Jennifer A. Widner

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Jennifer Widner "is Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace & Justice, and Director of the Woodrow Wilson School Program on Institutions for Fragile States. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2004-5, she taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on constitution writing and constitutional design, as well as institutions and service delivery in developing countries, especially Africa. Her most recent book is Building the Rule of Law (W. W. Norton), a study of courts and law in Africa and other developing country contexts. She has published articles on a variety of topics in Democratization, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Current History, Daedalus, the American Journal of International Law, and other publications. Ph.D. Yale 1987. " [1] CV

She is the author of The Rise of the Party State in Kenya, 1992, University of California Press.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • 2003, Bellagio Scholar Award
  • 2000, LS&A Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2000 January-July, Visiting Fellow, World Bank
  • 1999, University of Michigan Career Development Award
  • 1997-8, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award
  • 1995-6, Fulbright Senior Research Scholar
  • 1990, The World Bank, McNamara Fellowship


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  1. Jennifer A. Widner,, accessed June 13, 2010.