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Students at the University of North Carolina live in an increasingly globalized society. It is crucial that they develop a fuller understanding of the variable nature of earth’s people and nations. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with its rich diversity of programs possessing a strong international focus and its strong commitment to study abroad, provides an exceptional learning environment for the study of these critical issues.

Read about how the Curriculum in Global Studies achieves this mission.


Global Studies Working Remotely

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19,  the faculty and staff from the Curriculum in Global Studies are working remotely.  They will be happy to address any questions/concerns via e-mail.

For questions about Spring 2021, please refer to the Carolina Together webpage.


News & Features

Fall 2020 Newsletter

The Curriculum in Global Studies Fall 2020 newsletter is out! Click here to see what our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students accomplished in the Fall 2020 semester as well as learn about some of our dynamic faculty & alumni.

Fall 2021 Global Studies MA Program Application Now Open

Fall 2021 applications to our dynamic, interdisciplinary MA program are now being accepted.  

For those interested in funding opportunities, please apply by December 15th, 2020. All other applications should be submitted by the final deadline of February 9th, 2021.

Learn more and apply here: globalstudies.unc.edu/masters/admiss

Global Studies Statement on Anti-Black Violence

We, the faculty and staff in the Curriculum in Global Studies, stand with protestors throughout our state, across the United States, and around the world who have risen up in calling for an end to anti-Black violence and white supremacy deeply embedded in the structures of our society. We grieve the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arboury and the countless other lives lost due to this pervasive racist violence.  Read more here.

Global Studies Chair Recognized with Distinguished Career Award

Dr. Arne Kalleberg, Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology,  has won the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Organizations, Occupation, and Work.  We are grateful for this richly deserved recognition of Arne’s scholarship, service, and leadership- both in the field of sociology and across our campus during his time at UNC Chapel Hill!

Spring 2020 Newsletter

The Curriculum in Global Studies Spring 2020 newsletter is out! Click here to see what our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students accomplished in the Spring 2020 semester as well as learn about some of our dynamic faculty & alumni.

Spring 2020 Graduation

While we aren’t able to celebrate Spring 2020 graduation as intended, we congratulate the 152 BA & 13 MA Global Studies students in the Class of 2020 on this important milestone in your lives and the perseverance you have displayed during the unusual circumstances of this semester.  When conditions allow, Global Studies will host an on-campus commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020.  Up until that time and forever afterwards, we look forward to following your next journeys and the ways in which you will impact communities across North Carolina, throughout the United States, and around the world.

The link to the Global Studies Spring/Summer 2020 Graduation video can be found here. We hope you enjoy it!

MA students participate in career trek to Washington, D.C.

Global Studies was able to take a career trek to Washington, D.C. from March 9-11 with 8 of our Global Studies MA students.

Students had the opportunity to take part in a series of informational meetings about job opportunities, desirable skills, networking, and other professional development topics with professionals representing non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations. We placed a special emphasis on connecting students with alumni from our program as well as other UNC alumni in globally oriented positions and fields.

Global Studies is incredibly grateful to the UNC alumni and program friends who were so gracious with their time and shared such valuable insights with our students.

The following organizations were represented during our visit:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • RTI International
  • Deloitte
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • RAND Corporation
  • International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
  • UNRWA USA
  • Solidarity Center
  • Fairtrade America

This trip was made possible through an Innovation in Graduate Education Grant received from the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School. We are grateful to the Graduate School for the support to implement this professional development trip for our students and look forward to the opportunity to further build on this initiative over the next two years.

Fourteen Global Studies students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Two hundred and thirteen UNC students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Of those two hundred and thirteen, fourteen were Global Studies majors. The names of our inductees appear below and we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this wonderful recognition.

  • Alex Christopher Epley, a senior with political science and global studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, son of Roy Epley and Gena Epley of Jacksonville.
  • Caroline Knight Henderson, a junior with history and global studies majors and a philosophy, politics, and economics minor, daughter of Carl Henderson and Elizabeth Henderson of Swansboro.
  • Ciara Elizabeth Henihan, a junior with a global studies major and a business administration minor, daughter of Robert Henihan and Alison Jane Henihan of Wilmington.
  • Elle Hepburn, a junior with psychology and global studies majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of David Hepburn and Kari Hepburn of Apex.
  • Grace Kyende Kinoti, a senior with a global studies major and French and history minors, of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Sarah Lutz Mackenzie, a senior with public policy and global studies majors and an Arabic minor, daughter of Peter Mackenzie and Marney Lutz of Calgary, Canada.
  • Logan Miller Pratico, a senior with computer science and global studies majors, of Chapel Hill.
  • Hannah Elizabeth Rice, a senior with a global studies major and an entrepreneurship minor, of Winston-Salem.
  • Wilson Alexander Rowe, a junior with global studies and peace, war, and defense majors and a French minor, son of Jeri Rowe and Katherine Rowe of Greensboro.
  • Alaina Marie Sales, a senior with political science and global studies majors and an English minor, daughter of Eileen Sales and Angela Sardelis.
  • Vanessa Josephine Schoning, a senior with global studies and media and journalism majors, daughter of Nury Anton and Martin Schoning of Clemmons.
  • Joy A. Stouffer, a senior with biology and global studies majors and a Spanish for the professions minor, daughter of Meg Stouffer and Rick Stouffer.
  • Katherine Anne Thompson, a senior with global studies and music majors and an Arabic minor, daughter of Lois Thompson and James Thompson of Dix Hills, New York.
  • Brent Michael Van Vliet, a senior with political science and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Harrisburg.

Global Studies Alumnus Selected as Schwarzman Scholar

Yusheng Zhang (BA ’19) has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars Program.  Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman is an innovative master’s degree program that supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and China’s expanding role in the world.

Zhang graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019 with degrees in business administration and global studies and a minor in music. As a Carolina Honors student and GLOBE Scholar, he studied at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Copenhagen Business School and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  At UNC-Chapel Hill, Zhang founded 180 Degrees Consulting-UNC, served as Carolina International Relations Association president and co-organized the 2018 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. After graduating, Zhang worked as a research associate for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a Fortune 50 company and a microfinance nonprofit. He is currently a consultant at Ernst & Young.

Seven Global Studies students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

One hundred and sixty-two UNC students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Of those one hundred and sixty-two, seven were Global Studies majors. The names of our inductees appear below and we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this wonderful recognition.

  • Allison Whitenack, a senior with global studies and political science majors and an African studies minor, daughter of Mary Whitenack and DC Whitenack of Asheville.
  • Kathryn M. Early, a senior with peace, war and defense and global studies majors and a modern Hebrew minor, daughter of Scott Early and Sherrie Early of Concord.
  • Anja de Waal, a senior with business administration and global studies majors, of Cary.
  • Emma Jane Stubblefield, a senior with global studies and peace, war and defense majors and a Korean minor, daughter of Christina van Dorsten and George Stubblefield of Raleigh.
  • Megan Nicole Happ, a senior with global studies and anthropology majors and a chemistry minor, of Castle Pines.
  • Olivia O’Malley, a May 2019 graduate with global studies and political science majors, daughter of Martin O’Malley and Marina O’Malley.
  • Abby Fogarty, a senior with psychology and global studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, daughter of Christine Fogarty and David Fogarty of Gastonia.

Arne Kalleberg Appointed Chair of Curriculum in Global Studies

Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies beginning July 1, 2019.  During his term, Kalleberg will work to review curricular changes, assess the needs of the unit’s degree programs and explore resources for the future leadership of Global Studies.

Kalleberg has developed a distinguished record of leadership and scholarship at Carolina since coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986. He served as senior associate dean for the Graduate School from 2001 to 2004 and as senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the College of Arts & Sciences from 2004 to 2007. Kalleberg’s research interests lie in work and employment, and he has published widely on income inequality, non-standard work arrangements and precarity in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Spring 2019 Commencement

Global Studies enjoyed a wonderful Spring 2019 commencement celebration on Sunday, May 12th for our graduating BA & MA students.  Thanks for your engagement in our classrooms, across campus, and all over the world through student organizations, study abroad, global internships/research, service learning projects, and so many other forms of experiences. We look forward to following all your future successes and the ways in which you will impact communities across North Carolina, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Global Studies would especially like to thank the students who participated and/or were recognized during the commencement ceremony (pictured from L to R):

Sunny Osment: 2019 Douglas Eyre Award for Excellence (best senior honors thesis)

Anna DeGrauw: 2019 Anne Scaff Award for Service to the Curriculum and the Internationalization of the University

Isabel Trumbull: Undergraduate Student Speaker

Mohammed Eid: Graduate Student Speaker

Graduate Student Receives Boren Award

First year Global Studies MA student James Hepburn has received a Boren Award, which support fields of study identified as critical to the national security of the United States, particularly language study.  The Boren Awards program provides U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.

James, enrolled in the Russian, Eurasian, and East European (REEES) concentration within the Global Studies MA program, plans to use his Boren Fellowship to study Polish and economics at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, during the summer of 2019 and to study economics and Polish language, history and literature at Warsaw University in the fall.

Senior Honors Thesis Students Recognized

The Curriculum in Global Studies celebrated our Global Studies seniors who completed honors theses on May 1st with a lunch reception and presentation of their honors cords. We congratulate the students listed below for their academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, commitment, and dedication displayed throughout the process of completing senior honors theses!

Lydia Field– The Chinese Dream: Cultivating Chinese Expansionist Nationalism in the South China Sea and the Role of Weibo

Amy Cohen-Failed Promises: An Analysis of Land Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Anna DeGrauw– Place Wanted Alive: Spatial Justice Amongst Dispossession and Displacement in Kibera, Kenya

Sunny Osment– Working to Heal White Supremacy: Spiritual Ontologies and Anti-Racist Activism

Global Studies Director of Graduate Studies recognized

Global Studies professor and Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Erica Johnson was recognized at the UNC Graduate School Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on Thursday, April 4th as the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student and Academic Program Support.

This award recognizes Erica’s outstanding work as Director of Graduate Studies and also her broader service to our Curriculum and our University. The MA program in Global Studies has been a great success since the day we welcomed the first cohort of MA students in the fall of 2014 – and this is thanks to Dr. Johnson’s vision and talent.

We are grateful to the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School for recognizing Dr. Johnson with this richly deserved award and for all Global Studies faculty, staff, and students involved in the nomination process.

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