Kathryn Edin

Joint Degree Program in Social Policy

The Joint Degree Program (JDP) in Social Policy is a collaborative effort of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Departments of Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, and Sociology that combines work in a basic social science with a multidisciplinary perspective on the problems of economic insecurity and inequality.

The program follows a “discipline-plus” structure in which all students complete a Ph.D. in a basic social science, and also study economic insecurity and inequality in advanced postindustrial societies and the developing world.

Students are both full members of their disciplinary departments and participants in this interdisciplinary community; students must be admitted by their disciplinary department as well as by the multidisciplinary Social Policy faculty. JDP students receive funding equivalent to that provided by their home departments, consisting of tuition plus a need-based living stipend.