Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations


The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG) is an organization consisting of IR concentrators and potential concentrators. The DUG is intended to be both a resource for students exploring the IR concentration and a means of organizing events of interest to IR concentrators or others interested in international relations.

IR DUG Leaders

  • President: Jason Togut
  • Chief Financial Officer: Adam Stein
  • Publicity and Outreach Chair: Sophie Xu 


Adam Stein '21

As an IR concentrator, I have developed an interest in the ways in which political systems and historical patterns can be used to understand contemporary conflicts and global issues. In particular, I am drawn to the Middle East and the Spanish-speaking world, and I have taken classes at Brown such as “Approaches to the Middle East” and “Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization” to explore these passions. Through the IR DUG, I aspire to organize events that allow IR concentrators to form a more tightly-knit community and to create spaces for prospective concentrators to engage with the DUG.

Jason TogutJason Togut '20 President

In pursuit of an International Relations degree, I hope to learn more about how international levers of power operate, as well as how diplomacy works. Since I started studying Chinese in 8th grade, I have developed a deep interest in China and Taiwan, that has grown more profound with study abroad experiences in both places. At Brown, I have taken classes such as Edward Steinfeld’s “The Rise of China” that have helped me gain the political and economic background needed to truly understand the region. In the future, I hope to use a degree in International Relations to work as a diplomat, work for a non-profit, or potentially pursue a career in international law.

Sophie Xu '21 Publicity and Outreach Chair

As a double concentrator in IR (Political Economy Track) and Applied Math, I hope to explore ways in which data and mathematical models can inform policy and improve government decision making. Originally from Beijing, China, I am particularly interested in how historical narratives shape and influence current international relations in East Asia and China’s role in the global system. As part of the IR DUG, I hope to connect students with faculty members as well as alumni and create a community for IR concentrators.

IR DUG Activities

  • Annual themed speaker series
  • Concentration information sessions and social events
  • Professor dinners
  • Advising hours
  • Degree days events

IR DUG Handbook