President's Annual "State of the University Letter" 2024: Excellence, Inclusivity, and Free Speech
Jan. 18, 2024

­Seven years ago, I began writing annual letters on the state of the University, its progress toward strategic goals, and major issues relevant to our mission and higher education more broadly.  This report is the eighth in that series, and Princeton is stronger than ever.

We persisted successfully through the…

The Clean Energy Transformation Beneath Our Feet
Jan. 3, 2024

 "The Clean Energy Transformation Beneath Our Feet" first appeared in the January 2024 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Seven years into the largest building program in Princeton University’s history, the main ribbon-cutting…

Faculty Dinners at Lowrie House
Dec. 22, 2023

"Faculty Dinners at Lowrie House" first appeared in the December 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

People often ask me what I like best about my job. The answer is easy: I enjoy meeting Princetonians of all types—undergraduates, graduate students,…

Response to Rep. Mikie Sherrill about Combating Antisemitism on Campus
Dec. 13, 2023

The Honorable Mikie Sherrill

United States House of Representatives

1427 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Representative Sherrill:

Thank you for…

Remarks to the CPUC about criticism of higher education in the U.S. Congress
Dec. 12, 2023

During a meeting yesterday of the Council of the Princeton University Community, I briefly addressed the tumultuous hearings in Congress last week, which unfortunately have led to questions about the commitment of leading U.S. research universities to act forcefully in response to hypothetical calls for the genocide of Jews. 


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…