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International Relations

Award Recipients


Mark and Betty Garrison Prize

Awarded for the best thesis in international relations, foreign policy analysis, or diplomatic history. The prize honors the work of Mark and Betty Garrison who helped create the Center for Foreign Policy Development (CFPD) at Brown University in 1981. A plaque bearing the names of the recipients hangs in the instructional programs suite of the Watson Institute for International Studies.  

2016 - James Janison "Examining the International Political Economy of the Firm: The Dynamics of State Aggression in Georgian-Russian Trade 1996-2014"
2015 - Tomonobu Kumahira
 "Modeling Internet-based Citizen Activism and Foreign Policy: The Islands Dispute between China and Japan"
2014 - Hannah Braun "A Critical Approach to Energy Security: The Field of National Practice in Poland and Germany"
2013 - Jorge Tamames "A Crisis of Consensus: Legacies of the Spanish Transition, 1975-2013"
2012 - Sarah Wilbanks "Cherry-Picked Humanitarian Interventions: A Complexity Approach to Explaining Libya 2011"

Samuel C. Lamport Prize

Awarded for the best thesis on international understanding with an emphasis on cooperation and tolerance.

2016 - Aida Patricia Palma Carpio "Chinese “Paisanos” in Guadalajara, Mexico: Rethinking South-South Migration Flows"
2015 - Emma Strother 
"Political Economy and Global Arts for Social Change: A Comparative Analysis of Youth Orchestras in Venezuela and Chile "
2014Galen Hunt "The People Business: Revisiting the Function of Networks in the Practice of Human Smuggling"
2013Vanes Ibric "The Selectivity and Inconsistency of Security Council-Authorized Humanitarian Intervention: Explaining Syria in Light of Libya"
            Ana Carolina Barry Laso "Explaining Social Inclusion Policies: Emergence Theory and the Case of Brazil (1988-2013) "
2012 - Julia Sheehy-Chan "Government Strategy Behind Religious Conflict: Explaining Violence Against Christians in Egypt and Jordan"

Watson Institute Outstanding Thesis Award

For the best IR thesis related to the Institute’s core research areas of security, development, or governance.

2015 - Yelena Bidé "Social Movements and Processes of Political Change: The Political Outcomes of the Chilean Student Movement, 2011-2015 "
2014 - Youbin Kang "Manual Intervention: A Path-dependency Analysis of the Influence of Values in Three Private Voluntary Initiatives"

Watson Summer Thesis Research Travel Grants

Awarded to concentrators in International Relations (IR) and Development Studies (DS) who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis.

2016 - Paula Martinez Gutierrez "Ongoing Drug Wars in China and Mexico: Causes for Militarized Strategies" (Beijing, China)
            Sarah Stillman "Beyond (Physical) Borders: A Study of EU Involvement in Moroccan Nonprofits" (Rabat, Morocco)
2015 -  James Janison
"Examining the International Political Economy of the Firm: The Dynamics of State Aggression in Georgian-Russian Trade 1996-2014" (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Aida Palma Carpio "Chinese “Paisanos” in Guadalajara, Mexico: Rethinking South-South Migration Flows" (Guadalajara, Mexico)
2014 - Yelena Bide "Social Movements and Processes of Political Change: The Political Outcomes of the Chilean Student Movement, 2011-2015 ."  (Santiago, Chile)
            Guo Jin Daryl Eng "International Institutions and State Leverage: IMF Program Design and Implementation in Argentina, 1991-2002." (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2013 - Felice Feit “Crossing Borders: The Trans-nationality of North African Human Rights Movements.” (Cairo, Eqypt)
            Youbin Kang “Fashion, Ethics, and Nationality: Explaining Cross-border Solidarity within the Garment Industry.”  (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
            Justin Lee "The Cross-Strait Political Implications of Trade Agreements between Taiwan and China.” (Taipei, China: Department of Public Finance at National Chengchi University and the Republic of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Academic Achievement in International Relations Prize

Given to students with all A’s in their IR concentration courses, including language study.

2016 - Stephanie Chung, Lynette Lim Xueling
2015 - Guo Jin Daryl Eng, Michael Hoffman, Yi Liu, Eli Okun, Aaron Vale

2014 - Sujaya Desai, Mehra Gayatri, Julia Murdza, Reva Dhingra, Carolina Gomes
2013 - Philip Lai, Dorothy Lutz, Tanya Nguyen, Ariel Rhoda, Andrew White, Quingliu Yang
2012 - Samantha Barney, Cheryn-Ann Chew, Jeremy Cutting, John Hammond, Brandon Kaufmann, Janine Khraishah, Andrew Leber, Emily Moore, Julia Potter, Olivia Singer, Ivan Tomic, Stefan Yordanov
2011 - Samura Atallah, Paula Armstrong, Andrew Berg, Huong Dang, Julien Gaertner, Chelsea Harris, Benjamin Hyman, Huan Ting Lee, Ambika Natesh, Michelle Ulrich, Christopher Wichmann, Janet Zong

Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations

Offered in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, is awarded to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. A plaque bearing the names of the recipients hangs in the IR Program suite of the Watson Institute for International Studies.

2016 - Bernadette Stadler (Russia/Russian) Study abroad Almaty, Kazakhstan
2015 - Rebecca Lullo
(Latin America/Spanish) Study abroad Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba
2014 - Blair Cameron (Brazil/Portuguese) Study abroad Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 - Andrew White
(Middle East/Arabic) Study abroad Tunisia
2012 - Andrew Leber
(Middle East/Arabic) Study abroad Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
2011 - Ambika Natesh
(Middle East/Arabic) Study abroad University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

International Relations Concentration Service and Leadership Award

First presented in 2009, celebrates that graduating senior who demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the IR concentration and his or her fellow concentrators.

2016 - Alexandra Garcia, Lauren Toy
2015 - Shelby Centofanti

2013 - Andrew White, Amina Saigol
2011 - Ambika Natesh, Emily Atwood, Eric Shu

The Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-Keeping and Conflict Studies

Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military. The Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict. Student must be an IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit.

2015 - Kevin Dhali
2014 - Emma Strother


Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA)

2015 fall - Weiwei Liu, Bruno Zuccolo delegates
2014 fall - Bridget Corrigan delegate
2013 fall - Emma Moore delegate

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference  (NAFAC) 

2016 spring - Bernadette Stadler delegate
2015 spring - William Conway, Aida Palma Carpio, Alisa Yuasa delegates
2014 spring - Lauren Suiter delegate
2013 spring - Jacob Comer, Tomonobu Kumahira delegates

Watson Internship Awards

2016 - Nicolas Montano Washington Office on Latin America
            Muhammad Nasir Pakistan Mission to US
            Tamara Upfal US Dept of State
2015 - Robyn Sundlee
Office of the US Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.

Watson UTRAs (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards)

2016 - Divya Mehta Plantation Closures and Starvation Deaths in the Duars of India
2015 - Paula Martinez Gutierrez Justice in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities