Watson Institute at Brown University
Public Policy


Public Policy advisors

Advising in Public Policy begins with a conversation with Melissa Nicholaus (Academic Program Manager).  Melissa will explain the concentration requirements and help you both prepare and adjust your concentration declaration over time.  Once your declaration is complete, Professor Levitas will work with you and Melissa to assign you a specialization advisor whose expertise and experience aligns with your interests.  Your specialization advisor will help you explore your research and career interests and provide advice about independent study and internship opportunities, as well as thesis and capstone projects. 

Concentration Advisors

Geri Augusto 

Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Africana Studies 
Advising areas: Environmental policy; technology policy
Interests: Science and technology policy and higher education policy in the Global South; interaction between techno-sciences and indigenous knowledge in Southern Africa, Brazil, the U.S., and the Caribbean; black transnationalism; and visuality, orality, and digitality in Africa and the African Diaspora   Office Hours by Appointment

Ross Cheit

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Advising area: Government, law, and ethics
Interests: Criminal justice, child abuse, ethics in government, the politics of food

Office Hours Fall 2018/ Wednesday and Thursday 10:30-12:00  (59 Charlesfield Street)

Kevin Escudero 

Assistant Professor of American Studies
Advising areas: Immigration policy, social movements
Interests: Immigration and refugee studies, race and ethnicity, law and society

Office Hours By Appointment

Alan Harlam

Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Swearer Center for Public Service
Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs  
Advising areas: Engaged scholars; social entrepreneurship.
Interests: Social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, innovation, human-centered design

Schedule an appointment via https://calendly.com/aharlam

Susan Moffitt

Mary Tefft and John Hazen White Sr. Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Advising areas: Education policy; health policy; social policy
Interests: Policy implementation, American political development, public bureaucracy, education policy, maternal and child health policy, pharmaceutical regulation

By Appointment