Research Briefs in Global Studies

We are currently accepting proposals for Research Briefs in Global Studies speaker series for the 2018-2019 academic year. To submit a proposal, please email GIST director Susan Pozo your name and a brief description (paragraph or two) of your research.

About

The Research Briefs in Global Studies is a new annual speaker series by the global and international studies program. For each brief (each lasting one hour in total), two of GIST's allied faculty members are paired to share and discuss with the audience overlapping or contrasting elements of their research. Each presenter gives a 10-15 minute presentation regarding their research followed by a casual discussion among attendees. Goals of the Research Briefs in Global Studies include:

  • Introduce opportunities for faculty, students, and others to learn about and benefit from the academic research of our diverse and accomplished WMU faculty members.
  • Strengthen interdisciplinary ties throughout the university.
  • Increase awareness and involvement regarding the importance of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, and to encourage collaborations.
  • Support WMU's pillar to be globally engaged.

Upcoming briefs

We are currently accepting proposals for Research Briefs in Global Studies for the 2018-2019 academic year! To submit a proposal, please email GIST director Susan Pozo your name and a brief description (paragraph or two) of your research.

Interested in becoming an allied faculty member? Please contact GIST director Susan Pozo.

Past briefs

Our inaugural series took place in the spring of 2018, during which we hosted the following briefs:

  • "Diversity in Cities: Past and Present" with Dr. Alisa Perkins (Comparative Religion) and Dr. James Palmitessa (History). Perkins discussed her ethnographic research on Muslim American civic engagement in Hamtramck, Michigan while Palmitessa discussed diversity in Prague during Habsburg rule (c. 1527 to 1627 C.E.).
  • "Telling Migration Stories" with Dr. Ann Miles (Sociology) and Dr. Susan Pozo (GIST, Economics). Miles spoke about her use of ethnographic research methods in Cuenca, Ecuador while Pozo spoke of her studies of migration using quantitative methodology.
  • "Interviews in Fieldwork" with Dr. Chien-Juh Gu (Sociology) and Dr. Gregory Veeck (Geography). Gu discussed her interviews with Taiwanese Americans in Chicago while Veeck discussed his interviews with Han and Tibetan herding households in Gansu Province, China.