In perceptions held from an early age, men and women generally perceive women to possess less natural talent than men, with their successes attributed to hard work rather than raw ability. These stereotypes, argued Sarah-Jane Leslie, the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy and the founding director of the Program in Cognitive Science, serve as reliable predictors of the size of the gender gap in certain departments.
Professor of Computer Science Brian Kernighan has co-written a book on the new computer language Go. Professor Kernighan in known for his work in explaining technical computer language and for his teaching and mentorship of generations of computer scientists.
Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, talks about the hazards of led to children.
David McComas, an executive leader in managing various complex technical projects and programs, has been named vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
In musings drawn from an interview, Eddie Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, reflects on his Southern childhood, race and identity, politics, teaching at Princeton, student protests, courage, democracy and more.
Princeton's Alan Blinder, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, answered questions about the Fed's decision to raise interest rates, what it will mean throughout the economy and the legacy of the record-low rates.
Since joining the Princeton faculty in 2011, Ali Valenzuela has investigated American electoral politics and political behavior with a focus on Latino public opinion and voter turnout, religion, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity in the United States. Valenzuela, an assistant professor of politics, has worked, too, to help a range of students find their way in the classroom, at the University and in the world.
Princeton economist Wei Xiong answered questions about the IMF's decision to add the Chinese renminbi to its list of reserve currencies alongside the U.S. dollar, the British pound and the Japanese yen.
Margaret Frye, an assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, examines the ways the gap between experiences and ideals affects how people feel about themselves. In the scenarios she has examined, a big gap between a person's experiences and their ideal outcome negatively affects their sense of well-being.
A new book released by a Princeton-Harvard team focuses on how domestic U.S. politics – in particular the interactions between the president, Congress, interest groups, bureaucratic institutions and the public – have influenced foreign policy choices since World War II and shows why presidents have more control over some policy instruments than others. Presidential power matters, and it varies systematically across policy instruments.
Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of History at Princeton University, has been awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.
Princeton faculty member and author Jhumpa Lahiri, whose novels and short stories explore the immigrant experience, family, love, language and cultural identity, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The announcement was made today by the White House. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, a 1977 graduate alumna, novelist and philosopher, was also named a recipient.
Jonathan Pillow, a Princeton University assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, aims to understand the brain by using math and statistics to make sense of the reams of information collected by brain-imaging studies. He sat down to talk about how he got into neuroscience, his approach to teaching, and his latest research published earlier this month in the journal Science.
A new Ebola vaccine has shown to be 100 percent effective in phase three trials, according to an article in The Lancet. We discussed the vaccine, its development and what it means for global health with Princeton University's Adel Mahmoud, retired president of Merck Vaccines.
Jennifer Rexford, the Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor in Engineering, became chair of the Department of Computer Science on July 1, 2015. Now in her 10th year with the department, she took time to talk about herself and her new position.
Heather Howard discusses the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, allowing more than 6 million Americans to keep health insurance subsidies they obtained through federal state exchanges.
Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been named Princeton's next dean of the college. Dolan, who also directs the University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a distinguished scholar of theater and performance studies.
Jose Avalos’ research focuses specifically on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for the production of biofuels and bio-derived chemicals.
Princeton historian Kevin Kruse's book, "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America," traces the story back to the 1930s as corporate leaders and conservative clergymen began promoting political arguments embodied in the phrase "freedom under God" to combat the rise of the New Deal.
Naomi Murakawa, an associate professor of African American studies, examines racial inequality in 20th- and 21st-century American politics, with specialization in crime policy and issues related to mass incarceration.
Alan Krueger, Princeton's Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, served as an adviser to President Barack Obama during the aftermath of the financial crisis. In this interview, he looks back at the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.
Ruha Benjamin, an assistant professor in the Center for African American Studies, discusses the notion of "discriminatory design" in medical and scientific research, highlighted in a TEDx talk in Baltimore. Professor Benjamin joined the Princeton faculty in 2014 and is teaching two undergraduate courses on the topic.
Ian Bourg, a new assistant professor who researches carbon capture and storage, has joined Princeton University in a joint appointment with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Nick Feamster, a professor who spent nine years at Georgia Tech and earned accolades for his research in cybersecurity and other problems with real-world communications networks, joined the faculty of the Princeton University Computer Science Department in January.
Egemen Kolemen is a specialist in the field of control of fusion plasmas and is an assistant professor jointly appointed with the Andlinger Center, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
Greg Scholes joined the Chemistry Department faculty at Princeton University last July. His lab is one of the leading groups studying how nature collects light to power fundamental processes like photosynthesis, using both experimental and theoretical techniques.
Professor Stanley Katz discusses the potential effects of enhanced relations between the United States and Cuba.
Professor Ruben Gallo discusses the United States' renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Cecilia Elena Rouse, dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, discusses the unemployment rate and what it means for the U.S. economy.
Fabian Wagner, the 2014-15 Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment, shared his thoughts on communication between scientists and policymakers, his focus for the year, and the concepts he hopes to impart to Princeton students.
Mathematical modeling has tremendous potential for developing and guiding public health initiatives to address some of the world's most pressing public health issues through cost-effective means. Models can have the power to accurately predict the progression of infectious diseases and potential epidemic outcomes.
Jason Schwartz, the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, addresses difficult questions regarding the Ebola virus, from how nations such as the United States should respond in Africa, to the most appropriate measures to take at home and whether to deploy unproven treatments.
Tali Mendelberg, a professor of politics at Princeton, explores how women influence the decision-making process and why women still have less influence than men in many decision-making bodies. She is the author with Christopher Karpowitz of "The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions," published this year by Princeton University Press.
Associate professor of politics and international affairs, Jacob Shapiro, shares his views on Obama's announcement of plans for the United States to take action against ISIS.
Wilson School's Nolan McCarty, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, talks about his finding that while Congress continues to diverge, many state legislatures are actually far more polarized. The analysis, with Georgetown University Professor Boris Shor, examines what causes party systems to polarize and what happens to governance when they do.
Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs answers questions about eastern Ukraine, its fighting forces and strategies going forward.
Heather Howard, lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, affiliate in the Wilson School's Center for Health and Wellbeing and director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, answers questions regarding the legality of some subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Assistant professor Forrest Meggers, has an interest in finding hidden potential for efficiencies in building design, such as a low exergy building, where systems such as heating and cooling are integrated into the architecture itself, to increase their performance.
Lane, a professor of politics at Princeton since 2009, is an internationally recognized scholar of ancient political theory and ethics, who combines an expert knowledge of the ancient classics and the history of political thought with a mastery of current issues.
Unaccompanied minors from Central America are traveling in droves to the United States, hoping to reconnect with family and escape the violence reverberating in their hometowns. Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, discusses why there has been such a surge in children crossing the border, what this means for America, and how the government should react.
Serving as the Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Prager has worked closely within the research community to help develop strategies for the U.S. fusion program. After recently completing a five year term, he has agreed to continue in that position.
Guenther interweaves her training as a physician, neuroscientist and historian to study the history of modern medicine and the mind sciences.
Nannerl Keohane, senior scholar the Woodrow Wilson School and former president of both Wellesley College and Duke University, argues that a liberal arts education provides students with exposure to different disciplines, and helps them make wiser choices about their profession because they will have understood something about the intellectual foundations on which some of the alternative professions rest.
Keith Wailoo is astonished by the power of genes -- not only to shape life but also to challenge our understanding of it.
The world's largest virtual currency,Bitcoin, continues to make headlines, but many still don't have a clue about the inner workings of Bitcoin or its influence. Princeton Professor Ed Felten explains.
A trip to India in her 20's sparked a life-long interest in the culture and people for Princeton Professor Isabel Clark-Deces, who is a professor of Anthropology and a scholar of South India.
Five to eight percent of all human-generated CO2 released into the atmosphere comes from cement factories. Claire White, an assistant professor in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is exploring sustainable alternatives.
A new study explains how fundamental physical laws can describe objects that are as small as an atom or as massive as a galaxy. Adam Burrows and Jeremiah Ostriker discuss the unifying power of physics.
Professor Garnet Chan explores why the laws of quantum mechanics are so important for chemistry.
Noted Princeton University physicist Philip Anderson celebrated his 90th birthday at a weekend workshop devoted to an illustrious career that included a Nobel Prize and contributions to understanding the fundamental nature of materials.