Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

The Watson Institute is a community of scholars whose work aims to help us understand and address the world's most pressing issues, including globalization, economic uncertainty, security threats, environmental degradation, and poverty. Focusing on three main areas – development, security, and governance – the Institute leverages Brown's signature interdisciplinary approach to foster innovative, policy-relevant scholarly activities.

The Institute’s core faculty of anthropologists, economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other specialists work across academic disciplines with Brown faculty colleagues, as well as with an ever-changing cohort of visiting scholars and practitioners from around the world. The Institute collaborates with key organizations, such as the United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations to seek practicable solutions to today's global problems.

Watson administers three undergraduate concentrations, Development Studies, Public Policy and International Relations, and houses several others: Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, and South Asian Studies. It also administers the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree program, which prepares students for careers spanning public service, government, NGOs, foundations, and the private sector, and the Graduate Program in Development, which supports interdisciplinary learning and contextual expertise for doctoral students of the social sciences. The Institute is also home to a thriving postdoctoral fellows program.

The Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), an early-career professional development initiative that builds transnational knowledge networks among young leaders from the Global South, is located at Watson, where a two-week residency occurs each year. The Choices Program, which develops secondary level curriculum resources and offers professional development to classroom teachers, is also affiliated with the Institute.

Watson is home to several centers focused on area studies: the Brazil Initiative, the Brown-India Initiative, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, the China Initiative, and Middle East Studies. In addition, the recent integration with the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy further enhances the Institute's policy offerings and efforts to work synergistically in a world where the lines between "domestic" and "international" policy have become blurred.  The co-location of these centers, combined with the Institute's thematically driven research, enables Watson to take an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to research and education. In keeping with Watson's mission, such collaboration leads to a deep understanding of the greatest challenges of our time.

The Institute houses and supports two major academic journals: Studies in Comparative International Development and the Brown Journal of World Affairs (BJWA). Founded in 1993, BJWA is a highly regarded scholarly publication in the field of international studies, edited and managed entirely by Brown undergraduates.

Finally, a full agenda of seminar series, conferences, lectures, and workshops each year brings leading scholars and public figures to the Institute to put current events into context, explore emerging global issues, develop policy, and publish research.

More information about the Institute is available at http://watson.brown.edu/.

Director

Edward S. Steinfeld

Professor

Peter R. Andreas
John Hay Professor of International Studies

Mark M. Blyth
Eastman Professor of Political Economy

Ross E. Cheit
Professor of International and Public Affairs; Professor of Political Science

Nitsan Chorev
Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Justine Hastings
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Patrick G. Heller
Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences

Richard M. Locke
Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Catherine A. Lutz
Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies

Rose McDermott
David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations

Emily F. Oster
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Eric M. Patashnik
Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science

Christina Paxson
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Wendy J. Schiller
Professor of Political Science; Professor of International and Public Affairs

Andrew M. Schrank
Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Kathryn T. Spoehr
Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences; Professor of International and Public Affairs

Edward S. Steinfeld
Dean's Professor of China Studies

Ashutosh Varshney
Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and Political Science

Margaret M. Weir
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Kenneth K. Wong
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor fo Education Policy

Professor Research

J. Nicholas Ziegler
Professor of International and Public Affairs (Research)

Visiting Professor

Patsy P. Lewis
Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Associate Professor

Jeffrey D. Colgan
Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

John N. Friedman
Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Susan L. Moffitt
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Assistant Professor

Sarah A. Besky
Charles Evans Hughes 1881 Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs

Robert A. Blair
Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Nicholas L. Miller
Dean's Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy

Sreemati Mitter
Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History and International and Public Affairs

Jayanti J. Owens
Mary Tefft and John Hazen White, Sr. Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Sociology

Prerna Singh
Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Senior Lecturer

Claudia Elliott
Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Caroline Anne Karp
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Lecturer

Caroline M. Nordlund
Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Shankar Kasinadhuni Prasad
Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Senior Fellow

John B. Atwood
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Richard A. Boucher
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Sue E. Eckert
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Timothy H. Edgar
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Chas W. Freeman
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Deborah Gordon
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Stephen A. Kinzer
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Michael J. Piore
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Fellow

Peter B. Evans
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Susan W. Graseck
Senior Fellow in International Studies

Adjunct Professor

Constantine Boussalis
Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Robert B. Hackey
Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jo-Anne Hart
Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Romano Prodi
Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Marilyn Rueschemeyer
Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Adjunct Lecturer

Matthew J. Lyddon
Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Visiting Senior Fellow

Anthony D. Levitas
Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Visiting Scholar

John F. Garofano
Visiting Scholar in International and Public Affairs

Research Associate

Georgia M. Angell
Research Associate in International and Public Affairs

Amamah Sardar
Research Associate in International and Public Affairs