Internationalization Self-Study Working Group

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In January 2012, then-President Shirley M. Tilghman appointed Michael Jennings, Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages in the Department of German, and Clayton Marsh, Deputy Dean of the College, to serve as co-chairs of the steering committee for Princeton's decennial accreditation before the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In consultation with the co-chairs, the president selected Princeton's international initiatives as the special topic of the self-study (for the accreditation process) and appointed a steering committee consisting of 10 administrators and faculty members, a committee that would bring appropriate experience and expertise to this process.

The working groups that focused on Princeton's international initiatives considered six areas:

  1. mission and goals;
  2. organizational structure;
  3. international studies at Princeton;
  4. study abroad and other significant international experiences;
  5. strategic partnerships; and
  6. administrative support.

In preparing this special topic report, the steering committee and its working groups collected information, data and perspectives from a variety of sources: survey results from students, faculty and alumni; extensive interviews with faculty members, administrators and students; research on structures, programs and best practices at North American universities; and a two-day visit to a peer institution.


Mission and Goals

  • Michael Jennings, Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages; Professor of German
  • Clayton Marsh, Deputy Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of the College
  • Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology; Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Chair, Department of Sociology
  • Carol Greenhouse, Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Department of Anthropology
  • Joshua Katz, Professor of Classics

International Studies at Princeton

  • Mark Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics; Director, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Jeff Dolven, Associate Professor of English
  • João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology
  • Patrick Caddeau, Forbes College Director of Studies

Study Abroad and Other Significant International Experiences

  • Diana Davies, Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Office of the Provost
  • Deborah Yashar, Professor of Politics and International Affairs
  • Edward Freeland, Associate Director of the Survey Research Center, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies; Professor of History and East Asian Studies
  • Anne Caswell Klein, Dean of Wilson College

Strategic Partnerships

  • Philip Nord, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History; Director, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies

Administrative Support

  • Nancy Kanach, Senior Associate Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of the College