Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Robertson Hall, home to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
|85 full-time faculty members and approximately 45 visiting professors, lecturers, and practitioners|
|Students||Approximately 300 undergraduate students and approximately 190 graduate students|
|Location||Princeton, New Jersey, United States|
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is a professional public policy school at Princeton University. The school offers undergraduate AB degrees, graduate Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Ph.D. degrees. Since 2012, Cecilia Rouse has been dean of the Woodrow Wilson School.
In 1930, Princeton University established the School of Public and International Affairs, which was originally meant to serve as an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate students in Princeton’s liberal arts college. In 1948, the School added a graduate professional program and was renamed to honor Woodrow Wilson, who was the 13th president of the University, governor of New Jersey and the 28th president of the United States. In two of Wilson’s speeches at the University – first during its 150th anniversary celebration in 1896 and again at his inauguration as the University’s president in 1902 – he mentioned “Princeton in the nation’s service.” This was then expanded in the 1990s by then-President Harold T. Shapiro to “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.” This phrase serves as the School’s unofficial motto.
In 2015, student protesters forced Princeton to reconsider having the School named after Wilson due to his undeniable racism; however the Wilson Legacy Review Committee ultimately decided that, like many notable people in American history, Wilson was ultimately a "complex" figure.
The School stresses a multidisciplinary approach to policy studies, which includes a focus on politics, economics, sociology, psychology, molecular biology, geosciences, and health. Undergraduate students at the Wilson School take courses in at least four disciplines including economics, history, politics, psychology, sociology, and science. In their junior year, students must enroll in and complete a Policy Task Force, which addresses a specific public policy issue. Students conduct research, propose recommendations, and issue final reports. The two-year MPA program prepares students for international and domestic policy careers. All second-year MPA students must complete a Policy Workshop, which emphasizes policy implementation. Students conduct field-based research and present their research and recommendations to clients. The one-year MPP program is designed for mid-career professionals, Ph.D. research scientists, lawyers, and physicians who are involved in international and domestic public policy. The Ph.D. in Public Affairs focuses on two research areas: security studies, and science, technology and environmental policy. The School works with other departments at the University to offer a Joint Degree Program that combines work in a social science with a multidisciplinary perspective on economics problems. Graduate students also have the opportunity to pursue certificates in demography; health and health policy; science, technology and environmental policy; and urban policy/urban policy and planning. In addition to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. degrees, the School offers a four-year MPA/J.D. program, and has formal joint degree arrangements with law schools at Columbia University, New York University and Stanford University. Students often refer to the school by its colloquial abbreviation, "Woody Woo".
In 1961, Charles ’26 and Marie Robertson provided a gift to expand the graduate school. Their gift funded the construction of the School’s current home, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center. In 2012, the Princeton University Art Museum announced the installation of the “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” exhibit by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on Scudder Plaza.
Centers and programs
The Woodrow Wilson School has 19 unique centers and programs:
- Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW)
- Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS)
- Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW)
- Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP)
- Center for International Security Studies (CISS)
- Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)
- China and the World Program (CWP)
- Education Research Section (ERS)
- Innovations for Successful Societies (Institutions for Fragile States)
- Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRC)
- Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)
- Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG)
- Office of Population Research (OPR)
- Princeton Survey Research Center (SRC)
- Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)
- Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)
- Program on Science and Global Security (SGS)
- Research Program in Development Studies (RPDS)
- Research Program in Political Economy (RPPE)
- Samuel Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Bob Abernethy, television journalist
- Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, former Managing Director of the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, TX
- Hady Amr, deputy assistant administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, U.S. Agency for International Development, former director, Brookings Doha Center, Brookings Institution
- Peter D. Bell, former President of CARE
- Jeremy Ben-Ami, former domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton and President of the Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace lobby, J Street
- Kit Bond, former U.S. Senator from Missouri, former Governor of Missouri
- Joshua B. Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff; former director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush
- Brendan Byrne, former Governor of New Jersey
- Frank Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense
- Barbara Cassani, founder of Go Fly and leader of London's successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Steven Colloton, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Edward F. Cox, lawyer
- Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas, former Solicitor General of Texas
- Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush
- Joseph Fichera, founder and CEO of Saber Partners, auction rate securities expert.
- Bill Frist, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, former Senate Majority Leader
- Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State of Rhode Island
- Robert L. Gordon III, former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
- Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
- Timothy Hwang, founder and CEO of FiscalNote.
- James A. Johnson, former chairman of Fannie Mae and Democratic "wise man"
- Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General
- Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America
- Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, former National Security Advisor (1993–1997)
- Leonard Lance, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th District
- David J. Lane, U.S. Ambassador and former philanthropy executive
- William Lynn, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
- David McCormick, former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
- Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary under Bill Clinton
- Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon, former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
- Judith Miller, former reporter for The New York Times, covered the Plame affair
- Nate Morris, Co-Founder and CEO of Rubicon Global
- Ralph Nader, consumer protection lawyer, author and political activist
- Joseph S. Nye, Jr., former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
- Michael E. O'Hanlon, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution
- Robert C. Orr, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning
- David H. Petraeus, United States Army General Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Stuart J. Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
- Chuck Reed, mayor of San Jose, California
- Graham Richard, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union
- William Rusher, publisher, National Review
- John P. Sarbanes, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 3rd District
- Paul Sarbanes, former U.S. Senator from Maryland
- Michael H. Schill, President of the University of Oregon, and former Dean of UCLA School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School
- Terri A. Sewell, U.S. Representative for Alabama's 7th District
- George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State, former Secretary of the Treasury, former Secretary of Labor
- P. W. Singer, senior fellow, director, 21st Century Defense Initiative, Brookings Institution
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning, United States Department of State, former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School
- Bob Taft, former Governor of Ohio
- John Turitzin, vice-president, Marvel Entertainment
- Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
- Brady Walkinshaw, state legislator in Washington
- Chip Reid, national correspondent, CBS News
Nearly all full-time Woodrow Wilson School faculty members have dual appointments with other departments at the University. The School also has visiting professors, lecturers, and practitioners from the world of public and international affairs that teach. Faculty members at the School include Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and former ambassadors. Nobel Laureates include Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Paul Krugman, and Arthur Lewis.
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