Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Advising

All International and Public Affairs concentrators enjoy a multi-tiered advising system composed of the concentration’s faculty director, the faculty committee, the concentration’s program manager, each student’s individual faculty mentor, and peer advising.

The IAPA concentration seeks to match students to the faculty advisors that they (the students) request. In many cases, the concentration is able to honor the students’ first preferences. In some cases, however, students will not be matched with the faculty advisors that they request. This generally happens if and when a given faculty member already has a very high number of advisees. Spreading advising responsibilities across the faculty ensures that students will receive the attention they deserve. At the same time, regardless of particular advisor assignments, students are encouraged to reach out to any faculty member they would like to discuss scholarly issues or other topics of interest. This is best done by requesting an office hours appointment with the relevant professor.

All of these advisors should be seen as mentors, people who are willing to meet, share their knowledge, direct students to additional advising resources if their own knowledge doesn’t cover the issue at hand, and generally lend a sympathetic ear.


Susan Moffitt

Susan Moffitt

111 Thayer Street, Room 318
+1 401 863 9335

Office Hours
Mon.........9:30a - 10:30a
Fri...........9:30a - 10:15a

Make appointment

Director of Undergraduate Programs

  • Comprehensive concentration planning

Edward Steinfeld

Edward Steinfeld

111 Thayer Street
+1 401 863 3596

Office Hours
Wed.........2:00p - 3:00p
Fri..........11:00a - 12:00p

Email Laurie_Jordan@brown.edu for appointments.

Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

  • Comprehensive concentration planning


Anita Nester 

Anita Nester

She/Her/Hers
Watson Institute 220
+1 401 863 3244
Office Hours
Tue.........9:00a - 10:00a
Wed........3:00p - 4:00p
Thur........11:00a - 1:00p

Make appointment
Connect via Zoom

Undergraduate Concentrations Manager

  • Filing
  • Requirements
  • Policies
  • Processes (e.g., how to file, transfer credits, ASK system, CPT applications)
  • Course lists
  • General program information
  • Funding opportunities
  • Website
  • Newsletter

Allessandra SoaresAllessandra Soares

She/Her/Hers
Watson Institute 217
Office Hours
Tue.........11:00a - 12:00p
Thur........10:00a - 11:00a

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Undergraduate Concentrations Coordinator

  • Requirements
  • General program information
  • Funding opportunities

Olwyn Kells

Olwyn Kells

She/Her/Hers
B. A. International Relations '23
+1 631 304 1476
Office Hours
Sat......12:00-1:00pm
Add to your calendar

Peer Advising - IAPA Student Assistant

  • The IAPA concentration declaration process
  • The IAPA DUG
  • Course selection
  • Faculty teaching in the IAPA Program 
  • Internship experiences
  • Study abroad experiences

claudia elliott

Claudia Elliott

280 Brook St, ofc 218
+1 401 863 1071
Claudia_Elliott@brown.edu

Office Hours
Fri..........1:00-2:30
Make an appointment
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Honors Program, Fulbright and Carnegie 

Dr. Elliott directs the Honors Program in IR and teaches the Thesis Seminar in the fall.

In addition, Dr. Elliott is a knowledgeable resource for students who are considering applying for Fulbright Study/Research Scholarships as well as to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.