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Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs is committed to the state we call home.

With SPIA in NJ, the School embraces its role as an anchor institution by leveraging its most important resource, its people, to produce and promote innovative policy statewide.

Students and faculty work with partners around New Jersey to generate research-based data and provide analysis that support policy aligned with racial, social, and economic justice.

A decidedly global institution, SPIA is not only in New Jersey, but also of it."

The tools we bring to this urgent work include research, scholarship, internships, teaching, convenings, partnerships, public events, as well as media leverage across platforms.

Our deep scholarly bench includes practitioners from the social and natural sciences, law, and history whose research agendas center on questions fundamental to health, housing, education, safety, democratic practice, and equity.

SPIA in NJ takes a justice-centered approach to the public policy questions that matter in the lives of Garden State residents.

Whether it’s climate, healthcare, housing, immigration, education, finance or any number of other issue areas — SPIA faculty, students and researchers are teaming up with partners statewide to ask hard questions and work together to find policy solutions.

Cross-fertilization among researchers, advocates, organizers, policymakers and elected officials will be the centerpiece of this approach.

Projects & Programs

Research & Reports


Why Millions of Americans May Lose Their Health Insurance

This episode spotlights health insurance in the U.S. – and why an estimated 15 million Medicaid enrollees are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage and access to care. It features Dr. Kemi Alli, CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton.

Princeton Pulse Podcast: Episode 1

Udi Ofer

Positive Reviews for SPIA Flirtation With Hands-on Independent Work

As the inaugural year of the Princeton’s Policy Advocacy Clinic Seminar concludes, faculty and students who participated reflect on the program with praise. They shared standout experiences from watching legislative hearings to running a power mapping session with some of New Jersey’s top civil rights organizations.
Heather Howard (left) and Justine Yu

Op-ed: Celebrating the Successes of ‘Obamacare’

The Affordable Care Act turns 13 this week. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was signed into law by then-President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.

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