Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for our Summer Virtual Open House on Thursday, July 8th from 7 - 8 pm.   Speak with Concentrators and Faculty about this exciting, interdisciplinary concentration with opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and other enlightening events. Come and check out our Fall course offerings!  To receive a Zoom link, please RSVP to [email protected].

  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Fall 2021. Click to learn more!

  •   Please join Contemplative Studies and the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life for a workshop led by this year’s Mary L. Interlandi ’05 Memorial Lecturer, Professor Rhonda Magee on Contemplating Identity-Based Attachments from 2 - 5 pm, EDT on Sunday, April 11th. To register and receive a Zoom link, please contact [email protected].





  •  Contemplative Studies honors the people and cultures of Asia from whom we take the inspiration for the unique perspectives of our field.  From them, we take seriously the premise that contemplative experience must fully and critically inform our studies of human nature and the social and environmental contexts we inhabit. We value all the diverse peoples and cultures of the world and unequivocally condemn the wave of anti-Asian racism sweeping our country at the moment.  (FOR A COMPLETE STATEMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE TITLE)




  • Congratulations to Liz! Click to read more about this exceptional student!


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Faculty Profile

Rose McDermott

Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   She works in the areas of political psychology.  She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has also taught at Cornell and UCSB.  She works on a wide variety of topics including  gender, experimentation, national security intelligence, social identity, cybersecurity, emotion and decision-making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior. At Brown, she teaches introduction to International Relations, American Foreign Policy, War and Politics and seminars in political psychology,  war in film and literature and women and nations.  She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and participated in the Mind Fitness training program with the US Marine Corps. 


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