The Department of International Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree, and a combined BA/MA program. We also provide a minor in International Studies for undergraduate students from other departments.

Our programs are designed to equip students with the skills for interdisciplinary research, critical thinking and writing, and a firm grounding in international perspectives to address real world challenges. Our faculty and affiliated faculty come from a range of academic backgrounds and are committed to fostering critical thinking through innovative pedagogy and robust discussion.

The BA and MA curricula are unique for their interdisciplinary approach to international studies and their commitment to placing the themes of power and inequality at the heart of academic inquiry. Unlike conventional programs that focus on international security and economy, our program addresses the economic in conjunction with the political and social. Moreover, all students are expected to develop and maintain proficiency in a language other than English. Students learn to think in more international and interdisciplinary contexts, to value social and cultural complexity, and to question conventional wisdom. As a result, our students often engage in activism and social justice work in Chicago, nationally, and internationally.

For more detailed and up to date information, please visit the International Studies Department​ website.


The department's faculty have research and teaching interests that include postcolonial theory, Middle East politics, critical social theory, migration and diaspora studies, gender and sexuality, critical development studies, international law, international political economy, and social movements. As an interdisciplinary program, we involve faculty from across the university in teaching classes, hosting events, and advising students. Despite the varied teaching and research interests, faculty members share a commitment to examining the world critically through an interdisciplinary and international lens.

Kaveh Ehsani, PhD
Associate Professor
Leiden University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Gil Gott, PhD, JD
Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Kamin, MA
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Shiera Malik, PhD
Associate Professor
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Michael McIntyre, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Chicago

Heidi J. Nast, PhD
McGill University

Shailja Sharma, PhD
Associate Professor and Department Chair
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Jacob Stump, PhD
Professional Lecturer
American University

Affiliated Faculty

Clement Adibe, PhD
Associate Professor (Political Science)
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

Eugene Beiriger, PhD
Associate Professor (History)
University of Illinois, Chicago

Winifred Curran, PhD
Associate Professor (Geography)
Clark University

Rocio Ferreira, PhD
Associate Professor (Modern Languages)
University of California, Berkeley

Euan Hague, PhD
Associate Professor (Geography)
Syracuse University

Stephen Haymes, PhD
Associate Professor (Educational Policy Studies and Research)
Miami University

Liam Heneghan, PhD
Professor (Environmental Science and Studies)
University College, Dublin, Ireland 

Scott Hibbard, PhD
Associate Professor (Political Science)
The Johns Hopkins University

N. Ginger Hofman, PhD
Professor (Anthropology)
Purdue University

Amor Kohli, PhD
Associate Professor (African and Black Diaspora Studies)
Tufts University

Kalyani Menon, PhD
Associate Professor (Religious Studies)
Syracuse University

Sanjukta Mukherjee, PhD
Associate Professor (Women's and Gender Studies)
Syracuse University

Ogenga Otunnu, PhD
Associate Professor (History)
York University

Alex Papadopoulos, PhD
Professor (Geography)
University of Chicago

Maureen Sioh, PhD
Associate Professor (Geography)
University of British Columbia

Rose J. Spalding, PhD
Professor (Political Science)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill