Concentrating Globally

Think globally, act locally. It's been said before. Here, we will be concentrating globally. Meaning, we will look at international academic concentrations at Brown, where students often engage in quite rigorous research and thesis writing on some very serious matters. Examples abound and we will share them with you over time. Feel free to send us your work as well at global_conversation@brown.edu.

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    The Editors | November 16th, 2011
    Huong Dang '11 shares her International Relations thesis asking, "What accounts for variations across immigrant groups in their participation in the social, political, and economic spheres of their home countries?" She draws upon the specific cases...
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    The Editors | November 14th, 2011
    In the wake of the rising popularity of organic food and sustainable food production, Sophia Fuchs '11 presents her Development Studies thesis on the diffusion of organic agriculture, as "an innovation in the developing world." She focused her...
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    The Editors | September 7th, 2011
    Perhaps the first rule of overseas development assistance should be this: Ask. That's what Elizabeth Adler '11 took away from her research in Nepal, where she witnessed a classic healthcare delivery market failure in a nonprofit initiative for...
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    The Editors | May 26th, 2011
    In her senior honors thesis last May, international relations concentrator Victoria Haddad-Salah’10 addressed the disparity between international codes of refugee treatment and the actual treatment of refugees on the ground in host countries. To...
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    The Editors | May 26th, 2011
    Last summer, development studies concentrator Jordan Worthington ’11 cast a practical gaze upon a program in East Timor that pairs church and state to deliver public health messages. Her findings, made possible by a Jack Ringer ’52 Summer...
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    The Editors | May 26th, 2011
      Promoting the Brazilian city of Bahia to tourists as the blackest city outside of Africa has produced upsides and downsides. The downsides are laid out in the thesis presented in this video by Kristin Krussell on her way to graduating in...
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    The Editors | March 21st, 2011
        What are effective approaches to peace making in Sri Lanka? This was the question behind the Development Studies Program thesis titled “From Our New Thoughts, We Can Change the World: Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena as a Case Study of...
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    The Editors | March 16th, 2011
    How can the survival of many minority groups be explained despite the rise of the BJP, a right-wing national party in the Indian state of Gujarat that operates on “exclusionary practices?” This was the research question behind the thesis presented...
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    The Editors | March 11th, 2011
    For her senior thesis presented in May 2010, Development Studies concentrator Yasmin Yu looked at the linkages between the state of Senegal and the Sufi brotherhoods that comprise approximately 94% of the country’s Muslim population. Her study...
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    The Editors | March 7th, 2011
    In her senior honors thesis presented last May, Development Studies concentrator Kona Shen focused on how international aid as a response to natural disasters has negatively impacted the Hatian government. Her research was born out of an internship...
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    The Editors | March 6th, 2011
    Argentina has a strong tradition of organized labor and the working class was known to have a strong influence over national politics, though this influence decreased significantly after the Peron’s administration. Argentina’s subsequent crisis...
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    Ryan Lester | March 1st, 2011
    Our intuition might lead us to believe that a rise in complaints filed with a government signals increasing instability, perhaps even an impending collapse. But, Martin Dimitrov, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, argued...
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    The Editors | January 18th, 2011
      Presenting his senior thesis via the internet while working on a project in the Amazon, Charles Harding '10 discusses the commercialization of non-timber products in Amazonia in the hopes of preserving the dwindling rain forest. "...
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    The Editors | January 17th, 2011
      In the midst of the Cote d'Ivoire's current political crisis, we take the opportunity to post Moctar Aboubacar '10's thesis presentation from last May, as he was graduating from Brown's Development Studies Program.   In it, he...
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    The Editors | November 11th, 2010
    For her senior thesis last year, development studies concentrator Trisha Pande ’10 turned her sites on the United States, where a 1990s federal law was passed that created what she calls citizen-based exclusion from welfare. By making legal...
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    The Editors | October 14th, 2010
      Global norms – from the United Nations and the like – can be useful, according to Brown University development studies graduate Laura Marcus ‘10. That, in and of itself, challenges notions that all such norms are too top-down – or, too often...
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    The Editors | October 7th, 2010
    With the rise of antiretroviral drug treatment (ART) has there been a related reduction in HIV-related stigma? This was the question behind the thesis presented at the end of the past academic year by development studies concentrator Melanie Zuch ’...
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    The Editors | October 3rd, 2010
    Politicians in South Africa often employ leftist rhetoric to appeal to the country’s predominantly poor and black population. But in reality their policies cater to both rich and poor in ways that deprive the underserved inner city, according to...
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    The Editors | August 20th, 2010
    In her time as a development studies concentrator at Brown, Julie Siwicki ’10 researched Tontines, which are informal moneylending circles in Mali. Poor women in Tontines pool their money as part of a rotating savings and credit exchange. Julie...
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    The Editors | August 13th, 2010
    Think globally, act locally. It’s been said before. Here, we will be concentrating globally. Meaning, we will look at international academic concentrations at Brown, where students often engage in quite rigorous research and thesis writing on some...