Research Briefs

Delve deeper into the most recent research published by Watson faculty.


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How to Think about 'Medicare for All'

In a new article, political scientist Jim Morone deconstructs Senator Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" health plan, suggesting that it can win out in the end.
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The Equality of Educational Opportunity

Susan Moffitt, Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, and Margot Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, recently co-edited a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
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Weighting for External Validity

Economist Emily Oster examines economic experiments in new research "Weighting for External Validity" in the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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Watson Faculty Member Wins "Best Paper" Award

Political Scientist Prerna Singh, with co-author Matthias vom Hau, receives the 2016 Best Paper Award from the Comparative Political Studies Editorial Board for their article "Ethnicity in Time Politics, History, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision."
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New Research on India’s Democratic Contradictions

In "India's Democracy at 70: Growth, Inequality, and nationalism," Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, deconstructs the benefits and disadvantages of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Brown Faculty Members Earn Awards, Distinctions

Jayanti Owens, an assistant professor of international and public affairs and sociology, was chosen as one of 30 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows.
Susan Moffitt, Associate Professor of Political Science, is one of six Brown faculty members to be awarded the inaugural Brown Research Achievement Award, presented by the University's Office of the Vice President for Research.
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The Politics of Human Shielding

In 2015, Middle East Studies organized The Politics of Human Shielding workshop, allowing scholars and human rights experts to discuss the role of human shielding in warfare. Recently, some of those contributions were published in the American Journal of International Law Unbound.
A team of researchers from three universities around the nation recently received grant funding to study the impact of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). Susan Moffitt, Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, is among those researchers and discusses the goals of the three-year study.
In two essays recently published in the American Sociological Association's Comparative and Historical Sociology blog, Michael Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, and co-author Linda Gusia (University of Prishtina), explain how context shapes the dialogue between sociology and policy making.
The Choices Program, a nationally recognized education initiative and non-profit organization affiliated with the Watson Institute, recently released their newest curricula that provides students and their teachers with the tools they need to learn about Brazil in their social studies classes.
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Prerna Singh Wins a Luebbert Prize for Research

Prerna Singh's World Politics article, "Subnationalism and Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States" was awarded the Luebbert prize for the best article in comparative politics published in the last two years by the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association.
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Everyday Piety: A New Book by Sarah Tobin

A new book by Associate Director of Middle East Studies Sarah Tobin provides a first-hand look into the lives of middle-class Muslims living in Amman, Jordan, surveying the intersection of globalization and Islamic religious life.