Public Policy

  • 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.

  • Purple districts elect the most extreme legislators, driving polarization

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    by Jon Wallace for the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    So-called purple voting districts that change hands between Republicans and Democrats — rather than reliably conservative and liberal districts — are an underappreciated source of rising political polarization in state legislatures, according to a study co-authored by a Princeton University researcher.

  • Dark Side of the Moon: Motorcycle Deaths Linked to Full Moons

    Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
    Researchers analyzed data from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and found that on nights illuminated by a full moon, fatal motorcycle accidents increased by 5 percent compared to nights without a full moon. On evenings when the supermoon decorated the sky, this increased to 32 percent.
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