Public Policy

  • Project to collect real portraits of American life

    Monday, Feb 4, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Today, only half of children grow up to earn more than their parents, as opportunities for upward mobility continue to decline. Meanwhile, more than 15 percent of children live in poverty.

    Understanding what is behind these problems has been a challenge, as each pocket of the United States faces particular struggles. The American Voices Project will make it possible to take these local differences into account.

  • Researchers link realism to blockchain's promise

    Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018
    by the Office of Engineering Communications

    Depending on who you ask, blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize the world — from creating a universal currency to building a free and truly private internet. Or, the new technology, built with a combination of encryption and transparency, is a solution in search of a problem.

    The reality likely falls somewhere in between. While a growing number of startups and researchers are devoting themselves to exploring blockchain’s full potential, experts caution that a healthy dose of skepticism is needed to fully evaluate the technology and its eventual place in society.

  • Eviction Lab examines the intersection of poverty and housing

    Monday, Dec 17, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    How many Americans are forced to leave their homes each year?

    When Matthew Desmond began investigating evictions in America, it was impossible to answer that question.

    “Imagine if we didn’t know how many people got cancer every year, or graduated from high school,” said Desmond, Princeton’s Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology. “This is a major American problem.”

  • Andlinger Center conference tackles challenges of a changing climate

    Monday, Oct 1, 2018
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Hurricane Sandy sent a clear message on climate change, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the first lady of New Jersey, told the audience in her keynote speech at a Princeton climate conference Friday, Sept. 21.

    “We’re not looking at Sandy as just some part of our history, but something that we know will happen again unless we take action,” said Murphy, who plays a key role in the governor’s administration on climate and environmental policy. “We are accepting the challenge that climate change has presented. We are committed to making this state the magnet for innovative solutions.”

  • Militant groups influenced local politics during conflict in Colombia

    Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    The five-decades-long Colombian conflict weakened government institutions and left millions displaced. With a new president at the helm, many wonder about the future of the country. 

  • Militarization of police fails to enhance safety, may harm police reputation

    Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018
    by Arva Hassonjee, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    This month marks the four-year anniversary of protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Those protests were met with a heavily armed police response that sparked wide debate over the militarization of local law enforcement.

  • Mental health declining among disadvantaged American adults

    Monday, Jun 18, 2018
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    American adults of low socioeconomic status report increasing mental distress and worsening well-being, according to a new study by Princeton University and Georgetown University.

    Between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, self-reports of mental health declined among disadvantaged Americans ages 24 to 76. However, as socioeconomic status increased, mental health deterioration lessened or, in some cases, even improved.

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