Vote100 is an intentional campus campaign aspiring for 100% of the undergraduate student body to engage civically. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) and led by an enthusiastic team of student leaders representing a myriad of academic and co-curricular interests, the Vote100 team works with communities across campus to encourage civic engagement in all forms. Examples of our efforts include voter registration drives, campus-wide debate watch parties, assistance with absentee ballot voting, election day celebrations, and various social media campaigns to encourage others to engage civically in elections and democratic processes locally, nationally, and internationally.
While voting initiatives were coordinated by students and ODUS for a number of years, the decision to launch Vote100 in 2015 was informed by underwhelming voter participation by college students nationally and at Princeton specifically. Vote100 coordinated sustained engagement efforts in advance of the 2016 election, and made the decision to continue this work between national election cycles.
The Vote100 team was elated to learn that 2018 Midterm voter turnout across the country increased substantially from the 2014 elections to 2018 elections. At our voting location specifically, Princeton District 7, preliminary data shows that voter turnout increased nearly 300%. Listed below are Princeton community members helping coordinate the work of numerous volunteers across the University.
Tom Dunne, Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students
As the Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students, Tom focuses broadly on student life at Princeton University and promotes an integrated academic and extracurricular student experience. He fosters student leadership and efficacy and provides management and oversight of resources dedicated to student development. Tom has worked with student-focused voting initiatives at Princeton since the presidential election in 2000, and has partnered with groups on campus such as the Undergraduate Student Government, class councils, and the Whig Cliosophic Society. Tom worked with student leaders to establish the Vote100 program in 2014 to provide a more comprehensive long-term strategy for voter engagement at Princeton.
Kauribel Javier, Whig Cliosophic Society Program Coordinator
Kauribel Javier advises the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the nation’s oldest collegiate political, literary, and debating union. With Whig Hall positioned in the very heart of campus, the Society houses a number of subsidiaries, including Princeton Model Congress, Princeton Debate Panel, Princeton Mock Trial, and the International Relations Council. In addition to supporting the student leaders, trustees, and sponsored programs of Whig-Clio, Kauribel promotes the leadership development, civic involvement, and voter engagement of Princeton undergraduates.
Bryant Blount, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students and Manager of Strategic Communications
In his role, Bryant supports the work of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), including undergraduate activities and student-initiated programs, health and well-being, and community standards. He serves as the liaison to several administrative departments, the Prospect Street Eating Clubs, and provides oversight of the food co-ops, ensuring that there is ongoing support of student needs and services across the university. He is also responsible for coordinating ODUS’ overall communications strategy, and assists the Vote100 team with planning, development, and execution of efforts to maximize the visibility and impact of the program on voter engagement at Princeton.
Greg Blaha, IT Manager, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students
Greg manages all Information Technology needs for the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. He oversees the design, development, and maintenance of all departmental websites and web applications as well as the day-to-day IT needs of the department. Greg provides IT guidance to all ODUS recognized undergraduate student organizations and ODUS sponsored undergraduate student initiatives. He assists the Vote100 initiative by guiding the team through IT approvals, managing the Vote100 website and ensuring access to all available University IT resources in support of their mission.
Hilcia Acevedo, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Hilcia Acevedo is a rising sophomore from the Bronx, NY who intends to major in Anthropology and is considering a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, along with Creative Writing. On-campus, she is a member of the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, Community Ambassador for the office of Programs for Access and Inclusion, Advising Fellow for Matriculate, Fields Fellow for the Carl A. Fields Center, member of Woke Wednesdays, and member of the African Music Ensemble. Working as a Vote100 Fellow, Hilcia is eager to make civic participation more accessible at Princeton. During her free time, she enjoys reading, journaling, listening to music and podcasts, going on walks, and spending time with friends.
Susan Baek, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Susan Baek is a second-year pursuing a degree in Public and International Affairs and a certificate in Cognitive Science. She is the creator and host of P’s in a Pod, a podcast that promotes student discourse on salient issues by interviewing Princeton students. She is an Advising Fellow for Matriculate, Secretary of Princeton Mock Trial, a staff writer for Princeton Legal Journal, and a member of Whig-Clio. She lives in Clarksville, Maryland, and her favorite things include movies, NPR, and Lebron James. She is a big believer in political participation and as a Vote100 Fellow, she hopes to transform civic apathy into informed enthusiasm on and off campus.
Ana Blanco, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Ana Blanco is a member of Princeton’s Class of 2023. She was born in Cuba and raised in the always sunny Miami, Florida. Ana is a prospective Public and International Affirs or Politics major and intends to pursue certificates in French and Global Health. She currently serves as the co-president of Princeton Against Gun Violence, a Community Action leader, and is a member of Service Focus’s Advocacy Cohort. Ana additionally competes on Princeton’s Model United Nations Team and plays on the women’s club basketball team. In her free time, Ana enjoys going to the beach, running, playing basketball, and watching movies. She is extremely passionate about activism and advocacy and is very excited to be a Vote100 Fellow this summer!
Shannon Chaffers, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Shannon Chaffers is a rising Junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is concentrating in Sociology, and pursuing certificates in Journalism, African-American Studies, and German. In addition to being an active Whig-Clio member, Shannon is an Associate Editor for the Daily Princetonian, a percussionist in the Wind Ensemble, and a member of Club Basketball. Last summer she interned at the Central Coordinating Center for Refugee Integration at Technical University Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.
Molly Cutler, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Molly Cutler is a rising sophomore in Mathey College from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, who is pursuing an independent concentration in Linguistics with possible certificates in Cognitive Science, Journalism, and Ancient Greek. On campus, she is a staff editor for the Princeton Progressive, a clarinetist in Sinfonia, and co-Director of Princeton Science Olympiad. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and watering her plants, and this summer, she will also be working with a nonprofit to rejuvenate and sustain endangered languages. Molly is very interested in solutions to eliminate systemic barriers to voting access, and hopes through Vote100 to encourage voting as an important step towards developing year-round community organizing and activism.
Nelson Dimpter, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Nelson Dimpter is a rising junior in the Department of Economics. He is from Riverton, New Jersey and enjoys following financial markets, playing strategy games, and jogging to start his day. On campus, Nelson serves as the Executive Director of Princeton Model Congress, President and Founder of the Princeton Jeopardy Circuit, member of Projects Board, and part of the Federal Reserve Challenge Team. Working with local, state, and national campaigns since 2016, he understands the disparities that exist between enthusiastic and apathetic views of voting. Nelson is looking forward to being a Vote100 Fellow this summer because the initiative perfectly aligns with his philosophy of universally informed, registered, and engaged voters. He believes that Princeton University can show the nation and the world what it means to be involved at all levels of community, using everything we achieve through Vote100 this election cycle as a model to get out the vote in 2020 and beyond.
Adam Elkins, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Adam Elkins is a second year student here at Princeton in First College, and a prospective concentrator in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he lives with his parents, younger brother, and an adorable dog named Missy. Before college, Adam was active in volunteering and interning for local political campaigns. Here on campus, he spends a lot of his time with Whig-Clio; He currently is on the Model United Nations travel team, where he serves as the social chair, and he is on the Model Congress executive board as Director of Staff. Once we’re back on campus, you will find him working at Firestone Library, or enjoying long bike rides and knitting hats.
Ella Gantman, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Ella Gantman is a rising Sophomore pursuing a concentration in either politics or in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in Spanish and American studies. On campus, she is a member of First College and plays on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. Ella was born in Hunan, China but was adopted into a Jewish-Hispanic-American household as a 1-year-old, which fostered an appreciation for diversity from a young age. She is a proud Washington, D.C. native and was raised on Capitol Hill, surrounded by federal politics and consequently has always been intrigued by civic and voter engagement. Ella is incredibly excited to be a Vote100 Summer Fellow and hopes to work alongside her peers to transform campus culture so that every student knows the power of their vote, and in turn, their voice..
Lyubomir Hadjiyski, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Lyubomir Hadjiyski is a senior in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, on campus he competes with the Model UN team, is executive editor at Business Today, and runs an EU policy blog. Last summer, he worked as a policy analysis intern at the European Commission, where he helped further the organization’s goal of promoting the rule of law in Eastern Europe. He is especially eager to devise strategies that foster civic engagement among students who are ineligible to vote in US elections.
James Lee, Undergraduate Class of 2023
James Lee is an Atlanta native planning on studying in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. As the Social Director for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the Whig Building has become his part-time residential college in addition to Rocky! He is inspired by the history ingrained in the University's campus and hopes to give something back to fellow Princetonians through this opportunity. He is an unwavering supporter of Lebron and upcoming Latina indie artists.
Jennifer Lee, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Jennifer Lee is a rising sophomore pursuing a degree in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, hailing from Ridgewood, New Jersey. On campus, she acts as a Project Manager with Princeton University Nonprofit Consulting and serves on the Executive Board of both the Pace Council for Civic Values and the Asian American Students Association. She also oversees operations as a senior analyst with Tiger Capital Management, Princeton’s premier student-run investment fund. She works closely with the Undergraduate Program in Law and Public Affairs and has previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the Department of Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys reading new books, practicing yoga, and baking in quarantine. Jennifer is incredibly passionate about civic engagement on Princeton’s campus and looks forward to working as a Vote100 Fellow this summer!
Halle Mitchell, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Halle Mitchell is a rising sophomore from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and plans to major in Music with Certificates in Musical Theatre, Spanish, and Statistics and Machine Learning. She really enjoys singing, playing the piano, composing, and music directing. Halle is an active member of the Glee Club, the Katzenjammers (in which she is the Tour Manager), and the Princeton University Players (in which she is the Co-Music Manager). As someone who has worked during multiple Pennsylvania elections, Halle is excited to work with Vote100 in order to create more voter engagement on Princeton's campus!
Masha Miura, Undergraduate Class of 2021
Masha Miura is a rising senior from New York City majoring in the African American Studies Department and obtaining a certificate in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. On campus, she is a co-president of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), is a Residential College Advisor for Whitman, serves on the Undergraduate Board of Advisors for her department, and is a volunteer for the Petey Greene Program. She has previously been involved in organizing to support legislation that would expand the right to vote in the state of New Jersey to formerly and currently incarcerated people, and is excited to turn towards on-campus civic engagement as a means to continue that work!
Corazón Núñez, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Corazón Núñez is a rising sophomore from Tucson, Arizona majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Linguistics. On campus, she is a member of both Expressions Dance Company and Más Flow Dance Company. She has previously organized voter registration drives with the League of Women Voters and interned for Gun Violence Prevention Arizona, and she is so excited to start working with Vote100!
Trace Nuss, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Trace Nuss is a rising sophomore from Tampa, Florida, concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and considering certificates in Humanistic Studies and American Studies. As an Outdoor Action Leader and FSI Course Fellow, he will be part of the team welcoming the Class of 2024 to Princeton. Trace is a Matriculate Advising Fellow, a member of the First Year Leadership Cohort, Princeton Pre-Law and SIFP. He also plays club baseball and fences. He’s anxious to make his theatrical debut when campus productions resume. Working with Special Olympics, MYC, and teaching children on the Lakota Sioux Rosebud Reservation, Trace strengthened his interests in public policy, disability rights, and legislative reforms that promote positive social change. He continues advocating for those affected by cognitive and developmental disabilities. He is honored to join Vote 100 and initiate positive changes not only on campus, but beyond the gates of Princeton.
Emma Parish, Undergraduate Class of 2021
Emma Parish is a rising senior concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Asian American Studies. Her academic focus is on political engagement. She is involved with the Undergraduate Student Government, currently serving as the President of the Class of 2021 and the Chair of the Students Groups Recognition Committee. She is also a Whitman RCA, an Orange Key Tour Guide, and the Community Outreach Chair for the Cap and Gown Club. Emma is from Tenafly, New Jersey and her favorite things include chocolate and Ed Sheeran. She is excited to combine her passion for civic engagement with her love for Princeton as a Vote100 Fellow this summer!
Abby Poten, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Abby Poten is a member of the class of 2023 from Sebastopol, California pursuing a degree in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in Cognitive Science, Spanish, and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She aspires to one day soon return to Princeton’s beautiful campus, where she is secretary of the International Relations Council, a tutor with Community House, a SHARE Peer, a member of the Model UN team, and an avid consumer of CJL hummus. Her hobbies include making popcorn, wondering if the popcorn was better last night, and always resolving that it needs more butter.
Stephane Sartzetakis, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Stephane Sartzetakis is a rising junior from Brooklyn, NY. She is in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. On campus, she is involved with the Menstrual Products Task Force, Projects Board, and Community Action. With no set occupation in mind for the future, Stephane’s aspirations focus around making progress and giving back, and she is looking forward to doing just that with Vote100 on Princeton’s campus.
Dylan Shapiro, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Dylan Shapiro is a freshman in First College from Atlanta, Georgia. At home, he has worked to protect and expand voting rights for all Georgians as a field organizer with Let America Vote during the 2018 midterms, an organization dedicated to creating a political constituency for voting rights. On campus, he is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs with the Princeton Democrats, and is the chair of the film/editing committee for Woke Wednesdays, an organization that provides students a platform to share their thoughts about issues on campus. He is passionate about making it easier for everyone to have their voice heard in politics, both by protecting every citizen’s right to vote and by encouraging everyone to exercise that right.
Zachary Shevin, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Zachary Shevin is a rising junior and economics major from Boca Raton, Florida pursuing certificates in Political Economics, Journalism, and History & the Practice of Diplomacy. On campus, he serves as Head News Editor for The Daily Princetonian and will be First College Peer Academic Advisor in the fall. He also participates in the Community House Big Sibs mentorship program and the Princeton Jeopardy! Circuit. Through the Vote100 Summer Fellowship, Zack hopes to show campus community members apathetic towards politics the power and importance of their voices and votes.
Joseph Shipley, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Joseph Shipley is a rising junior from New York City, concentrating in History and pursuing a Russian Language and Culture Certificate. He is one of the captains of the Princeton Mock Trial Team and a volunteer tutor with the Petey Greene Program, an organization dedicated to continuing the education of incarcerated people. Currently, Joe is a research assistant for a project tracking disinformation campaigns around the world. He is extremely grateful to be working with the Vote100 initiative to help Princeton students make their voices heard and to give back to this incredible community.
Kesavan Srivilliputhur, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Kesavan Srivilliputhur is a member of the Class of ’23 and a prospective Chemistry major from Dallas, Texas. Aside from loving chemistry, he is very passionate about politics and civic engagement. On campus, Kesavan serves as the Policy Advocate for the Asian American Student Association (AASA) to help increase the Asian American political footprint. Aside from AASA, he is an active member in Princeton College Democrats and the Princeton Hindu Satsangam. In his spare time, Kesavan enjoys keeping current with politics and tennis. He is incredibly honored to have been chosen as a Vote100 Summer Fellow. Kesavan hopes to use this role to bring AASA and Vote100 together so that we can get as many Princetonians voting as possible!
Brittani Telfair, Undergraduate Class of 2022
Brittani Telfair is a rising junior from Richmond, Virginia majoring in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and considering certificates in creative writing, Spanish, and urban studies. She is a Fields Fellow, a program chair for the Princeton Student Events Committee, and the treasurer of Songline Slam Poetry. Next semester, she will also serve as a Community Action leader and a mentor for the Princeton University Mentoring Program.
Kai Tsurumaki, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Kai Tsurumaki is a rising sophomore from New York City pursuing a degree in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. On campus, he is the Treasurer of Princeton College Democrats, an Ambassador for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, and the Design Editor for the Princeton Progressive, as well as serving as a Graphic Design Assistant at the Lewis Center for the Arts. He is currently volunteering with Vote 2020 By Mail, an organization focused on making vote by mail available to everyone for the 2020 election. He is dedicated to civic engagement, and is excited to help increase Princeton’s voter participation as a Vote100 Summer Fellow. Outside of politics, he enjoys painting and movies.
Nicholas Wooldridge, Undergraduate Class of 2021
Nicholas Wooldridge is a rising senior from Frankfort, Kentucky studying history. On campus, he is a member of the men’s lightweight rowing team and works at Dillon Gym. Nick had previously been a fellow in ODUS’s Next Generation Citizenship program, an orientation leader, and member of the Whitman College Council. During the summer of 2018, he participated in the Princeton-in-Munich program, and has interned on Capitol Hill the past two summers, as well. Nick is very excited to get involved with the Vote100 campaign and civic engagement on Princeton’s campus!
Marilena Zigka, Undergraduate Class of 2023
Marilena Zigka is a rising sophomore from Thessaloniki, Greece who intends to major in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursue certificates in Journalism, French and Entrepreneurship. On campus, she is a student leader for the Davis International Center and a photographer for the Lewis Center for the Arts. Marilena enjoys playing volleyball and remaining involved in the European Youth Parliament. Descending from the birthplace of democracy as well as growing up in times of political turbulence and financial austerity has instilled in Marilena a deep faith for civic participation and ensuring that all voices are heard. In a campus as diverse as Princeton’s, Marilena believes Vote 100 truly upholds the motto “In the nation’s service and the service of humanity” by encouraging all the pioneers, artists and dreamers to cast their ballots and be the change they want to see in the world.
Emily Apple is a recent graduate of the School of Public and International Affairs with a Master in Public Affairs. While at Princeton, she was an active advocate for systemic changes to advance racial equity at the policy school as a member of Students for Educational Equity and Diversity and as a curriculum representative for the policy school's Action Committee, as well as serving as a tutor for the Prison Teaching Initiative. Prior to graduate school, she worked on issues of economic security and mobility in the New York City Mayor’s Office focusing on policies and programs in the areas of workforce development and education, with a particular focus on youth who face barriers to success in education and the labor market. Emily is a proud graduate of New York City public schools, including the CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Philmon Haile is a second-year Master in Public Affairs student at the School of Public and International Affairs, focusing on international development. Prior to coming to Princeton, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington. After undergrad, he worked for about five years in humanitarian assistance and development in the Middle East. He is excited to be a part of Vote100 because he believes our country is better off when more people are empowered to engage civically.
Maria Alejandra Moscoso
Maria Alejandra Moscoso is a second-year MPA graduate student from Miami, Florida. She graduated cum laude from Smith College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Global South development studies. Her recent experiences include fellowships with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, the Atlantic Expedition in Germany, the KAKEHASHI Bridge Project in Japan. Alejandra was most recently a Program Specialist for Stabilization and Development with Creative Associates International. As a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, Alejandra is eager to represent and serve her community through a career in the Foreign Service.
Amy Williams Navarro
Amy was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to graduate school, Amy’s career spanned multiple roles in electoral and issue advocacy campaigns and in federal and state government. Her first job was as an organizer for the McAuliffe for Governor campaign in Arlington, Virginia in 2013. Amy then worked as a policy associate at FWD.us, an organization founded by Silicon Valley leaders that advocates on behalf of immigrant communities, and later at the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Amy returned to Virginia in 2016 to work on Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, where she served as the Deputy Training/Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Director for the state. After the 2016 election, she decided it was time to give back to her island and returned as a policy aide to the Governor of Puerto Rico. Amy dedicated her time at Princeton to studying the deeply rooted structures that perpetuate gender inequities and the policy solutions that exist to dismantle these hurdles, and she intends to pursue a career in gender advocacy. Amy holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
Martin Sweeney is a second year Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) student, focusing in Economics and Public Policy. He grew up in northern New Jersey and returned to the Garden State after working for nearly four years at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a spin-off of the UK Cabinet Office that applies behavioral science and evaluation to public policy challenges (including voter registration). Before BIT, Martin worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, where he managed and analyzed data for a number of randomized controlled trials in international development. Martin graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a B.A. in economics and environmental studies. After completing the MPA, he hopes to continue to use data and evidence to improve public policies and services. In the meantime, he looks forward to gaining some new perspectives on what meaningful political engagement looks like in his role as a Vote100 Preceptorial Fellow.
Maggie Tennis is pursuing an M.P.A. in International Relations. Previously, she worked for Ambassador Strobe Talbott at the Brookings Institution, where her work for The Center on U.S. and Europe focused on U.S.-Russian foreign policy and transatlantic governance. Before that, she was a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Arms Control Association. Her work has appeared in Slate, Lawfare, DefenseOne, The National Interest, The Baltimore Sun, among others. She graduated from Brown University.
Jill Dolan, Dean of the College. Annan Professor in English. Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts
Jill Dolan is the senior officer responsible for Princeton's undergraduate academic program. All matters relating to the curriculum, academic advising, academic regulations and scholastic standing fall under her aegis. Dean Dolan also oversees the Offices of Admission and Undergraduate Financial Aid, the Registrar, the Office of International Programs, the Program in Teacher Preparation, the Princeton Writing Program, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Freshman Scholars Institute, the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, Health Professions Advising, the Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the six undergraduate residential colleges.
Dean Dolan is the Annan Professor in English, and a professor of theatre studies in the Lewis Center for the Arts. She served for six years as the director of Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and is a faculty affiliate of the Program in American Studies. She holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University. Among other books, Dolan is the author of Wendy Wasserstein (a critical study of her plays); The Feminist Spectator as Critic; Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre; The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for the Stage and Screen. Her blog, The Feminist Spectator, won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism in 2010-11. She received the American Society for Theatre Research career achievement award and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Outstanding Teacher award. Dean Dolan has been a registered, actively participating voter in every state in which she’s lived, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, and New Jersey.
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor. Professor of African American Studies. Chair, Department of African American Studies
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, and a scholar who speaks to the black and blue in America. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities and reveal complexities, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for hope. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.” Other muses include James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. In addition to his readings of early American philosophers and contemporary political scientists, Glaude turns to African American literature in his writing and teaching for insight into African American political life, religious thought, gender and class.
He is chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the current president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released this summer and is currently on the New York Times Best Sellers list. He is a columnist for Time Magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs like Democracy Now!, Morning Joe, and the 11th Hour. He hosts the podcast AAS 21, recorded at Princeton University in Stanhope Hall, the African American Studies department’s home.
Robert O. Keohane, Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus. Senior Scholar
Robert O. Keohane is Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). He is co-author (with Joseph S. Nye, Jr.) of Power and Interdependence (third edition 2001), and (with Gary King and Sidney Verba) of Designing Social Inquiry (1994). He has served as the editor of the journal International Organization and as president of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 1989, and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, 2005. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Science Po in Paris, and is the Harold Lasswell Fellow (2007-08) of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Kevin M. Kruse, Professor of History
Kevin M. Kruse is a Professor of History. He specializes in the political, social, and urban/suburban history of twentieth-century America, with a particular interest in conflicts over race, rights and religion and the making of modern conservatism. Professor Kruse was honored as one of America's top young "Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" by the Smithsonian Magazine and selected as one of the top young historians in the country by the History News Network. He has recently been named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.
His prize-winning first book White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005). Was followed by a second, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (2015). He then published Fault Lines: A History of America Since 1974, a trade/textbook with co-author Julian Zelizer. A sweeping history of the past four decades of American history, the book chronicles the origins of the divided states of America, a nation increasingly riven by stark political partisanship and deep social divisions along lines of race, class, gender and sexuality. Co-written with Julian Zelizer, the book tracks not only the course of our current state of political polarization, but also the ways in which an increasingly fractured media landscape worked to aggravate divisions in American politics and society as well. In addition to these works, Professor Kruse has also served as the co-editor of several collections. Professor Kruse is currently conducting research for his new book, The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement. After The Division, Kruse will turn his attention to Law and Order: The Politics of Crime and Culture in New York City.
Denise L. Mauzerall, Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Denise L. Mauzerall is Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs in the the School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Professor Mauzerall’s current research focuses on air pollution’s impact on human health, agriculture, and climate. Her scholarship is used to inform the development of environmental policy. She directs the doctoral program at the Princeton School of Public and International affairs and teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses on ‘Global Environmental Issues’, ‘Climate Change, Science and Policy’, and various aspects of sustainability.
Professor Mauzerall has held numerous leadership positions at Princeton and beyond. She currently serves on the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment Executive Committee and the Princeton Sustainability Steering Council. From 2014-2017 she was a member of the chartered U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board. Mauzerall is a member of the Executive Advisory Board at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.
Jeff Nunokawa, Professor of English
Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 till about 1900. His first book, The Afterlife of Property, studies how the novels of Dickens and Eliot labor to preserve the idea of secure possession by overseeing its transfer from the sphere of a cold and uncertain economy to a happier realm of romance. Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable of Desire excavates the aspiration to imagine a form of desire as intense as those that compel us, but as light as the daydream or thought experiment safely under our control. He has also written a bunch of articles about this and that aspect of nineteenth century literature. You can ask him about them, if you are interested. His current project is a book whose working title is something like “Eros and Isolation: Getting Away from Others in Nineteenth Century Literature”. This book brings a range of social theory to bear on writers like Austen, C. Brontë, Thackeray, Dickens and Eliot to figure out why it’s so hard to break free, even for a little while, from the groups that surround and define us. Most generally, he is interested in the ways that various ideas of society clash and collaborate with one another.
In 2015, Nunokawa published Note Book. Every single morning since early 2007, Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa has posted a brief essay in the Notes section of his Facebook page. Often just a few sentences but never more than a few paragraphs, these compelling literary and personal meditations have raised the Facebook post to an art form, gained thousands of loyal readers, and been featured in the New Yorker. In Note Book, Nunokawa has selected some 250 of the most powerful and memorable of these essays, many accompanied by the snapshots originally posted alongside them. The result is a new kind of literary work for the age of digital and social media, one that reimagines the essay’s efforts, at least since Montaigne, to understand our common condition by trying to understand ourselves.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Associate Professor of Classics
Associate Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta is a self-described “Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing,” who graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2006 with a degree in Classics, along with a SPIA certificate, and delivered the Salutatory address. He was awarded the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship to read for the M.Phil. in Greek and Roman History at Oxford (2008); and earned a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford (2014), generously supported by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship.
After a two-year postdoctoral stint at Columbia’s Society of Fellows, he joined Princeton’s faculty in 2016. In addition to his appointment in the Department of Classics, he holds affiliations with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin 2015) and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Republic (Princeton 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge 2017). His current projects include a co-authored study of 338 BCE and the origins of Roman imperialism (under contract with Harvard), a co-edited volume on the long fourth century BCE (under review), and a co-authored book-length essay on race and ethnicity in the disciplinary identity of Classics. A staunch believer in the importance of public scholarship, he has written for and sits on the editorial board of the public-facing Classics journal Eidolon and has published pieces for The Guardian, Matter, Vox, the NYT, and Fabulist. His writing, teaching, and research are guided by a firm commitment to anti-racist principles.
Jennifer Rexford, Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor in Engineering, Chair, Department of Computer Science
Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and the Chair of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked for eight years at AT&T Labs--Research. Jennifer received her BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 1996.
She is co-author of the book "Web Protocols and Practice" (Addison-Wesley, May 2001). She served as the chair of ACM SIGCOMM from 2003 to 2007. Jennifer was the 2004 winner of ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award (2016), the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award (2017), the ACM SIGCOMM award for lifetime contributions (2018), and the IEEE Internet Award (2019). She is an ACM Fellow (2008), an IEEE Fellow (2018), and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013) and the National Academy of Engineering (2014).
J. Nicole Shelton, Stuart Professor of Psychology
J. Nicole Shelton is the Stuart Professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. Her scholarship examines social interactions between Whites and ethnic minorities and explores how prejudice and interpersonal concerns about issues of prejudice influence the dynamics of intergroup interactions. Professor Shelton was the Head of Butler College from 2012-2020.
She continues to play an active role in the Princeton community through her numerous on-going involvements including membership on the Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity and the Faculty Advisory Committee on Athletics and Campus Recreation. Her commitment to the student experience and teaching was recognized in 2011 as the recipient of the Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award and in 2008 as the recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Shelton previously held fellowships at Stanford University and the Russell Sage Foundation. Her current research projects include examining how exposure to racial bias within different micro-climates is associated with individuals’ mental and physical health as well as examining institutions’ rationale for the importance of diversity, and the consequences of these rationales for members of the community.
Shirley M. Tilghman, President of the University, Emeritus. Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs
Shirley M. Tilghman is president emerita and professor of molecular biology at Princeton University. Professor Tilghman served as Princeton’s 19th president from 2001 to 2013. During her tenure, President Tilghman expanded the size of the student body, instituted the four-year residential college system, and sponsored many important student initiatives such as the Standing Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership. She oversaw the creation of major new academic programs, including the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Returning to the faculty following her presidency, Tilghman has assumed a number of leadership positions beyond Princeton. She currently serves as trustee at Amherst College, on the Leadership Council of the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), and as a Fellow to Harvard Corporation. President Tilghman chairs the Higher Education Presidents Council for the Campus Democracy Challenge, and is leading efforts to improve voting on college campuses across the nation.
Ali A. Valenzuela , Assistant Professor of Politics
Ali A. Valenzuela is an Assistant Professor of Politics, affiliated with the Program in Latino Studies and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, and co-founder of Politics Research in Experimental Social Sciences at Princeton University. His research and teaching are in American politics, with a focus on race and racism in U.S. politics and campaigns; Latina/o/x attitudes, preferences and turnout in U.S. elections; immigration and demographic change in the U.S. and its political consequences; U.S. public opinion and voter behavior; ethno-racial and religious identities in politics; survey design and experimental methods. Professor Valenzuela's research uses large-n surveys, field and survey experiments, and administrative data such as Census and election information to investigate the causes and consequences of ethno-racial politics in the U.S., including turnout in elections, Latino support for candidates and public policies, and the effects of racialized campaign communication. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, American Politics Review, other peer-reviewed journals, and as book chapters.
Samuel S. Wang, Professor of Neuroscience
Sam Wang is a professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. His research interests include: neuroscience of sensory learning, development, and autism and data science for neuroscience, public policy, and election law. Recent research topics include synaptic learning rules in the mammalian cerebellum and autism research. He is the author of two influential books, Welcome to Your Brain (2008) and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain (2011). Before Princeton he conducted research at Duke University and Bell Labs.
Guided by a long-standing interest in elections, Wang developed tools for the aggregation of state polls that revolutionized statistical methods of analyzing U.S. presidential elections. This work led to the establishment of the Princeton Elections Consortium in 2004. In 2012, Wang recognized new, systematic distortions in representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Understanding the causes of these distortions launched his interest in voting rights and led to the creation of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. In 2020, both projects have expanded to identify ways for citizens to maximize their impact on government, in both their votes and their activism. He gives public lectures on a regular basis and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and Fox News. Additionally, Wang has served both Republican and Democratic elected officials in his work on education, national science policy, and autism-related issues.
Julian E. Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton School of International and Public Affairs
Julian Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN political analyst. He has written more than 900 op-eds, including his popular weekly column for CNN.com and The Atlantic. He became the distinguished senior fellow at the New York Historical Society in 2019, where he is writing a biography of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel for Yale University's Jewish Lives Series.
He is the author and editor of more than 19 books including, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society,” the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress. In January 2019, Norton published his new book, co-authored with Kevin Kruse, “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.” In spring 2020, Penguin Press published, “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party.” He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and New America.
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