Global Studies has been absorbed into the new Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).
This site exists for archival purposes; active and relevant web pages and resources will be migrated to the
IRIS website between now and the Fall 2016 semester.


The Global Studies Graduate student Workshop has been suspend indefinitely.

The Global Studies Graduate Workshop is a low-pressure forum for UW-Madison graduate students to discuss and refine their work. Each month, one participant presents a dissertation chapter, conference paper, job talk, or even a grant proposal. Students represent a variety of academic departments including: Anthropology, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy, German, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology, among others. These workshops have proven to be an invaluable resource for those working on global issues that extend beyond the borders of individual departments. The workshop is open to any and all UW-Madison graduate students.

The Graduate Workshop is an informal, interdiscplinary discussion on graduate student work on international issues and is free and open to any graduate student -- but .


Information on the next Global Studies graduate workshop will be forthcoming later in the year. We closed the 2008-2009 workshop season with special Dissertation & Professionalization Workshops in conjunction with the Borders and Transcultural Studies Circle.

The last student-led workshop was:

Wednesday, December 2 @ 12 noon: Erika Robb Larkins (anthropology), "Rio's Other Gang? The Cult of the Special Police Forces (BOPE)"

for individual sessions & to access
the papers under discussion.


Do you have a conference presentation that you would like to polish? A job talk you need to try out? Or maybe you have a paper you would like to submit for publication or a dissertation chapter that isn't quite ready to show your advisor? If you have any of these or any other sort of written document that deals with international issues (latu sensu) and would like to have it looked at by like-minded graduate students, this is your chance! Please email Steve Smith if you are interested in presenting.


Papers circulated for previous discussion/s:

››› Jesús Alvarado (history of science), Political Economy and Its Uses in Mexico After Independence (Spring 2007)
››› Andrew Clement (curriculum & instruction) and Kristen Molyneaux (curriculum & instruction), Crossing Boundaries: Religion and Schools in Africa from American Perspectives (Spring 2008)
››› Courtney Hillebrecht (political science), Claiming Rights and Courting Justice: The Politics of Regional Human Rights Courts (Spring 2008)
››› Ray Hsu (english), Buying the Farm: James Agee, Capitalist Ethnography, and the Global Worker (Fall 2007)
››› Alice Kang (political science), Islam, Women's Rights Activists, and Political Reform: Why Niger Adopted a Gender Quota (Spring 2009)
››› Naama Nagar (sociology), Transnational Feminism - the Visions, the Challenges and the Power of Movements: A Report from the International Forum of the Association of Women in Development (Fall 2008)
››› Kimiko Osawa (political science), Gender Norms in Contemporary Japan: The Roles of Conservative Actors
››› Kim Rostan (english), Forensic Witnessing in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost (Fall 2004)
››› Susan Rottmann (anthropology), Recognizing Difference: German Feminist Discourses and Problems of National Inclusion (Fall 2006)
››› Matt Sienkiewicz (communication arts), In Search of Good News: An Exploratory Analysis of the Ma'an Network and Its Contexts (Spring 2008)
››› Lisa Wade (sociology), The Appropriation of Empowerment (Fall 2005)