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.
Before joining ISS, Simon Engler was an editor at Foreign Affairs in New York, where he developed and commissioned essays on international politics and U.S. foreign policy. He has also worked for Foreign Policy magazine, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Association of American Geographers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in German studies and history from Brown University.
Leon Schreiber joined ISS as a Senior Research Specialist in June 2015. He holds a PhD in Political Science magna cum laude from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, as well as MA, BA (Honours) and BA degrees from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Leon is the author of the book Coalition Country: South Africa after the ANC (Tafelberg), has published numerous case studies and papers, and regularly writes and appears in the South African press. His research interests include the political economy of institutional reform, public administration reform, social policy, and government accountability, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
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. Before that, he worked in the Woodrow Wilson School as the grants manager. 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 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 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.
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.
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.