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Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)


Mark R. Beissinger

Executive Committee

Jeremy I. Adelman, History, ex officio

Mark R. Beissinger, Politics

Sandra L. Bermann, Comparative Literature

John W. Borneman, Anthropology

Miguel A. Centeno, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

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

Denise L. Mauzerall, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Woodrow Wilson School

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

Gideon A. Rosen, Philosophy

Jose A. Scheinkman, Economics

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) promotes scholarship and teaching on issues of global importance and sponsors a variety of programs and activities aimed at advancing knowledge of world cultures and global problems. 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.

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 abroad with Princeton faculty, gaining first-hand experience of the societies that they are studying in the classroom while also learning the basics of local languages, engaging in community service, and dwelling on the history and culture of the societies in which they live.

The institute provides extensive research resources to faculty and graduate students in the form of funding for conferences, for dissertation research, and for language study abroad. PIIRS's research communities initiative seeks to promote sustained interdisciplinary and cross-regional dialogue among faculty and students in international and regional studies. 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.