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Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)



Acting Director

Mark Beissinger (fall/spring)

Executive Committee

Jeremy I. Adelman, History, ex officio

Mark R. Beissinger, Politics

Sandra L. Bermann, Comparative Literature

Benjamin A. Elman, History, East Asian Studies

Bernard A. Haykel, Near Eastern Studies

Harold James, History, Woodrow Wilson School

Robert O. Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School

Sharad Malik, Electrical Engineering

Christina H. Paxson, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics ex officio

Gideon A. Rosen, Philosophy

Edwin Turner, Astrophysical Sciences, ex officio

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching on issues of global significance. It supports a number of the University's regional studies programs, including African studies, South Asian studies, European politics and society, and Russian and Eurasian studies. PIIRS is also the home of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. These five certificate programs offer courses, research opportunities, and periodic lectures open to the entire Princeton community and host visiting scholars from around the world annually.

PIIRS is responsible for the University's Global Seminars, six-week courses taught by Princeton faculty in a variety of overseas locations each summer. These courses offer undergraduates the opportunity to study in cities off the beaten path (e.g., Hanoi, São Salvador da Bahia, Accra, Shanghai, and Seoul), where they learn the basics of the local languages, contribute through community service, and dwell on the history and culture of a society they will come to know well. Over the next decade, PIIRS will be developing Global Seminars led by faculty in all the University's disciplines, from the social sciences to the natural sciences, from the arts and humanities to engineering and architecture.

The institute provides extensive research resources to faculty and graduate students in the form of exploratory seminars (short-term brainstorming sessions with colleagues from around the world), research clusters (three-year projects that include residential fellowships), dissertation grants, and language study abroad. Because its mission is to enhance the capacity of Princeton's departments and programs to undertake international research and teaching, PIIRS cosponsors conferences, seminars, short-term visits of distinguished scholars from around the world, and curriculum development grants to assist in the preparation of new undergraduate courses.

PIIRS is the sponsoring institution of World Politics, one of the premier journals in political science. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research that addresses salient theoretical and empirical questions on topics in international relations, comparative politics, and various related subfields.