The mission of CLAISAC is to understand our diverse global world through teaching, research, collections, and engagement. Their vision is to set the standard for global knowledge production and dissemination through the internationalization of curriculum, research, and engagement. They work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Richard Flores.
Core Values and Guiding Principles
- Intellectual curiosity
- Respect (for diversity)
- Ethical collaboration
- Develop and inspire global awareness
College of Liberal Arts International Study Advisory Committee (CLAISAC)
• Kamran Ali (South Asia Institute)
• Michael Anderson (International Relations and Global Studies)
• Blake Atwood (Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
• Douglas Biow (Center for European Studies)
• Carl Blyth (Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning)
• Virginia Burnett (LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections)
• Dale Correa (University of Texas Libraries)
• Linda Gerber (Center for Global Business)
• Paul Miller (Clements Center for National Security)
• Mary Neuburger (Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)
• Cherise Smith (John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies)
|Dr. Kamran Ali
Dr, Kamran Asdar Ali is associate professor of anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies and the Director of the South Asia Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002). He is the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (Palgrave 2008) and Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (OUP, 2009), both with Martina Rieker, with whom he also coordinates the Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Landscapes. He has published several articles on issues of health and gender in Egypt, more recently his published work has been on Pakistan’s cultural history, popular culture, urban politics and gender issues. He has previously taught at the University of Rochester (1995-2001). He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99) and a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden, The Netherlands (2005). More recently he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg at Berlin (2010-2011) where he finished a book length manuscript on the social history of the working class movement during Pakistan’s early years.
South Asia Institute (SAI)
With over 50 faculty members in a dozen schools and departments, the University of Texas at Austin has one of the most distinguished South Asia programs in the country. The South Asia Institute was established as part of a university initiative to promote South Asian programs, especially those pertaining to contemporary issues, across the entire university and in the larger community. The institute sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, a weekly South Asia Seminar and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students pursuing graduate degrees relating to South Asia in any department or school of the University.
|Dr. Michael Anderson
Dr. Michael R. Anderson directs the International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) major at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as a lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and the faculty director of the UT in Paris study-abroad program. His research interests include trans-Pacific intellectual networks and unofficial diplomacy in the twentieth century. The recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Dr. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His dissertation is entitled “Pacific Dreams: The Institute of Pacific Relations and the Struggle for the Mind of Asia, 1925-1960.” Dr. Anderson is under contract with M.E. Sharpe as a co-author of a textbook provisionally titled The Political and Economic Foundations of Global Studies.
International Relations and Global Studies (IRG)
International Relations and Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major launched in 2009 that offers undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts a wide-ranging introduction to the most important challenges facing the modern world. The IRG major reflects the understanding that many of today’s most pressing concerns-security risks, climate change, human rights-are truly global in nature, rather than merely national or regional problems. This major also recognizes that students benefit from addressing these subjects through a variety of scholarly perspectives. As a result, IRG draws from numerous departments and specializations at UT-Austin, such as Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, as well as area studies and languages, in order to fashion a broad, thematic-based course of study for undergraduate majors.
|Dr. Blake Atwood
Blake Atwood is an assistant professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, where he is also the coordinator of the Persian language program. His research focuses on the history of Iranian cinema, and he is particularly interested in the intersection of film, technology, and politics in the Islamic Republic. His first book, Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (forthcoming with Columbia University Press, Fall 2016), examines the unlikely partnership that developed between the popular Reformist Movement and the film industry between 1990 and 2007. He has begun work on a second book manuscript that examines how video technology has refashioned movie culture in Iran.He received his B.A. with highest distinction in Persian language and literature from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Between 2011 and 2013 he taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies (MES)
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, established in 1960, offers some 300 Middle East language and area studies courses each year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Center provides a supportive environment for faculty researching and teaching on the Middle East throughout the University (150 scholars with faculty appointments in 22 departments). The stature of its faculty and the quality of special programs such as conferences, educational outreach, and the publication of scholarly and literary works, have brought the Center national and international recognition in the field of Middle Eastern studies.
|Dr. Douglas Biow
Dr. Douglas Biow is the Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Director of the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute. He is the author of a number of articles and five books: Mirabile Dictu: Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Michigan, 1996); Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy (Chicago, 2002), the recipient of a Robert W. Hamilton Book Award; The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy (Cornell, 2006), named a Choice Outstanding Title; In Your Face: Professional Improprieities and the Art of Being Conspicuous(Stanford, 2010); and, most recently, On the Importance of Being an Individual: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). He has been the recipient of a number of scholarly awards, including NEH, Delmas, and Guggenheim Fellowships.
|Dr. Carl Blyth
Dr. Carl Blyth is the Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian. He has held several administrative positions prior to COERLL: Coordinator of Lower Division French (1993-2002), Acting Director of Technology, Literacy and Culture (2001-2002), and Director/Asst Director of the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. He has worked with colleagues on an online reference grammar of French (Tex’s French Grammar), and a multimedia-based first year French program (Français interactif).
|Dr. Virginia Garrard-Burnett
Dr. Virginia Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D in History from Tulane University and has been on the faculty at the University of Texas since 1990. Her most recent work, which she co-edited with Stephen Dove and Paul Freston Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America, was published in April, 2016. She is author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford, 2010); Terror en la tierra del Espiritu Santo (Guatemala: AVANCSO, 2012); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She is co-editor, along with Mark Lawrence and Julio Moreno of Beyond the Eagle’s Shadow: New Histories of Latin America’s Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple, 1993). . She is also co-author, with Peter Henderson and Bryan McCann, of the forthcoming History of Modern Latin America (Oxford University Press).
|Dr. Dale Correa
Dr. Dale Correa, Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, specializes in Islamic legal theory, theology, philosophy, and Qur’anic studies, with a particular interest in the intellectual tradition of the eastern regions of the Islamicate empire (namely, Transoxania, which is today in Uzbekistan/Tajikistan). Dr. Correa’s research, although rooted in the 10th-12th centuries CE, extends to contemporary conceptions of what it means to be Muslim, particularly in Eurasia. Her current book project examines the development and flourishing of the Transoxanian approach to testimony, or communication: that is, the transmission of knowledge of a past event by agents over time and space. This study brings together Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic legal theory, and Islamic theology with contemporary approaches to epistemology, philosophy of language and the mind, and logic to examine the consequences of positing epistemology as a confessional boundary.
|Dr. Linda Gerber
Dr. Linda Gerber received her B.B.A. and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served on the marketing faculty at University of Missouri and American University in Washington, D.C. From 1985 through 1989 she was director of the graduate business programs for Boston University’s Overseas Programs, based in Germany. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, where, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as Director of Academic Programs for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) from 1990 through 1999. In her work with CIBER she created and managed programs designed to enhance the global perspective of business education. During this time she was active in developing language programs for business students, supervised all international exchange and scholarship programs in the College of Business, and initiated curricular programs related to international business. In addition, she has served as a review panelist for several U.S. Department of Education grant programs and as an external evaluator for international business education programs at various U.S. colleges and universities. Her international teaching experiences include temporary positions at ESC – Paris, ESADE in Barcelona, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Steinbeis Institute in Stuttgart and Berlin. Dr. Gerber is currently the director of the International Business major program in the McCombs School of Business and teaches a course on International Trade and Investment. In addition, she conducts an international business simulation game for students in the McCombs Business Foundations Summer Institute.
|Dr. Paul Miller
Dr. Paul D. Miller is the associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. As a practitioner, Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff (2007-2009); worked as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (2003-2007); and served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2002. As a scholar, Miller taught at the National Defense University and worked at the RAND Corporation prior to arriving at UT-Austin. In his first book, Armed State Building (Cornell University Press, 2013), Miller examined the history and strategy of stability operations. His second book, American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy, is forthcoming from Georgetown University Press in 2016. Miller blogs on foreign affairs at Shadow Government. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Survival, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, The National Interest, The World Affairs Journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and elsewhere. Miller holds a PhD in international relations and a BA in government from Georgetown University, and a master in public policy from Harvard University. He is also a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy and a research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
|Dr. Mary Neuburger
Dr. Mary Neuburger is currently the Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and a Professor of History at UT Austin, where she teaches courses on the history of modern Eastern Europe. She specializes in Southeastern Europe, with interests in urban culture, consumption, gender, and nationalism. Professor Neuburger’s focus is on modern Eastern Europe with a specialization in Southeastern Europe. Her research interests include urban culture, consumption, commodity exchange, gender and nationalism. Dr. Neuburger’s courses explore ethnic conflict, nationalism, gender, and other topics in East Central European as well as Balkan history.
|Dr. Cherise Smith
Dr. Cherise Smith specializes in American art after 1945, especially as it intersects with the politics of identity, race, and gender. Her book, Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith (Duke University Press, 2011), examines how identity is negotiated in performance art in which women artists take-on the characteristics and manners of a racial, ethnic, and gender “other”. Her articles have appeared in Art Journal, African Arts, and exposure among other venues. She was awarded the Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship at W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University. She has worked in the curatorial departments of the Art Institute of Chicago, the De Young Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum among others institutions. The Center facilitates research that is dedicated to the intellectual, political, artistic, and social development of people of African descent in the African Diaspora as well as the African continent. Our scholarship and cultural production draws on the expertise of our affiliates in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including Education, History, Literary Studies, Political Science, Social Work, and Communications, among others. We support the research and programmatic initiatives of our faculty affiliates and students, and we collaborate with local organizations in the investigation and enhancement of the lives of Black people. Through its focus on research, programming, and community engagement, the Center supports scholarship and creative work that seek to foster social justice for people of African descent around the world.
The Center facilitates research that is dedicated to the intellectual, political, artistic, and social development of people of African descent in the African Diaspora as well as the African continent. Our scholarship and cultural production draws on the expertise of our affiliates in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including Education, History, Literary Studies, Political Science, Social Work, and Communications, among others. We support the research and programmatic initiatives of our faculty affiliates and students, and we collaborate with local organizations in the investigation and enhancement of the lives of Black people. Through its focus on research, programming, and community engagement, the Center supports scholarship and creative work that seek to foster social justice for people of African descent around the world.
|Dr. Richard Flores
Dr. Richard Flores is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at UT Austin, holding the C.B. Smith, Sr. Chair in US-Mexico Relations. He focuses on critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical anthropology. Flores has authored and edited multiple books in these areas as well as numerous periodicals.Flores has prioritized internationalizing curriculum through study abroad, international studies programs, and faculty recruitment. Additionally, he oversees curricular and academic missions, undergraduate research, and UTeach-Liberal Arts. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
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