Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG)

The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG) is an organization consisting of IR concentrators and potential concentrators. The DUG is intended to be both a resource for students exploring the IR concentration and a means of organizing events of interest to IR concentrators or others interested in international relations.

IR DUG Open House Spring 2014IR DUG Open House Spring 2014


The IR DUG spring '15 meeting schedule is coming soon. Stay tuned! For more information about the group and its activities, or to be added to the DUG listserv, please contact

DUG activities include:

  • Annual themed speaker series
  • Concentration information sessions and social events
  • Professor dinners
  • Advising hours
  • Degree days events

Posters of DUG events


The IR DUG Leaders

Lauren Toy ('16)

Lauren is a junior pursuing the Political Economy and Society track with a regional focus on Latin America. Her particular academic interests include foreign intervention, economic policy and development, and migration. She also enjoys speaking and practicing Spanish whenever possible. Outside of the IR DUG, Lauren plays for the varsity lacrosse team and is involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She would be happy to answer any questions concentrators or potential concentrators may have.

Alexandra Garcia ('16)

Alexandra is a junior double concentrating in Interntional Relations and Economics. She is pursuing the Political Economy and Society track with a regional focus on Western Europe, specifically Spain. She spent the Fall of her junior year in Barcelona and recommends studying abroad to all IR concentrators. Outside of the IR DUG, Alexandra is the Business Director of the Brown Political Review, a financial coach for low-income families at Capital Good Fund, a refugee youth tutor, and an Information Sessions Leader for Brown. 

Krishnanand Kelkar ('15)
Social Media/Publicity Chair

Krishnanand Kelkar is a senior studying International Relations on the society and security track with a geographic focus on Japan. Kris chose not to go abroad while at Brown, because in high school he spent 3 months in Japan on a study abroad through a program with the University of Wisconsin. He loves digital and social media and photography. He works on campus helping with digital communications at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the LGBTQ Center, and the Brown Alumni Association and helps the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life coordinate the Brown Religious Literacy Project.