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Student Leadership

The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG)

The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG) is an organization consisting of IR concentrators and potential concentrators. The DUG is intended to be both a resource for students exploring the IR concentration and a means of organizing events of interest to IR concentrators or others interested in international relations. 

The IR DUG meets Thursdays at 8:00pm Wilson 103.
For more information about the group and its activities, or to be added to the DUG listserv, please contact

Open House- March 2014

DUG activities include:

  • Annual themed speaker series
  • Concentration information sessions and social events
  • Professor dinners
  • Advising hours
  • Degree days events

The IR DUG Leaders

IR DUGCo-President: Shelby Centofanti ('15)

Shelby is a junior International concentrator pursuing the Political Economy and Society track. Her region of focus is Latin America, though she spent time abroad last fall in Granada, Spain. Her additional interests include economic policy and and development, independence movements, and elections. Outside of the IR DUG, Shelby is involved with J Street, an Israel advocacy group,  the Swearer Center, and figure skating club.

IR DUG Co-President: Rebecca Lullo (’15)

Rebecca is a junior concentrating in International Relations, Security and Society track, with a regional focus on Latin America. Her academic interests include the effects of economic policies on national and international security, human rights and the global impact of technological advances.  Last fall, Rebecca studied abroad in Havana, Cuba.  She interned last summer at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs and will be interning this coming summer at the U.S. Department of State, both in Washington, D.C.  On campus, she has worked as a research assistant at the Watson Institute, as a teaching assistant and as a Meiklejohn peer advisor, and is also involved in Brown Club Swimming.  Rebecca is happy to answer any questions relating to IR, course selection and/or study abroad.

Charles Chretien ('15)

Charles is a junior pursuing an independent concentration in Global Security with a focus on Cybersecurity. He is a Computer Science double concentrator. His particular academic interests are security, foreign intervention, conflict resolution, and cybersecurity. While he didn't study abroad, Charles grew up in Paris and lived in Europe for all of his life before Brown. He has interned as a software engineer at the European Space Agency in Switzerland, and with TripAdvisor. He is happy to answer any questions regarding the IR concentration, pursuing a double-concentration, or creating an independent concentration

Arjun Mehra Kukreja ('15)

Arjun is a junior at Brown, double-concentrating in International Relations and Economics. Within IR, he is pursuing the Political Economy and Society Track, with a regional focus on South Asia. Arjun has spent a large part of his life in New Delhi, India,  and is fluent in Hindi and French. Over the past summers, he has interned at ICRA: Moody's Investors Service, BlackRock India and at Avendus Capital. He is particularly interested in the international political economy, the effects of government policies on economic growth, emerging markets and global macroeconomic challenges. Outside of the DUG,  Arjun enjoys working with WBRU and learning salsa at Brown. He is happy to answer any questions related to IR or pursuing a double concentration.

IR DUG President, OUTGOING: Annika Lichtenbaum ('14)

Annika is a senior IR concentrator pursuing the Security & Society track. She is double-concentrating in Middle East Studies, and speaks Arabic. Her particular academic interests are democracy assistance, foreign intervention, and religion and politics. Last spring, she studied abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has interned at the American Enterprise Institute and the Project on Middle East Democracy, both in Washington, D.C. She is also the IR Program Student Assistant, so feel free to stop by her office hours!


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