Karen McGuinness


Karen serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Princeton University. Before she assumed her current role in fall 2004, she was a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, teaching a range of courses, including The Politics of Public Policy, Gender and Development; Bottom Up Approaches to Development; Alternative Development Strategies; and Undergraduate Policy Taskforces on Microfinance and Poverty Reduction. She received an MPA from Woodrow Wilson, and worked for the Ford Foundation in New York and New Delhi for more than 6 years covering human rights and capacity building in China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Karen also has an M.A. in Government from Cornell and has conducted research on social movements, pro-poor policies and policy change in Andhra Pradesh. Karen joined Isles’ Board of Trustees in 2017.