Founded in the summer of 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems.
The Program in Political Philosophy enables graduate students interested in political theory to integrate work in politics with work in four other participating departments (philosophy, classics, religion, and history).
The Research Program in Political Economy (co-sponsored with the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School) supports scholarship at the intersection of economics and political science; the program sponsors workshops, conferences, fellowships, and student grants.
Related Centers and Programs
Faculty and students in the Politics Department also benefit from other University centers and programs.
The African School of Economics aims to promote cutting-edge economic research, innovative public policy and to contribute to the emergence of world-class social scientists and business in Africa. The Department of Politics has a special relationship with the African School of Economics, which was founded in 2014 by Professor Leonard Wantchekon, acting as an incubator for its early development.
The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) was created in 1999 as a research program within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The Center supports research and educational programming on democratic political institutions and behavior. A major aim of the Center is to encourage rigorous social scientific analysis that informs our understanding of the public policy process, elections, and policy decisions.
The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG) was created in the fall 2004 under the umbrella of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The Center is a large and dynamic community of scholars and students interested in both the academic and policy dimensions of globalization and international governance. It directs a visiting fellows program, fosters greater integration among various parts of the social sciences at Princeton University and promotes engagement with the broader academic and policy community. It involves graduate students and faculty from the Politics Department, among other departments, in its conferences, workshops and research groups.
The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) explores the role of law in politics, society, the economy, and culture in the United States, countries around the world, and across national borders. Through its programming, teaching, and research initiatives, LAPA combines the multidisciplinary expertise of Princeton's faculty with the knowledge provided by leading academic and practical experts on American, international, and comparative law. This extraordinary legal community provides an exciting forum for rethinking the role of law across the disciplines and for addressing the complex problems of the 21st century.
Established in 1990 through the generosity of Laurance S. Rockefeller ‘32, the University Center for Human Values fosters ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life and supports teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across the disciplines at Princeton University.