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Camila Pelsinger (IR ’20) named Rhodes Scholar

Pelsinger to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford
Camila Pelsinger ’20 was awarded a 2020 Rhodes Scholarship Nov. 24, one of the most esteemed international fellowship awards.
Pelsinger, along with 31 other award recipients from the United States, will pursue a master’s degree at Oxford University beginning Oct. 2020. She will undertake a M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Master of Public Policy.

Ethan Fecht

Ethan Fecht '20
Ethan co-authored a recent report titled, “All the World is Staged: An Analysis of Social Media Influence Operations against US Counterproliferation Efforts in Syria,” (CNS Occasional Paper #37). The Washington Post published a summary of the report’s findings

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Research Help Comes to Watson

Carina Cournoyer, Social Sciences Librarian, Office Hours

Starting a research project? Need to write a paper? Unsure where to start, how to delve deeper or just want to talk it over? Come to Carina Cournoyer's Office Hours in the Lobby of Stephen Robert Hall at 280 Brook Street on Tuesdays 10AM - 12PM and Thursdays 1PM - 2:30PM.

Applying to Grad School

Apply to Graduate School!
In this guide from Foreign Policy admissions directors and other experts at leading schools share information about what they look for in an admission application. Read the article.

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 International Relations 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.


Class 2020

Seniors: Act Now! 

Required Actions to Prepare for Graduation

1. Update and submit revised IR Course Plan in ASK

2. Complete entry in Capstone Catalog

3. Fill out Research, Internships, & Study Abroad (RISA) Form


Welcome, Ivan Arreguín-Toft
New director of IR!

Professor Arreguín-Toft is a new member of the Watson Institute faculty, having come to us from the University of Oxford, where he had been an Oxford Martin Fellow and the associate director of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. Professor Arreguín-Toft is a political scientist who focuses on international relations and security studies, with a particular emphasis on asymmetric conflict.