Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Centers. Initiatives. Programs.

The Watson Institute is home to several centers focused on area studies. Their co-location, combined with the Institute's thematically driven research, enables the centers to take a truly interdisciplinary, comparative approach and results in unlikely cross pollination. In keeping with Watson's mission, such collaboration leads to a deep understanding of the various regions and the pressing issues of our time. 

Africa Initiative

Africa Initiative

The Africa Initiative promotes research and pedagogy at Brown and in collaboration with African partners, supports academic programs and activities that foster critical inquiry, enhance knowledge, and contribute to efforts to address contemporary social problems.

Brazil Initiative

Brazil Initiative

Brown University is one of the country's premier academic centers for the study of Brazil. Building on this strength, the Brazil Initiative promotes research, teaching, and public engagement on key issues of modern Brazil – public health, the environment, political economy and development, and social and cultural studies.

Center for Contemporary South Asia

Center for Contemporary South Asia

The newly established Center for Contemporary South Asia (CCSA) is based at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. CCSA supports faculty, graduate and undergraduate research and teaching on the region and is home to the South Asian Studies concentration. CCSA will function within the larger framework of the Watson Institute, which is seeking to define a new approach to regional studies for the 21st century. Anchored in the social sciences, this new approach is problem driven, comparative and multidisciplinary. Our multidiciplinarity will include sustained interaction of social scientists with the humanities on the one hand and the disciplines such as medicine and public health on the other.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Through its programming and undergraduate and graduate-level course offerings, CLACS fosters knowledge, teaching, and research on the history, peoples, environment, languages, and contemporary problems of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Center produces a wide range of activities, including lectures, conferences, film screenings, and performances related to the region. CLACS also provides direct support for graduate students and scholars whose work is relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean.

China Program

China Initiative

The China Initiative is an interdisciplinary hub for the study of modern China at Brown University. The initiative's goals are threefold: to produce cutting edge academic research on the Chinese development experience, to apply that research to the resolution of real world societal challenges, and to connect China-focused research efforts to new forms of pedagogy and experiential learning. The Initiative seeks both to better understand China itself and to use the Chinese experience to better understand broader global phenomena in a comparative context.

Humanitarian Innovation Initiative

Humanitarian Innovation Initiative

The Humanitarian Innovation Initiative is committed to improving the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, humanitarian response, and post-emergency reconstruction through interdisciplinary research and educational programming that fosters collaboration between academics and practitioners both locally and globally.

Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies (MES)

MES is driven by a distinguished core faculty from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. In addition to support for faculty and graduate students and opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and visiting professors, MES provides funding for course development, academic and cultural programming, and undergraduate projects aimed at promoting greater understanding of the region. MES also hosts a lecture series, conferences, workshops, monthly luncheons, and cultural events.

The A. Alfred Taubman Center of Public Policy and American Institutions

Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

The A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy influences local, national, and global policy makers through high quality research, teaching excellence, and a commitment to community service. The Center serves as a hub connecting students, faculty, the community, and distinguished visitors around interdisciplinary study, research, and advocacy of sound public policy and the betterment of American institutions.