Public Policy

As FDA considers menthol cigarette ban, Princeton historian traces Big Tobacco’s race-based marketing
Sept. 7, 2022
Written by Office of Communications

Half a century ago, faced with broadcast advertising bans stemming from overwhelming evidence of the harms of smoking, the tobacco industry used menthol cigarettes to secure new markets among Black Americans in urban areas.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is

Princeton biologist Bryan Grenfell wins Kyoto Prize
June 22, 2022
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton University’s Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, is one of three recipients of the Kyoto Prize in 2022. He won the basic…

How restoring abandoned farms to natural habitats can mitigate climate change
June 9, 2022
Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

The Institute Woods near Princeton University’s campus comprises 589 acres of serene walking trails and a wooden footbridge enjoyed by hikers, runners, and birdwatchers. Like many forests in New Jersey, this local landmark was a patchwork of farm fields and orchards as recently as 1940 — before regrowing into the verdant escape seen today.

A Princeton-Microsoft project is tracing the digital fingerprints of disinformation
April 1, 2022
Written by Daniel Day for Princeton Research/CEFR

As the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections approached, a group of Princeton alumni military veterans pitched an idea to the School of Public and International Affairs to host a conference on national security.

With reports of foreign interference during the 2016 presidential election campaign still circulating in the media and in political…

Venture Forward gift launches initiative on blockchain and decentralization of power
March 10, 2022
Written by by Advancement Communications

Princeton University is launching an initiative on blockchain and its potential to disrupt and redistribute power in society. Supported by four alumni in a combined major gift to Princeton’s Venture Forward campaign, the initiative will convene scholars across disciplines to better understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of the…

Princeton voices: Speaking out on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Feb. 25, 2022
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

As the world grapples in real time with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Princeton scholars are speaking to the moment. Many Princeton faculty members, alumni, staff and students are sharing their expertise and perspectives in op-eds, on television and cable news programs, online and in print publications, on virtual panels and across social…

Lead Remediation Efforts Show Promise for Safe Drinking Water in New York City Public Schools
Oct. 21, 2021
Written by Riis L. Williams for the School of Public and International Affairs

Since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, many states have passed legislation requiring public schools to assess and treat lead in their drinking water. Two Princeton University researchers examined the efforts by New York City, the largest school district in the country, to determine the efficacy of…

Princeton, University of Southern California research shows that immigration boosts U.S. life expectancy
Oct. 4, 2021
Written by  Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

If immigrants to the United States formed their own country, their pre-COVID-19 life expectancies would exceed or match those of the world’s leaders in longevity — Swiss men and Japanese women.

A new study by Princeton University and University of Southern California researchers estimates that immigration adds 1.4 to 1.5 years to U.S…

Vaccine stockpiling by nations could lead to increase in COVID-19 cases, novel variant emergence
Aug. 18, 2021
Written by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

The allocation of COVID-19 vaccine between countries has thus far tended toward vaccine nationalism, wherein countries stockpile vaccines to prioritize access for their citizenry over equitable vaccine sharing.

The extent of vaccine nationalism, however, may strongly impact global trajectories of COVID-19 case numbers and increase the…

Princeton & Mozilla launch technology policy research initiative
June 28, 2021
Written by Staff, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Data-driven public policy depends on data. And, in the area of technology policy, access to data has been a significant barrier to research. Concerned about how online services might intrude on privacy, push hyper-partisan misinformation, or disadvantage their competitors? Those services aren’t sharing the relevant data with researchers.