Watson Institute at Brown University
Development Studies

Student Articles

Payne article

Love in the Time of Genocide
by Tabitha Payne (DS '20)
Published August 2, 2019

AMONG THE IGUANAS: On life and the pursuit of death in Guantánamo Bay

by Jessica Bram Murphy (DS '19)
Illustration by Giacomo Sartorelli
Published March 15, 2019

Misreadings and Misgivings: Understanding the Venezuelan Presidential Crisis

By Oriana Van Praag (DS '20)
Illustration by Katya Lebowe-Stoll
Published February 8, 2019

Student Spotlight

Katrina Northrop '19
Awarded Schwarzman Scholarship to study at Tsinghua

An impressive resume of journalistic pursuits, including stories published in the New York Times, earned Katrina Northrop the award to pursue a master’s degree at one of China’s most acclaimed universities.

Student Opportunities


Funding Opportunity
This fund, overseen by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, is designated to provide support for on-campus and off-campus projects which explore, and increase understanding of, the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples throughout the hemisphere and the world through historical and contemporary lenses.



Brazil Initiative Spring 2020 Calendar

Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies Upcoming Events

Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Bulletin


DS DUG 2018

The DS DUG is an organization led by undergraduate DS concentrators serving the dual purpose of organizing DS-related campus-wide events and advocating for increased university resources to continue the expansion of the DS program.

Get involved. Join the DS DUG today!


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alex nading

Watson Faculty/Student Lunch with Professor Alex Nading
Thursday, October 17, 2019 TODAY!
12 pm. – 1 pm
Kim Koo Library, 111 Thayer Street
RSVP required, space is limited. Register here.

colonialism teach-in

Colonialism in the Curriculum: A Teach In
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
True North Classroom (101)
Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street
Reception to follow.
The Watson Institute, Department of Africana Studies, and student partners invite students and faculty to a teach-in on Colonialism in the Curriculum.


New Interim Director
Professor Geri Augusto will serve as interim director of DS during the current academic year.

New Undergraduate Degree Program 
The Watson Institute announces a new undergraduate degree program, International and Public Affairs, offering three tracks: Development, Policy & Governance, and Security. 

The Development Studies concentration will continue to be available through class '23. Students expected to graduate in '22 and '23 are encouraged to talk to the International and Public Affairs staff and faculty to determine which concentration is best to pursue.