Political Science Department

New Location! 

The Political Science Department has relocated to:

111 Thayer Street, third floor. Please come see us in our new space! 

The department box number (Box 1844) will remain the same. 

Directions from Prospect Street to the Watson Institute, 111 Thayer StreetDirections from Prospect Street to the Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street










Walking from Brown University's Van Wickle Gates:

  • Starting at Prospect House / Van Wickle Gates, travel south on Prospect Street.
  • Turn left on George Street and continue two blocks until you reach Thayer Street.
  • Turn right on Thayer Street.
  • 111 Thayer St (labeled Watson Institute on the map) will be on your left, just past Benevolent Street.

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 & Public Affairs, Masters in Public Affairs Program, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, 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.