Global Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

As interactions between states, societies, and cultures increase, so too do the responses to these interactions multiply. The Global Studies major allows students to explore such interactions and their outcomes. By bringing in both historical and contemporary material, the major provides students with the tools that they need in order to make sense of the world in which they live—as well as understanding how it got to be that way. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in global studies will engage in thinking critically about how global change has (and can) come about during their lifetimes. The major aims to have students focus on relevant issues to them in a way that provides intellectual flexibility. The major will offer solid training in how to use acquired knowledge to become agents of positive change on the global issues that matter most to people here, and elsewhere around the world. 

The Global Studies major requires students to choose a concentration and a geographic region in which to become an expert. It connects this regional specialization to language training. Global Studies majors will choose one of three concentrations: (1) Global Development; (2) Global Peace and Conflict; or (3) Global Societies and Cultures. This will allow students to focus their studies on a specific aspect of the “global.” At the same time, those pursuing this major will choose one of five regions (Asia, Africa, Europe/Russia, The Americas or the Middle East) in which to specialize, both in terms of content and language. In doing so, students have an opportunity to become an expert in a specific region, especially as it relates to larger questions that arise from global interaction. In addition, the major requires training in critical thinking—that is how to study a particular problem in a consistent and rigorous way. Students will work with faculty and the IAS advisors to devise a program that best captures their interests and allows them to reach their intellectual and professional potentials.

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Major Requirements

Repeat Rule

Students who earn a grade of F, D-, D, D+ or NP may repeat the course only once. Regardless of the grade the student receives for their second attempt (including F, D-, D or D+), the student may not repeat the course a third time.

Lower Division Requirements

The five required lower division courses must all be taken for a letter grade.

GLOBAL 10A: Introduction to Global Studies. 14
GLOBAL 10B: Critical Issues in Global Studies4
IAS/GLOBAL 45Survey of World History 24
Select one course in economics from the following:4
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
Select one course in statistics from the following:4
Introduction to Statistics
Foundations of Data Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business

This must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to declaring the major. A grade of C- does not satisfy this requirement. Note: this requirement may be repeated only once to achieve a grade of C or better. 


This class must be completed with a grade of B- or higher on the first attempt. Students who do not earn this grade are ineligible for the Global Studies major. 

Foreign Language Requirement

Global Studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English by the last semester of their senior year. This language must be connected, in either the past or the present, to the student’s geographic region of specialization. Proficiency is equivalent to the ability achieved in four college-level semesters (or two years). Language courses taken in high school do not satisfy this requirement. See below for details on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Note:  languages accepted by the College of Letters & Science are not automatically accepted by the Global Studies major. Please check with an adviser for eligible languages.

How to fulfill the foreign language requirement

There are a variety of ways to fulfill the four-semester language requirement for Global Studies, depending on the individual and his or her background and ability. 

Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test: An AP score of 5 or an International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 7 will complete this requirement. An AP score of 4 should generally place a student into the fourth-semester college level course. A score of 3 will place a student into the third-semester college level course. Documentation of AP scores must be provided. 

Coursework:  Any combination of college courses, summer programs, or college-level study abroad programs can satisfy the language requirement. At a minimum, students must complete the fourth semester (i.e., the second semester of intermediate level) of a language with a grade of C- or better in order to fulfill the requirement. The first, second, and third semester courses may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Language courses need not be taken at UCB. Courses taken at a community college or any accredited school or university may be acceptable. Transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by an adviser. A one-semester upper division course taken abroad in the target language may satisfy the foreign language requirement, depending on the school and program followed. For more information, see an adviser concerning language study abroad.

High school completion in a non-English language and Proficiency Tests:  Students with native, advanced background or those who were educated in a non-English language through the completion of high school or the equivalent may wish to satisfy this requirement with that experience. This requires a language proficiency exam. Moreover, it limits the geographic focus within global studies, because it must be connected to language. This is not especially recommended, as it limits what students within the major can study. 

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean proficiency exams are administered by East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) on the Tuesday before instruction starts every semester. Check the EALC website at Results of the exam will indicate the level of the foreign language that students are eligible to register for. In order to waive the language requirement, test results must show that the student has completed the equivalent of four semesters of language studies (end of intermediate level) or higher.   

Note: EALC waitlists all students that register for language courses regardless of when registration takes place, and the department scheduler adjusts student enrollment based on the results of the placement exam during the first week of instruction.  

Students planning to take a proficiency exam in a non-Asian language in order to waive the language requirement should consult with an IAS adviser. Proficiency tests may be taken once per semester.

Upper Division Requirements

Eight courses divided into two categories: All courses must be taken for a letter grade. It is worth noting here, as elsewhere, that the student’s language training should match up with the particular world region on which the student has decided to focus. 

Core Courses (4)
Select one concentration course: GLOBAL 100D for Global Development, GLOBAL 100P for Global Peace & Conflict and GLOBAL 100S for Global Societies and Cultures. This course provides an introduction to the concentration field and exposes students to the relevant theoretical, historical, and contemporary literature for that concentration.
Disciplinary Courses: Choose two courses from the same disciplinary area for your concentration. These should be selected from the Disciplinary Course List (Appendices A1-A3 in the Global Studies handbook). The courses wherever possible should speak to each other about a particular problem or approach in which you are interested.
Critical Thinking Class/Methodology. We strongly suggest that you take GLOBAL/IAS 102 in your sophomore or very early in your junior year. This class provides a foundation for how to engage and understand a variety of sources and issues within the field of global studies. Students and faculty alike report improved student learning as a result of taking this class early in one’s college career. Other approved courses can be found in Appendix C.
Geographic Focus (4)
Students must enroll in one of these classes, which provide a broad overview of a particular region in its modern global context. It must match the rest of the student’s geographic focus.
GLOBAL 110E (Europe and Russia)
GLOBAL 110K (Africa, North and Sub-Saharan)
GLOBAL 110L (Latin America)
GLOBAL 110M (Middle East and North Africa)
Three courses that focus on the same region, which can be selected from Appendices B1-B3 of the Global Studies Handbook. These courses should also be able to converse with one another about a specific area of interest.

Major Rules       

1. No more than 3 upper division courses taken outside of the College of Letters & Science, including courses taken at other universities, EAP, Study Abroad, and other colleges on the UC Berkeley campus, may count towards major requirements.

2. No more than 3 upper division courses may be taken from the same department.

3. A cross-listed course will not always count in the department through which a student is enrolled. It will count in what is known to be the originating department of the course. Students who intend to enroll in a cross-listed course and to apply the course toward an upper division major requirement should see an adviser prior to enrolling.

4. Courses cannot be double-counted within the major (for example, students may not use the same course to fulfill both a Critical Thinking course and a Geographic Focus course requirement).

5. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade. The one exception is foreign language: only the fourth-semester level class must be taken for a letter grade. The first, second, and third semester language classes may be taken Pass/Not Pass.

6. Online courses are not accepted in the major.

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals for the Major

1) Acquire historical and geographical knowledge, and develop language skills;

2) Develop strong interdisciplinary training, gaining control over key concepts in the social sciences and/or the humanities (see below);

3) Apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary global issues;

4) Demonstrate analytical skills, as well as those in critical reading and writing, through research; and

5) Synthesize the ways in which local circumstances influence global events, and vice-versa. 

Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad

Students may fulfill up to 3 upper division requirements with courses taken abroad. Any courses taken to fulfill the language requirement may also be counted toward the major and are not included in the 3-course limit. Students considering study abroad should carefully read the “Study Abroad Information and Course Approval Form,” which is available at the IAS Office and on the Student Resources page at the website  Students must also meet with a Global Studies adviser prior to their departure to review prospective courses of study and again upon their return to have their coursework reviewed and approved. Information about overseas study is available at the Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad office in 160 Stephens Hall, 510-642-1356,

Please note: Study abroad courses will not be pre-approved by IAS to count toward the major requirements. 


International and Area Studies Academic Program
101 Stephens Hall
Phone: 510-642-1738
Fax: 510-642-9850

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GLOBAL 10A Introduction to Global Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
This course is designed as an introduction to Global Studies. Using a social science approach, the course prepares students to think critically about issues of international development, conflict, and peace in a variety of societies around the world. As such it provides students with a basic theoretical introduction to the impact of global interaction as well as an opportunity to explore such interaction in a variety of case studies.

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GLOBAL 10B Critical Issues in Global Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Global Studies 10B serves as an introduction to the Global Studies curriculum. Global Studies 10B introduces students to global issues through the lens of the humanities, such as art, literature, film, and culture. The topic of Global Studies 10B will vary from year to year, depending on the instructor. Students in each iteration of this course will learn about salient global interactions from a variety of cultural pe
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GLOBAL 24 Freshman Seminar In Global Studies 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
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Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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GLOBAL 100D Global Development: Theory, History, Geography 4 Units

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Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
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GLOBAL 100S Global Societies and Cultures 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 102 Critical Thinking In Global Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
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GLOBAL H102 Honors Methodology and Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Required prerequisite for all students intending to enroll in GLOBAL H195. Course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary research strategies for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data. Course integrates the study of the fundamental theories of social science with the practical techniques of social science research methods.

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GLOBAL 105 Global Change and World Order 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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GLOBAL 110E Europe/Russia In Global Context 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 110K Africa In Global Context 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 110L Latin America In Global Context 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 110M Middle East In Global Context 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 110Q Asia In Global Context 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
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GLOBAL 111Q Conflicts In Regional Perspective: Asia. 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
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GLOBAL 121 Globalization In India 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
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GLOBAL 122L Latin American Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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Terms offered: Fall 2017
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Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
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Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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Terms offered: Fall 2017
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GLOBAL 133 International Conflict 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
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GLOBAL 134 Multicultural Conflict Resolution 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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participate in mediation of a cultural mediation.
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GLOBAL 141 Recent World History Through Film 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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of world history is not required. What is required is to be open-minded yet critical and to view these films as an avenue for finding out more about events, places, and global historical phenomena.
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GLOBAL 142 Jews and Muslims 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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, shedding light on the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations not only in the MENA but in Europe and the US as well. Films, memoirs, scripture, and historical works form the basis of our inquiry.
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GLOBAL 143Q Contentious History and Memory: Comfort Women Issues in Japan and Korea 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
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and justice, apology and forgiveness, and reconciliation both at the personal and structural levels, by directly interacting with the conflict parties who represent such diverse positions. This is a summer study abroad course in Tokyo and Seoul.
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GLOBAL 150Q Special Topics In Asia 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Advanced multidisciplinary research in current issues and topics related to Asia. This Global Studies course will focus on specific issues related to Asia with appropriate comparative material included.Topics will change depending on the instructor teaching.

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GLOBAL 153P Special Topics: Global Peace and Conflict. 3 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course explores special topics in Global Peace and Conflict Studies. Though topics will vary from semester to semester, this course will focus on specific issues of current research, whether about conflicts or about finding peaceful solutions to those conflicts.

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GLOBAL 154M Special Topics: Global Middle East 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
This course explores special topics, based on current research and interests and is focused on at least one global region. Using a social science perspective, students will engage in critical thinking about the way in which a particular region, or subset of a region, interacts with other states and societies.

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GLOBAL 172 UN UNPlugged 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course places the UN under the spotlight: history, culture and effectiveness and examines the organization’s key institutions in the context of a multipolar world. The course goal is to encourage students to think critically about the international system and the politics of global governance and to learn the necessary tools to research the United Nations and international organizations. The course is suitable for those interested in foreign policy, diplomacy
, international relations and law and conflict management and resolution.
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GLOBAL 173 International Human Rights 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course will explore the philosophical evolution of human rights principles in the realm of political theory and the influence of such principles as they have transformed into a coherent body of law. We will focus specifically on issues in international human rights law; the approach will be both thematic and comparative. Topics will include but are not limited to: human rights diplomacy; the influence of human rights in international legal practice; cultural and
minority rights; genocide and the world community; cultural relativism and national sovereignty; international law and international relations; individual and collective rights; migration, labor, and globalization; and national, international, and nongovernmental organizations.
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GLOBAL 176 Terrorism and Counterterrorism 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
This course will describe the issues, policies and practices of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Terrorism continues to increase in frequency and lethality. Insurgency too is more frequent and deadly (insurgency now is riskier than terrorism). The actors and methods increasingly overlap, so that terrorism and insurgency practically must be studied together. This course examines the concepts, history, motivations and methods of terrorism and insurgency, and
ways in which the counter-terrorist and counter-insurgent side counter those motivations and methods, navigating the legal and ethical bounds.
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GLOBAL 177 Global Security Risks 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
This course teaches students how to analyse risks and security, to understand particular risks, to manage these risks from their root causes. Students will learn about risks from the global to the operational levels, from international conflict, natural risks, political instability, operational and logistical insecurity, physical site insecurity, transport insecurity, to information, communications, and cyber security. For instance, students will learn how to forecast
political violence, control that violence, and co-opt political spoilers.
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GLOBAL 194 Senior Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Interdisciplinary research seminar for students in Global studies. Intensive writing on research questions in social science and public policy best approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Course assumes intermediate to advanced knowledge of central focus or topic of course. Weekly discussions and critiques of readings and assignments. Final paper or project required. Topic must be approved by instructor. Topics vary from term to term.

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GLOBAL H195 Senior Honors Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Honors students are required to research and write a thesis based on the prospectus developed in GLOBAL H102. The thesis work is reviewed by the honors instructor and a second reader to be selected based on the thesis topic. Weekly progress reports required.

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GLOBAL 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research for Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Faculty sponsor must approve expected workload and units. Enrollment restricted by regulations of the college.

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GLOBAL 210 MA Seminar for Global Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This reading seminar, required of all MA students in Global Studies, will approach a particular topic in global studies each year. Covering a variety of themes, students will engage with the literature of the field, and begin to study the ways in which particular problems have been approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.

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GLOBAL 375 Professional Training: Teaching in Global Studies 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course is intended to prepare Global Studies MA students to be instructors in interdisciplinary/multi-departmental courses. It will serve as a forum to discuss problems and create innovative solutions to these problems. Focusing on course construction and operation, specialists from various disciplines will discuss strategies for moving outside of their areas of specialization and into broader areas of Global Studies. Graduate students will be provided training
in building their own interdisciplinary courses from the ground up. Organizing syllabi, preparing lectures, devising written assignments, leading discussion sections, constructing evaluative mechanisms and grading them, will all be covered over the course of the semester.
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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


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.

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 & 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 & Practice Minor, International & 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

International and Area Studies Academic Program

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-642-1738

Fax: 510-642-9850

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Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences & Chair, Global Studies

Maximilian Auffhammer

207 Giannini Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3310

Associate Director

Alan Karras

101 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2306

Lead Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Ethan Savage

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4156

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Nithya Raghunathan

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-7282

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Dreux Montgomery

101 Stephens Hall

Phone: 510-643-4157

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