Brown Political Review is Brown University’s entirely student-written and student-run, nonpartisan magazine for political journalism. Founded in 2012, BPR aims to bring high-quality reporting on regional, national and international politics to Brown, the Providence community and beyond.
Brown Political Review publishes a print magazine four times a year and updates this website daily with new articles, interviews, and multimedia content. The organization is home to a staff of over 140 students working in all aspects of magazine and online content production.
BPR is grateful for the support of the Political Theory Project, an interdisciplinary program at Brown University that supports faculty associates, postdoctoral associates and undergraduate groups in an effort to promote vibrant and rigorous political discourse.
The Story of Brown Political Review
In the fall of 2011, five Brown sophomores with a passion for politics united around a single idea. They envisioned a premiere publication of student political journalism produced by the best writers and designers at Brown. When they discovered that Brown was the only Ivy League school without an established political review, the decision was made: they would start their own.
The founders spent the next several months planning, and eventually secured funding for BPR from Brown’s Political Theory Project. Professor John Tomasi, the Project’s director, was excited about this new space for the free exchange of political ideas promised by BPR.
Over the summer of 2012, the team worked tirelessly to build a staff 40 students strong and to create an organization that would be ready to hit the ground running in the fall. In October 2012, BPR released its first issue, The Choice: 2012, to the delight and surprise of many students on Brown’s campus.
Now, eight years later, Brown Political Review has become a well respected and widely read student publication, both in print and online. BPR continues to generate high-quality, nonpartisan political analysis – alongside hard-hitting interviews and hand drawn artwork – all produced by a student staff that has grown to 180 undergraduate Brown students.
The print magazine, published twice a semester, has developed into a 44-page volume filled with submissions from the Brown community. Online, BPR publishes more than 100 original articles written by staff writers each semester, multimedia content created by our Media and Layout boards, and interviews conducted by our staff.
We are a diverse and passionate community of political junkies and journalists, business buffs and inspiring artists, all committed to providing the Brown community with the best political magazine they’ve ever seen. Our team has grown an organization built to last, and we are all excited to improve upon the BPR tradition in the years to come.