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Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)


Mark R. Beissinger

Executive Committee

Mark R. Beissinger, Politics

John W. Borneman, Anthropology

Miguel A. Centeno, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Christina Davis, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

Benjamin A. Elman, East Asian Studies, History

Denis Feeney, Classics, ex officio

Stephen Kotkin, History, Woodrow Wilson School

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

F. Nick Nesbitt, French and Italian

Stephen J. Redding, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics

Cecilia E. Rouse, Woodrow Wilson School, ex officio

Edwin L. Turner, Astrophysical Sciences, ex officio

Muhammed Q. Zaman, Near Eastern Studies, Religion

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, East European, 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.

PIIRS also runs an Undergraduate Fellows program, which provides mentoring and funding for a select group of juniors working in international studies who are interested in conducting summer research abroad for their senior thesis.

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. In 2013, PIIRS inaugurated the Fung Global Fellows Program, which brings six exceptional, international, early career faculty working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration around a common theme.

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.