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Wilson School dean will return to full-time research and teaching next June

Michael Rothschild, professor of economics and public affairs and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs since 1995, will complete his service as dean next June to return to full-time research and teaching.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to be dean of this extraordinary school during a period of growth and innovation," Rothschild said. "I will turn 60 next August; it is time to return to research and teaching. I want again to know -- and to communicate -- the thrill of discovery. It will be a great joy to be once again a full-time teacher and scholar in this vibrant intellectual community."

President Shirley M. Tilghman said, "For more than six years, Michael Rothschild has provided strong and perceptive leadership for the Woodrow Wilson School. He reached out to the sciences, to law, to medicine and to psychology to make the school more interdisciplinary and policy-relevant while maintaining its high intellectual standards. In doing so he expanded the depth and relevance of the curriculum and helped make Princeton an attractive place to do modern, collaborative social science research. We are delighted that he will be remaining on the faculty, where students and colleagues will continue to benefit from his wide-ranging interests and his dedication to teaching."

After serving on the faculties of several universities, including Princeton from 1972 to 1976, Rothschild served for 10 years as founding dean of the division of social sciences at the University of California-San Diego, before returning to Princeton as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School.

During his tenure, the Woodrow Wilson Schools undergraduate and graduate curriculum has become more interdisciplinary. In the undergraduate program, the school played a leading role in establishing a successful study abroad program at the University. At the same time, the graduate programs have become more policy-relevant. Practitioners teach and co-teach courses, policy workshops are a required part of the curriculum, and a one-year mid-career masters in public policy makes accomplished young professionals part of the intellectual and social fabric of the school.

The schools research agenda has also become more interdisciplinary and more collaborative, reflecting the trends in modern social science research. The school has helped create institutions that nourish and stimulate teaching and research on new and enduring policy problems and issues. These include the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for Health and Well-Being, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, the Center for Migration and Development, the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Well-Being and the Education Research Section.

In addition, under Rothschild's guidance, the school has undergone significant additions and renovations to its facilities. Wallace Hall was dedicated in October 2000 and houses many of the school's research programs and centers, as well as the Donald Stokes Library. Major renovations to Robertson Hall are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2002.

An economic theorist, Rothschild has written on a wide range of topics, including decision-making under uncertainty, investment, taxation, finance and jury-decision processes. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Econometric Society.

A search for his successor as dean will be launched shortly, in the hope that a new dean can be in place by July 1.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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