Founded in 1991 as a center
for the study of peace, security, and international cooperation,
Global Studies first emerged as a member of a scholarly consortium
with counterparts at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota.
Over the course of ten years, the consortium engaged in a series
of conferences, research projects, and curricular activities aimed
at reformulating the field of security studies for the post-Cold
War era. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, partners explored a wide range of issues, such as food
security, environmental sustainability, global governance, and transnational
feminisms. Perhaps just as importantly, the MacArthur grant provided
crucial funding for graduate student field research on a broad range
of topics, thereby educating a new generation of scholars experienced
with inter-area, inter-disciplinary, and inter-institutional modes
In 1998, the UW International
Institute and Global Studies expanded their commitment to interdisciplinary
and cross-regional scholarship by launching the Advanced Studies
Initiative (ASI) with support from the Ford Foundation under a grant
aimed at "Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies."
Over the course of three years, ASI supported research, teaching,
and curricular innovation on themes with non-traditional geographies,
including "Transcultural Studies," "Global Governance,"
and "Legacies of Violence." The Ford grant also helped
to fund pioneering "global learning communities," linking
scholars and practitioners worldwide.
As the foregoing initiatives
completed their cycle of activities, Global Studies shifted its
attention to securing federal funding as a National Resource Center
(NRC) in international studies. Funded by Title VI of the Higher
Education Act since 2003, Global Studies emphasizes research, teaching,
and outreach as its foundational and complementary missions.
and expand innovative research and training through the cross-regional,
interdisciplinary research circles supported by Global Studies,
the Division of International Studies, and the International
undergraduate international education at Wisconsin by supporting
International Studies and its four global studies concentration
graduate coursework in global studies and establish a Ph.D.
minor available to students across the campus.
student participation in internship, research, and volunteer
opportunities that enhance awareness of global institutions
Wisconsin's capacity to provide training in languages of strategic
importance to global and national security.
the integration of global studies approaches into K-12 and post-secondary
outreach programming to state, regional, and national institutions
with other national and international partners on the development
and evolution of global studies as a mode of analysis.
develop and organize campus resources and library collections
devoted to global themes and issues.