Political Science Department

FALL EVENTS open to the Brown University community

Election 2016 Seminar Series

Part I: Election 2016: Impact At Home and Abroad

It’s often said outside of the U.S. that the American presidential election is the most important election for everyone outside of the US. This year is different. The Republican Party was unable to get a mainstream Republican through its primary process, with the result that Donald Trump is now the GOP candidate. The Democratic Party has in turn nominated a candidate with some of the highest negatives ever. Trump promises trade protection and migrant exclusion. Clinton promises college expansion and economic inclusion. But are these the policies America, and the world, needs? And what impact, at home and abroad, will the election of either of these candidates have both locally and globally. Professors Wendy Schiller and Mark Blyth discuss these issues in this forum.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 12:00-1:30
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Part II: Election 2016: What Happened and Why

The result is in - but does it really matter and for whom does it matter? Will the U.S. p​resident-elect be able to address the problems faced by the voters that put them in charge, or will we ​be here again in four years time. Join Professors Wendy Schiller and Mark Blyth to discuss what happened and why, and perhaps, what happens next. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:00-5:30
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Undergraduates: Wondering What to Take Second Semester?

Meet with current students and Professor Wendy Schiller to discuss which courses are right for you for the second semester.

Faunce House 12:00-1:00
Memorial Room 225
October 26, 2016

Department of Political Science 2016-17 Speaker Series

Professor Javier Hidalgo
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Joukowsky Forum
Watson Institute

Title of Talk: After Open Borders

Dr. Javier Hidalgo is a political theorist from the University of Richmond whose teaching and research interests center on ethics and international affairs, especially the ethical and public policy questions relating to immigration. He teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice & Civil Society, and advanced courses on leadership in international contexts.

A Fulbright Scholar, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Reed College and a master's and doctorate from the Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton University. He was a visiting scholar at Brown University prior to joining the Jepson School

Professor Pablo Pinto

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Lownes Room
John Hay Library

Pablo M. Pinto is the Kenneth Lay Chair in Political Science and a Research Associate of the Center for Public Policy of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. Pinto's areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy. His research analyzes the causes and consequences of the globalization of production. He is the author of Partisan Investment in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-author of Politics and FDI (Michigan University Press). His research has been published or is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Economics & Politics, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Review of International Political Economy, edited volumes and other outlets.

Pinto holds an M.A. from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. He also received a law degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Prior to joining the University of Houston Pinto was a member of the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He has taught at the Escuela Nacional de Gobierno in his native Argentina, and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he founded and directed the Department for Asia Pacific Studies. Pinto also worked as the Chief Counsel for Toyota Argentina.

Currently Pinto serves on the Transitional Executive Committee of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, and is an Advocate for the Center for Advancing UH Faculty Success. Pinto is a non-resident fellow of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, a non-resident scholar of the Baker Institute's Latin American Initiative and a Lecturer in the Master of Global Affairs at Rice University. 


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 Studies, 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.