Jennifer Widner is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for International Peace Justice at Princeton
University. Before joining Princeton in 2004, she was Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan
and Associate Professor of Government at Harvard until 1994.
Professor Widner's specialization is on Democratic Institutions and on Constitutions in developing countries,
particular in Africa. Her current research focuses on constitution writing and constitutional design, as well as
institutions and service delivery in developing countries, especially Africa. Her interests are however across a
range of areas, in constitution writing and conflict resolution, in institutional performance, in the development of
judicial institutions, and in African politics.
She has published extensively and across a variety of journals (Democratization, Journal of Development
Studies, Daedalus, the American Journal of International Law, etc.) on a range of topics. She is author or editor
of several books, including Building the Rule of Law (W. W. Norton), a study of courts and law in Africa and
Economic Change and Political Liberalization in sub-Saharan Africa (John Hopkins University Press).