The Department of Political Science
The political science department at Brown is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.
Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world.
The Department of Political Science welcomes Professor Katherine Tate in American politics, Professor Richard Locke and Professor Edward Steinfeld in comparative politics, and Professor Alexander Gourevitch and Professor Bonnie Honig in political theory.
Steven G. Calabresi is the Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Yale Law School (1983) and of Yale College (1980). Professor Calabresi was a Scholar in Residence at Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2005, and he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University in 2010 and 2011 and will visit again at Brown University in the Fall semester of 2012. Professor Calabresi is also visiting at Roger Williams University School of Law in the Fall of 2012 where he is teaching a six class Perspectives on Law seminar.
Arnulf Becker Lorca has been a Lecturer in international law at King’s College London, a Visiting Fellow in International Relations at the Watson Institute at Brown University and received his doctoral degree from Harvard Law School. His areas of expertise include public international law, laws of war, history of international law, and theories of international law and international relations. His research traces the global intellectual history of international law focusing on the role non-Western international lawyers have played in the construction of the international legal order. His forthcoming book, Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History, 1850–1950, will be published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. John P. McCaskey will visit the Political Theory Project this Fall and bring to Brown a seminar he has been teaching (to rave reviews) at Stanford University, here called "Politics and Philosophy of Ayn Rand" (POLS 1823P).
IN THE NEWS
Professor Ashu Varshney in The Indian Express, September 11, 2013. "Democracy vs Capitalism in India."
Professor Wendy Schiller in Time Magazine
September 5, 2013. Leading Campus Celebrities who are filling real and virtual classrooms this year.
Professor Wendy Schiller in the New York Times September 4, 2013 Governor Chafee of Rhode Island won't run again.