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Search committee appointed for dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs

Dec. 22, 2020 10 a.m.

University President Christopher L. Eisgruber has appointed a 11-member committee to search for a new dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Cecilia Rouse, the school’s dean since 2012, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to chair the ​Council of Economic Advisers​ (CEA).

Mark Watson, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, will serve as acting dean beginning Jan. 4.

Eisgruber celebrated Rouse’s nomination in a recent blog post.

The search committee will be chaired by Pat Sharkey, professor of sociology and public affairs. Other members, including eight faculty, one undergraduate and one graduate student, are: Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Rafaela Dancygier, professor of politics and international affairs; Alex Glaser, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs, and co-director of the Program in Science and Global Security; Jonathan Mayer, assistant professor of computer science and public affairs; Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, and director of the Center for Data-Driven Social Science; Sanyu Mojola, professor of sociology and public affairs, and director of the Office of Population Research; Eduardo Morales, professor of economics and international affairs; Betsy Levy Paluck, professor of psychology and public affairs, and deputy director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Policy; Christian Potter, Class of 2022; Susan Ragheb, SPIA graduate student.

The committee will recommend candidates to Eisgruber, who will appoint the new dean, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees.