Students should try to secure a primary advisor by the end of the junior year or early in their senior year. The advisor must be a faculty member who will be in residence at Brown throughout the student's senior year. You should be proactive in the search for your advisor – identify faculty members who might be interested in your thesis topic and approach them. The more interested they are in your project and the earlier you approach them, the more likely you are to greatly benefit from their mentoring. The DS Concentration Advisor, Advisory Committee, and DEVL 1500 and DEVL 1980 instructors are available to help students identify potential advisors.
There are at least three possible foundations on which a good working relationship may be built:
1. A faculty member you find interesting and stimulating, and someone who will engage your work and your ideas.
2. A faculty member who either has expertise in the area you are investigating (knowledge of the issue or region) or is conducting similar research.
3. A faculty member who has theoretical or methodological interests and expertise in areas that will be useful to your research topic. Such a person might actually know very little about the specific topic you are researching (e.g., access to agricultural land in Bihar, India) but may know a lot about a body of theory (gender and household dynamics) that is essential to your ability to develop the appropriate analytical framework for your research, or may have skills in a technique (statistics, ethnography) that will help you develop the appropriate investigative tools.
By early in your Senior year, you should also have reached an understanding with a second advisor.
If a senior capstone project requires the use of quantitative methods, by the end of the junior year students should take at least one course in statistics for social science in any of the following departments: economics, political science, sociology.
Geri Augusto – Visiting Assoc. Professor
Adia Benton – Assistant Professor
Mark Blyth – Professor
Kenneth Chay – Professor
Andrew Foster– Professor
Lina Fruzetti – Professor
José Itzigsohn – Professor
Richard Locke– Professor, Provost
Mark Lurie – Associate Professor
Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro – Assistant Professor
Vazira Zamindar – Associate Professor