Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations


The IR Program has numerous advising resources, as described below. Students are encouraged to seek advice whenever the need arises and as often as necessary. Students tend to seek advising freshman and sophomore year when they are considering filing a concentration, planning courses, and discussing study abroad options and junior and senior years when they are seeking approval for abroad courses, working on capstone projects, finalizing their undergraduate career at Brown, and considering their future after graduation.

Advising helps ensure that students pursue an intellectually coherent and challenging program of study rather than just any collection of courses that might happen to formally meet the requirements.

Anita Nester

Anita Nester

Academic Programs Manager
Watson Institute 220
+1 401 863 3244

Spring' 19 Office Hours
Thu......1-2 (walk-in)
Make an appointment

Program Advising and Concentration Filing

Anita Nester is a resource for all IR students (both current and prospective), and is typically the first stop for inquiries concerning the IR concentration. All new concentrators will file their IR concentration with Anita. She also provides support and answers questions regarding:
  • filing IR
  • IR requirements
  • IR policies
  • processes (e.g., how to file IR, transfer credits, ASK system, CPT applications)
  • course lists
  • general program information
  • funding opportunities
  • IR website
  • IR newsletter

Please feel free to contact her with questions about the points above as well as ways to get involved with IR and the Watson Institute. Drop by during open walk-in hours, make an appointment, or request a Zoom videoconference meeting.

Claudia Elliott
Claudia Elliott

Associate Director and Concentration Advisor
Watson Institute 222
+1 401 863-3318

Spring' 19 Office Hours
Fri.......1-3 (Walk-in)
Make an appointment

Note - no ofc hours Mar 25-29

Concentration Advisor

Dr. Elliott is the IR concentration advisor and is available to speak with students on all matters concerning the concentration. This includes:

  • comprehensive concentration planning
  • course selection
  • grade options
  • planning study abroad or time away
  • study abroad and transfer credit approval
  • the Honors Program (thesis)
  • independent study and capstone projects
  • fulfillment of IR graduation requirements
  • postgraduate plans and applications
  • CPT application approval
  • fellowship and grant advice
  • university resources
  • other procedural or academic issues that may arise with the university administration

Dr. Elliott holds office hours by appointnment and also holds walk-in office hours for quickly answerable questions. 

Nina Tannenwald
Nina Tannenwald

Watson Institute 321
+1 401 863-3318

Spring ' 19 Office Hours
Thu.....3-5 pm
With some variation.
Make an appointment

Track Advisor - Security and Society

Nina Tannenwald is Director of the IR Program and also serves as the faculty advisor for the security track. Come see her if you're interested in the security track as well as for any matter involving the concentration, for example: 

  • choosing a track
  • selecting security and society courses
  • changes in academic program focus
  • studying abroad
  • planning for graduate school
  • post-Brown plans

Louis Putterman
Louis Putterman

Professor of Economics
70 Waterman Street- Room 301
+1 401 863 3837

Spring ' 19 Office Hours
70 Waterman Room 301

Track Advisor - Political Economy and Society

Louis Putterman serves as the faculty advisor for the political economy track. Come see him if you're interested in the political economy track as well as for: 

  • choosing a track
  • selecting economics and political economy courses
  • planning for graduate school
  • post-Brown plans


Isabela Karibjanian
Isabela Karibjanian

IR Student Assistant
Watson Institute 215
+1 401 863 3318

Spring' 19 Office Hours

Peer Advising - IR Student Assistant

Isabela is the IR Student Assistant and also serves as a peer advisor, providing advice and helping current and prospective IR concentrators navigate IR and Brown. Contact Isabela with questions about:

  • the IR concentration declaration process
  • course selection
  • faculty teaching in the IR Program 
  • internship experiences
  • study abroad experiences

Saanya Jain '19
Jason Togut '20
Ben Feinglass '21


Peer Advising - IR DUG

Drashti, Ali, Saanya, and Jason are the IR Departmental Undergrad Group (DUG) leaders and are a resource for students exploring the IR concentration. They lead and organize events for IR concentrators and others interested in international relations. IR DUG activities include:

  • annual themed speaker series
  • concentration information sessions and social events
  • professor dinners
  • advising hours
  • career events

Visit the IR DUG web page for more information and send them an email to be added to their mailing list.