Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Advising

All International and Public Affairs concentrators enjoy a four-tiered advising system composed of the concentration’s faculty director, the faculty advisor for each track (i.e., Development, Policy & Governance, and Security), the concentration’s program manager, and each student’s individual faculty mentor. 

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.


Edward Steinfeld

Edward Steinfeld

111 Thayer Street, Room 244
+1 401 863 3596

Concentration Faculty Director

  • Comprehensive concentration planning

Faculty Track Directors

Geri Augusto
Geri Augusto

111 Thayer Street, Room 204
+1 401 863 9068
Office Hours
Wednesdays.........12:00-4:00pm
By appointment and upon request

Development Track

  • Choosing a theme and focus within track
  • Selecting elective courses
  • Developing capstone and thesis topics

Tony Levitas
Tony Levitas

Watson Institute 219
+1 401 863 9197
Office Hours
 Tue.....2:00-4:30
Sign up here
Connect via Zoom

Policy & Governance Track

  • Choosing a theme and focus within track
  • Selecting elective courses
  • Developing capstone and thesis topics



Ivan Arreguin-Toft
Ivan Arreguín-Toft

Watson Institute 221
+1 401 863 7424
Office Hours
Wed.....1:00-2:20
Thur....10:00-11:50
Make an appointment

Security Track

  • Choosing a theme and focus within track
  • Selecting elective courses
  • Developing capstone and thesis topics

Anita Nester 

Anita Nester

She/Her/Hers
Watson Institute 220
+1 401 863 3244
Office Hours
Appointments can be via Zoom or in-person. 
Tue.......11:00-12:00
Wed........1:00-2:00
Thur......12:00-1:00
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

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