Global Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The MA degree in Global Studies (GS) is a one-year Masters program. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide the fundamentals of contemporary international issues as well as detailed knowledge on particular world regions or countries. The MA degree in Global Studies provides wide flexibility in crafting an individual interdisciplinary program. Students tailor the content of their programs within a defined framework to suit their interests. Specific course work is chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.


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Master's Degree Requirements

  1. Students must take six courses, each at four units, to complete their 24-unit degree. (Some programs offer three-unit courses that are otherwise acceptable. If a student wishes to take a three-unit course, that student must do an additional unit’s worth of work, either by completing an additional paper, or attending additional meetings, either with the instructor of the course or with the student’s Global Studies Faculty Advisor.) At least twelve of the 24 units must be graduate-level coursework (course numbered 200-299). No more than a third of the units (8 maximum) may be taken on an S/U or P/NP grading basis. The six courses are broken down as follows: (1) Two proseminars, one in each semester, which all Global Studies students are required to take, (2) two social science courses, and (3) two area studies classes.
  2. Capstone: All students must undergo a comprehensive examination, with both written and oral components. A committee consisting of three Academic Senate faculty members will direct the examination for all of the students in any given cohort, which will require synthesis of material from student coursework.
  3. Advancement to Candidacy: Approval of all coursework and approval of the faculty committee must be granted by the GS MA Faculty Adviser prior to advancement to candidacy. The candidacy petition must be submitted no later than the fifth week of the semester in which the student intends to complete the degree. Final approval of candidacy petitions is granted by the Dean of the Graduate Division.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Miguel A. Altieri, Professor. Agriculture, environmental science, pest management.
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+ Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor. Climate change, econometrics, air pollution, environmental economics, energy economics.
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Margaret Chowning, Professor. Mexico, history, gender, women, Latin America.
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Alain De Janvry, Professor. Agriculture and resource management, economics, labor management and policy.
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J. Bradford Delong, Professor. Economics, globalization, economic growth, convergence, economics of post WWII Europe.
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+ Munis D. Faruqui, Associate Professor. Economics, price theory models of anticompetitive exclusive dealing, switching costs, network effects, formal standardization.
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Emily Gottreich, Associate Adjunct Professor. Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Urban Studies, Jewish history, Morocco, North Africa, Sephardic Studies.
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Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor. South Asia, Mughal, early modern, cities, history, Persian.
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Alan Karras, Associate Director, Senior Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Economy.
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Erin Murphy-Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor. Educational equity, cultural studies, gender equity, diversity, international education, alternative schooling, democratic education, ethnic issues.
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Alison Post, Assistant Professor. Regulation, infrastructure, water and sanitation.
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Elisabeth Sadoulet, Professor. Economics, agriculture, labor management and policy.
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Nathan F. Sayre, Associate Professor. Climate change, endangered species, rangelands, political ecology, pastoralism, ranching, environmental history, suburbanization, human-environment interactions, environmental geography, range science and management, Southwestern US, scale, community-based conservation.
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Khatharya Um, Associate Professor. Education, memory, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American histories and communities, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugees, international migration, transnational and diaspora studies, genocide studies.
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Steven Vogel, Professor. Political science, political economy or comparative political economy, the Japanese model of capitalism, Japanese politics.
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Stephanie Ballenger, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, political economy, Latin American studies.

Peter Bartu, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies.

David Beecher, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Economy.

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies.

Crystal Chang, Lecturer. International and area studies, Asian Studies, Political science.

Jack Davey, Lecturer. International and area studies, Asian Studies.

Fatmir Haskaj, Lecturer. Political economy, development, critical theory and urban studies.

+ Khalid Kadir, Lecturer. Global Poverty and Practice Minor, International and Area Studies, Political Economy.

Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Lecturer. International and area studies.

Mario Muzzi, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Laura Nathan, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Clara I. Nicholls, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies.

Tiffany L. Page, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies.

Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor. International and Area Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Clare Talwalker, Lecturer. Qualitative methods, global poverty action, human rights, South Asia and economic anthropology.

Manuela Travaglianti, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies.

Keiko Yamanaka, Lecturer. Ethnic studies, Asian studies.

Darren C. Zook, Lecturer. International and Area Studies, Political Science.

Daniel Zoughbie, Lecturer. International and Area Studies.

Emeritus Faculty

Beverly Kay Crawford, Professor Emeritus. International and Area Studies, Political Economy Group Major.

Gillian Hart, Professor Emeritus. Geography. Political economy, social theory, critical development, studies, gender, agrarian and regional studies, labor, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia.

+ Michael J. Watts, Professor Emeritus. Islam, development, Africa, social movements, political economy, political ecology, geography, South Asia, peasant societies, social and and cultural theory, US agriculture, Marxian political economy.
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Contact Information

Global Studies

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-4466

Fax: 510-642-9850

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Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Chair, Global Studies

Maximilian Auffhammer

207 Giannini Hall

Associate Director

Alan Karras

101 Stephens Hall

Undergraduate Academic Adviser, Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Dreux S. Montgomery

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4157

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