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Acting Dean

Mark WatsonMark Watson is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. His research focuses on time-series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and macroeconomic forecasting. He has published articles in these areas and is the author (with James Stock) of Introduction to Econometrics, a leading undergraduate textbook.

Watson has served on the editorial board of several journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Econometrica, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He currently serves as a Co-Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Before coming to Princeton in 1995, Watson served on the economics faculty at Harvard and Northwestern. Watson did his undergraduate work at Pierce Junior College and California State University at Northridge, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego.

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Cecilia Elena Rouse is the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the Katzman-Ernst Professor in Economics and Education, and professor of economics and public affairs. A labor economist with a focus on the economics of education, Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton Education Research Section and a member of the National Academy of Education. She is a senior editor of The Future of Children, a policy journal published by the School and the Brookings Institution, and serves on the editorial board of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. She also serves on the boards of the Council of Foreign Relations, University of Rhode Island and the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is an independent director of the T. Rowe Price Funds.

From 2009 to 2011, Rouse served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. She worked at the National Economic Council in the Clinton administration as a Special Assistant to the President from 1998 to 1999.

Rouse joined the Princeton faculty in 1992 after earning her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, where she also completed her undergraduate work.

Read my blog, "Dean's Dialogue," for an inside look at the School’s work on important campus initiatives.

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Vice Dean

Miguel CentenoMiguel Centeno is a professor of sociology and public affairs and founder of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students. He also serves as faculty director of Princeton’s Presidential Scholars Program, which helps female and underrepresented minority students prepare for the nation’s top Ph.D. programs.

A well-known sociologist, Centeno studies a range of subjects related to globalization and trade and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books. His latest publication, “War & Society,” explores how war tears communities down, but can also create strong communal bonds. He is currently working on a book about the sociology of discipline.

Centeno served as chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 to 2017 and was the founding director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, serving from 2003 to 2007. He was also the head of First College from 1997 to 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history, MBA, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University.

To schedule an appointment with the Vice-Dean, contact Pamela Garber at

Advisory Council

Susan Marquis MPA ’87, Ph.D. ’95, Chair
Pardee RAND Graduate School

Kim Belshé MPA’87
Executive Director
First 5 LA

Joshua Bolten ’76
President and CEO
Business Roundtable

Norman Champ III ’85
Kirkland & Ellis

Scott Frantz ’82
President & Chairman
Haebler Capital

Robert L. Gordon III MPA ’89
Be The Change, Inc.

Larry Handerhan, MPA ’12
Chief of Staff
D.C. Department of Human Services

Rochelle Haynes MPA ’06
Vice President, US Social Impact
Sesame Workshop

Cindy Y. Huang MPA ’02
Co-Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy
Center for Global Development

G. Mason Morfit ’97
President and CIO
ValueAct Capital

Minh-Thu Pham MPA ’03
Executive Director for Policy
United Nations Foundation

Jose Quinonez MPA ’98
Mission Asset Fund

Amy Richardson MPA ’93, Ph.D. ’97

Karen Sonneborn ’95
Co-founder and CEO

Fatema Sumar MPA ’06
Vice President
Oxfam America

Betsy Williams ’98
Founder and International Advisory Board Chair
President’s Young Professional Program

Peter Yu ’83
Managing Partner
Cartesian Capital Group

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