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The Department of International Studies prepares you for the increasingly complex and interconnected world of the 21st century. Whether you are passionate about human rights, media, education, the environment, or public health, when you pursue an International Studies degree at IU you will learn how to analyze these global issues through a multidisciplinary context and acquire the skills required of tomorrow’s global leaders. Additionally, you will develop deep knowledge of at least one region outside the US, and fluency in another language. An integral part of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as graduate degrees. Our students go on to meaningful careers in government, NGOs, corporations, foundations, media outlets, and policy institutes; but most importantly, emerge from our department as ethical citizens of the world.

News & Events

Selected SPRING Courses

The President of Poland Andrzej Duda conferred the title of Professor of Social Sciences on Justyna Zając in a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw in May 2019. While in Poland, she also participated in a conference organized by the Polish Institute of Arts & Science of America and gave a lecture at the invitation of the European Academy of Diplomacy.

In August, Amali Ibrahim published The Law and Religious Intolerance in Indonesia on the Baker Institute Blog.

Feisal Istrabadi's op-ed, "To Foster Trust, Genuine Federal Stuctures Must be Constructed," was published by theIraq Energy Institute.

Sarah Bauerle Danzman published an article in The Monkey Cage titled "Why is the U.S. forcing a Chinese company to sell the gay dating app Grindr?"

Huss Banai participated in a roundtable discussion on Boston radio station WBUR. You can listen to the conversation at radioopensource.org .


Emma Gilligan is participating in an ongoing podcast series, My Smart Roomates. Episodes are available on iTunes, Pippa, and Podcast Republic.


Recent Publications by International Studies Faculty

Jess Steinberg's book, Mines, Communitites, and States: The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa, is now available through Cambridge University Press.

Nur Amali Ibrahim's book, Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility, is now available through Cornell University Press.

Stephen Macekura’s latest book, The Development Century: A Global History (co-edited with Erez Manela of Harvard University), has just been published.”

INTL-I 300 | #32569
Global Giving and Philanthropy
Callum Stewart

Global Giving and Philanthropy introduces you to the study of U.S. global philanthropy. Students will gain an understanding of the roles played by various philanthropic actors and the impact of those actors on global challenges – from a billionaire philanthropist to a wealthiest charitable foundation to a Fortune 500 company. This course will examine the philanthropic impact on global foreign aid, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, impact investing, and future global challenges surrounding global giving and philanthropy. The class is intended to give students an understanding of the core philanthropic principles, questions, motives, and practices for international giving. You will engage in an ongoing discussion about how contemporary trends of global philanthropy, and how the changing role of the wealthiest and most powerful, are influencing international relations. You will apply your own ideas about philanthropy while learning to apply an academic perspective to philanthropy. Coursework will include a presentation, individual research, and opportunities for students to interact with guest speakers in the field of global philanthropy. The class will combine lectures, class debates, online posts, and assignments to help you understand and analyze different approaches to global philanthropy.  Finally, students will deliver a presentation to a Fortune 500 company in the State of Indiana on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


INTL-I 427 | #11150/11151
Economic Globalization in the Modern World
Michael De Groot

The benefits of economic globalization have fallen increasingly under scrutiny. While the flow of capital, spread of technology, and integration of national markets have accelerated global economic development, globalization has also aggravated inequality, depleted non-renewable natural resources, and contributed to climate change. In this course, we will examine the political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural effects of economic globalization during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will explore how policymakers grapple with the challenges of economic order in a shrinking world as well as how accelerating interdependence is felt at the local level.


INTL-I 302 | #30098
Arctic Encounters: Animals, People and Ships
Stephanie Kane

Turning the globe to look at the planet from the High North, with the North Pole and the frozen Arctic Sea in the center, we see that eight nation-states have carved out sovereign claims [Canada, Denmark (Greenland) Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and U.S.A.]. Their claims overlay maritime territories that since time immemorial have been the homelands of indigenous peoples and their animal counterparts, homelands imagined by those from southern latitudes as a vast, isolated, frozen and forbidding place. But in our times, animal-human encounters are taking place in the context of a warming climate. For the first time since humans have walked the earth, the extent of summer sea ice melt is opening up new shipping routes across parts of the coldest and biologically richest habitats at the top of the world, potentially linking far-flung cultures, courts, markets, media and port infrastructures. In this way, climate change, a scientific fact-of-life on earth, is triggering the global imaginations and investments of industrial shipping, mining and tourist interests as well as of social scientists, humanities scholars, artists, story-tellers, hunters and gatherers, fishers, scientists, conservationists, film-makers and experts in maritime law and policy. Interdisciplinary study of Arctic geopolitics, culture, law and ecology will broaden and deepen our understanding of the planet’s rapidly transforming animal/human relationships and guide our evaluation of possible pathways toward diverse, spiritually-attuned and socially just versions of Arctic sustainability.


INTL-I 300 | #30095
2020 Presidential Candidates and Foreign Policy
Feisal Istrabadi

President Donald Trump challenged and upended several norms of US foreign policy that had enjoyed longstanding bipartisan support. These norms include US participation in international institutions, many of which were founded with the US as a principal driving force, such as the United Nations; the commitment to alliances such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and alliances with Japan and South Korea; a commitment to free trade, among others. This course examines those core foreign policy issues, and will focus on comparing and contrasting President Trump’s foreign policy agenda with that of political rivals seeking the presidency during the 2020 election cycle. Students will assess the candidates’ foreign policy positions to analyze those policies with respect to the perceived national interest. They will do so while also developing an understanding of the leading theories of international relations (e.g., Realism, Liberalism, Idealism), in order to be able more fully to evaluate the candidates’ positions.


INTL-I 300 | #30099
Oil and Power
Michael De Groot

The competition for oil provides a window into the dynamics of power in the international system. Oil fuels modern militaries and economies, and oil markets have important consequences for global finance. In this course, we will discuss the development of the oil industry and its relationship to wealth and power from the early twentieth century to the present day. Utilizing a global perspective, we will examine how changes in the political economy of oil impact the economies, politics, diplomacy, and societies of producer and consumer countries.


Student Accomplishments

Dana Vanderburgh (PhD Student at IUB, MA in International Studies at IUB in 2018) and Francisco Ormaza (Artist in Residence at the Kalamzoo Institute of Art) have co-authored a successful collaborative grant with Wa Ni Ska Tan.

Following the growing literature on the connection between climate injustice and artistic expression, this Research Grant from the Wa Ni Ska Tan Hydro Alliance (WHA) in Manitoba, Canada, will enable the investigators to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in hydro-impacted communities in Summer 2019. The goal of this research project is to develop a participatory arts-based curriculum for youth in these communities to express themselves in relation to their hydro-impacted environment, social realities, and individual identities.

Carrington Houser and Katie Yegerov-Crate, International Studies students, both worked with Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities last summer. You can read more about their work here.