Bending the Socioeconomic Curve in Selective College Admissions
Nov. 29, 2023

"Bending the Socioeconomic Curve in Selective College Admissions" originally appeared in the November 2023 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

The most prominent U.S. college rankings have recently made changes to give…

Statement on Terrorist Attacks and War in the Middle East
Oct. 10, 2023

Even in a world wearied and torn by violence and hatred, Hamas’s murder and kidnapping of hundreds of Israelis over the past weekend is among the most atrocious of terrorist acts.  This cruel and inhumane attack has provoked a bloody war that has already claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis and will tragically take…

Remarks at the Whig-Clio Senate Debate
Oct. 5, 2023

Mr. President, officers and members of the society, friends, and guests:

It is an honor and a pleasure to address you as you convene for another year in the illustrious history of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the oldest college literary and debating club in the United States.

As Donald Gilpin beautifully documents…

Remarks at the Conference on Academic Freedom: Normative, Legal, and Empirical Perspectives
Oct. 2, 2023

Thank you for the opportunity to address this conference.  It is a pleasure to do so, for at least two reasons.  First, I am delighted to see and greet so many friends, including some from Princeton’s own faculty and some whom I have not seen in many years.  Second, the topic of this conference is urgent indeed, and I am…

Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously
Sept. 29, 2023

 "Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously" first appeared in the October 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

For Opening Exercises on September 3, we gathered on the…

Remarks at the White House Meeting on Expanding Educational Opportunity and Diversity in Higher Education
Sept. 28, 2023

It’s an honor to be part of this important discussion. I thank the administration for pulling together proven strategies that will help all of us in higher education preserve and grow diversity while complying with a more restrictive legal environment.

I’d like to focus my brief remarks on how Princeton has made significant progress…

Response to Rep. Gottheimer about Academic Freedom and Course Materials
Sept. 13, 2023

The Honorable Josh Gottheimer
United States House of Representatives
203 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Gottheimer:

Thank you for your letter of September 10 questioning whether a professor at this University may assign and teach Dr. Jasbir Puar’s controversial book,…

Statement on Academic Freedom
Sept. 11, 2023

Delivered at the University Faculty Meeting

It is a pleasure to greet our new arrivals, and to welcome all of you, as we begin another scholarly year.

Given the importance of academic freedom to what we do, I wanted to begin the year by reaffirming this University’s steadfast support for it.  I say this now…

Reunions Behind the Scenes
Sept. 6, 2023

"Reunions Behind the Scenes" was originally published in the September 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

The special bond Princetonians share is one we treasure every day and renew joyously at Reunions. Even as our attention in Princeton turns to the…

Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously
Sept. 3, 2023

As delivered

I am delighted to greet you today as the University welcomes Princeton’s Great Class of 2027 and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year.

One of the marvels of University life is the excitement that comes each fall when our classrooms, athletic fields, dining halls, and myriad other spaces…