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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.


News & Features

Global Studies Welcomes Fall 2021 MA Cohort

On August 13th, Global Studies hosted an orientation session for our Fall 2021 cohort of MA students. This group of 15 incoming students marks the 8th class admitted into our graduate program since its launch in Fall 2014. We are excited to have their energy and intellect on our campus!

Banu Gokariksel Appointed Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies

Dr. Banu Gökarıksel, professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to a four-year term as chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies.   

Gökarıksel holds an impressive record of leadership and scholarship at Carolina. A faculty member since 2005, she recently completed a three-year term as the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at The Graduate School. In addition to her role as a core faculty member with the Department of Geography, she has a joint appointment in the Curriculum in Global Studies, teaching geography and multidisciplinary courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Her research interests lie in religion as well as feminist political and cultural geographies. Gökarıksel also has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. 

Gökarıksel succeeds Dr. Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, who held the position from 2019-2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalleberg’s tenure resulted in many successes, including several seminars that brought together global studies faculty and other faculty from across campus to discuss ways of adding more global content to courses and ways of decolonizing global studies and dismantling racism.  

While Gökarıksel is on research leave in Fall 2021, Dr. Jonathan Weiler, the curriculum’s associate chair and director of undergraduate studies, will serve as interim chair. 

Global Studies Faculty Recognized as Tyson Academic Leadership Fellow

Eight faculty members across campus were selected to participate in the Tyson Academic Leadership Program. The program is designed to aid emerging leaders through a series of activities to develop leadership skills, clarify career commitments and build their leadership network. We are happy to recognize one of our own, Dr. Michal Osterweil, as being one of these eight Tyson Academic Leadership Fellows.
During their fellowship year, participants attend leadership training with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, interacting with senior executives across the public and private sectors. In the spring, fellows attend weekly seminars to address critical issues facing the University, and have opportunities to meet with senior leaders inside and outside the University throughout their fellowship year.

Global Studies Statement on Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Curriculum in Global Studies calls on the UNC Board of Trustees to review and approve Nikole Hannah-Jones’ appointment as a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. We are saddened and alarmed by the treatment of Nikole Hannah-Jones and urge the Board of Trustees to begin repairing the damage to our scholarly community and the reputation of UNC that has been created by the handling of this case. We strongly agree with Mimi Chapman, Chair of the Faculty at UNC, who wrote that “faculty voice must govern the tenure process for academic integrity to have meaning”.

Furthermore, we want to make a strong statement in support of our faculty, students and staff of color for whom this event, on the heels of so many others in recent years, is particularly harmful, both in terms of morale, and in terms of finding UNC to be a hospitable place.  We in the Curriculum in Global Studies want to affirm that you and your scholarship are valuable.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Curriculum in Global Studies Spring 2021 newsletter is out! Click here to see what our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students accomplished in the Spring 2021 semester as well as learn about some of our dynamic faculty & alumni.

Spring 2021 Graduation

The Curriculum in Global Studies congratulates all of our Spring/Summer 2021 graduates! While we were unable to have a departmental graduation ceremony, we created a video to celebrate this important milestone in your lives. 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.

Global Studies Alumna Awarded Rangel Fellowship

Angela Chin (BA ‘20) was awarded a 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship from the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, administered by Howard University. The Rangel Fellowship provides individuals with the opportunity to procure a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State through extensive professional development programs. After successfully completing the program following a two-year master’s degree and several internship opportunities, Angela will become a U.S. diplomat in summer 2023.

As an Honors Carolina student, Angela interned for the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy through the UNC Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs in Washington D.C. Additionally, she studied abroad in Ecuador and Jordan, presided over the Black Students Abroad campus organization, and received the Chancellor’s Award for International Leadership.

After graduating with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Global Studies, Angela currently works as the Sudan and South Sudan Program Assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

As members of the UNC Chapel Hill community, we are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred last week in Atlanta, resulting in the death of eight people, including six women of Asian descent. This is just the latest manifestation of a dramatic increase in anti-Asian violence throughout the country and a long legacy of anti-Asian violence in the United States that must be vigorously countered. Read more here.

Global Studies Co-Organizes Global Career Night

The Curriculum in Global Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s area studies centers hosted Global Career Night virtually on February 24. The annual panel event features Carolina alumni in globally focused careers sharing their professional journeys and engaging directly with students. The Center for European Studies and the UNC Curriculum in Global Studies co-organized the event. 

Katie Lindner, executive director of the Center for European Studies, provided opening remarks before introducing the panelists, and Zach Ward, student services manager with the Curriculum in Global Studies, served as the moderator. Members of the panel included: 

  • Sara Bidgood ’11 M.A., director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and doctoral candidate at King’s College London 
  • Sarah Champagne ’20 M.A., journalist and documentary filmmaker 
  • Will Jarvis ’16, director of marketing at Tanjo, a machine learning startup 
  • Melani McAlister ’84, professor of American studies and international affairs at George Washington University 
  • Hakeem Smith ’05 and ’13 M.A., business analyst at Amazon 

Read more here.

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:

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!


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