Laura Hastings

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Laura Hastings
Master Faculty Specialist of Political Science and Director of Global and International Studies
(269) 387-5690
3430 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
Teaching interests: 
  • International political economy
  • International relations
  • International institutions and regionalism
  • Latin American politics
Research interests: 
  • The politics of finance in emerging markets
  • Foreign aid as foreign policy
  • Curricular and pedagogical movements in the Global Studies field

Dr. Laura Hastings joined Western Michigan University in the spring 2014 after teaching and holding administrative positions with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Hastings has developed and run interdisciplinary programs in global studies, international relations and European Union studies. Her teaching interests span topics in comparative political economy, including banking and finance, regional integration and multinational corporations. She has led study abroad programs to Peru and Nicaragua and has been active for many years with the United Nations Association and its programming.