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Welcome to the Institute for Globalization Studies (IGS), which, among other things, offers a new BA in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI). The first core course for the new major was offered in Fall 2020. 



*Please note that Dr. Peg Spitzer had previously served as UG Director in Spring 2021 while Dr. Andrea Fedi was on sabbatical.


  • At IGS, Dr. Rosabel Ansari's role is to build and promote intellectual life through events planning. Contact  her:



Virtual Office Hours for GLI Majors/Minors

Undergraduate Program Director, Andrea Fedi

(Zoom link will be sent via email upon request)



GLI Checklist for Majors and Minors

The latest GLI checklists for majors and minors are now available.

Checklists are available down below:

 Please note that DegreeWorks has been programmed to track students' progress towards completion of the GLI major and minor. 


News and Opportunities




Add a GLI focus to your MA in another discipline!

The "Competence in Globalization" focus is a new microcredential that you can obtain through GLI in order to make your MA more marketable.

You can earn a Master of Arts with a Focus in Globalization Studies and International Relations with one of the following MA programs:

Africana Studies

Asian & Asian-American Studies


European Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Hispanic Languages, & Literature


To learn more about this microcredential, click here

Apply online here!


Career Opportunities

US Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)

The BHA leads and coordinates the US Government's disaster assistance efforts overseas and responds to an average of 75 disasters in more than 70 countries each year reaching populations affected by natural disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcano eruptions, as well as man-made disasters, such as war and conflict. 

The BHA invites you to join them on June 20, 2021 at 12:30pm EST for their Getting Hired event. In this event, you will learn about the application process, resume techniques, career pathways into the organization, and career transitions. To learn more, click here

Upcoming Opportunities

JRN 339 (Fall 2021)

Dr. Jonathan Sanders will be teaching JRN 339: Foreign Reporting this semester (Thursdays 4-6:50pm). This course focuses on interpreting complicated events outside North America for domestic audiences at home through studying foreign correspondents, their practices, practicalities, tradecraft, ethics, scoops, successes, and failures. Learning by doing…the class produce a podcast on news of the world each week. A course for U3 and U4 students. Learn more about it here.


U.S. Foreign Service Internship

Are you a passionate Sophmore or Junior interested in foreign policy? Are you looking to learn more about important global issues? Are you looking to learn more about what it's like to work at the State Department and becoming a Foreign Service Officer? If so, apply to USFSIP. Application opens in mid to late August on Visit this site for more information.



The World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) Seoul Office is looking for students who may be interested in applying for its Peace Fellows Programme this month. The program will be held virtually from August 9-13. Deadline is July 16th. Learn more here.


Study Abroad!

The Study Abroad program offer many unique programs that give students exposure to language, experiential learning, internships and much more. To learn more about this, visit their webpage here and here.


Peace Corp Prep Program for Undergraduates

Thinking about joining the Peace Corps? Check out Stony Brook's    Peace Corps Prep program. It is a program that will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. GLI courses are also part of the program. To learn more about this, check out the   Peace Corps Prep Student Guide.


Bliss Vernon Memorial and Richard B. Moore Scholarship

Both scholarships are available annually to one or two outstanding Stony Brook University students who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to African issues. Each scholarship carries an award of $500. Deadline is May 17, 2021. For more information, click here and here


Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW)

This is a two-year program for students at Stony Brook University. The integrated program includes two years of scholarship support (up to $5,5000 each year), a monthly seminar series for two academic years, and a paid internship in a New York-based global organization offered during the summer between the Junior and Senior years. For more information, click


Spring 2021 Edward Guiliano '78 Global Fellowship Program: Undergraduate Students

The Edward Guiliano '78, PhD, Global Fellowship Program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by engaging with the world beyond Stony Brook University and their local communities. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences may utilize this award for creative expression, research, and cultural activities for personal development outside of their comfort zone through travel, as p  rojects must take place at least 200 miles from the student’s home or the Stony Brook campus.  The goal of the Guiliano Global Fellowship program is to give Stony Brook students the opportunity to have a truly enriching, transformational educational experience. For more information, click here.


2021 Humanity in Action Fellowship

This is a year-long fellowship. Fellows first participate in an intensive three-week educational program providing a country and context-specific curriculum that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. After the three weeks, they embark on developing civil society initiatives in their own communities. Deadline is on February 14, 2021  at 11:59pm PST. For more information, click here

Note: This round of application is applicable only to GLI students who are graduating in the spring. However,  please check back with Humanity in Action for future intakes.


Dr. William McAdoo and Mr. Ralph Watkins Memorial Scholarship

There are two scholarships that are now accepting applications. Each fellowship will award up to $500.  If you are a full-time Stony Brook University student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and can demonstrate financial need, leadership qualities and community involvement, and potential and promise, apply now! Deadline is on February 5, 2021 at 5pm. For more information, click here.


Library Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program for 2021

Looking for a summer internship? The Junior Fellows Program is a 10-week paid internship running from May 24 - July 30, 2021. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For more information, click here


 Youth Ambassador with the US Pavilion

Interested in becoming a youth ambassador with the US Pavilion, and learning about areas linked to innovation and human development such as the environment, energy, health, science, and the arts? Check out this program here

Past Opportunities

Spring 2021 Internships with the History and Public Policy of the Wilson Center

The History and Public Policy program is looking to host interns and research assistants during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns will work virtually and support the History's Program's publication and digitization efforts. For more details, click   here . The spring deadline is  November 1 2020



The Edward Guiliano, PhD ‘78, Global Fellowship Program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by engaging with the world beyond Stony Brook University and their local communities.

Spring deadline: March 1 (Projects will take place during the Summer Session or fall semester)

For more information and to apply, click   here.


External Scholarship 101 

SBU students who are interested in pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, attend this upcoming "External Scholarships 101" information session on December 2 2020. Register here to attend this session. 



Transregional ties that bind: men of power and men of learning across early modern persianate asia

Mana Kia, Columbia University

Friday, Nov 5, 2021 (3pm EST via Zoom)

Mana Kia Poster

Societies across early modern Central, South, and West Asia were interconnected thanks to the circulation of texts, people, practices, and ideas. Mana Kia will explain how crucial the interaction between men of learning and men of power in late-Mughal India was to understand transregional familiarity, social circulation, and political formation.

Register here.

¡Chile ! Despertó 

Ongoing, LACS Gallery, SBS N-320

Chile Desperto

In this exhibition jointly sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, History Department, and Institute for Globalization Studies, Professors Eric Zolov and Terri Gordon-Zolov present the artwork of  the 2019 protests in Santiago, Chile.

The exhibition continues all semester in the LACS Gallery, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, room N-320.

See an article about it in the Statesman here.


Fall 2021

Compendium of the world: Colonial manila and early modern worldmaking

Friday, Octber 8, 2021

Miguel Martínez from the University of Chicago discussed what the world looked like from Manila in the first decades of Spanish colonization. By examining seventeenth-century chronicles, sermons, poems, and urban festivals this talk explored the changing symbolic geographies that emerged in the colonial city, imagined as the center of a new world imagined anew.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Globalization in the year 1000

Friday, September 10, 2021

Yale historian Valerie Hansen discussed her book The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - And Globalization Began , in which she shows how bold explorations and daring trade missions first connected all of the world's societies at the end of the first millennium. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment.

View the recorded version of the session here.


Spring 2021


Thursday, Apr 8, 2021


Professor Kamari Maxine Clarke discussed her book,  Affective Justice, in which she explores the African Union's critique of the International Criminal Court (ICC) - which African leaders see as a modern version of colonial violence and control. 

View the recorded version of the session here.

sbu alumni panel: microcredentials & international career paths now possible with gli!

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 


We featured three SBU alumni who went from graduating with an academic degree from our College of Arts and Sciences--History, Africana Studies, and Asian and Asian-American Studies--to pursuing an international career. How did they do that? 

To learn how to transition from academia to the workforce and make the world your new playground, come and listen to their stories. Now with the GLI degrees, this path is made easier for you. With a BA in GLI or a GLI focus added to your MA in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, English, French and Italian, Hispanic Languages and Literature or in History, you will be prepared from the start!

View the recorded version of the session here.


Lecture series: "exploring global environmental (in)justice in carceral spaces"

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

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View the recorded version of the session here.

David Pellow is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In this lecture, he presents his work, "Exploring Global Environmental (in)Justice in Carceral Spaces."

Graduate student panel: "The united nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs) need you!"

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021 

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View the recorded version of the session here.

Join our panelists Fernando Amador, Maria Grima, Jessica Kim, and Xiaoning Wu for a discussion on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.


Fall 2020


Thursday, Nov 19, 2020

Islam and Moments of Global Connections

View  the recorded version of the talk   here

Join our panel  of experts, Associate Professor Margarethe Adams (Department of Music), Lecturer Rosabel Ansari (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies), Assistant Professor Mohamad Ballan (Department of History), and Associate Professor Eric Lewis Beverley (Department of History) for a discussion on Islam and moments of global connection. 


Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 Julie Livingston Event

View the recorded version of the talk   here

Julie Livingston is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. Her work combines history, anthropology, and public health and contemplates the moral conditions, social practices, and African thought. Livingston’s talk on “Self-Devouring Growth”, derived from her book, contests the assumption that economic growth is a foundation of well-being and highlights the economic systems of the southern African nation of Botswana as an example.  


Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020

Alumni Panel

View the recorded version of the event  here

Hear from distinguished alumni who shared their career trajectories, global contributions, and some of the grand challenges their particular industry is facing at this time, as well as how people in their respective fields are making a difference in the world.


GLI Courses                                          (Fall 2021)
































GLI Core Courses                                (Spring 2021)

























GLI 211: Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations (Core course)

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No prerequisite | DEC:  F | SBC: SBS, SPK | 3 credits | T-Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM ET (Synchronous online on Zoom)

Co-Taught by  Daniel Levy  (Sociology) and  Tracey Walters (Africana Studies)  



GLI 212: Issues in Globalization - Global Islam (Topic course)

As one of the world’s major religions, Islam is a significant global influence in politics, culture, and society. In this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies in the contemporary global context with a focus on lived Islam and politics of the 20 th  and 21 st  centuries. The course will have a topical approach, and study Islam as it intersects with broader social, cultural, political and economic dynamics over many different geographical areas. The course will be of an interdisciplinary character, drawing from perspectives  from the social sciences and the humanities.


Taught by Rosabel Ansari (Asian and Asian American Studies)

SBC: GLO, HUM | 3 credits | T-Th 9:45AM - 11:05AM EST (in person at SBS S218)


GLI 330: Global, Political, and Economic
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Explores global social, economic, and political structures and processes. Issues to be discussed include: the changing role of state sovereignty in a globalized system; the social and political implications of a global economy; the emergence of cultural figurations in which local and global trends are fused; the formation of transnational social movements, the emergence of a global civil society, the continuous flows of migration, nascent forms of transnationalism, the prospects for a democratic future; and the formation of a global human rights regime. The course explores these processes from a perspective that underscores the impact global interdependencies carry for people in the daily lives.


Taught by Gallya Lahav (Political Science)

Prerequisite: GLI 211 | 3 credits | T-Th 3:00PM - 4:20PM EST (in person at Frey Hall 317)

GLI 211: Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations

Introduces students to the major in Globalization Studies and International Relations through a wide ranging study of the ways in which globalization processes affect a wide variety of the different human groups and the planet they populate. It is structured according to the distinctive thematic guidelines that inform this Major and pays special attention to global flows, global inequalities, and the role of active citizenship in globalization. The aim is to study the local consequences of global events, cultural process, and socio-economic structures and vice-versa.

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Co-Taught by Daniel Levy (Sociology) and Shobana Shankar (History) 

No prerequisite | DEC:  F | SBC:  SBS, SPK | 3 credits |T-Th 11:30AM - 12:50PM EST (remote synchronous on Zoom)



 GLI 320:Global Cultural and Environmental Issues

This course provides a critical understanding of how environmental problems and conflicts have roots in global social processes (such as culture, community, and political and economic inequality), and how these social forces in turn bear on the ways individuals and groups understand environmental problems and politically mobilize to change them. Specific emphases of the course deal with the links, at a global scale, between environmental degradation and various social problems like violence, spreading of disease, and international migration.

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Co-Taught by Liliana Davalos (Ecology & Evolution) and Javier Uriarte (Hispanic Languages and Literature)

Prerequisite: GLI 211 | DEC: H | SBC: STAS | 3 credits | T-Th 1:00PM - 2:20PM EST (remote synchronous on Zoom)


And specifically designed for GLI:

AAS 391: Islamic Feminisms (Spring 2021)

This course examines feminism and the role of women in Islam and Islamic societies. How has the role of women been valorized, challenged and interrogated? What forms of feminism exist in the Islamic world? To explore these questions we will examine Islamic scripture, law and history as well as contemporary culture, anthropology and feminism, surveying global Islamic societies from the earliest days until the present.

Readings will include the Quran and Hadith, Islamic legal rulings and opinions, historical narratives, biographies of women, stories of female saints, female writings, anthropological studies, modern Islamic feminist writings and contemporary Islamic feminist scholarship from the United States and the Islamic world. 

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing | DEC: G | SBC: HFA+ | 3 credits | T TH 3pm - 4:20pm (in person) |


Taught by Rosabel Ansari (Asian and Asian American Studies)



FIRST GLI CORE COURSE       (Fall 2020)

GLI 211: Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations

Co-Taught by  Daniel Levy  (Sociology) and   Tracey Walters (Africana Studies)  

DEC: F | SBC: SBS, SPK | 3 credits | 


AAS 212: Islamic Pluralisms

DEC: G | SBC: HUM | 3 credits |

Welcome Rosabel Ansari, a new member of the Stony Brook University faculty! Professor Ansari recently obtained her PhD with distinction from Georgetown University. This upcoming fall 2020 semester, she is the instructor AAAS 212: Islamic Pluralisms, which is in coordination with Asian and Asian American Studies and serves as a GLI elective.


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IGS Faculty Spotlight

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The Desertmakers: Travel, War, and the State in Latin America

Javier Uriarte (Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature) is a co-instructor for GLI 320: Global Cultural and Environmental Issues (Spring 2021).

Bangkok is Ringing: Sound, Protest, and Constraint

Benjamin Tausig (Associate Professor in the Department of Music) is a member of IGS Advisory Board.

The Last Good Neighbor

Eric Zolov (Associate Professor in the Department of History) is a member of IGS Advisory Board.

The Origins of Cocaine: Colonization and Failed Development in the Amazon Andes

Liliana Davalos (Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution) is a member of IGS Advisory Board and a co-instructor for GLI 320: Global Cultural and Environmental Issues (Spring 2021).