Global Studies Graduate Group

A collaborative, interdisciplinary forum

The Center for the Study of Global Change began hosting the Graduate Student Study Group in Global Studies in January 2016.

The study group gives graduate students working on global issues in any department, center or school the chance to share their research and get feedback from a variety of perspectives. Group members come from many disciplines, including international and area studies, economics, political science, public health, and environmental science. Students run the group with assistance from faculty mentors.

Is "Global" a dirty word?

That was the question the Graduate Student Study Group in Global Studies discussed last February when they met with historian and Assistant Professor Stephen Macekura. Macekura’s research focuses on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations, and environmentalism.

Read more about the group's discussion

How the group works

The group meets often and discussions follow several formats.

Biweekly research meetings, moderated by the Global Center, give students the chance to present work in progress within the larger landscape of global and international studies. The group issues periodic calls for presentation proposals. Last year, five students presented research in preparation for conferences.

Monthly workshops and seminars provide instruction in such areas as grant writing and management, academic writing, academic collaboration, and joint majors. Last year, the group attended Becoming Public Intellectuals, a training session on how to write policy briefs led by Les Lenkowsky of IU’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs.

Sessions with invited guest speakers give members the chance to explore issues in depth. Last year, the group participated in the Global Center’s Ambiguous Geographies symposium and met with noted scholar Cynthia Enloe.

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