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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

William J. Allen

William J. Allen

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Nonprofit practice and policy and high performance, high impact and innovative nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, strategic thinking and planning.

Peter Andreas

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.

Rawan Arar

Rawan Arar

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2018-2019, 2021-2022

Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington

Areas of Interest: International migration, refugee studies, law, human rights, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, conflict and post-conflict societies

Richard Arenberg

Richard Arenberg

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

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

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

Geri Augusto

Director, Undergraduate Development Studies

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Indigenous and other subjugated knowledge systems, science and technology policy in the Global South, Black transnationalism and history of black resistance (USA, Southern Africa, Brazil), critical black geographies, transformation of higher education systems.

Dany Bahar

Dany Bahar

Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Gains from Migration, Economic Growth and Development, Productivity, Innovation, Structural Transformation.

Omer Bartov

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

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.

David Blanding

Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs

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 International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Political Economy and finance.

Tony Bogues

Barrymore Bogues

Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory

Professor of Africana Studies

Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Areas of Interest: African and African diaspora political theory, intellectual and cultural histories; African and Caribbean politics; Global South development issues; Caribbean Art; political economy of race, slavery and the history of capitalism.

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Zairo Cheibub

Zairo B. Cheibub

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Public opinion survey, democracy and elections, labor relations.

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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

Jeff Colgan

Director of Climate Solutions Lab

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

Jonathan Collins

Jonathan Collins

Assistant Professor of Education, Political Science, and International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Race and ethnic politics, education politics and policy, urban politics, state and local politics, democratic theory

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

Claudia Elliott

Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

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

Chas Freeman

Chas Freeman

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

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

John N. Friedman

John N. Friedman

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Chair of the Economics Department

Areas of Interest: Public Economics and Political Economy

Deborah Gordon

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

James N. Green

James N. Green

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.

Marc Grinberg

Marc Grinberg

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: International relations, arms transfers, foreign policy analysis.

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

Senior Fellow in 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.

James Head

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

Jennifer Johnson

Associate Professor of History

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

Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte

Watson Family Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology

Areas of Interest: Materiality of violence; law and criminalized livelihoods; discourses and infrastructures of security; technologies of injury; politics and ethics of representation; ethnography as method and storytelling.

Michael Kennedy

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

Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH, FACEP

Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice

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 fiscal relations, education finance and governments, post-communist Europe, 'decentralization'

Patsy Lewis

Patsy Lewis

Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

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

Richard M. Locke

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

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

Susan Moffitt

Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

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

Emily Oster

Emily Oster

Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Economics

Areas of Interest: Health economics, development economics.

Jayanti Owens

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

Chair, Department of Political Science

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

Reid Pauly

Reid Pauly

Dean's Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy

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

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Heidi Peltier

Senior Researcher

Director of Programs, Costs of War Project

Areas of Interest: Economics of war; Military Contracting; Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending; Economics of Energy Policy; Employment Effects of Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

David Polatty

David Polatty

Senior Fellow 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

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

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

Andrew Schrank

Andrew Schrank

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

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

TJ Shanks

Theodore Shanks

Visiting Scholar & National Defense Fellow

Areas of Interest: National Defense, Foreign Policy, Humanitarian Response, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Leadership

Prerna Singh

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: Nigeria, Africa, development, medical anthropology, gender, population processes, infrastructure, corruption

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.

Neil Thakral

Neil Thakral

Nancy Donohue and Diane Elam Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics

Areas of Interest: Behavioral economics, Housing policy, Labor markets

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

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

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.