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 Research Program in Political Economy (co-sponsored with the Department of Economics and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs) supports scholarship at the intersection of economics and political science; the program sponsors workshops, conferences, fellowships, and student grants.
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 Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Politics (PREIP) organizes thematic events and other initiatives linked to the study of race, ethnicity, and identity, including a department-wide speakers’ series and workshops on research issues related to the study of the politics of racial, ethnic, and other minoritized subpopulations. This inter-subfield program intends to create a supportive and generative community of faculty and graduate students working on a range of related topics including racism, colonialism, citizenship, contentious politics, social movements, and gender inequalities.
This collaborative effort of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Departments of Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, and Sociology combines work in a basic social science with a multidisciplinary perspective on the problems of economic insecurity and inequality.
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 International Security Studies provides a home for the study and debate of national and international security at Princeton University and supports a variety of educational, research, enrichment, and outreach activities with the intent of generating new knowledge on issues of fundamental importance and educating the next generation of strategic thinkers and decision makers. It also seeks to establish research and policy links with other institutions around the world. Professors Aaron L. Friedberg and G. John Ikenberry serve as Co-Directors of the Center.
The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) was created in 1999 as a research program within the Princeton 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 Princeton 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 Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) offers a variety of programs for students, faculty and visiting scholars that support research, learning and dialogue on world cultures and issues of global importance.
The Program in Law and Public Policy (P*LAW) follows in the tradition of Princeton’s great law and public affairs programs, engaging leading legal scholars and practitioners in the work of solving the complex policy problems of the 21st century. Part of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, P*LAW hosts distinguished law faculty fellows, supports interdisciplinary research on questions of law and public policy, and sponsors workshops and events aimed at advancing public understanding of law’s role in shaping policy decision-making in the United States and around the world.
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.