Political Science


Brown's distinguished political science faculty includes experts on today's most important global and domestic issues, from democratic erosion and income inequality to nuclear security and climate change. They write essays in leading newspapers and magazines and are regularly quoted in the media.


Global recession?

As inflation and interest rates continue to rise, is it possible to predict a global recession at this stage?
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Providence Business News

MAKING A MARK: Gaining influence takes time in U.S. House

Professor of Political Science Wendy Schiller offered commentary on the challenges that newly elected House members face on the job, including working on policies that aren't their specialty.
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U.S. News and World Report

Russia’s Ukraine Failures Shake China’s Taiwan Plans

China has publicly appeared more emboldened than ever about its ambitions to retake control of Taiwan. Privately, however, its confidence has faltered as Beijing studies Moscow’s failures in Ukraine.
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YouTube/Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

US-China Competition: Who’s Winning?

Watson Institute director and Dean's Professor of China Studies Edward Steinfeld talks about China and the U.S. with Watson Senior Fellow Ambassador Chas Freeman and Tyler Jost, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs.
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The New York Times

How Much Do Your Genes Shape Your Politics?

McDermott wrote by email that her conclusion “does not mean that 60 percent of ideology comes from genetic factors but rather that around 60 percent of differences between people can be attributed to genetic factors.”
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The Christian Science Monitor

Why Fed says fighting inflation is Job 1, despite recession risk

But the reality is that the Fed is the world’s de facto central bank, says Mark Blyth, a professor of international economics at Brown University. He reckons that if the Fed overshoots in raising rates it could trigger “the mother of all capital flights” from riskier financial assets into U.S. bonds and other securities. And that destabilizing scenario could stay the hands of Fed policymakers who might otherwise want to tighten more aggressively.
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