Meet the ICers

Current Independent Concentrators at Brown

Check out the Independent Concentrations currently being pursued at Brown! The proposals for these ICs will not be available until these students graduate. To see IC proposals written by graduated ICers, visit the CRC IC Database.

Jasmine Bacchus '21

Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE) is an interdisciplinary approach to solving societal problems by intersecting ideas concerning politics, philosophy, and economics. This concentration uses analytical frameworks to understand how policies are made within the state and how they shape decision making.

Gemma Brand-Wolf  '22.5

Studies of Death & Life (SDL) is the interdisciplinary exploration of death and the impact it has in overlapping spheres of human life. SDL considers the ways in which death is woven into the interdisciplinary fabric of our lives and ponders the fundamental questions of how we die, what it means to die, how we imagine and represent death, and how we consider life in the knowledge and wake of death. SDL will incorporate both academic pursuit and creative practice in order to navigate the subjectivity and sensitivity of the subject with intentionality.

Lauren Campbell '21

Food and Culture analyzes the interplay between food and the greater scale of humanity, through the lenses of narratives, agricultural practices, and cultural context. This concentration studies different forms of expression surrounding food, such as audio, visual, and written work. It also analyzes humankind’s relationship with food both from a historical and contemporary perspective.


Bella Cavicchi '21

Literacy and the Performing Arts is an investigation of theatre- and meaning-making. This concentration not only examines literacy in its varied forms and how theatre supports and enhances literacy instruction but also explores the ways we learn to make meaning of the world around us through written, spoken, and performed text.


Briana Das '21


Digital Experience Design is the study of creating digital interfaces and visual experiences. This concentration builds on a foundation of aesthetics, human behavior, and data-collection to build experiences that are reflective of people’s needs and a given context.

Peter Deegan '21.5

Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) is an interdisciplinary concentration that combines the study of three different fields to form a broader understanding of how our world works. By combining rigorous philosophical analysis with political thought and economic research, PPE produces a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Heidi Erwin '21

Game Design and Development is the study of how games are created and experienced, in light of the cultural and historical significance of the medium. This concentration teaches core technical skills necessary to develop video games while acknowledging and incorporating the ultimately human philosophies and psychologies behind games.


Riya Kothari '21

Narrative Form and Visual Culture understands narrative as a combination of the process of research, the development of artistic form, and the understanding of cultural contexts. This is done by considering the interdisciplinary nature of three pillars: ‘Visual Theories’, ‘Anthropological Research’, and ‘Film/Performance’. Through combining theory and practice and considering the concepts of ‘visual’ and ‘culture’ as essential, the study aims to develop a holistic and nuanced understanding of narrative.


Sai Kurapati '21



Health Equity and Ethics explores the intersection of health equity and health ethics in the context of humanistic studies. The concentration investigates the importance of multidimensional approaches to preserving holistic human well-being, using an interdisciplinary lens drawing on multiple micro and macro level perspectives. It stimulates critical inquiry skills to challenge society’s accepted definition of health, while cultivating holistic understanding of human behavior.


Saoirse MaherGreene '21.5

Social Trauma Studies investigates how individuals and communities experience and cope with deeply distressing and painful events. This study begins by looking at individual and communal trauma separately, then integrates these inquiries in an effort to critically consider what avenues towards trauma reduction, healing, and prevention may exist.


Florin Najera-Uresti '21 

Migration, Borders, and Identity Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the causes of worldwide patterns of migration and the ways in which identity is shaped by the migrant experience, the notion of borders, and discourse about migrants in the media. 


Alexander Phillips '21 

Health Economics brings together the fields of public health, economics, and biostatistics with the goal of maximizing the health of a population given constrained health producing resources. Central to this pursuit is evaluating costs of care, improving patient outcomes, and designing an efficient and equitable system of healthcare.

Diego Rodriguez '21.5 


Philosophical Inquiry Through Creative Forms introduces visual arts as a way to conduct philosophical inquiry. Drawing from western as well as non-western traditions of philosophical argumentation and proficiency in creative practices, I develop my ability to conduct philosophical analysis through artistic practice.


Emilia Ruzicka '21 

 Data Journalism is the discovery and communication of the stories and knowledge that data hold. "Discovery" includes the acquisition of data as well as the analysis of it, while "communciation" can be in either a visual or written format, though is often a combination of both with the end goal of informing and empowering others.


Ivy Scott '21.5

International Journalism studies the application of ethnographic research and journalistic writing on specific regions and communities for the purpose of socio-political change. This concentration additionally examines the impact written media can have in a global context—that is, not just how journalism influences the “subject” country or region, but also how globalization has made it possible for media to influence social and political systems across the world, and what the results of that influence (both good and bad) can be.

Benjamin Spiegel '21

Computers and Minds is a holistic study of artificial intelligence that aims to learn from centuries of research on the nature of human intelligence to inform our pursuit of artificial general intelligence. Computers and Minds also explores the societal and ethical implications of AGI and ultimately spans the fields of linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and computer science.

Harman Suri '20.5


Computational Neuroscience combines the fields of neuroscience, computer science, and applied mathematics. This involves using computational methods to model processes within the brain, and using biological mechanisms in the brain to create better computational frameworks.

An Vo '21 


Computational Neuroscience combines neuroscience, mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science to better our understanding of both the brain and artificial systems.

Raffee Wright '21 

Behavioral Genetics is a concentration that strives to understand why and how humans behave the way they do from personality to mental illness by studying how genetic and environmental factors interact to drive behavior.

Bashar Zaidat '21 

Computational Neuroscience is a field that lies at the intersection of computer science and neuroscience. Applications of computational skills and models to the field of neuroscience and the brain, in general, will promote deeper understanding of how the mind works. The goal of this concentration is to apply skills from both disciplines and gain a better understanding of both.

Theodore Akpinar '22 

Computational Neuroscience uses computers and mathematical tools to study the brain. Computational methods are used to quantitatively research neural processes and then neurological research and data are used to inform the development of new and better computational tools. This concentration lives at the intersections of minds, brains, machines, and math.

Evan Dong '22 

Sustainability, Institutions, and Organizations takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining how and why different organizational structures come to exist and exert power. Economics, political science, and sociology interpret how interlocking institurions mediate control over environmental resources and impacts.


Nina Fletcher '22

Creative Ecology is the study of how artists can actively engage with ecological and environmental issues in order to imagine and institute livable, equitable, and sustainable futures for all species. It is primarily focused on the three intersecting areas of art, ecology, and social justice.

Carlos Perez-Ruiz '22 


Game Design and Development is the accumulative study of the mediums that come to together when designing and developing video games. This concentration focuses on the technical, artistic, and fundamental skills required to make games by covering the mechanical, visual, narrative, and musical components that make games fun and engaging for players.

Charisa Shin '22 

Human-Centered Design explores the intersection of computer science, human factors, and sociology with the objective of improving and extending inclusivity and accessibility within technology.



 Anna Semizhonova '22 

Visual Communication is the practical and theoretical study of images created with the primary purpose of communicating information and ideas. The concentration investigates images beyond fine art and their relationship with other forms of communication. Through the study of history, aesthetics, visual perception, and illustration techniques, the concentration teaches how to efficiently communicate in visual form.

Starling Louis '22

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) explores how human ideas and institutions drive change. The study implores the utilization of philosophical ideals, and economic realities in the formulation of policy-based solutions for key societal problems. Just as sailors at sea require three compasses to discern their position, and navigate tumultuous foreign waters, PPE utilizes three differing instruments to explore today’s equally turbulent affairs.

 Sojas Wagle '23 

Psychiatric Epidemiology studies the incidence, distribution, and control of mental illness in populations, especially racial, gender, and sexual minority populations.