015 Policy Research Seminars include:

  • The Politics of the Future: The Social and Economic Effects of Current Technological Change
  • Macroeconomic Prospects and Policies
  • European Integration
  • Foreign Aid and the Politics of Economic Development
  • Informal Governance in World Politics
  • Global Governance and the Role of International Organizations
  • U.S. Immigration Policy

Prior semester's topics 

Guide to Junior and Senior Independent Work