International Advisory Council / Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; Director of the Innovations for Successful Societies program

Jennifer Widner

Jennifer Widner is Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of Innovations for Successful Societies, a Woodrow Wilson School research program on improving government performance.  Before joining Princeton, she taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan.  Her current research focuses on the political economy of institutional reform, government accountability and service delivery.  She also remains interested in constitution writing, constitutional design and fair dealing—topics of earlier research. She is the author of Building the Rule of Law (W. W. Norton), a study of courts and law in Africa, and she has published articles on a variety of topics in DemocratizationComparative PoliticsComparative Political Studies, Journal of Development StudiesThe William & Mary Law ReviewDaedalus, the American Journal of International Law and other publications.  She is currently completing work on a book about making government work in challenging settings, drawing on experiences in Africa, Asia and parts of Latin America. 

Jennifer received her PhD from Yale University.