Presenters and Moderators
Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner.
Charles Cameron is jointly appointed in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He specializes in the analysis of political institutions, particularly courts and law, the American presidency, and legislatures. His web page is https://scholar.princeton.edu/ccameron
Brandice Canes-Wrone is the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics at Princeton University. She has published on issues related to American politics, elections, and political economy. The author of the award-winning Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and Public (University of Chicago Press), she continues to write on the presidency including most recently on the motivations of individual contributors to presidential campaigns. Other recent research includes papers on congressional elections (“Ideologically Sophisticated Donors: Which Candidates Do Individual Contributors Finance,” American Journal of Political Science), state judicial elections (“Judicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions”, American Political Science Review), and electoral business cycles (“Elections, Uncertainty, and Irreversible Investment”, British Journal of Political Science). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.
Josh Chafetz is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He received his B.A. from Yale University, his doctorate in Politics from Oxford (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is the author of Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers (Yale University Press, 2017), and Democracy's Privileged Few: Legislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions (Yale University Press, 2007). His scholarship has also been published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, and Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and he has written for a number of popular press outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Slate, the New Republic, and The Hill.
Josh Cohen is a faculty member at Apple University; a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Law, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Political Science at UC-Berkeley; and co-editor of Boston Review. Josh previously taught at Stanford University and at MIT. Josh’s recent books include Philosophy, Politics, Democracy; Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals; and The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays. He has given the 2007 Tanner Lectures at UC-Berkeley, the 2011 Dewey Lecture at the University of Chicago, and the 2012 Comte Lectures at the London School of Economics. He is coeditor of the Norton Introduction to Philosophy (second edition 2018).
Terry Collins is a veteran journalist who has written extensively about how President Donald Trump is using Twitter as his virtual podium in the White House. Collins has covered politics, social networking, sports and health for news outlets including CNET, the Associated Press and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He also serves on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). He's been a John Jay College of Criminal Justice Langeloth Fellow and as well as a Journalism Law School Fellow at Loyola Marymount Law School in Los Angeles. He has judged the National Headliner Awards.
Martha Coven has spent her career inside and outside of government working on domestic policy, with a particular focus on poverty reduction and the federal budget. Before coming to Princeton, she served for six years in the Obama Administration. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor in the Office of Management and Budget, where she was responsible for the budgets of the Department of Education, Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Nutrition Service at the Department of Agriculture, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 2009 to 2011, Coven served as a Special Assistant to the President at the Domestic Policy Council, where she was the lead policy advisor on anti-poverty programs and initiatives, job training and employment services, and work-family issues, and developed the Administration’s plan for reducing childhood obesity. Prior to joining the Administration, Coven spent eight years in the non-profit sector, at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Consumers Union. She began her career on Capitol Hill, working for the House Democratic leadership. Coven holds a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from Yale University.
Thomas B. Edsall has been a weekly opinion columnist for The New York Times since 2011, covering demographic and strategic trends in American politics. He is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 2006, and from 2006 to 2014 held the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Chair there. Edsall covered American politics for The Washington Post from 1981 to 2006, and for The Baltimore Sun from 1967 to 1981. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Dissent. He has written five books, including The Age of Austerity; Building Red America; Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics; Power and Money; and The New Politics of Inequality. He is the winner of the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, the Noel Markwell Media Award, and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1992 in General Nonfiction. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Washington DC.
Robert S. Erikson is a professor of political science at Columbia University, with a specialty in American politics. He is the coauthor of Statehouse Democracy, The Macro Polity, The Timeline of Presidential Elections, and several editions of American Public Opinion. He has served as the editor of the American Journal of Political Science and of Political Analysis and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Daniel Q. Gillion completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, where he was the distinguished Provost Fellow. He later went on to become the Ford Foundation Fellow and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University as well as CSDP Research Scholar at Princeton. His research interests focuses on racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, political institutions, public policy, and the American presidency. Professor Gillion’s first book, The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy (Cambridge University Press), demonstrates the influential role of protest to garner a response from each branch of the federal government, highlighting protest actions as another form of constituent sentiment that should be considered alongside public opinion and voting behavior. The Political Power of Protest was the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Gillion’s second book Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America (Cambridge University Press) demonstrates that the political dialogue on race offered by presidents and congressional members alters the public policy process and shapes societal and cultural norms to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities, illustrating that mere words are a powerful tool for combating racial inequality in America. Governing with Wordswas awarded the 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Professor Gillion’s research has also been published in the academic journals Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law as well as in the edited volumes of Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior. In addition to being a faculty member in the political science department at Penn, Professor Gillion is an affiliate faculty member with the Department for Africana Studies.
William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago. Currently, he is the chair of the political science department, and he also holds additional appointments in the Harris School of Public Policy and the College. William has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on Obama’s education initiatives, the origins of political authority, and the normative foundations of executive power.
Elaine C. Kamarck is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program as well as the Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on American electoral politics and government innovation and reform in the United States, OECD nations, and developing countries. She focuses her research on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in many American presidential campaigns. Kamarck is the author of “Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates” and “Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again.” She is also the author of “How Change Happens—or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy” and “The End of Government-As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work.” Kamarck is also a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She started at the Kennedy School in 1997 after a career in politics and government. She has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC’s Rules Committee since 1997. She has participated actively in four presidential campaigns and in ten nominating conventions—including two Republican conventions.In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the New Democrat movement that helped elect Bill Clinton president. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review, also known as the “reinventing government initiative.” At the Kennedy School, she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. In 2000, she took a leave of absence to work as Senior Policy Advisor to the Gore campaign.
Kamarck conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck makes regular appearances in the media, including segments on: ABC, CBS, NBC, the BBC, CNN, Fox News Now New England Cable News, and National Public Radio.
Kamarck received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ethan B. Kapstein is Associate Director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Program (esoc.princeton.edu). He also holds an endowed chair at Arizona State University, where he is affiliated with the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Kapstein’s research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, especially in conflict-affected countries. At Princeton he has supervised MPA policy workshops on Stabilization Policy for the US Army, on the Civilian Surge to Afghanistan for SIGAR, and on the Sustainability of Millennium Challenge Corporation projects. His most recent book, Seeds of Stability: Land Reform and US Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press 2017) traces American efforts to address peasant-based insurgencies in the developing world. His previous book (with Josh Busby), AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge University Press 2013), won the Don K. Price Award for best book from the American Political Science Association’s section on Science, Technology and Environmental Studies. Kapstein is a retired US naval officer and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jonathan Kastellec is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests are in American political institutions, with a particular focus on judicial politics and the politics of Supreme Court nominations and confirmations. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Political Research Quarterly. Kastellec received his B.A. (2000) from Georgetown University, M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) from Columbia University.
Douglas Kriner is professor of political science at Penn State University. He recently published two books on inter-branch politics. The first, with Eric Schickler, Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power (Princeton 2016; winner of the 2017 Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize and winner of the 2017 Richard E. Neustadt Award), examines Congress' ability to retain some check on the aggrandizement of presidential power through the investigatory arm of its committees. The second, with Andrew Reeves, The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality (Cambridge 2015; winner of the 2016 Richard E. Neustadt Award), explores how electoral, partisan, and coalitional incentives compel presidents to target federal resources disproportionately toward some parts of the country and away from others. He is also author of After the Rubicon: Congress, Presidents and the Politics of Waging War (Chicago 2010; winner of the 2013 D.B. Hardeman Award) and co-author (with Francis Shen) of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities (Oxford 2010). His work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, among other outlets.
Brad Lawrence has produced winning electronic media and direct mail on behalf of political campaigns and for business, educational, environmental, health care and labor organizations since the 1980s. Brad created the TV spot The New York Times called "legendary in politics circles." A frequent lecturer on campaigns and media, Brad served as media and strategic consultant for Cory Booker's and Chris Murphy's United States Senate victories and for the DSCC and Senate Majority PAC IE campaigns that helped elect the only new Democratic United States Senator in 2014 and defeat Christine O'Donnell and Linda McMahon. Brad's work has been instrumental in winning tough campaigns for Governors, Members of Congress and big-city mayoral candidates.
David E. Lewis is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the presidency, executive branch politics and public administration. He is the author of two books, Presidents and the Politics of Agency Design (Stanford University Press, 2003) and The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press, 2008). He has also published numerous articles on American politics, public administration, and management in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. His work has been featured in outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and Washington Post. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and has earned numerous research and teaching awards, including the Herbert Simon Award for contributions to the scientific study of the bureaucracy and the Madison Sarratt, Jeffrey Nordhaus, and Robert Birkby awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Before joining Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science, he was an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, where he was affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He began his academic career at the College of William and Mary, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Government from 2000-02. He currently serves as the president of the Southern Political Science Association and president of the Midwest Public Administration Caucus. He serves on the editorial boards of Presidential Studies Quarterly and Public Administration. PhD. Stanford University.
Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. Liptak’s column on legal affairs, “Sidebar,” appears every other Tuesday. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Liptak practiced law for 14 years before joining the paper’s news staff in 2002. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009. Liptak is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and has taught courses at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.
Kenneth Lowande is a fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He was previously a fellow in the political science department at Washington University in St. Louis, and starting Fall 2018, will be an assistant professor of political science and public policy (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan.
Ray Mabus has been a change leader throughout his career. As the Secretary of the Navy under President Obama, and the longest serving Secretary since WWI, he revolutionized the Navy and Marine Corps, making operations more energy efficient and diversifying their fuel supply, rebuilt the fleet to more than 300 ships, instituted wide-ranging personnel actions including opening all positions to women, and traveled more than 1.3 million miles visiting Sailors and Marines where deployed. He also produced a long-term Gulf Coast restoration plan after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Mabus served as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as Governor of Mississippi where he prioritized education and job creation. Currently he is an Advisor to Google Ventures, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, an executive fellow at Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at th Harvard Kennedy School. He also heads The Mabus Group which assists organizations in resiliency and responding to change in a positive way. He sits on two public boards and helps several pre-IPO comapnies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorers Club and is on the Board of the Environmental Defense Fund. Mabus holds a bachelors degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a law degree, magna cum laude, from the Harvard law school. He is also the only person known to have thrown out the first pitch in all 30 major league stadiums.
Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics. He was formerly the associate dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He is the recipient of the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution and the John M. Olin Fellowship in Political Economy. He has co-authored three books: Political Game Theory (2006, Cambridge University Press with Adam Meirowitz), Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (2006, MIT Press with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal) and Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal). In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tali Mendelberg is the John Work Garrett Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Program on Inequality at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Her book The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality (Princeton University Press, 2001), won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the United States during the prior year on government, politics or international affairs." The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions (Princeton University Press, 2014), coauthored with Chris Karpowitz, has also won distinctions. Earlier versions of its parts received the APSA Paul Lazarsfeld Award for the best paper in Political Communication (twice), the APSA Best Paper Award in Political Psychology (twice), the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (honorable mention), and was in the top-ten most downloaded APSR articles in 2013. She was awarded the Erik H. Erikson Early Career Award for Excellence and Creativity in the Field of Political Psychology. She has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Political Communication, and others. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Princeton University Center for Human Values, and The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Her areas of specialization are political communication; gender; race; class; public opinion; political psychology; and experimental methods.
Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written extensively on the presidency, public bureaucracy, and the theory of political institutions more generally. His articles include "The New Economics of Organization," "The Politicized Presidency," "The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure," “The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action” (with William Howell), “Power and Political Institutions,” “Vested Interests and Political Institutions,” and “Do Politicians Use Policies to Make Politics? The Case of Public Sector Labor Laws” (with Sarah F. Anzia). His most recent book on American politics is Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government--And Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (with William Howell, 2016). He has also done considerable work on the politics of American education. His books include: Politics, Markets, and America's Schools (1990, with John E. Chubb), Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (2011), and The Comparative Politics of Education: Teachers Unions and Education Systems Around the World (2017, edited with Susanne Wiborg).
Jonathan Nagler is Professor of Politics at New York University. He received his AB in government from Harvard University in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1989. He has been a visiting associate professor at Caltech and Harvard, and has taught at the Summer Program, European Consortium for Political Research, Essex University, England, and the Summer program, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, as well as the ESRC Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research. In 2012 Professor Nagler was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. Professor Nagler’s research focuses on voting and elections.Professor Nagler published a series of articles, co-authored with R. Michael Alvarez, on multiple-candidate elections that have examined the relative importance of issues and the state of the economy to voters. Professor Nagler’s work on strategic voting in British elections (with R. Michael Alvarez) won the 1998 Durr award. Over the last 18 years he has also published a series of papers with Jan E. Leighley on the factors influencing voter turnout in the United States. They have just completed a book on voter turnout in the United States from 1972 to 2008. Professor Nagler has also published articles on the voting behavior of Latinos and women. Professor Nagler is currently working on the impact of economic conditions on voting in presidential elections, and the impact of California’s Top 2 Election law. Professor Nagler has served as an expert witness on court cases on primary reform and election law, and has consulted for presidential campaigns and media surveys. Nagler has appeared as a guest or been interviewed on CNN, MTV, and Fox-News, as well as National Public Radio.
Markus Prior is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Prior received his Ph.D. from Stanford`s Department of Communication in 2004. He won the 2008 Emerging Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association's Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section. Prior is the author of Post-Broadcast Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which won the 2009 Goldsmith Book Prize, awarded by Harvard`s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the 2010 Doris Graber Award for the "best book on political communication in the last 10 years" given by APSA's Political Communication Section. The book examines how broadcast television, cable television, and the Internet have changed politics in the United States over the last half-century. Prior's work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Annual Review of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly and Political Communication.
Catherine Rampell writes a twice-weekly, internationally syndicated opinion column for The Washington Post, and is a politics and economics commentator for CNN. She previously worked at the New York Times as an economics reporter, columnist, and theater critic. Catherine received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism and is a Gerald Loeb Award finalist. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton.
John Sides is an Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. He studies political behavior and U.S. elections. He is finishing a book on the 2016 presidential election entitled "Identity Crisis." He has also published a book on the 2012 election entitled "The Gamble," a textbook on campaigns and elections, and articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and other outlets. He helped found and serves as the editor-in-chief of The Monkey Cage, a political science site that publishes at the Washington Post.
Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Among his books are The Social Transformation of American Medicine, which received the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize in American History; The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications; and Freedom's Power: The History and Promise of Liberalism. He served as a senior adviser on health policy in the Clinton White House.
Sarah Staszak received her PhD in Politics from Brandeis University and is an Associate Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of public law, policy, and American political development. She is the author of No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment (Oxford University Press, 2015; co-winner, J. David Greenstone Book Prize), which examines the politics and implications of efforts to constrain access to courts and the legal system in response to the dramatic expansions of the Civil Rights era. Her current book project, Privatizing (In)Justice: Arbitration and Litigation Reform in the U.S., investigates the institutional development and politics of the expanding use of binding arbitration. Other ongoing research projects involve medical malpractice reform, provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act that protect the rights of the mentally ill, and the politics of informal bureaucratic rulemaking. Sarah was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University and a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Governance Studies.
Susan Stokes is John Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University, director of the Yale Program on Democracy, and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her recent books include Why Bother: Rethinking Participation in Elections and Protests (coauthored with Erdem Aytaç, forthcoming in 2018 with Cambridge University Press), Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics (coauthored, CUP 2013), and Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001). She is a co-founder of Bright Line Watch.
Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He writes about American constitutional law, politics and history and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and is currently a fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. His book, Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History, won the C. Herman Pritchett Award and the J. David Greenstone Award. His most recent books include Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present.
Lauren A. Wright is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on The Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication. Wright is the author of On Behalf of the President (Praeger, 2016) and a new book about celebrities running for elective office (Routledge, forthcoming 2019). Wright is a contributor to The Hill and The Huffington Post and her work has also been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She is a frequent guest political analyst and has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Wright's research interests include presidential politics, public opinion, and public and private sector communications strategy. She currently serves as Strategic Communications Director at NV5 Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVEE) and is a board member of The White House Transition Project. Wright received a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2014. Before that, she was a Field Representative for Meg Whitman's campaign for governor of California.
Keren Yarhi-Milo is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Politics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Her research and teaching focus on international relations and foreign policy, with a particular specialization in international security, including foreign policy decision-making, interstate communication and crisis bargaining, intelligence, and US foreign policy in the Middle East. Professor Yarhi-Milo’s book (Princeton University Press, 2014) titled, “Knowing The Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence Organizations, and Assessments of Intentions in International Relations,” received the 2016 Furnnis Award for best book in the field of international security. Also, it is Co-Winner of the 2016 DPLST Book Prize, Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association. This book explores how and why civilian leaders and intelligence organizations select and interpret an adversary’s signals of intentions differently. Her new book, titled "Who Fights for Reputation? The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict" is forthcoming with Princeton University Press (2018). Professor Yarhi-Milo’s articles have been published or are forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, International Security, and Security Studies.
Before joining the faculty at Princeton University she was a post-doc fellow at the Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a pre-doc fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Yarhi-Milo has worked at the Mission of Israel to the United Nations, as well as served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Intelligence Branch. Her dissertation received the Kenneth Waltz Awards for the best dissertation in the field of International Security and Arms Control in 2010. She also has received awards for the study of Political Science from the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Arthur Ross Foundation, and the Abram Morris Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Columbia University.