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Office of Academic Services

Thomson Hall Room 111






     First Year Suggested Course of Study
     Required Proficiencies
          Language Requirement
          Economics Requirement
          Advanced Methods Requirement
     Required Core Courses
     Focus Requirements
     Final Paper(s) and Oral Exam
Library and Research Resources
International Studies Faculty List


We’re delighted you have joined the University of Washington’s International Studies Program (IS). The IS Program is one of 10 Master’s programs housed at the Jackson School. It is the largest program within the school and associated with one of eight federally-designated centers of national excellence in the United States. This designation recognizes the UW’s world-renowned faculty and expertise, innovative curriculum, and significant outreach to local, national and global communities. This designation also provides resources for new programs, conferences, and the hosting of visitors from around the world. As a member of our community, you are welcome to join these events or meet with our visitors. Similar resources and opportunities are available through each of the regional centers and programs within the Jackson School.

All of us associated with the IS program believe that your education will be significantly enhanced by your dedication to learning inside AND outside the classroom. Outside the classroom, we encourage you to seek out and take full advantage of the opportunities all over the UW campus. Please visit the IS website for our calendar of events and for links around the UW campuses. Seattle is also home to many international communities, non-profit organizations dedicated to international affairs and development, and several foundations working to address the pressing issues of the globe.

Inside the classroom our faculty will dedicate themselves to your learning. And, as you learn we will learn from you. Don’t ever hesitate to tell us what you discover and what your ideas are for the IS Program. We want to know, because your discoveries and ideas keep our program one of the best.

Sara R. Curran, Associate Professor of
International Studies & Public Affairs
Chair, International Studies Program
Sabine Lang, Associate Professor of
International Studies
Associate Chair, International Studies Program
Graduate Program Coordinator, MAIS Program


This handbook provides you with information concerning both academic and non-academic matters.
Thomson Hall is the home of the Jackson School. Your mailbox is in Thomson 311, which is the Graduate Reading Room. Aside from being a good place to study or meet other students, the Graduate Reading Room features 5 computers and a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. A more fully-equipped Computer Lab is located in the basement of Thomson Hall. Your UW student card is your “key” to the graduate reading room and the computer lab. Be sure to take your card to Mark Haslam, the Jackson School computer specialist, so that he can activate it.

Academic Services is in Thomson 111. Check the bulletin boards just outside the door and across the hall for information on visiting speakers, film series, etc. One of the Academic Services staff members or either of the Student Assistants can assign you a locker, which you may retain as long as you are here, if you renew it each spring.

Other resources available in the Academic Services office include announcements for internships and job openings. The Career and Internships Adviser is John Charlton (124 Thomson Hall). John offers one-on-one advice on careers, cover letters and presentations, and resumes. He also regularly organizes career panels throughout the year.



Paula Milligan is the Jackson School’s Graduate Program Adviser (GPA), within JSIS Academic Services. For quick questions, you may come during drop-in hours (Mondays 9-11 a.m. or Thursdays 2-4 pm). Paula’s appointment calendar is on-line at

Paula’s office is in Thomson 116. There are approximately 150 JSIS Master’s students (in the MAIS and other master’s programs), so you may need to remind Paula of your name and your program of study. You should meet with the GPA at least once a year. It is particularly important to meet with her before registering for your last quarter, to make sure that you have met all requirements and to review graduation procedures.

Professor Sara Curran is the Chair of the International Studies program, which consists of both the undergraduate program (BA in International Studies) and the graduate program (MAIS). Professor Curran will be available for consultations on a weekly basis with you during the academic year since she and Professor Lang are responsible for directing the required Graduate Colloquium (JSIS 591/592/593), offered every quarter. This year, Professor Curran will be directing JSIS 592.

Professor Sabine Lang is the Associate Chair of the International Studies Program and the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) of the MAIS program. Professor Lang serves as your primary advisor. As you review the program requirements and guidelines, you will find that some actions on your part need formal approval from the GPC. This approval should be in writing and placed in your file in Paula’s office. Professor Lang’s office hours will be posted at the start of the quarter. Professor Lang is the appropriate person to consult if any form or decision requires GPC approval. Professor Lang and Professor Curran co-direct the Graduate Colloquium (JSIS 591/592/593), offered every quarter, and required for first and second year MAIS students. Professor Lang will be directing JSIS 591 & 593, this year.

Schedule and Planning:

Year 1: Each quarter you should take one of the required core courses (JSIS 501 (AU), 511 (SP), 594 (AU)) and JSIS 591-593. In addition, you should be taking courses in fields that relate to your planned research topics. By end of June you should have completed a draft research proposal for one of your papers and met with all members of your supervisory committee. By the end of Spring quarter of your first year in the program, you should have established a Supervisory Committee (see page 17 for a list of faculty) to advise you in completing the final requirements of your program. Obtain the Supervisory Committee Form from Paula Milligan and return it by the 1st Friday of Autumn quarter of your last year.

Year 2: You need to register for JSIS 591/592/593. This is a required series of courses for BOTH 1st and 2nd year MAIS students. During the Fall quarter of your final year you will meet with all the members of your Committee to discuss the substance of, and the timeline for, your research. The members of your committee will evaluate your plans and report their evaluations on the MAIS Completion Form to the GPC (Sabine Lang) and the GPA (Paula Milligan). You will meet with all the members of your committee at least once per quarter after that to discuss progress; your committee members will be asked to confirm these meetings on the Completion Form.

If you find yourself struggling academically, we strongly advise you to meet with the GPC and/or the GPA as soon as possible to discuss your options.


An MAIS degree consists of three core courses, a two-year (six-quarter) colloquium, one economics course and one advanced methods course, language courses, focus courses in two of three focus areas, two research papers or one thesis, and a final oral examination. Students can pursue either a stand-alone MAIS degree or pursue the degree concurrently while obtaining a second degree in one of six professional schools. A concurrent degree student may transfer after completing one year of a professional degree program or may be admitted simultaneously. The scheduling of course completion and the requirements are slightly different for concurrent-MAIS and stand-alone-MAIS degrees.

There are six professional schools with which the International Studies program has official concurrent degree programs.

They are:

          1. Business,
          3. Forest Resources
          4. Marine Affairs
          5. Public Affairs
          6. Public Health

About half of the students in the International Studies program are enrolled concurrently in one of these degree programs. These concurrent students are usually admitted to both programs in the same year, though some transfer into the Jackson School after their first year of coursework in their professional degree program. Students from other professional schools not listed above, are welcome to work with the GPC to coordinate an informal concurrent degree arrangement with the MAIS.

The basic requirements for concurrent and stand-alone students are the same, but most concurrent students will delay for a year the start of most of their JSIS course work, and some of the credits they take will be counted for both of their degrees. After their first year, concurrent students will mix JSIS courses with their remaining professional school courses until both degrees are completed.


First Year Suggested Course of Study

First Quarter:

JSIS 501 (5 credits)

JSIS 591 (1 credit)

JSIS 594 (2 credits)

Advanced Methods Requirement or Economics course (minimum 3 credits)


Second quarter:

JSIS 592 (1 credit)

One Specializations Seminar (5 credits)

Advanced Methods Requirement (minimum 3 credits)


Third quarter:

JSIS 511 (5 credits)

JSIS 593 (1 credit)

Two Specializations Seminars (10 credits)

One of required JSIS 596/597/598/599 Foundational Field Seminars (alternatively Independent Study Credits or one more Specializations Seminars


Familiarize yourself with both the International Studies Program Requirements for a Master of Arts in International Studies Degree and the General Graduate School Master’s Degree Requirements. The IS program requirements are designed to meet Graduate School requirements, but it is important to note that you must satisfy both sets of requirements to graduate.

At the beginning of your studies you will receive a Degree Requirements Worksheet from the GPA. On this sheet you will track the classes you are taking to fulfill your proficiency requirements, your focus requirements, and your final degree requirements.

Required Proficiencies




The first three requirements listed below are proficiency requirements; students who demonstrate sufficient background in these areas will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements. Those without sufficient prior course work in these areas must take these courses while completing the degree.

Language Requirement
Language study is required for all Jackson School programs. For the IS program, three years of Chinese or Japanese OR two years of any other modern foreign language at the college level is required. This is a proficiency requirement, so languages learned prior to entry into the program may fulfill the requirement. You can document prior study through transcripts or by taking a proficiency test. Language study may be completed at other accredited institutions in the U.S. or overseas. Such study must be documented but there is no need to transfer the credits to the UW.
If you select a regional field of study (see page 8), you are not required to meet this requirement with a language from that region.

Economics Requirement
The economics requirement is fulfilled by a relevant economics or economics-related course. Jackson School students are encouraged to take an economics class with JSIS Professor Jeffrey Begun. The economics requirement is automatically satisfied for concurrent Business and Public Affairs students by course work in economics required for their professional degrees. It also is possible to take an economics course offered through a professional school if you are not a student in that professional program. It is possible to have the requirement waived based on course work taken at another institution, but you must obtain written approval from the GPC. If you are taking, or are planning to take, an economics or economics-related course at UW you should discuss with the GPC if the course meets this requirement.

Advanced Methods Requirement
An increasing number of excellent international data sets have appeared in recent years. There also is an expanded use of quantitative and qualitative data in general literature. It is imperative that students in International Studies develop sufficient competency in quantitative and qualitative methods in order to engage with current literature in their fields of study. Where appropriate they are expected to utilize these tools in researching and writing their final papers or thesis.

The advanced methods requirement can be fulfilled for example by one statistics course for the social sciences, such as PB AF 527 Quantitative Analysis,

CS&SS 320/Evaluation of Evidence, or CS&SS 321/Social Statistics Case-Based I. The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences offers a variety of courses which may be appropriate, depending on your particular focus. JSIS Professor Natalie Williams offers methods courses that might suit your needs. Prior to taking any course not specifically mentioned above, though, be sure to obtain GPC approval.

It is possible to have this requirement waived if prior course work in this area has been taken at another institution. If a suitable course is taken as part of a student’s professional program, this will satisfy the requirement. Discuss these options with the GPC and obtain approval if necessary.

 Required Core Courses (18 credits)

There are three required core courses: JSIS 501, 511 and 594. There is also a graduate colloquium series (JSIS 591 in Fall, JSIS 592 in Winter, and JSIS 593 in Spring), which students are required to take for one credit each quarter for the first two years of the program. These courses total 18 credit hours. The completion of these courses provides a background and framework upon which to focus work done in the other required parts of your program. The graduate colloquium provides a weekly space for students presenting and discussing their work in progress and learning from each other.

Concurrent students must usually complete certain requirements of the professional degree in their first year. JSIS 501, 511, 594 and the graduate colloquiuia are normally taken in the second year, and the focus requirements in the third year, along with the final year of the pro-seminar. In some cases, Law/International Studies concurrent students complete their first year in the Jackson School, then begin study in the Law School.

MAIS-degree-only and concurrent transfer students are expected to complete JSIS 501, 511 and 594 in their first year and start to take courses in focus areas. During the second year students complete their focus requirements. The colloquium will be taken both years.

JSIS 501 (Comparative Studies) and JSIS 511 (Research Design and Methods for International Studies) should be taken in sequential order.

 Focus Requirements (18 credits)

Students are required to complete two of the following three focus areas, with a minimum of 10 credits and 3 classes in each focus. The courses in these foci are selected from among those offered by the Jackson School, social science departments, or professional schools. All courses should be at the 400 level or above and must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students who choose the I.S. Field Focus are required to take one of the four Jackson School Foundational Field Seminars. Students who are pursuing a concurrent degree will automatically choose the Professional Focus as one of their specializations.

A maximum of 3 courses from professional schools can be counted toward satisfying focus requirements.

Regional or Area Studies Focus

Students may focus on Africa, China, Comparative Religion, East Asia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Near East, REECAS, South Asia, or Southeast Asia.
I.S. Field Focus

Students may focus on one of the following topic areas:
States, Markets and Society, 2. Governance, Law and Rights, 3. Religions, Cultures, and Civilizations, 4. Peace and Security.

The JSIS Field Seminars are
JSIS 596 Seminar for Religions, Cultures, and Civilizations
JSIS 597 Seminar for States, Markets, and Societies
JSIS 598 Seminar for Peace, Violence, and Security
JSIS 599 Seminar for Law, Rights, and Governance

Professional Focus

This focus consists of courses offered by a professional school that deal with the international and comparative dimensions of the profession. Students pursuing a concurrent professional degree can count 9-12 of these credits concurrently for both the MAIS degree and their professional degree.

Final Paper(s) and Oral Exam: 

In the final quarter of their first year, students need to establish their Supervisory Committee by completing the Supervisory Committee Form, which requires written approval by the GPC. One of the members will be designated the chair of the supervisory committee.

The main purpose of the Supervisory Committee is to advise students in the final stages of their program. The members serve as the student’s consultants in writing the research papers or thesis and as examiners.

In consultation with their Supervisory Committee, students are required to complete a significant written research product. This could be a master’s thesis. Alternatively, students can write two research papers both demonstrating original research. One of these papers must be an original empirical analysis that is either aimed towards a scholarly audience or a policy audience. The second paper for the degree is also an original research paper that makes an argument and substantiates it with evidence. Concurrent degree students may submit the written paper required through their professional degree program as their second MAIS paper. These papers must have sufficient international content or substance to count towards the MAIS degree. Students who write a task force report are required to submit an additional research paper to receive credit for the written product component of the degree. Students can register for JSIS 600 (Graduate Independent Study) credits to conduct literature reviews or preliminary research under the supervision and with the approval of one of their committee members (typically the chair).

To ensure timely submission and quality products, students are required to schedule at least three meetings with their committee members prior to the oral exam. These meetings will each take place in the three quarters prior to the student's final oral exam. During the first of these meetings the student will present a proposed research plan, outlining each paper or the thesis; all members of the committee will complete a Research Review in which they evaluate the student’s plans and submit this to the GPA and the GPC. During the second meeting, the student will present a working draft of one of the two papers or thesis. During the third meeting, the student will present working drafts of two papers or thesis. Students will be required to provide documentation, on the Research Progress Worksheet, that these meetings have been scheduled and took place. During each meeting students should receive oral and written feedback on their work. Students should incorporate this feedback into their subsequent drafts. Three copies of the final versions of the paper(s) are due in the JSIS Academic Services Office by the end of the eighth week of the quarter in which the student graduates.

If you choose the thesis option, you must register for at least 9 thesis credits (JSIS 700) over the course of your studies. These credits can be taken over several quarters, and you are not limited to 9 thesis credits. In order to register for thesis credits, you must complete an Application for Independent Study/Thesis Credits form each quarter and obtain a signature from the chair of your Supervisory Committee. Submit this form to JSIS Academic Services to get the instructor ID number you will need to register. If your Supervisory Committee Form is already on file, the GPA can sign the form on behalf of your chair.

The thesis can be an expanded version of a seminar paper or an Independent Study project. Theses normally range between 40 and 70 pages. While your primary thesis adviser should be the chair of your Supervisory Committee, you must also consult with the other members of your committee. Do not assume that faculty will not be interested in your thesis simply because it is not in their area of expertise. Avoid surprises at the end by consulting with each committee member early and throughout the process. Committee members may refuse to schedule a final examination if the student has not met with them regularly to discuss progress.

Oral Exam
The final oral examination questions are based on the thesis or two research papers, but also can range broadly across the field of International Studies. At the start of the examination, students are expected to prepare a brief, 5-10 minutes, presentation about their course of study and research projects. After that presentation, the student is invited to step outside the examination room, while the committee members deliberate briefly about the student’s candidacy and the line of questioning that will follow. Following these deliberations, the chair of the committee will invite the student back to the examination room. The committee members will take turns asking the student questions pertaining to their knowledge of their fields of study for about 45-60 minutes. The student will then be excused from the examining room for a brief period while the committee deliberates on the results of the oral exam. Following their second deliberation, the chair of the committee invites the student back to the examination room to inform them of the results of their examination. The student’s presentation and committee’s examination are open to the public. Audience members are asked to listen quietly.

MAIS Committee members may award distinction to students with outstanding performance in their written work (thesis or two papers) as well as in their oral examination. The following two categories of distinction will be awarded to students for their overall body of work and with unanimous consent of all committee members.


A High Pass will be awarded to students who (1) showed overall mastery of material in their thesis or, alternatively, whose two papers exhibit a close to publishable quality; and (2) delivered an impressive performance during their oral examination that showed substantial theoretical as well as empirical knowledge of their respective fields of study.


Honors will be awarded to students who (1) showed excellent mastery of material in their thesis or, alternatively, whose two papers are of publishable quality; and (2) delivered an outstanding performance during their oral examination that showed excellent and broadly situated theoretical as well as empirical knowledge of their respective fields of study in the context of international affairs.


To graduate, you must apply through the Graduate School’s degree application Web site: The application period commences the first day of the quarter of graduation. The Graduate School gives you through the 9th week of the quarter to apply for the degree, however the Graduate Program of International Studies requires that you apply by the 7th Friday of the quarter.

The Graduate School will send you an email confirmation of your application for Master’s Degree and inform you of Graduate School requirements that must be met by the end of the quarter in which you graduate. The Graduate Program Adviser (Paula Milligan) will be notified of your application for a Master’s Degree and will enter information detailing departmental requirements that must be met. Be sure to meet with Paula during Autumn or Winter quarter of your final year to make sure you are meeting Graduate School and departmental requirements.

If you do not finish in the quarter you applied for your degree, you will have to apply again. You must be registered for at least two credits in the quarter you graduate.


Once your papers have been accepted by your Supervisory Committee members, you may schedule your final oral examination with them. Once the date and time are set, complete an Oral Exam Scheduling Form (available from Paula Milligan) and obtain the GPC’s signature. The GPC requires that you bring an up-to-date course worksheet and your committee meeting schedule to her in order for you to obtain approval on your exam committee and schedule. The up-to-date worksheet is done in a meeting with the GPA, Paula Milligan. Once you have obtained the GPC’s signature on your Oral Exam Scheduling Form, you should give this form to the International Studies program coordinator, Lauren Dobrovolny (Mailbox in Thomson 411), who will reserve a room for the exam and notify all involved. Paula will prepare your file for your oral exam. Be sure to make an appointment with Paula one or two quarters before you plan to graduate, to avoid last-minute surprises, and to review the procedures for finishing.

Prior to your exam, your file will be given to one of your committee members. Aside from providing a record of the work you have done in the program, your file also will contain your Oral Exam Completion Form and the Warrant for Master’s Degree. Both of these documents must be signed by your committee members following the successful completion of the oral exam and will remain in your file. The signed Warrant for Master’s Degree will serve to notify Paula that your graduation is approved, and as soon as any course contingencies are satisfied, Paula will notify the Graduate School that you may be graduated.
Your signed Exam Completion Form and Warrant for Master’s Degree must reach the GPA by 4:00 pm the last Thursday of the quarter.


From the Graduate School’s “General Graduate Student Policies” page:

“Graduate students are required to maintain graduate status during their program of study. Failure to maintain this status requires reinstatement to the University of Washington. Students who desire to take a quarter or quarters off without going through the reinstatement process must apply for on-leave status for each quarter they do not register.…”

If you fail to register for any quarter (except Summer Quarter) without having gone on leave, you will lose your status as a student and will have to apply for reinstatement ($250) to the UW Graduate School and the International Studies program by providing required application materials to the Jackson School.


Registration for classes begins in the middle of the preceding quarter (middle of Spring Quarter for Autumn). Course lists and course descriptions for the upcoming quarter are available on the Academic Services web page prior to each registration period. It is a good idea to also check the on-line Time Schedule for changes and additions. As a continuing student you will be eligible to register in the first Registration Period. Registering early will help you gain entry to the classes you want. Keep in mind that with the exception of some intensive language study, few classes useful for your International Studies programs are offered during Summer Quarter.


You may take courses that do not fulfill program requirements. Comparative study is encouraged, and classes that do not meet International Studies requirements may be useful. However, taking too many courses that do not apply to your degree could prevent you from completing the program within the time expected.


Consult with Paula before registering for any course numbered 499/Undergraduate Independent Study; these do not count for graduate credit. Graduate Independent Study usually is numbered 600.


An average load per quarter for Jackson School graduate students is 15-16 credits, usually 3-4 courses, depending on credits per course. In the last year some students take fewer courses as they begin to focus on their final papers. If you are receiving financial aid or hold a scholarship, fellowship, or TA or RA position, you must carry at least 10 credits per quarter. International students must be registered for 10 credits in order to maintain their F-1 status.

You are not required to take a full course load every quarter, but taking a reduced load during your first Autumn Quarter may put you at a competitive disadvantage for fellowship consideration. It is difficult for the fellowship committee to assess your scholastic performance if you have only taken a course or two.
MAIS degree-only students are expected to finish the degree in two years. Concurrent students usually take one year longer than it would take to finish the professional degree. If you do not carry a full load in your first year, it could take longer to finish.


You can be considered through the International and Area Studies Fellowship application for most fellowships offered through the Jackson School.  Application procedures will be announced in October; the application deadline is usually January 15, but it is a good idea to check the deadline well in advance. Awards are made in mid-April for the following summer and/or academic year. Specific questions concerning FLAS should be addressed to the Fellowships Coordinator, Robyn Davis (Thomson 126).

Faculty evaluations and grades earned at the UW are of particular importance to fellowship committees, so it is helpful to carry a full load of relevant courses and do well in them. It is important to make good progress toward your degree before applying, and you must continue this progress if you receive a JSIS fellowship.

For information on need-based financial aid, see (Student Financial Aid office).

There are a few teaching assistantships for which you are eligible to apply. Applications will be available on the Jackson School web site ( late in Autumn quarter, and will probably be due on January 31.


The University has a large library system housed in many different buildings across campus. There is a reference section on the ground level of the Suzzallo/Allen Library. The MAIS librarian is Emily Keller. She is more than happy to meet with you or converse over email or the library chat forum. Her email is:

There are other social science research support centers on campus for you to take advantage. The Center for Social Science Computing and Research (CSSCR) offers short courses, computer lab space, data archive access, and software. Visit their site or their offices in the basement of Savery Hall. The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) also offers workshops and consultations, as well as a lecture series. Their website offers a wealth of resources Finally, the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology offers a training certificate in demography, workshops for research analysis, and significant server space for graduate student research projects. Visit their training website for more details

Scholarship funds for graduate students can be found here: . For those of you who will be presenting a research paper to an academic conference, the graduate school does provide some support for enrolled students. Visit this site for information about those opportunities.



The Jackson School Graduate Student Council (JSGSC) has been successful on several occasions in applying for funds for computers and equipment. Thanks to these efforts, there are 9 workstations and two printers in the Graduate Computer Lab in the Basement of Thomson Hall (the “Jackson School Annex”) and 5 computers on the third floor in the Graduate Reading Room. You may use the printers after paying a quarterly fee to JSGC for paper and supplies. Jackson School graduate students also may borrow one of the three laptop computers (a MacIntosh and two PCs). To check these out, or if you have any technical or software problems with the computers in either of the Jackson School computer labs, contact the Jackson School’s computer specialist Mark Haslam, at The computer specialist’s office is in Thomson 407.

The University’s Computing Resource Center is in Mary Gates Hall. Information about this and other computer labs can be found on the Web at These labs offer word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics applications, and access to the Internet. The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) in Savery 110-116 offers consultation on computer services and programs for social science students, which includes all JSIS students.


The Jackson School Graduate Student Council was formed to promote better communication among programs. Over the years, in addition to its success with funding equipment, JSGC has greatly improved the facilities in the Graduate Reading Room and organized social gatherings for the whole school. JSGC seeks representatives from each of the graduate programs to serve on this Council. The group meets periodically throughout the year. The current president of the JSGC is Christopher Kessler, a Japan Studies M.A. student.


Students are advised to seek out information on the teaching and research interests of JSIS faculty by examining their affiliations with current JSIS Academic Programs, available online through the JSIS Academic Programs page, at

Further information on faculty members can also be found through their individual curricular vitae, shortened versions of which are available online at


International Studies Faculty List

MIKA AHUVIA, PhD Princeton. Assistant Professor, JSIS, Jewish Studies, rabbinic literature, Hebrew bible, ancient magic, New Testament and early Christianity.

MARIE ANCHORDOGUY, PhD California-Berkeley. Professor, JSIS; Political scientist; the state’s role in industrial development, comparative government-business relations, Japan and East Asia.

DAVID BACHMAN, PhD Stanford. Professor, JSIS; Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Asian politics, comparative politics, international relations.

JEFFREY BEGUN, PhD University of Washington. Senior Lecturer; Economist; political economy in International Studies; economy and the environment, China.

DANIEL BESSNER, PhD Duke. Historian; Assistant Professor, JSIS; Cultural and intellectual history, US foreign relations, US-Europe relations, Jewish studies, history of human science.

MARY P. CALLAHAN, PhD, Cornell. Associate Professor, JSIS; Political scientist; Southeast Asian politics, comparative politics, international relations, security studies.

DANIEL CHIROT, PhD Columbia. Professor, JSIS and Sociology; economic and political change in the 20th century, communist societies, ethnic conflict.

PATRICK CHRISTIE, PhD Michigan. Professor, Marine Affairs and JSIS; tropical coastal zone management, participatory research and planning, marine protected areas.

SARA CURRAN, PhD North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Associate Professor, International Studies and Evans School of Public Affairs; Sociologist; migration and immigration; gender; economic and social change; institutions; population; environment; Southeast Asia; Thailand .

MADELEINE YUE DONG, PhD California-San Diego. Professor, JSIS and History, adjunct Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Historian; Chinese social/cultural history in the late 19th and 19th centuries, Chinese urban history, gender studies.

KATHIE FRIEDMAN, PhD SUNY-Binghamton. Associate Professor, JSIS, adjunct Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Sociologist; sociology of gender, race, and ethnicity; international immigration.

MARIA ELENA GARCIA, PhD Brown University, Associate Professor Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) and JSIS; Anthropologist; Latin America; cultural politics of food, indigeneity, and violence.

BENJAMIN GARDNER, PhD University of California-Berkeley. Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences UW-Bothell; Adjunct Professor, Geography, UW Main Campus. Global, cultural and environmental politics, Africa, development, cultural geography, tourism.

CHRISTOPH GIEBEL, PhD Cornell. Associate Professor, JSIS and History; Historian; modern Vietnamese history, modern SE Asian history, post-1945 Vietnamese historiography, communism and labor in Viet Nam.

ANGELINA SNODGRASS GODOY, PhD, California-Berkeley. Professor, JSIS and Law, Society and Justice; Sociologist; Latin American, violence and social control and their implications for human rights and democracy; Guatemala.

YONG-CHOOL HA, PhD University of California, Berkeley. Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science, JSIS; comparative politics, Asian politics, Soviet and Russian politics, international relations, public administration and public policy

GARY G. HAMILTON, PhD Washington. Professor, JSIS and Sociology; Sociologist; economic sociology, historical, comparative sociology; Chinese societies, sociology of organizations.

DONALD C. HELLMANN, PhD California-Berkeley. Professor, JSIS and Political Science; America in the world, Japanese politics and foreign policy, international relations of East Asia.

REBECCA HERMAN WEBER, PhD California-Berkeley. Historian; Assistant Professor JSIS; US international relations, oral history methods, Latin American Studies, US-Latin America relations.

CHRISTOPHER D. JONES, PhD Harvard. Associate Professor, JSIS; military affairs, the nuclear question, East-West relations, alliance politics, politics of the USSR, the Warsaw Pact

SUNILA KALE, PhD University of Texas-Austin, Associate Professor, JSIS; Political Scientist; economic development in India, globalization, liberalization.

RESAT KASABA, PhD SUNY-Binghamton. Director, JSIS; Stanley D. Golub Professor of International Studies; Sociologist; ethnic and religious conflict, historical social change in the Mediterranean area, Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, migration, world-system theory.

NEKTRIA KLAPAKI, PhD King’s College London. Visiting Assistant Professor; JSIS Hellenic Studies; Modern Greek Studies.

SABINE LANG, PhD Free University Berlin. Associate Professor, JSIS; adjunct in Political Science and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Political scientist; comparative and European politics, civil society and the nongovernmental sector, gender, Germany.

WILLIAM R. LAVELY, PhD Michigan. Associate Professor, JSIS and Sociology; Chinese demography and society.

FREDERICK LORENZ, JD Marquette. Senior Lecturer JSIS, International law and peacekeeping.

JOSE ANTONIO LUCERO, PhD Princeton. Associate Professor, JSIS; Latin American politics, indigenous politics, social movements, race and ethnicity.

JOEL S. MIGDAL, PhD Harvard. Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, JSIS; Political scientist; Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies; international political economy, Third World development, the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, change among peasants.

DEVIN E. NAAR, PhD Stanford. Assistant Professor JSIS and History. Jewish cultural history, Sephardic Studies.

HWASOOK NAM, PhD University of Washington. Associate Professor, James B. Palais Endowed Professorship, JSIS, History; Korean history.

CHRISTIAN LEE NOVETZKE, PhD Columbia. Associate Professor, JSIS; International Studies and Comparative Religion; South Asian religious practice and literature; Hinduism.

ROBERT PEKKANEN, PhD Harvard. Associate Professor, JSIS; Political Scientist; Japanese politics, civil society, political party organization.

SAADIA PEKKANEN, PhD Harvard. MSL Yale Law School. Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of International Studies, JSIS; Japanese politics and foreign policy, WTO, law and politics of international trade, international political economy, international law.

NOAM PIANKO, PhD Yale. Associate Professor, JSIS; modern Jewish thought, theories of religion in an international context.

DEBORAH PORTER, PhD Princeton. Associate Professor, JSIS; Chinese languages and literature, cosmogony, archaeoastronomy, paleography.

KAZIMIERZ POZNANSKI, PhD Warsaw. Professor, JSIS, adjunct, Economics; newly industrializing countries, Eastern Europe, economic development, international trade, technology transfer, technology absorption.

KENNETH B. PYLE, PhD Johns Hopkins. Professor emeritus, JSIS and History; modern Japanese history, nationalism, Japanese-American relations.

SCOTT RADNITZ, PhD MIT. Associate Professor, JSIS; Political scientist; social movements, state breakdown, democratization, comparative politics, former Soviet Union/Central Asia.

PRITI RAMAMURTHY, PhD Syracuse. Professor, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Economics; political economy of development, agro-food systems, irrigation, Third World feminism, South Asia.

CABEIRI DEBERGH ROBINSON, PhD Cornell. Associate Professor, JSIS; Anthropologist; International Studies, refugees, human rights, Islam, Kashmir, South Asia.

CLARK SORENSEN, PhD Washington. Associate Professor, JSIS; Anthropologist; Korea, East Asia; peas-ant economic and social organization, development, social change in modern East Asia, family organization.

MATTHEW SPARKE, Ph.D. British Columbia. Professor, JSIS and Geography; globalization, global health, neoliberalism, borderlands, America and the world.

JONATHAN WARREN, PhD California-Berkeley. Associate Professor, JSIS; Latin American Studies, race, ethnicity and nationalism in the Americas, visual sociology.

FRANK WENDLER, PhD University of Göttingen, Germany. Political scientist; Visiting Assistant DAAD Professor JSIS and Political Science; European integration, party politics and democracy.

JAMES WELLMAN Jr., PhD Chicago. Professor, JSIS and Comparative Religion; Humanist; comparative religion; history of Western religion thought and culture; American religious communities, theoretical study of religion, religion and society.

MICHAEL A. WILLIAMS, PhD Harvard. Professor, JSIS and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; early Christianity and religion in late antiquity, study of religion.

NATHALIE WILLIAMS, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Assistant Professor, JSIS and Sociology; social demography, armed conflict and disasters, migration, mental and physical health, data collection and research design.

ANAND A. YANG, PhD Virginia. Professor, JSIS and History; Historian; South Asia; popular culture in colonial India; colonial systems of discipline and punishment; South Asian diasporas and migrations.

GLENNYS YOUNG, PhD California-Berkeley. Professor, JSIS and History; Russian and Soviet history, Stalinism, religion in Soviet history, peasants.


Summary of Program Requirements

Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to the completion of two years of college level work in a modern foreign language. For Chinese and Japanese the requirement is three years.

Core Courses:
JSIS 501/Comparative International Studies (5 credits);
JSIS 511/Research Design, Methods for International Studies
JSIS 594/Origins of Global Systems (2credits);
JSIS 591-592-593-—Colloquium in International Studies 1 credit each for 2 years

Students must complete at least 18 credits in two of the following three foci (3 courses per focus):

An intermediate-level economics course (3 credits) and a statistics course for the social sciences are also required of those who have no background or training in economics.

  • Regional or Area Studies Focus Students may focus on Africa; China; Comparative Religion; East Asia; Europe; Japan; Latin America; Near East; Russia, East Europe and Central Asia; South Asia; or Southeast Asia.
  • International Studies Field Focus Students may focus on one of four themes: 1. States, Markets and Society; 2. Governance, Law and Rights; 3. Culture and Religion; 4. Peace and Security.
  • Professional Focus This focus consists of courses offered by a professional school that deal with the international and comparative dimensions of the profession. For students pursuing concurrent degrees, these courses can be counted for both the International Studies program and the professional degree.

Final Papers and Oral Exam
At the end of the course of study each student must pass an oral examination based on two research papers, a thesis, or a Task Force report. The M.A. examining committee will be composed of faculty members representing the foci the student has chosen.

Students who need to fulfill their language requirement need to adjust the Specializations Seminar structure accordingly.

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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