Research at the Pembroke Center

The Pembroke Center supports interdisciplinary research and teaching across the humanities and social sciences, and creative arts. With a focus on the risks and benefits of social change, the center’s research agenda has a transnational perspective that includes the global south. We examine the circulation of bodies and markets, technologies, and transnational labor. In a related vein, the Center investigates questions of representation, values, and the production of knowledge as issues in their own right and as methodological tools. The scope of the Center's research activities will continue to expand to deal with fields such as international public health, legal studies, the history of science and medicine, creative arts, and new media studies.

What makes the Center unique is its emphasis on an evolving agenda of transnational problems addressed through a variety of forums:

Pembroke Seminar — We convene scholars from around the world to work with Brown faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates to develop new approaches to a common set of issues. This year-long research seminar meets weekly to examine a critical set of questions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Fellowships — We offer fellowships for Brown faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates that provide essential support for scholars to complete rigorous research projects.

Lecture Series — We support a wide range of lectures throughout the academic year.

Research Roundtables — We bring scholars together for presentations and intensive discussion on a variety of topics.

Seed Grants – This program supports transnational research that involves faculty from the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, health sciences, and science and technology studies.

Multi-year Research Initiatives  — The Pembroke Center provides Brown faculty with resources to develop and lead multi-year research collaborations.

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants — We help Brown students explore their intellectual passions with grants for honors level and graduate level research.