Hellos, Goodbyes, Congratulations
2021-2022 Academic Year

In addition to the formal arrival of incoming Dean Amaney Jamal on September 1, three new full-time faculty members joined SPIA this summer. SPIA also celebrates the long-term contributions of one lecturer, who received a promotion to a brand-new faculty designation, and three faculty members who have transitioned to emeritus status. All appointments and transfers are effective July 1, 2021, except where noted.

Associate Professors

Thomas Fujiwara

Thomas Fujiwara, from Princeton’s Department of Economics, has joined the School as associate professor of economics and international affairs. Fujiwara joined Princeton’s economics department in 2011. He studies political economy — with a substantive focus on developing countries — investigating how political and social institutions shape individual behavior. He received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of British Columbia.

Assistant Professors

John Grigsby

John Grigsby has joined the School as assistant professor of economics and public affairs. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University. He is a macroeconomist who focuses on aggregate labor markets, wage dynamics, and innovation. Grigsby received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Chicago.

Xu Xu

Xu Xu has joined the School as assistant professor of politics and international affairs. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University from 2020 to 2021. Xu studies the politics of information, political repression, and the political economy of development, specializing in digital surveillance and authoritarian politics in China. Xu has doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University (political science) and the University of Tokyo (urban engineering).

Promotions

Heather Howard has been promoted to professor of the practice. She is the first member of the SPIA faculty to receive this new University title, which recognizes long-serving lecturers who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the field or in teaching and pedagogy. Howard is co-director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing's Global Health Program and director of State Health and Value Strategies, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program focused on assisting states with transforming their health care systems to be affordable, equitable, and innovative. She served as New Jersey's Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008 to 2010.

Transfer to Emeritus Status

The following faculty have transferred to emeritus status:

Sara McLanahan

Sara McLanahan, William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs (as of April 1, 2021)

Marta Tienda

Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Edward Felten

Edward Felten, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs

Departures

The following faculty members have departed from Princeton University and SPIA: Anne Karing, assistant professor of economics and public affairs, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and International Affairs.