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Princeton University

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Our students not only develop analytical skills but also acquire substantive knowledge about the world’s most important domestic and international policy issues. This balance is reflected in our curriculum, which varies widely in both topic and format. Lectures, seminars and workshops are taught by renowned scholars as well as practitioners who have served in leadership positions at all levels of government and in multilateral and nonprofit organizations.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Public Affairs- Juris Doctorate
  • Joint Degree Program in Social Policy
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Affairs
  • Certificate in Demography
  • Certificate in Health and Health Policy
  • Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
  • Certificate in Urban Policy
  • Certificate in Urban Policy and Planning

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Catch Up with Politics & Polls! New Episode: A Year of Donald TrumpNov 9, 2017In episode #66, Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang take a look back at the past year and analyze all that has unfolded since Donald Trump was elected president of the United Sta…

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SINSI Spotlight: Alisa Tiwari ’14, U.S. Department of Justice

Nov 2, 2017

As a Princeton University undergraduate, Alisa Tiwari ’14 evaluated New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program for her senior thesis. With a background in domestic policy, African-American studies, and urban studies, and drawing on her coursework in politics, policy analysis, and statistics, she spent countless hours analyzing police data, reviewing the relevant legal issues, and considering the perspectives of both officers and community members to assess the efficacy, constitutionality, and broader societal impacts of the practice. Her thesis, “Watch Where You Walk: An Evaluation of Stop and Frisk in New York City,” earned her the J. Welles Henderson ’43 Prize in Legal Studies from Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Being accepted into the 2014 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), based within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, provided Tiwari the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the field of law enforcement reform. Full story here.

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Politics & Polls #63: How to be a Conservative in the Age of Trump

Oct 24, 2017

Leading conservative thinker David Frum was one of the earliest and most prominent conservative voices to come out in opposition to President Donald Trump. A CNN contributor and senior editor at The Atlantic, Frum said in a public radio interview that Trump “is shattering the safeguards that protect democracy.” 

In this episode, Julian Zelizer interviews Frum about being a conservative in the age of Trump.


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Politics & Polls #62: Does Gerrymandering Leave Voters Without a Voice?

Oct 17, 2017

This episode is about one of Sam Wang’s favorite topics: gerrymandering.

Wang visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 to hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan gerrymandering. 

In this episode, Julian Zelizer and Wang discuss the case, Wang’s day in D.C. and whether this case could potentially put guardrails on the partisan gerrymandering process.


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WWS Reacts: Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 12, 2017

Reports indicate that President Donald Trump plans to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal on grounds that Iran hasn’t lived up to the agreement. The news comes ahead of a looming Oct. 15 deadline, on which day the Trump administration must certify to Congress that Iran is adhering to the deal.

We teased out the details of decertification and what the Iran nuclear deal means in terms of a broader U.S. strategy with two physicists at Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security, based at the Woodrow Wilson School.


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Politics & Polls #61: Identity Politics & the Democratic Party

Oct 10, 2017

Are identity politics hurting the Democratic Party? Some argue Democrats have strayed away from core economic issues, favoring religion, race, sexuality, gender or social background (to name a few) to form their political alliance – thereby undercutting the party’s effectiveness.

Joining this episode is an author who has written extensively on the rise of identity politics: Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University and regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He describes how identity politics are shaping voters, politicians and the democratic process. Podcast here.

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