Teaching, Research & International Policy

The Teaching Research and International Policy Project (TRIP), based at W&M’s Global Research Institute, gathers data and publishes analyses on the discipline of International Relations (IR) and its interactions with the public and policymakers. TRIP focuses on understanding how students and scholars of IR assist policymakers and communicate their knowledge to the public.

The project collects data on academic IR journals, conducts snap polls of IR scholars on current events, and administers extensive surveys to policymakers, journalists, the U.S. public and IR scholars from all around the world.

Project Leaders

Professor Sue Peterson, Professor Mike Tierney, Professor Ryan Powers

Focus Areas

Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide, Public and elite opinion, Role of the media, Study of the International Relations discipline, Surveys




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Student Opportunities

TRIP recruits students at the start of each semester based on specific project needs. It is currently recruiting Research Assistants for the Spring 2019 semester and is seeking applicants for two open positions:

Research Assistant - RAs will take part in research related to bridging the gap between the academy, policymakers, the media and the public. In addition to gaining research experience, RAs will participate in original data collection efforts, survey design, and gain firsthand experience with database management and data analysis.

Communications Assistant - The TRIP Project is seeking an individual experienced in communications to expand its social media strategy and assist with event planning and other projects over the Spring 2019 semester. We especially seek students with experience using Hootsuite or other social media management platforms.

Social Media

Carnegie Corporation of New York, Foreign Policy, Pew Research Center, Chicago Council on Global Affairs