Staff

Jennifer Widner
Jennifer Widner, Director

Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2004-5, Jennifer 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 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 Democratization, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Development Studies, The William & Mary Law Review, Daedalus, the American Journal of International Law, and other publications. She is completing work on a book about making government work in challenging settings, drawing on experiences in Africa, Asia, and parts of Latin America.

Jim Golder
Jim Golder, Production Specialist

Jim Golder is a graduate of Rider University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He joined Princeton in 1998 working in the Woodrow Wilson School Finance Office. As ISS production specialist, he is responsible for logistical planning and data management associated with the oral history program, as well as budget and finance for the program.

Doug Hulette
Doug Hulette, Program Editor

Doug Hulette is a veteran of The Wall Street Journal copy desk, where he edited articles for the Asian and European editions as well as the U.S. publication. Besides newspapers, he also worked on wire services and websites for Dow Jones and other organizations. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's in English.

Sarah Torian
Sarah Torian, Communications Specialist

Sarah Torian has been involved in issues of civil rights and social and economic justice professionally for the past fifteen years. For six years, she served as communications coordinator at the Southern Regional Council, writing and editing for the organization’s quarterly journal Southern Changes. Since 2002, she has worked with nonprofits and foundations as the principal of Torian+Whitley Consulting. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has been a client throughout that time and Sarah assists the Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site and Center for Community and Economic Opportunity in the qualitative evaluation and communication of their programs and results.  BA in History from the University of Virginia and a MA in the interdisciplinary study of the American South at the University of Mississippi.

Affiliates

Gordon LaForge
Gordon LaForge, Research Specialist

Gordon LaForge is a writer and global affairs analyst most recently with Predata, a predictive analytics firm specializing in geopolitical risk. He previously worked at the UN Mission to NATO and has conducted research in Brazil, Ghana, Czech Republic, and Indonesia, where he was a Fulbright scholar and journalist covering politics and corruption. He holds a master's degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a BA in literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

 

Tyler McBrien
Tyler McBrien, Research Specialist

Tyler McBrien joined ISS from the Council on Foreign Relations, where he worked as an Associate Editor on a new public education initiative. Prior to that, he worked for the Student Success Network and the Education Advisory Board and served as the 2015-16 Princeton in Africa fellow with Equal Education in South Africa. Tyler graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in International Relations and History. He has contributed to Foreign Policy, History Today, Georgetown Journal for International Affairs, Africa is a Country, and The Diplomat

Leon Schreiber
Leon Schreiber, Research Specialist

Leon Schreiber has a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Originally from the Namaqualand region of South Africa, he went on to earn BA and MA degrees from Stellenbosch University. His research interests include social policy, institutions, and the comparative political economy of development. His dissertation compared the development of social welfare policies in Brazil and South Africa since democratization, specifically the adoption of conditional cash transfer systems in Brazil and the reluctance to use this model in South Africa. Dr, Schreiber has worked with a range of political and social impact organizations, including the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brazil, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Germany, as well as the University of Stellenbosch, the Democratic Alliance and the Western Cape Government in South Africa. Leon was recently elected as a member of parliament and works with ISS occasionally when the parliament is out of session. 

Blair Cameron
Blair Cameron, Research Specialist

Blair Cameron hails from Methven, New Zealand. Blair holds a degree from Brown University in International Relations and Latin American Studies. Blair has led much of ISS’s work on supply chain certification and forest conservation, in addition to participating in the program’s center of government work. In addition to his work with ISS, Blair assists the World Bank Global Delivery Initiative. His work has also included research in Rio de Janeiro on the social and economic impacts of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Blair’s work has taken him to Peru, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Kenya, Indonesia, and Italy. 

Matthew Schoefield , Research Associate

Matthew Schofield spent 35 years as a journalist. He began in the 1980s writing about the American Midwest and left the profession in 2018 while investigating President Trump and the possibility of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. In between, he reported from wars in Iraq, Israel, Turkey and Ukraine, spent more than a decade writing about international terrorism, and worked in more than 60 countries on four continents. His most well-known works include a series on post release Guantanamo Bay detainees, the Chernobyl aftermath, a series titled Meth Diary, the Ishaqi incident in Iraq and vampires in Romania. He was the European Bureau Chief for both Knight Ridder and McClatchy Newspapers. Among his dozens of journalism awards is a first place in an Investigative Reporters and Editors contest. He was a Harvard University Neiman Fellow in 2001-02. 

Osama Safeer
Osama Safeer, Research Associate

Osama is a first year MPA student at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in International Development. He has 7 years of experience in Pakistan in the public sector, NGOs, and consultancies working on education and health.

Miguelángel Verde
Miguelángel Verde, Research Associate

Miguelángel Verde Garrido holds a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in International Relations and Global Politics from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Born in New Orleans (USA), he lived in several countries before earning a BA in Philosophy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela). Granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Education of Japan, Miguel did his MA in Political Science and Political Philosophy at Kyoto University (Japan). His dissertation studied the impact that state and corporate controls over information and communications technologies (i.e., policies and practices of securitization, surveillance, and censorship) have on the political agency of civil society. Miguel has worked with policy think tanks and nonprofit organizations, and mostly focuses his research on the intersection of global politics, emerging and converging technologies, and public policy. His awards include the international Surveillance Studies Network’s Annual Paper Prize and Early Career Researcher Award for his peer review publications.

ISS has a small research staff whose members conduct interviews around the globe, throughout the year. It also collaborates with Ph.D. affiliates from Princeton University and other institutions on short-term projects. A faculty director and associate director manage the development of research lines with the assistance of advisers.