The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to welcome four new full-time faculty members with appointments effective July 1, 2020. Four existing faculty members have received promotions and one transitioned to emeritus status. The School acknowledged the passing of two emeritus faculty members during the 2019-20 academic year.
Layna Mosley has joined the School as professor of politics and international affairs. Previously, she was a professor in the politics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mosley focuses on the politics of the global economy, as well as international relations more broadly. She investigates the connections between domestic politics and the global economy. Mosley received a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1999.
Ismail White has joined the School as professor of politics and public affairs. Previously, he served as associate professor of political science at Duke University. White studies American politics with a focus on African American politics, public opinion, and political participation. In 2007-2008, he was a research scholar at SPIA’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. White earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 2005.
Zhao Li has joined the School as assistant professor of politics and public affairs. She focuses on democratic representation and accountability in the United States with a focus on campaign finance. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton. She earned a Ph.D. in political economics from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2019.
Guadalupe Tuñón has joined the School as assistant professor of politics and international affairs. Before coming to Princeton, Tuñón was an academy scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as well as a predoctoral fellow at the Identity & Conflict Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She focuses on comparative politics and political economy with a regional focus on Latin America. Tuñón earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019.
Rafaela Dancygier has been promoted to professor of politics and international affairs. Previously, she served at the School as associate professor from 2016-2020, as assistant professor from 2008-2016, and as an instructor from 2007-2008. Dancygier specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on the implications of ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2007.
C. Jessica Metcalf has been promoted to associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs. Since 2014, she served as an assistant professor at the School. Her interests lie in evolutionary ecology, infectious disease dynamics, and public policy. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. from Imperial College on the evolutionary demography of monocarpic perennials.
Eduardo Morales has been promoted to professor of economics and public affairs. Since 2013, he served as an assistant professor at the School. His research interests are in international trade, spatial economics, industrial organization, and econometrics. Morales earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2011.
Owen Zidar has been promoted to professor of economics and public affairs. Previously, he served at the School as associate professor during the 2019-20 academic year, as assistant professor during the 2018-19 academic year, and as a visiting assistant professor during the 2017-18 academic year. Zidar studies the taxation of firms and top earners, local fiscal policy, and the creation and distribution of economic resources. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.
Transfer to Emeritus Status
Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University emerita and professor of molecular biology and public affairs, has transferred to emeritus status.
The following faculty members have departed from Princeton University and the School of Public and International Affairs: Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, professor of public affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Oleg Itskhoki, professor of economics and international affairs; and Benjamin Moll, professor of economics and international affairs.
During the 2019-20 academic year, two professors with emeritus status passed away. The School honors the significant contributions made by the late Jameson Doig MPA ’58, professor of politics and public affairs, emeritus; and Paul Volcker, Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy, emeritus and professor of public and international affairs, emeritus.