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Professor Jonathan Kastellec with Princeton Professor Charles M. Cameron, will be investigating the operation, dynamics, and trajectory of America’s separation‐of‐powers system by conducting an in‐depth examination of historical changes in the politics of Supreme Court nominations. They will examine nominations from 1930‐2017, addressing such questions as what types of nominees presidents select and what the consequences of appointments are for the long‐run trajectory of the Court’s decisions. The overarching goal of the project is to produce the first integrated account of Supreme Court nomination and confirmation politics that simultaneously place changes in the nomination process within the larger context of the dramatic evolution of American Politics over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. In doing so, they hope to contribute to the normative debate over whether the United States’ separation‐of‐power system can cope with the dramatic changes in the American constitutional order and the current era of intense partisan polarization.

In light of the dramatic rise in social, political, and economic inequality in the United States, Tali Mendelberg is researching why support for policies that would reduce inequality is so low. Her Bobst grant funded a survey of Princeton and other university students regarding their support for a particularly salient redistributive policy: financial aid for higher education. Using a series of survey experiments, she is examining how variations in individual characteristics, social
norms, personal costs, and perceptions of aid recipients affect student support for financial redistribution.

The topic of Dan’s dissertation is hyperpresidentialism, where he seeks to determine the structural conditions that allow a president to usurp power
from congress and the judiciary. In Argentina and Chile, Dan seeks to determine why Argentine presidents have been able to concentrate power to such a great degree whereas Chilean presidents have been significantly more constrained by institutions of horizontal accountability.

Winston is using his Bobst award to conduct fieldwork and a survey of urban and rural voters in northern France. The survey results will complement a larger study of income inequality and political populism in Europe.’

Four Princeton University Professors spent the past week at the American University of Beirut (AUB).  The main event was a two-day conference cosponsored by Princeton University’s Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.  The conference, “Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies addressed social movement changes and emerging social justice policies, or the lack thereof, at both the national and local policy levels. The professors spent the remainder of their time providing lectures, including “The Role of Academia During Trump’s Presidency“ and meeting with AUB professors and scholars.

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Princeton Professor Attendees:

Amaney Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Helen V. Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

Mark R. Beissinger is the Henry W. Putnam Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and Acting Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

Stephen Macedo is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University

 For Audio of the conference, click here.







In the month of October the Asian American Student Association focused on Asian American feminism and solidarity with women of color in light of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They kicked off their efforts through “Asian Girls Everywhere”, a campaign that focuses on the experiences of Asian (American) women on campus and how they have dealt with the identity’s unique injustices, like racism, sexism, and stereotypes. The name of their campaign comes from a Childish Gambino song; they deliberatly used a lyric that erases the identity of Asian American women to show that Asian women are everywhere and thus should not be ignored or erased in the social conscious.

The group spoke to AAPI women across campus and transformed their stories into powerful statements that were spread around campus in the form of posters, laptop stickers, and a zine (a collection of text and images to convey experiences in a creative, visual manner). The group also manned a table at Frist so that curious students were able to ask about the campaign and about Asian American feminism in general.

These efforts were funded by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Program in American Studies.

With the support of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society sponsored a visit to campus by Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Administrator of the Development Program, and Director of the Crisis Response Unit. Ms. Nakamitsu provided students with first-hand accounts of managing the challenges of international governance, humanitarian disaster and political crisis response, as well as stories of serving as a woman in a position of power.

Part of the Islam in Conversations series, this distinguished panel discussion, moderated by Princeton politics professor Dr. Amaney Jamal, will feature scholars from political science (Dr. Dalia Fahmy), sociology (Dr. Mucahit Bilici), anthropology (Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik) and psychology to offer insights on how the U.S. elections are impacting Muslims domestically and internationally as well as to critique the candidates rhetoric and policies on civil rights and foreign policies. Sponsored by the Program in Muslim Life, in the Princeton University Office of Religious Life

For more information about the Islam in Conversation series, please contact Muslim Life Program at

Open to the Public! Everyone is welcome!


This Call for Proposals is passed, the deadline was July 31. For current information about the conference, please see:

Social Justice in the Arab World Since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies


Joint conference organized by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University

Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing conditions, mobilizations, and policies


In this call for papers for our February 2 & 3, 2017 conference at AUB in Beirut, Lebanon, we seek to assess social movement changes and emerging social justice policies, or the lack thereof, in the Arab world since 2010 – at both the national and local policy levels. We are particularly interested in examining local dynamics to learn about changes in people’s everyday living conditions since 2010, how people organize and mobilize to express their grievances and seek to promote policy changes, and whether any measurable or meaningful changes in state policies related to social justice demands have occurred.

We seek proposals from researchers working throughout the Arab world who can clarify developments in areas that include the evolution of social inequalities; organized and informal social and political protest movements; citizen grievances and social justice demands; new forms of organization and activism; roles of trade unions and professional associations; reform of state institutions; decentralization and the role of local authorities; changes in people’s living conditions since 2010.

We are interested in proposals within the following broad themes, which will be refined into more focused panels at the conference:

1. Measurable or self-perceived changes for better or for worse in people’s life conditions since 2010, in both material well-being (income, housing, health care, jobs, etc.) and political-social rights (freedom of expression, right to protest, etc.);

2. Public opinion/polling evidence for social justice demands;

3. Grass-roots and local mobilizations, civil society activism for social justice, and corresponding local power dynamics and accountability;

4. Policy-making changes, if any, at local or national levels, including legal protection mechanisms that impact people’s lives (rule of law, human rights);

5. Political economy trends, informality, coping, remittances, welfare;

6. Any other subjects related to the quest for social justice since 2010.

Submissions should include the author’s C.V. and the abstract. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words, noting the main theme and conclusions of the paper, its methodology, and the fieldwork it is based on. Abstracts and conference presentations will be accepted in English or Arabic. The conference will include simultaneous interpretation in Arabic and English. All travel expenses will be covered by the conference organizers, including round-trip economy fare tickets and room/board in Beirut. We especially welcome proposals from social scientists, and from researchers from the Arab world. Please send proposals to Leila Kabalan ( by July 31, 2016.

The Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and the Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL) at New York University Abu Dhabi are pleased to invite you to submit a paper/research design to the Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute (WESSI) Workshop at New York University Florence Italy, to be held on September 16-17, 2016. This workshop is organized by Rebecca Morton (NYU NYC and AD) and Amaney Jamal (Princeton University).


The WESSI Workshop aims to give 6-7 social science PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior Assistant Professors in experimental social science the opportunity to present their research designs or work in progress and receive personal feedback from noted scholars in the field. Each mentor will present their own research and each student will receive feedback from two mentors. Junior scholars who are planning or in the process of doing research in the Middle East region, broadly defined, or who were participants at previous WESSI workshops are especially encouraged to apply.

The following senior mentors have confirmed their participation in the workshop:

  • Michal Bauer, Charles University Prague and Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • Alexander Cappelen, Norwegian School of Economics
  • Fotini Christia, MIT
  • Catherine C. Eckel,Texas A&M University
  • Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
  • Rebecca Morton, NYU NYC and AD
  • Bertil Tungodden, Norwegian School of Economics.

The economy class travel and accommodation expenses of junior scholars whose proposals are accepted will be covered. Applications are open until June 1, 2016.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed write-up of their planned presentation (either a fully thought out and developed experimental research design or an extensive report of research in progress for which they would like to receive feedback) at Applicants will be selected and notified by June 15, 2016.

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