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Nadje Al-Ali

Director, Middle East Studies

Robert Family Professor of International Studies

Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies

Areas of Interest: Middle East; gender; feminism; war and conflict; migration and diaspora studies

Peter Andreas

John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science

Areas of Interest: Transnational crime and crime control, borders and border security, immigration and drug control policy.

Richard Arenberg

Interim Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science

Areas of Interest: Legislative behavior, use and abuse of Congressional procedure; campaigns and elections; appropriations process, the budget process and earmarks; roots and history of ideological and partisan polarization in the American political culture.

Ivan Arreguín-Toft

Security Track Director, Undergraduate International and Public Affairs Concentration

Director, International Relations Concentration

Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International security, international relations theory, asymmetric conflict theory, insurgency/counterinsurgency, military intervention, cyber security strategy and policy, sex (gender) and war. Regional areas of expertise include: the Russian Federation (foreign policy, grand strategy, military), Afghanistan, and Norwegian and British defense and foreign policy.

J. Brian Atwood

Visiting Scholar in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, International Development Cooperation, Congressional War Powers, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Transitions, Europe and Africa.

Geri Augusto

Development Track Director, Undergraduate International and Public Affairs Concentration

Director, Undergraduate Development Studies Concentration

Gerard Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Africana Studies

Areas of Interest: Local/indigenous knowledge systems, colonial sciences, environmental studies, and the politics of knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora, Science and technology policy and national systems of innovation in the Global South, Black transnationalism and history of black resistance (USA, Africa, Brazil), Transformation of higher education systems, Communities-of-practice, epistemologies of practice, and organizational cultures, International development in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Omer Bartov

John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History

Areas of Interest: Modern European History, modern warfare, Nazism, Holocaust, genocide, interethnic relations, borderlands, modern Jewish history.

Robert Blair

Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Peacekeeping, statebuilding, security sector reform, quantitative and experimental methods.

Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth

Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance

The William R. Rhodes ’57 Professor of International Economics

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International and Comparative Political Economy, Banks and Finance, Europe, Monetary Policy.

Nitsan Chorev

Nitsan Chorev

Director, Graduate Program in Development

Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International & Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Global Health, Foreign Aid, International Organizations, Globalization, Neoliberalism.

Jeff Colgan

Director of Climate Solutions Lab; Director of Security Studies

Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International order; energy; climate change; oil politics; causes of war

Timothy Edgar

Timothy Edgar

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Cybersecurity, privacy and civil liberties, intelligence, open government and information sharing, U.S. national security policy process, congressional process.

Claudia Elliott

Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, transitions theory, Latin American politics, political representation and electoral reform.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Faculty Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative political economy of development, globalization and global governance, labor, social movements and transnational civil society.

Chas Freeman

Visiting Scholar in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Diplomacy, defense policy, China, Middle East, Africa, South Asia.

John N. Friedman

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Tax and budget policy, education policy, retirement policy, labor markets.

Deborah Gordon

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Former Director, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Areas of Interest: Energy innovation, climate policy, oil and gas sector, science and technology

Jim Green

James N. Green

Director, Brazil Initiative

Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Chair of Latin American History

Areas of Interest: Modern Brazilian history and society, U.S.-Latin American relationships, gender and sexuality in Latin America.

Matthew Gutmann

Matthew Gutmann

Professor of Anthropology

Director, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes​ (BIARI)

Areas of Interest: Gender, men + masculinities, sexuality, politics, globalization, health, militarism, Mexico/Latin America, China.

Jo-Anne Hart

Jo-Anne Hart

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Iran's internal politics and foreign policy, US-Iranian security relations, conflict resolution, negotiation, and threat reduction, Middle East political change, social context of technology, teaching and learning political literacy.

Justine Hastings

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Public economics, education economics, household finance, behavioral economics, industrial organization and antitrust regulation, marketing, energy and environmental economics.

James Head

Louis and Elizabeth Schreck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences

Areas of Interest: National and International Human and Robotic Space Exploration and related national policies with particular emphasis on United States, European Space Agency, Russia and China.

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Patrick Heller

Patrick Heller

Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Development, globalization, social theory, democratization, governance, urban transformation.

Jennifer Johnson

Associate Professor of History

Areas of Interest: Africa, the Maghrib, empire, nationalism, decolonization, humanitarianism, public health and international organizations.

Michael Kennedy

Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Globalizing knowledge and universities, social movements, cultural politics and social change in Europe and Eurasia, cultural politics and energy security in Europe and Eurasia.

David Kertzer

David Kertzer

Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science

Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies

Areas of Interest: Italian politics and society, role of symbolism and ritual in politics, history of Vatican relations with the Italian state, modern history of anti-Semitism, the history of the family in Europe.

Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: American foreign policy; US intervention; Latin America, Turkey, Iran, Rwanda.

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Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Areas of Interest: Disasters, emerging infectious diseases, humanitarian emergencies, human rights.

Anthony Levitas

Anthony Levitas

Policy & Governance Track Director, Undergraduate International and Public Affairs Concentration

Director, Undergraduate Public Policy Concentration

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Intergovernmental relations, fiscal policy, subnational government, education, finance and management, post-communist Europe, international development.

Patsy Lewis

Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Regional integration studies, small states development, Caribbean political economy.

Richard M. Locke

Provost, Brown University

Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Globalization and labor standards, global supply chains, sustainability.

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury

Professor of Economics

Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences

Areas of Interest: Applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of race and inequality.

Catherine Lutz

Catherine Lutz

Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies

Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Interest: War and security, militarization, peacekeeping, automobility, photographic representation, gender.

Rose McDermott

Director of Postdoctoral Program

David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations

Areas of Interest: International relations, American Foreign and Defense Policy, psychological aspects of decision-making, especially risk taking and emotion, gender, biological and genetic aspects of political attitudes and preferences, social identity, experiments, intelligence, cyber

Susan Moffitt

Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Education policy, regulatory policy, health policy.

Emily Oster

Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Economics

Areas of Interest: Health economics, development economics.

Jayanti Owens

Mary Tefft and John Hazen White, Sr. Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs and Sociology

Areas of Interest: Social stratification, education, race/ethnicity, gender, organizations, social demography, population health.

Eric Patashnik

Eric M. Patashnik

Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy

Professor of Political Science

Director, Master of Public Affairs Program

Areas of Interest: The politics of policymaking, health policy, fiscal politics, policy reform, implementation, the welfare state, Congress.

Reid Pauly

Dean's Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy

Areas of Interest: Nuclear proliferation, nuclear strategy, coercion, wargaming, international security.

David Polatty

Visiting Scholar in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Military planning, strategy development, humanitarian response, human security, leadership.

Wendy J. Schiller

Wendy J. Schiller

Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence in Political Science

Professor of Political Science

Chair of Political Science

Areas of Interest: United States Congress, political history, gender and politics.

Andrew Schrank

Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative sociology: political, economic, organizational

Prerna Singh

Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, political economy of development, social welfare, identity politics including ethnic politics and nationalism, and gender politics, politics of South Asia and East Asia.

Daniel Jordan Smith

Daniel Jordan Smith

Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. ’32 Professor of International Studies

Professor of Anthropology

Director of the Africa Initiative

Areas of Interest: Medical anthropology, political culture, anthropology and population, gender, migration, corruption, HIV/AIDS, development, Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa.

Edward Steinfeld

Edward Steinfeld

Howard R. Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Dean's Professor of China Studies

Professor of Political Science

Director of the China Initiative

Areas of Interest: Political economy of contemporary China, political economy of global production and innovation, political economy of energy.

Ashutosh Varshney

Ashutosh Varshney

Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences

Areas of Interest: lndian politics, political economy of development, ethnic conflict and nationalism.

Margaret Weir

Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Areas of Interest: Social policy in the US and Europe, urban politics and policy.

J. Nicholas Ziegler

Professor of International and Public Affairs (Research)

Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, political economy of Europe, comparative financial regulation, ideology and party politics in France and Germany.