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Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies

A hub for interdisciplinary global scholarship and teaching


The Global Lunchbox Series

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The GLOBAL LUNCHBOX is a weekly forum featuring conversations with scholars in the social sciences and humanities about their current research on a range of critical global issues. Tackling everything from global events to academic controversies, the series convenes live on Zoom (most) Fridays at 12pm CT and is also a podcast available on SoundCloud. Check our events calendar for upcoming GLOBAL LUNCHBOX programs.


Check out the latest episode of our GLOBAL LUNCHBOX podcast to hear Claudio Benzecry discuss his new book on workers in the women’s shoe industry.



Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES)

The Program in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) at Northwestern University brings together faculty and students bound by a shared interest in the vast region between Prague and Vladivostok. 

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Global Religion and Politics Research Group

The Global Religion and Politics Research Group brings together innovative thinkers in search of new understandings of and creative responses to the challenges of socially and religiously diverse worlds. 
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Global Capitalism and Law

The Global Capitalism and Law Research Group investigates the political, social, legal, and normative underpinnings of successful and politically sustainable local, national, and global markets.

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Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness

The Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, practitioners and policy makers in order to contribute to the public understanding of movement across national borders, with the aim of reducing the risk of harm, confronting social disfranchisement, and changing the international community’s response to refugee and migrant needs.
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Comparative and Historical Social Science

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, the Program in Comparative and Historical Social Science (CHSS) supports training for graduate students interested in comparative and historical research. 


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The Andean Cultures and Histories working group (ACH) seeks to enrich research and teaching at Northwestern in humanistic and social scientific inquiry related to the Andes and the adjacent Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 
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East Asia Research Forum

This interdisciplinary group provides a setting for intellectual exchange among faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on East Asia at Northwestern University. EARF serves as a venue for outside speakers, discussion of work in progress, and other activities to augment the vibrant atmosphere of scholarship and teaching at Northwestern.

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South Asia Research Forum

This collaborative group provides a setting for intellectual exchange among faculty, graduate students, and other scholars who work across interdisciplinary fields in South Asia at Northwestern University. SARF provides a venue for speakers and events, work-in-progress workshops, reading new scholarship, and other activities that engage a dynamic community of South Asianists on campus.
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Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought

The NU RPRT Research Initiative is an international forum for interdisciplinary research and scholarly collaboration. In recent decades the study of Russian philosophy and religious thought has become an intellectual enterprise of global reach and stature, attracting a wide range of scholars. 
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Curricular Programs


Programs of study with global and regional concentrations

International Studies Program

The International Studies program is the gateway to the study of global affairs in the Weinberg College at Northwestern. Our mission is to encourage and support student education and scholarship in international affairs. We are open to all Weinberg students and to students from across the university. 
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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Northwestern's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) has a dual purpose. One is to support a spirited and diverse community of faculty and graduate students whose research covers the culture, history, and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean.  
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MENA Studies Program

The MENA faculty trains students in the latest critical approaches to social, cultural, political, and economic forces in the region, and provide an understanding of their histories and global interconnections.  Our trademark is an embrace of comparative approaches—which for us means both cross-regional and cross-disciplinary approaches—to this large and diverse area of the world. 
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“It’s very difficult to see how you could get a negotiated solution at this point,” Ambassador-in-Residence Ian Kelly says of the Ukraine war
MENA graduate student Lauren Baker publishes paper on the “sanitization of garbage politics”


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