On February 13, 1960, students line the counter of a dime store in Greensboro, North Carolina, in protest of the store’s refusal to serve them.

By Michael Walzer

Every political activist who has fought for a good cause dreams of a chance to fight again. We live, right now, in a bad time; American politics has not been this ugly since the Joe McCarthy years or the Red Scare and anti-immigrant frenzy of the early 1920s. We need movements of resistance, and we need citizen activists who remember the old labor union imperative: Organize!

IAS News

June 2, 2020

On April 8, 2020, N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced that stores across New Jersey must require that their shoppers wear face coverings or masks. How to make a simple mask

Social Distancing
Princeton Nassau Pediatrics strongly recommends against children from different households having playdates, even outdoors.

IAS Closure and Stay at Home Order
On March 21, 2020, N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide Stay at Home Order that closed non-essential businesses. In response, IAS has closed everything but Member Housing, including offices and campus buildings.

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By Akshay Venkatesh

In mathematics, there are many surprising parallels between problems in the theory of numbers and questions in three-dimensional geometry. Akshay Venkatesh explains some of this story, and how it continues to inform research. 

By Michael G. Hanchard

In the aftermath of slavery and abolition, disproportionately high levels of unemployment and incarceration rates, poor education, spatial segregation, and capricious doses of state violence structure the conditions of marginality that make violence against these populations not only plausible but banal.

IAS News

Shaw Prize
May 21, 2020

Roger Blandford, former Member in the School of Natural Sciences, is honored for foundational contributions to theoretical astrophysics. Alexander Beilinson, former Member in the School of Mathematics, and David Kazhdan, former Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School, are cited “for their huge influence on and profound contributions to representation theory, as well as many other areas of mathematics.”


By investing in basic science, many other societal issues are addressed.… Basic research is not a cost. It is an investment that in the end will allow us to be much more cost effective in all of the other subjects.

By Jos de Mul

In a world in which the computer has become the dominant technology, everything—atoms, genes, texts, organizations—becomes a relational database, a collection of (re)combinatory elements.


By Alondra Nelson

Genetics is today engaged in practices of identity formation, in philanthropy and socioeconomic development projects, as corroborating evidence in civil litigation and historical debates, and elsewhere. Thus, although the therapeutic utility of the genome may be arguable, the social life of DNA is unmistakable: the double helix now lies at the center of some of the most significant issues of our time.