Name: Cecilia Elena Rouse
Hometown: Del Mar, CA
What did you do this summer?
I spent a good part of the summer with my family in France, Switzerland, and Prague. We took a long overdue vacation.
What do you think are the most pressing policy issues, domestic and international, that we need to work on?
I believe that ensuring public institutions (of all kinds) are structured adequately for our changing population and the increasingly global economy is key, especially as we continue recovering from the Great Recession. I’m thinking of not only of reform of our entitlement programs and provision of education and health care, but also of the various policies in place that affect the business environment.
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
There are too many wonderful Princetonians to choose from.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
My husband’s chicken with black beans and rice.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
At the moment, as dean I’m spending a lot of time listening.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Watching bad movies.
What is the one thing you want to change the most about Princeton/WWS?
More places to go for lunch and dinner.
What’s your personal anthem?
Practice makes easier.
What’s your favorite family activity?
Playing board games or card games.
Any course recommendations?
Everyone should take a good class in introductory economics.
What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
Hanging next to my bed is a picture of my husband with our children.
What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
Careening down a mountain in Provence on a narrow (one lane) road in an underpowered car, not having a clue where we were headed.
Last book you managed to read for pleasure?
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.
Favorite Olympic sport?
Hard to pick — perhaps Track and Field.
Harvard, Princeton, and the White House: which is the most stressful? Most fun?
The White House was the most stressful; Harvard the most fun … but I suspect that’s correlated with my stage in life!
Do you know all the words to Old Nassau?
What is your biggest fear?
Driving off a bridge in a car with my children in the back seat … ugh!
What’s your drink?
A double cappuccino … and sparkling water.
Who is your mortal enemy?
Where do you do your best thinking?
In my home office … in the middle of the night.
What makes someone a Princetonian?
A love of Princeton.