Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Faculty Search by Expertise

Peter Andreas

John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Transnational crime and crime control, smuggling and illicit trade, immigration and immigration control, drugs and drug control, borders and border policing, political economy of armed conflict.

J. Brian Atwood

Senior Fellow for International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, International Development Cooperation, Congressional War Powers, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Transitions, Europe and Africa.

Geri Augusto

Gerard Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Africana Studies

Areas of Interest: Local/indigenous knowledge systems, colonial sciences, environmental studies, and the politics of knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora, Science and technology policy and national systems of innovation in the Global South, Black transnationalism and history of black resistance (USA, Africa, Brazil), Transformation of higher education systems, Communities-of-practice, epistemologies of practice, and organizational cultures, International development in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Narges Bajoghli

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Middle East, Iran, and Shi'a Islam, revolution and media, political anthropology, paramilitary and military organizations, war, visual culture, documentary films and documentary filmmaking.

Omer Bartov

John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History

Areas of Interest: Modern European History, modern warfare, Nazism, Holocaust, genocide, interethnic relations, borderlands, modern Jewish history.

Sarah Besky

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Labor, environment, commodities, agriculture, plantations, ethical trade, gender, development, Himalayas, India, environmental justice, ethics.

Robert Blair

Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Peacekeeping, statebuilding, security sector reform, quantitative and experimental methods.

Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth

Eastman Professor of Political Economy

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International and Comparative political economy with Europe and US as core areas. Global financial markets, banks and non-banks. History of political economy. The politics of economic ideas.

Ross Cheit

Ross Cheit

Professor of Political Science

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Criminal justice, child abuse, ethics in government, the politics of food.

Nitsan Chorev

Director, Graduate Program in Development

Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International & Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International organizations, access to medicines, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, international trade, intellectual property rights, the pharmaceutical sector in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Jeff Colgan

Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Energy politics, causes of war, political revolutions.

Beshara Doumani

Director of Middle East Studies

Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History

Areas of Interest: History of social groups, places, and time periods that have been silenced or erased by conventional scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East, Middle East family history and the social history of the Palestinians.

Timothy Edgar

Timothy Edgar

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Cybersecurity, privacy and civil liberties, intelligence, open government and information sharing, U.S. national security policy process, congressional process.

Claudia Elliott

Associate Director of the International Relations Program

Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, transitions theory, Latin American politics, political representation and electoral reform.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative political economy of development, globalization and global governance, labor, social movements and transnational civil society.

Paja Faudree

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Interest: Language and politics, ethnic revival and indigenous social movements, the political and symbolic economies of drugs and traditional medicines, medical translation and miscommunication, political activism and new media, indigenous literature and performance, the interface between music and language, the ethnohistory of New World colonization, Latin America, Mexico, Ecuador.

Chas Freeman

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Diplomacy, defense policy, China, Middle East, Africa, South Asia.

John N. Friedman

Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Tax and budget policy, education policy, retirement policy, labor markets.

Deborah Gordon

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Director, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Areas of Interest: Energy policy, climate change, oil markets, lifecycle greenhouse gas assessment, technology and innovation.

Jim Green

James N. Green

Director, Brazil Initiative

Carlos Manuel de CĂ©spedes Chair of Latin American History

Areas of Interest: Modern Brazilian history and society, U.S.-Latin American relationships, gender and sexuality in Latin America.

Jennifer Greenburg

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Critical human geography, development studies, humanitarianism, US militarism, Haiti, gender.

Matthew Gutmann

Matthew Gutmann

Professor of Anthropology

Director, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes​ (BIARI)

Areas of Interest: Gender, men + masculinities, sexuality, politics, globalization, health, militarism, Mexico/Latin America, China.

Jo-Anne Hart

Jo-Anne Hart

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Iran's internal politics and foreign policy, US-Iranian security relations, conflict resolution, negotiation, and threat reduction, Middle East political change, social context of technology, teaching and learning political literacy.

Justine Hastings

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Public economics, education economics, household finance, behavioral economics, industrial organization and antitrust regulation, marketing, energy and environmental economics.

Patrick Heller

Patrick Heller

Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Development, globalization, social theory, democratization, governance, urban transformation.

M. Ali Kadivar

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Political change, democratization, social movements, comparative historical analysis, Middle East politics, Iran.

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Globalizing knowledge and universities, social movements, cultural politics and social change in Europe and Eurasia, cultural politics and energy security in Europe and Eurasia.

David Kertzer

David Kertzer

Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science

Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies

Areas of Interest: Italian politics and society, role of symbolism and ritual in politics, history of Vatican relations with the Italian state, modern history of anti-Semitism, the history of the family in Europe.

Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: American foreign policy; US intervention; Latin America, Turkey, Iran, Rwanda.

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Jessaca Leinaweaver

Professor of Anthropology

Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Areas of Interest: Adoption, aging, anthropological demography, caregiving, childhood, development, family, gender, migration, population, reproduction, Peru/Latin America, Spain/Southern Europe.

Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Areas of Interest: Professionalization of humanitarian response, trauma and injury management, epidemic response and preparedness, Ebola Virus Disease, cholera and severe diarrheal disease, management of childhood illness and development of emergency care systems in resource-limited settings.

Anthony Levitas

Anthony Levitas

Director, Undergraduate Policy program

Visiting Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Intergovernmental relations, fiscal policy, subnational government, education, finance and management, post-communist Europe, international development.

Patsy Lewis

Director, Development Studies Undergraduate Program

Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Regional integration studies, small states development, Caribbean political economy.

Richard M. Locke

Provost, Brown University

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Globalization and labor standards, global supply chains, sustainability.

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury

Professor of Economics

Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences

Areas of Interest: Applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of race and inequality.

Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz

Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies

Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Interest: War and security, militarization, peacekeeping, automobility, photographic representation, gender.

Rose McDermott

David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations

Areas of Interest: Political psychology, Presidential illness and leadership including the 25th amendment, intelligence processes and reform, evolutionary psychology, behavior genetics about complex social and political behaviors, American foreign and defense policy, gender issues including divorce and sexual preferences, emotion and decision making, experimental methods, cybersecurity

Rahul Mediratta

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Political economy, trade, international institutions, law enforcement and policing, India and South Asia, China.

Bryce Millett Steinberg

Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics

Areas of Interest: Development economics, labor economics, public economics.

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Susan Moffitt

Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Education policy, regulatory policy, health policy.

James A. Morone

James A. Morone

John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy

Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

Areas of Interest: Health care politics, politics and history, urban politics, religion and politics, race politics, democratic social movements.

Elias Muhanna

Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Areas of Interest: Middle East, Islam, Arabic literature, Arab politics, digital humanities.

Emily Oster

Professor of Economics

Professor International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Health economics, development economics.

Jayanti Owens

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

Areas of Interest: Social stratification, education, race/ethnicity, gender, organizations, social demography, population health.

Eric M. Patashnik

Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy

Professor of Political Science

Director, Public Policy program

Areas of Interest: The politics of policymaking, health policy, fiscal politics, policy reform, implementation, the welfare state, Congress.

Ravi Pendse

Vice President for Computing & Information Services/CIO

Areas of Interest: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, ad hoc networks, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Wendy J. Schiller

Wendy J. Schiller

Professor of Political Science

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Chair of Political Science

Areas of Interest: United States Congress, political history, gender and politics.

Andrew Schrank

Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Latin America, globalization, supply chains, labor standards, regulation.

Bhrigupati Singh

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Interest: Power and inequality, religious and secular modes of aspiration, rural poverty in South Asia, anthropology of religion and ethics, political theologies, critical theory/continental philosophy.

Prerna Singh

Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, political economy of development, social welfare, identity politics including ethnic politics and nationalism, and gender politics, politics of South Asia and East Asia.

Daniel Jordan Smith

Daniel Jordan Smith

Professor and Chair of Anthropology

Areas of Interest: Medical anthropology, political culture, anthropology and population, gender, migration, corruption, HIV/AIDS, development, Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa.

Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder

Professor of Political Science

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics of development, comparative political economy, Latin American politics, knowledge production in the social sciences.

Edward Steinfeld

Edward Steinfeld

Howard R. Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Professor of Political Science

Director of the China Initiative

Areas of Interest: Political economy of contemporary China, political economy of global production and innovation, political economy of energy.

Nina Tannenwald

Nina Tannenwald

Director, International Relations Program

Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Areas of Interest: International security, arms control and nonproliferation, human rights, laws of war.

Ashutosh Varshney

Ashutosh Varshney

Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: lndian politics, political economy of development, ethnic conflict and nationalism.

Margaret Weir

Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Areas of Interest: Social policy in the US and Europe, urban politics and policy.

Vazira F-Y Zamindar

Associate Professor of History

Areas of Interest: Nation-state formation, borders, borderlands, refugees, displacement, anthropology of violence, visual and material culture, politics of knowledge, history of modern South Asia.

J. Nicholas Ziegler

Director of Postdoctoral Program

Professor of International and Public Affairs (Research)

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, political economy of Europe, comparative financial regulation, ideology and party politics in France and Germany.