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.
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News & Features
Two Global Studies selected as Burch Fellows
Five students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences were selected as recipients of the 2018 Burch Fellowship to pursue unique, self-defined educational experiences anywhere off UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Lucius E. Burch, III. Its purpose is to recognize undergraduate students at Carolina who possess extraordinary ability, promise, and imagination. The students propose self-designed endeavors that will make a demonstrable difference in the selected Burch Fellows’ lives and enable them to pursue a passionate interest in a way and to a degree not otherwise possible.The proposed fellowship experience should allow the pursuit of an intense interest well beyond the scope of an academic course, a vocational commitment, a summer job, internship, or enrichment program.
Abbey Cmiel, class of 2019, is from Charlotte, NC and is pursuing a double major in social entrepreneurship and global studies with a minor in Hispanic studies. This summer, she plans to travel to Colombia to investigate the environmental and economic impacts of tourism in the coastal and coffee-growing regions. She will work to construct a sustainable travel exchange program that guides university students through Colombia’s surreal beauty and also supports local businesses and ecology. She hopes to better understand Colombia’s deep respect for its ecosystem and share her knowledge with peers at UNC and beyond.
Bella Reiss, class of 2019, is from Decatur, Georgia and is pursuing a double major in peace, war, and defense and global studies with a minor in Hispanic studies. She will travel to Granada, Nicaragua to partner with Soccer Without Borders, an organization that uses soccer as a vehicle for positive engagement and social change. Merging her interest in soccer and passion for advocacy, she will implement a curriculum of female empowerment and community engagement in local schools and after-school programs
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Two Global Studies students selected for Phillips Ambassadors Scholarships
Nine undergraduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for Spring 2018 study abroad programs in Asia. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each toward the cost of a UNC-approved study abroad program in Asia. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, strong communications skills, intellectual curiosity and ambition, evidence of generous service to the campus and community, and a previous record of leadership. Two Global Studies majors received this scholarship for spring 2018.
- Laurel Cunningham of Nashville, Tennessee, will study through the CET Beijing Intensive Language program in China.
- Kaitlyn Turner of Kissimmee, Florida, will study through Yonsei University in South Korea.
Eighteen Global Studies students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
One hundred and ninety UNC students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Of those one hundred and ninety, eighteen were Global Studies majors. The names of our inductees appear below and we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this wonderful recognition.
- Hadley Ashford, a senior with global studies and Spanish majors, daughter of John Ashford and Laura Ashford of Raleigh.
- Sarah Ann Benecky, a senior with anthropology and global studies majors, of Raleigh.
- Danielle Christine Callahan, a senior with history and global studies majors, daughter of Gary Callahan and Janelle Callahan of Newton.
- Hannah Ruth Carter, a senior with global studies and peace, war and defense majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Eagle Springs.
- Amy Marie Cohen, a junior with global studies and political science majors and a social and economic justice minor, daughter of Mary Cohen and Richard Cohen of Raleigh.
- Abigail Ann Drees, a senior with biology and global studies majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Rachel Drees and Dan Drees of Charlotte.
- Sarah Anne Faulk, a senior with public policy and global studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, daughter of Dr. Kellie Faulk and Jeffrey Faulk of Statesville.
- Eva Marie Gonzalez Pena, a senior with business administration and global studies majors and a French minor, daughter of Carlos Gonzalez Pena and Holly Gonzalez Pena of Dallas.
- Sara Rachel Gray, a senior with a global studies major and a Spanish minor, daughter of Charles Gray and Elizabeth Gray of Belmont.
- Emily Catherine Jarrett, a senior with global studies and anthropology majors and a creative writing minor, daughter of Kimberly Jarrett and Dr. Steven Jarrett of Charlotte.
- Natalie Michelle Johnson, a senior with global studies and political science majors and an Arabic minor, daughter of Suzanne Johnson and Mitchell Johnson of Greensboro.
- Maliha Zainab Khan, a junior with health policy and management and global studies majors, daughter of Saleem Khan and Nasreen Khan of Hendersonville.
- Zaid Khatib, a senior with global studies and philosophy majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, son of Adel Khatib and Carol Khatib of Raleigh.
- Krisiten Ellis McCain a junior with business administration and global studies majors and a Korean minor, daughter of Patrick McCain and Elizabeth McCain of Greensboro.
- Rachel Elizabeth McGrath, a senior with political science and global studies majors and a Russian language and culture minor, daughter of Thomas McGrath and Diane McGrath of Cary.
- Mary Kate Elizabeth Nolan, a senior with global studies and communication studies majors and an Italian minor, daughter of Terence Nolan and Elizabeth Wilson of Walpole.
- Morgan Robertson Pratt, a senior with a global studies major and a music minor, son of Amy Pratt and Adrian Pratt of Den Haag, Netherlands.
- Cory Nicole Spencer, a junior with neuroscience and global studies majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Patricia Spencer and Kerr Spencer of Winston-Salem.
Nine Global Studies students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
One hundred and sixty-five 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-five, nine were Global Studies majors. The names of our inductees appear below and we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this wonderful recognition.
- Rossi Akim Anastopoulo, a May 2017 graduate with global studies and sports and social issues majors, of Charleston.
- Allyson Sloan Barkley, a senior with global studies and Hispanic literature and cultures majors, daughter of Dr. Carolyn Dalldorf and James Barkley of Charlottesville.
- Sarah Elizabeth Gee, a senior with psychology and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor, daughter of Susan Margolis and M. Blen Gee, Jr. of Cary.
- Allison Li-Ping Lim, a senior with business administration and global studies majors, daughter of Timothy Lim and Kathleen Lim of Raleigh.
- Emma Griffith McLeod, a senior with geography and global studies majors, daughter of John McLeod and Beth McLeod of Brevard.
- Elizabeth Nicholls, a senior with a global studies major and Hispanic studies and social and economic justice minors, daughter of Marc Nicholls and Kay Nicholls of Raleigh.
- Anna DeLancey Phares, a senior with a global studies major and chemistry and Hispanic studies minors, of Richmond.
- Michael Edward Purello, a senior with history and global studies majors, son of Joseph Purello and Sheila Purello.
- Yusheng Zhang, a junior with business administration and global studies majors and a music minor, son of Xiaoyun Shen and Chongben Zhang of Chapel Hill
Global Studies Welcomes New MA Cohort
The Curriculum in Global Studies welcomed 13 new MA students to campus for the start of the Fall 2017 semester at an orientation & welcome lunch on Friday, August 18th. This marks our fourth cohort since the Global Studies MA was launched in Fall 2014.
Kate Hewitt (MA ’17) Receives Scoville Fellowship
Global Studies alumna Kate Hewitt (MA ’17) has been awarded a Scoville Peace Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Through the fellowship, Kate will work at the Brookings Institution with Robert Einhorn and Steven Pifer in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative. Read More Here…
Global Studies Summer 2017 Newsletter Published
The Curriculum in Global Studies has published its Summer 2017 newsletter. Click here to read what the Curriculum and our amazing students & faculty accomplished over the past academic year.
Angela Stuesse Recognized with 2017 CLR James Award
Dr. Angela Stuesse, assistant professor of anthropology and global studies, has been named the recipient of the 2017 CLR James Award for Published Book for Academic or General Audiences by the Working Class Studies Association for her book Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South. In recognizing Dr. Stuesse with this honor, the Working Class Studies Association award judges noted “Angela Stuesse’s Scratching Out a Living is a model of engaged scholarship. Without underestimating the difficulties her research reveals that the basis for inter-racial working class solidarity among African Americans and Latinos in the South does indeed exist in the newest “new” South.”
As a joint faculty member in Global Studies, Angela teaches GLBL 703: Global Migration and Labor Rights as a part of our Global Studies MA program and coordinated, alongside Dr. Erica Johnson and Dr. Hannah Gill, the Immigration and Refugee Policy in Crisis conference held by the Curriculum in Global Studies in February 2017.
Graduating Global Studies MA Students Present Thesis/Capstone Projects
The Curriculum in Global Studies held a reception for our second ever graduating cohort of Global Studies MA students on Friday, April 28th. At this event, students also presented their thesis/capstone research to an audience of Global Studies first year MA students, faculty, and staff. The presentations highlighted the breadth and depth of research possibilities in the realm of Global Studies and we congratulate our students on a job well done!
Senior Honors Thesis Students Recognized
The Curriculum in Global Studies celebrated our Global Studies seniors who completed honors theses on Wednesday, May 3rd 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!
- Timber Beeninga– “From Sitting In to Camping Out: Student Protest, Shanties, and the Struggle Against Apartheid in South Africa”
- Michael Lackey– “Curating Memory in Post-Conflict Peru”
- Manuela Nivia– “Resistance & Resilience: Grassroots Peace Activism in Colombia”
- Alexis Strang– “More than a Pretty Face: How Turkish Women’s Magazines Function as Social Spaces”
Three Graduating Global Studies MA Students Present Research at Bridging Divides Conference
On April 1st, 2017, three of our graduating Global Studies MA students presented research at Bridging Divides: Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring 2017 Conference. Read More Here…
First Semester of GLBL 492H a Resounding Success
Dr. Inger Brodey, associate professor of comparative literature and a joint faculty member in the Curriculum in Global Studies, offered GLBL 492H: Global Food Films for the first time in the Spring 2017 semester. This course was developed with the support of a Curriculum in Global Studies Faculty Honors Course Development Award.
The final class meeting culminated at Ackland Art Museum with students presenting their research on a special exhibit created specifically for the course. The students archived much of their work over the semester at The Feast in Visual Arts and Cinema.
Congratulations Dr. Brodey and all the 492H students on a wonderful semester!
Banu Gokariksel Recognized for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching
Dr. Banu Gokariksel, associate professor of geography and a joint faculty member in the Curriculum in Global Studies, has been recognized with a Chapman Family Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. Her work engages feminist geography and geopolitics with a focus on gender bodies and public space. For the past decade, she has used multiple methods to analyze the politics of everyday life such as: religion, secularism, and pluralism in Turkey. She is also interested in religious and racial diversity as well as social justice in the United States. She teaches classes on feminist geography, cultural geography, the Middle East and transnational geographies of Muslims and Islam. Dr. Gokariksel’s students praise her enthusiasm, warmth, and inclusive excellence in the classroom. Read More Here…
Hannah Gill Awarded for Public Service
Dr. Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, was recognized for engaged teaching for her work with the APPLES Service-Learning Global Course Guanajuato. The spring semester course trains bilingual students to understand the contemporary and historical complexities of immigration through research, service-learning with immigrants in North Carolina and travel to communities of migrant origin in Guanajuato, Mexico. The program fosters bi-national relationships with migrant families, secondary schools and foundations in Mexico. The Latino Migration Project is a public educational program on Latin American immigration and integration in North Carolina that includes undergraduate teaching. It is a collaborative initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives.
Global Studies MA Student Participates in Texas State University Research Symposium
On March 24, second year M.A. candidate Georgia Stahl traveled to San Marcos, Texas to present her research at the Texas State University research symposium: Century of Conflict: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality and Militarism sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. Her presentation “LGBTQ in Carolina del Norte: Intersectionality as Praxis” explored how anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ legislation in North Carolina affects LGBTQ Latinx immigrants and potential strategies for collaborative advocacy work. The symposium provided Georgia with the first opportunity to publicly present the ethnographic and policy research she has conducted for her final capstone project. Presenting with scholars from across the country on a panel titled “Peacebuilding, Activism, and Resistance,” this experience reaffirmed for Georgia the importance of interdisciplinary research in the pursuit of social justice.
Eight Global Studies students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
One hundred and fifty UNC students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa,the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Of those one hundred and fifty inductees, eight were Global Studies majors. The names of our inductees appear below and we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this wonderful recognition.
- Emily Belding, a senior with political science and global studies majors and an environmental studies minor, of Hillsborough.
- Abigail Elizabeth Bell, a senior with a global studies major and Spanish and geography minors, daughter of Thomas Bell and Julia Bell and of Cary.
- Bailey Reed DeSimone, a senior with history and global studies majors and a German minor, daughter of Doug DeSimone of Raleigh and Patty Sandberg of Cary.
- Ana Cutts Dougherty, a senior with economics and global studies majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, daughter of Tim Dougherty and Dr. Katharine Dougherty of Interlochen, Michigan.
- Eileen May Harvey, a senior with a global studies major and Chinese and urban studies and planning minors, daughter of David Harvey and Grace Harvey of Cary.
- Eliza McClellan Pentecost Farren, a senior with a global studies major and a Chinese minor, daughter of David Farren of Chicago, Illinois and Martha Pentecost Jr. of Durham.
- Ryan K. McCord, a junior with public policy and global studies majors and an African studies minor, of Raleigh.
- Anne Rutledge, a senior with history and global studies majors and an education minor, of Davidson.